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Sheepman & the Sheared : 6. Red + Green + Blue

8 mins

A 16mm film, sixth in the series, Sheepman & the Sheared (1970-1976).

"The film series was made within the workshops and the theoretical context of the London Filmmakers Co-operative and structural / material film. In the series, the coincidence of flora, fauna, other objects, processes and activities, with the film frame are in no way paramount to an inspection of the total film process by which an observation of this kind is made possible. Specific conditions to do with both Nature and human activity with Nature are recorded with the camera, but is essentially subject to the observation and reaction of the filmmaker.

"Colour 'generated' from the sky, the grass and berries, a system of graphic loops synthesises in the printer, not only changing hues of complementary colours but white light itself." (1976)

The bottom image - left hand column - shows the preparation of three of the five printer rolls at the editing bench. Loaded into the printer, it was essential that the starting point for the masks was synchronised for each of the three colour rolls. They were printed in turn onto the unexposed printing stock, which was rewound to the beginning in the dark, following each exposure run.