Incidental archive

Posted on June 10, 2011 by


Oxford Road Editing

After some time researching and brainstorming the concept into a film piece, filming and editing on the Oxford Road project has stepped up in the last month. We decided in the end to not create a poetic narrative (although this could be part of a future development). The film will be showcased alongside Cote D’Azur at the sync south east ‘Pitch!’ event on the 15th June 2011. The main breakthroughs were sourcing a sound track to edit the film to from sound artist, Kevin Logan and deciding on a structure by as 4 movements (or scenes) that happen over time.

  1. Night time party people around Palace Theatre and Cornerhouse
  2. Day – Morning Commuters spilling out from the bus stop and train station
  3. Day – Working day lunch hour, rush hour, traffic, movement, protestors, students
  4. Dusk – Weekday football and motorway

We quickly sketched out these four movements along Oxford Road and plotted them out on a timeline overlaid a timeline on the map (using photoshop) to ensure we shoot footage for the relevant movements at the right time of day to match the walk along the road.

Oxford Road Filming

Editing is going well, with the first two movements laid down in final cut pro. The tricky bit is going to be the adjoining sequences between each movement, but a neat way to tackle it is to use iconic buildings (e.g. the Palace clock tower, the BBC, The Cornerhouse), transport (passing trains, buses, cars) and lights (traffic lights, indicator lights, headlights, signs) to progress the narrative along the road. What’s great is that its finally making sense: its like a huge canvas painting – in which, instead of the the viewer’s eye exploring the painting in detail and bringing the narrative to life, the camera acts as the brush, revealing and editing incidental events that unfold over time from night to day.

Oxford Road Editing

The film is essentially an archive of the diversity of people, architecture and transport and how they connect and change along the street over time. In the space of around 300 metres, drinkers, lovers, families, commuters, protestors, travellers and tramps are committed to the memory of a road deeply entrenched in Manchester’s history.