When I was about 11 or 12 years old, I read in Famous Monsters magazine about a kid who made an amateur science fiction movie on 8 mm film. To achieve his ray-gun effect, the kid scratched each individual frame of film and colored the scratch with an ink marker. When, as a teenager, my parents gave me a Super 8 mm Camera for Christmas, I tried some film inking myself and was happy with the results. Some of this can be seen in my video “Cosmic Abyss (Father)” on Youtube under “Bill Ectric.” My video looks a lot like the footage seen at the beginning of this video, which, I was delighted to find today at Candlelight Stories, an interview with experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage.
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