Segments in this Video

"To See" (05:01)


The film requires two screens and projectors. Tony Hill discusses building his own crane to shoot "Downside Up." The camera shots increase in speed and intensity as the film progresses.

"Water Work" (05:35)

See footage from the film. Filmmakers can use different orientations underwater; the film is unscripted nor storyboarded. Hill discusses building a periscope for the project and recording the film without sound.

"Expanded Movie" (02:27)

Hill discusses filming with three lenses including an anamorphic lens. He looks to surprise himself in his films.

"A Short History of the Wheel" (02:13)

This one-minute film is originally produced for the late show on "BBC Two." "Holding the Viewer" is developed into a commercial venture.

"Laws of Nature" (05:46)

Hill likes to watch a landscape over time. This 35mm film has no script. The filmmaker discusses how he rigged up a crane on his car to obtain an overhead shot; a recorder player and singer collaborate on the score.

"Camera Obscura" (06:24)

Dartington's trust commissioned the film. Hill discusses his inspirations and experimentation with lenses.

Credits: Tony Hill (00:20)

Credits: Tony Hill

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Tony Hill‘s films present entirely new ways of looking at the world in which we live. His extraordinary sculptural films turn and transform, squeeze and stretch the landscape and constantly challenge how we see what’s around us. They are films about perception, time and space but they are also films about the body and memory and being alive. Above all, they are constantly surprising and delightful and, often, funny. Many of the films have been created with specifically built camera rigs, and a selection of these is demonstrated in this richly illustrated interview with the artist. Among the works that Tony Hill discusses are Downside Up (1984) with its constantly orbiting viewpoint; Water Work (1987), which was shot on and just below the surface of a swimming pool; the sensual film Laws of Nature (1997); and the artist’s idiosyncratic portrait of Darlington Hall Estate in Devon, Camera Obscura (2000).

Length: 29 minutes

Item#: FMK194724

ISBN: 978-1-64867-370-2

Copyright date: ©2008

Closed Captioned

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