Strictly Confidential

1932

Experimental short film exploring various camera effects and trick photography techniques.

Amateur filmmaker, cinema historian and railway engineer H.A.V. Bulleid employs an array of camera effects and trick photography techniques in this experimental short. Bulleid uses a mirror to distort a woman's reflection and a lens mask to conjure multiple images of her within the same frame, followed by a brief sequence showing how it was created. A ghosting effect uses double exposure to show the woman getting up from the chair but leaving her body behind. Bulleid also uses coloured filters and gauze diffusion to alter the look of his shots, and slow motion to change their visual impact. To display the versatility of interior shooting under normal lighting conditions, Bulleid uses orthochromatic film stock, before returning to exterior effects, using greased disc diffusion to create a dreamlike wash over the image. The film concludes with two sequences created using trick photography techniques including film reversal and split-screen shooting, and an example of step-zooming which gradually zeros in on the Big Ben clock tower at the Houses of Parliament in London.

Featured Buildings

Houses of Parliament, Westminster

Keywords

Camera tests; Cinematography; Trick photography

Other Places

Westminster, Greater London

  • Maker : H. A. V. Bulleid

Manifestations

Strictly Confidential

  • Barcode
    INV355568
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:07:05
    Modification Date
    03/11/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    732838
  • Barcode
    INV372350
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:07:05
    Modification Date
    03/11/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    732837
  • Barcode
    INV389890
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:07:05
    Modification Date
    03/11/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    732836
  • Barcode
    INV331957
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    DV digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:03:24
    Modification Date
    01/11/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    732788
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV374980
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    master digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:03:24
    Modification Date
    31/10/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    732777
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV208339
    Canonical Identifier
    2009/59
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Details
    Carrier Type
    9.5mm film
    Colour System
    tinted
    Colour Type
    colour+bw
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:12:00
    Has Image
    Y
    Has Sound
    N
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    pos
    Modification Date
    18/11/2009
    Parts
    Reference
    680923
    Sound
    silent

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