i really must clean the front room windows, the puppy has been doing her nose art thing again and the view of the outside is muted because of it.

i’m looking for the words to begin my post about my recent progress in the process.  i’m surprised i’ve not written about this project for sometime.  this is very much an indication of just how busy the summer was for me.  time to do with not much for reflection.

today i have the excited feeling of looking forward to doing more in the post production process for the film tomorrow.

since picking up the project on monday i’ve experienced the unfamiliar feeling all the way through to the feeling of owning it.

the work i had already done has seen me make progress with knowing what the concept of the film is a bit more clearly.  i was thinking about this as i drove to a forest school session this afternoon.  at the very beginning of this iteration the concept of what the realised project was was so big i didn’t know where the bounds of the concept were.

through filming and reviewing, i’m slowly discovering what the concept feels like.  this morning the keywords that drive the non linear film appeared clearer  as assembly of narrative units started to number more.

i’m writing this before dinner so please bare with me if my words get a little tangled.  i hear the cooker timer beep, i’ll continue to write for as long as i can,

i’m enjoying the feeling of owning the film and i’m talking about  that arms out swagger feeling good kind of ownership.

taking a moment to reflect about when this feeling began i can safely say it was after watching the nick cave documentary and something he says in that documentary lighting me up towards a title.

since having a title …

…. i take a moment to avoid writing a very cliched account.

it’s getting dark so i pause to put on the room light.  once again the laptop keyboard is in focus, the sky outside looks like the middle a grey scale tonal card.

getting back to the title thing…  all summer i made notes for ideas of titles.  they were all ok yet none of them had that frisson of excitement i wanted.

with the title in place the rest has begun to follow.

one aspect of non linear film making i always seem to overlook is the large number of decisions needed to be made in the edit and authoring processes.  very much like how the museum of making research was an iterative process, the making of this non linear film is also very iterative.  each new narrative unit adding to the fine balance of keywords with existing units being edited to become more in line with where the make up of the project currently is.

i’m sorry i don’t have any images to share with you yet of the project.  i’m simply not quite at the jpg editing phase yet.

one thing i’m really hoping to do soon is get a working draft on line so i can share it with my group at the museum who i share such things with.

time for food now :)


i’m several weeks into the filming of the second iteration and i feel i’ve not shared with you how my process and journey has been ….

so in the style of a recap ….

previously in the process …


feel – think – do  features in the arts and heritage strategy of the museum of making hlf bid

work continues in the museum with the collections.

over the summer i’m working as a part time lifelong learning programme assistant and bobbing in and out of the volunteer activities, chatting, researching and filming what’s going on.

and in post production … the process begins tomorrow.



with hundreds of visitors currently outside until sunday, small groups of volunteers are working on the upper floors with the collections team to photograph, measure and record hundreds of objects to increase the collections team’s knowledge of what the museum stores hold.  in some cases the museum database might say something like “box of thirty seven thingy ma bobs.”  together the box is explored and each item added to a register.

this second non linear film is concentrating on the activity of the silk mill beyond the public gaze.


i’ve looked over the rushes so far and i’m pleased with how they look.  for this project i’ve been supported by the museum to upgrade my equipment to address the concerns there were about the content quality in the first iteration.

while filming for the first i was also facilitating an outreach project at a derby hospital and when i reflected about this realised i would have liked more time to review and reflect.

with this project the production period is longer and this immediately makes it less intense than the first.

there are production elements i want to try to add based upon the feedback and experience from the first.

the non linear film itself will have a slightly different format.  i’m going to research a version that allows for continual viewing in an exhibition setting, this is based on experience of seeing the first being viewed in the museum gallery space.

the making of the first has informed this second production and already it’s feeling much less “arms in the air running around in wiggly lines.”  that’s a technical appraisal of how internally i felt during the making of the first where there were set public activities happening that i wanted to have included in the production.

reflecting now i see the second as being a much more considered piece as there is so much consideration happening on the upper floors of the building at this time.

with enough footage to begin the first phase post production process, i’m excited at the thought of putting a first draft together soon.  with this framework in place the next stage of filming will have a structure enabling me to see what and where i want to add more content into the film.

reflecting about where this iteration began, it was a lot less obvious what to do than with the first.  working with what i discovered to be happening, i do feel now that i’ve got through the most challenging period and from here am looking forward to it  becoming more intuitive.







since the weekend i’ve been reflecting about the film.  it’s reached the stage of being online and viewed by invitation.  this is part of the research into reactions to a non linear film.

for this project i drew upon my experience of the mill through my maker residency in the summer.  i wanted to document aspects of the museum as they are now, knowing that they will have evolved by the time the museum fully reopens.  being known to the staff and volunteers helped me to film without causing distraction to those around me.

the timing of the project massively contributed to what i documented.  the last running of the model railway, the prototyping of display ideas and of course the maker games.



and there’s the brick collection.  the bricks – 461 in total (at the last count) inspired the origins of the thinking about this work.  they gave me a number to work with as a starting point.   i turned this into a what if … what if i walked 461 steps away from the mill and used this as a starting point for filming.  i was surprised at the range of surroundings at the same distance from the mill.  it led  me to think  that where ever one begins, the museum presents itself in a manner to be explored as you choose to.    for me this sums the film.



in editing the footage and authoring the film i went through a process that saw me wrestle the linear nature of the material and  ultimately to reject that to free up my thinking.  i didn’t anticipate that this would happen.  looking back on that time i can see that the volume of footage i had required my to go through a process of handling the content enough so i could make it do what i wanted it to.  i arrived at the content behaving in a non linear manner through firstly considering it as linear.



i have been able to create a non linear film that i’m pleased with.  the keyword linking does provide meaningful connections between the scene that is playing and the next available choices.  i’ve even cracked how to end the film, including a credit roll !

one aspect that does leave me a little disappointed is the outcome of using a camera mounted upon myself ensuring a pov experience for the viewer.  in an early draft the nature of the shot video was a cause for concern and i’m still attempting to shake that off and  it remains attached like some seed with clever hooks on the ends of it’s spines.



with that said i can move onto to reflect about what my intentions were when making this film.

  • i wanted to begin the film by placing the museum at the same distance from several points within derby.  the viewer sees one of these as the beginning to their film.
  • recording pictures and sound from a first person pov to place the viewer as an explorer of the museum.
  • showing the variety of use of the main public space.  (i wasn’t able to capture everything that happened.)
  • represent the other public areas.
  • to capture aspects of the last running of the model railway prior to decommissioning.  a bonus of this was i was invited to capture footage from driver and guard pov on the model railway.
  • to document of the areas of the mill not currently in public use.
  • to document the lift at the rear of the building.

i’ve noted these down so i can refer back to them should there be an invitation to make a second instalment.

there’s a meeting soon at the mill where the project team will be introduced to the draft.  i say draft although as far as i’m concerned it’s finished.  the draft makes the film available to view prior to negotiations about final hosting and other potential screenings, for example might it be shown in the museum?