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Digital Feng Shui - May 1998

Besides the difficulty in re-organising my desk so that I could actually see the monitor if I faced it East, I wondered if the beneficial effects would carry over into my other peripherals and software.

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A Travelling Camera - Photobooks

I make photobooks, and not just because I’m an old ink on paper person (there were those forest destroying magazines for example).  There are many that are personal gifts for friends, those I create and give and never look at again. These photobooks here were made as albums of personal images from special holidays. They’re […]

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Peter Tammer

Peter was part of my early filmmaking days and at the birth of the Melbourne Filmmakers Co-op. Now he’s a Senior Statesman of Australian film, perhaps then it was more an older brother. He was four years older then me, born in 1943). He was more of a friend with Jim Wilson than me, but […]

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Magnets, rust and shaky cameras

My Country Years showreel

Neil Young is a keen filmmaker and when he is the cinematographer on a project, he lists his name in the credits as Bernard Shakey. Here’s a showreel I assembled when I could still see and hold the camera steady. It’s 3 mins. long.

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Romeo & Juliet & Peter Webb

Characterizing Mr.Storm (and other stories) Cinema Papers #114 1997 Baz Luhrman’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was shot in Mexico, cut in Los Angeles and neg cut in San Francisco. Although there were a large number of Australian crew working on it, it was a feature planned as international and designed for a young American audience. […]

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David Samuelson - on Film and Videotape

The April 1982 Issue of Cinema Papers that included ‘Channels TV-Videotape’ magazine and my New Products and Processes section featuring a story about David Samuelson’s front projection equipment that was being demonstrated here. Clearly my interest was more in the switch to video production tools then what was really a SFX (Special Effects) tool from […]

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The internet killed the radio star

It’s better to burn out then it is to ossify/stiffen/petrify/accrust.

Fame is fleeting. Only twice has someone recognised my voice or name from radio. A friend who said I appeared in his nightmare, then woke up to hear my voice on his clock radio.And a man at a ceramic tile shop who said he enjoyed the pieces I did with that nice Louise Maher so he gave me a discount.

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Channels - video magazine April 1982

The home release of feature films on VHS and Beta was in full swing, and reviews of these needed a new publication. This was the first test of the idea, sold as an insert to Cinema Papers Issue #37.

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Cinema Papers Technicalities

17 years of talking media tech

The first article I wrote for Cinema Papers was for the November 1980 issue.  I knew Scott Murray and Peter Beilby, then the editors  (editor/co-founder Phillipe Moira left them to it in 1979) Scott as filmmaker and both by reputations.  We ended up working together in various ways for over twenty years. The last issue I contributed […]

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Losing the light - Arthur and Corinne Cantrill

This started as a Cinema Papers review ...

Originally a  review of PROJECTED LIGHT, a live presentation by Arthur and Corinne Cantrill at La Mama, Carlton in October 1988, this has become a page for other Cantrill archive material.

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When the things you know go on auto-pilot

Wikipedia credits this to Martin M. Broadwell  who first articulated the model in his “four stages of teaching” in February 1969.

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Sunbury Pop Festival 1972 - a document

Looking out at popular mass media when it's watching you.

“It was a time when the hippie thing was declining and the drunken afternoons of too much beer, sun and basic rock developed. The music went from being experimental to being just moronic entertainment for yobbos.”

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The “photo-taking-impairment effect”

“Research has suggested that the sheer volume and lack of organization of digital photos for personal memories discourages many people from accessing and reminiscing about them,”

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A personal history of Super8

testing those small frames

Here’s an experiment in presentation that seemed like an idea I had to try, being a comic fan and having a whole lot of lowres still frames.

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Nothing more than his own biography

A quote from Nietzsche’s Human, All Too Human with a , with a hairy portrait, 1974 ish

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Where do I look?

What did I see? What did I look like as they ‘see’ me? Thinking about photography and the photographer’s eye.

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Just finish it!

Advice from Paul Valéry and Neil Gaiman about writing that story or shooting that film you keep putting off.

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Yarrow

Just tossing coins for interrogating the I Ching seemed to trivialise what Jung clearly thought was a great way to approach the subconscious. (At the time, anything Jung thought was good, was ok by me.) So, on a windy day, I cut myself some yarrow sticks. Over some weeks I taught myself how to use […]

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Don't call him Herbert. Or Bert, (it's Fred).

Born in 1915, after his English father returned from the war in Europe, my father, Herbert Frederick Harden moved with his older sister and mother Clara to Melbourne. They never moved from their house in Camberwell. Dad died in 1996 – just a few years before we could party along with Prince. He was 81. […]

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The White Goddess - Robert Graves

Call me, if you like, the fox who has lost his brush; I am nobody's servant

You chose your jobs because they promised to provide you with a steady income and leisure to render the Goddess whom you adore valuable part-time service.

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Benny Zable

Benny Zable was hard to miss in the early 70’s Carlton arts/protest (did we call it agit-prop?). His current Nimbin website has a full bio, but there’s no updated information since 2001. He was a couple of years older than me, and  guess I was one of the people he talks about, when he “came […]

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I am talking about film as poetry - James Broughton

“I am not talking here about going to the movies. I am talking about making cinema. I am talking about the life of vision. I am talking about cinema as one way of living the life of a poet. I am talking about film as poetry, as philosophy, as metaphysics, as all else it has […]

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Almost cut my hair

Hey, it's not profound - it's just a pop song. Isn't it?

Happened just the other day
It’s gettin’ kind of long
I could’ve said it was in my way
But I didn’t and I wonder why

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Robert Kelly - and Io

"I fear only certain words. At night."

Kelly’s poems were often printed in Richard Grossinger and partner Lindy Hough’s  literary journal Io .  I bought each new edition (at The Source Bookshop in Bourke Street I suspect) and held them close  to my breast back then. 

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Document (verb)

A not home movie of Margaret and the Warragul show

Brakhage explains what I realised I was doing as a filmmaker.

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Two screens, bolt cutters, red hair and moon walking

That’s the name of this Super 8 from 1972. It’s political except for Jan Chapman’s red hair. Film co-ops, Phil Noyce’s Pop Festival movie, draft resisters, conscription. It’s all there.

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Yevtushenko

60c of poetic desktop publishing

In 1967 we were in Yevtushenko frenzy. It was his mix of politics, and romanticism. I saw him perform his poetry in Melbourne and I have a bootleg tape I made of Yevgeny and Kerry Dwyer performing his poems to rapturous applause.

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Against the loss of memory - Umberto Eco

This speech appeared on the Italian delegation to the UN’s website and has been re-quoted from that version a number of times on other sites. It seems to be badly scanned or OCR’d and with no checking of terms, spelling and references. The last minutes were also left un-transcribed which reduces the moments of poetry of a man who would be dead just three years later at 84.  Hopefully it is closer to what Umberto intended.

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Learning Chinese Food

Somehow showing the bowls and the chopsticks here was important. Was it that we were hip to have owned them, or just the attraction of the design ‘otherness’ was novel? We were clearly still awkward with chopsticks, and I can’t imagine what we ate that had so many rice noodles.

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Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco on not believing in God

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