Last week saw the premiere of my (very)short movie “Bril” shot on Single-8 in glorious analog projection! The Home Movie Day 2017 event coincided with the UNESCO World Heritage day that was held at the Eye Film Institute on the same day this year. I expected only a few people to show up at the event but the place was absolutely packed and we quickly ran out of seats in the small theater set up for the occasion . Seeing and hearing the audience’s reactions was an incredibly rewarding experience and I couldn’t be happier with the feedback I got from people. It was truly heartwarming. I also got to meet some of the other filmmakers and left with tons of new ideas for episodes and future movies.
As we lacked a rear-pressure plate projector projectionist Onno Petersen focused the movie in real time by hand while the two filmstocks with different thicknesses passed the gate which would normally throw off the focus. Meanwhile I myself mixed foley and ambient sounds in real time through a sampling pad app on my phone. This app contained looped sequences and samples from my digital soundtrack. Both approaches worked remarkably well. I was extremely happy that we were able to show the film with (human) synced sound and in near flawless focus despite the lack of all the (normally) necessary equipment. Meanwhile a few people have expressed interest in showing this small movie at other events. But that of course can only work if I can get the film striped properly. I am working on getting that fixed through a magnetic slurry paste solution now available in Italy. More on that soon. A digital version of the film with titles should be available somewhere next week.