Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Click & Collect from 2 Hours*
Last Christmas delivery dates
Free UK Standard Delivery On all orders £20 and over Order in time for Christmas 19th December 2nd Class | 20th December 1st Class Free Click & Collect to UK shops From 2 hours of your order*
Experimental Filmmaking: BREAK THE MACHINE (Hardback)
  • Experimental Filmmaking: BREAK THE MACHINE (Hardback)

Experimental Filmmaking: BREAK THE MACHINE (Hardback)

Hardback 404 Pages / Published: 14/08/2015
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

Become a master in the influential, diverse, and highly innovative field of experimental filmmaking. Harness the little-known techniques and subtle aesthetics required for this imagination-driven art form.

For the first time in a single volume, Kathryn Ramey has written a thorough, hands-on guide to the craft and processes of experimental filmmaking, showing you step-by-step the material methods that will help you begin an experimental media practice. From these lessons, following the tradition of Stan Brakhage's A Moving Picture Giving and Taking Book and Hell Hill's Recipes for Disaster, you'll learn to take materials apart and put them together in new ways, use products for purposes other than those intended by their manufacturers, and free yourself from the constraints of conventional media. Experimental Filmmaking provides:

Full-color film stills and illustrations demonstrating various experimental filmmaking techniques

Step-by-step tutorials on hand-processing motion picture film, direct animation methods, optical printing, making your own microphones and other sound experiments, glitch art, and much more

Explanations of the historical, theoretical, and socio-political backgrounds of various experimental filmmaking movements and styles

Advice on how to locate experimental filmmaking communities in your region, as well as how to show and distribute your work

Sidebar interviews with filmmakers currently working in the genre that offer context and direction for your own projects

A companion website ( featuring video examples from numerous films for inspiration and emulation

Whether you're an aspiring experimental filmmaker or mainstream practitioner who wants to incorporate alternative techniques in your films, Experimental Filmmaking: Break the Machine gives you the tools you need execute your most daring cinematic endeavors!

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781138898172
Number of pages: 404
Weight: 1021 g
Dimensions: 235 x 191 x 23 mm


"Clearly, Kathryn Ramey is committed to creating a new generation of experimental filmmakers who are equipped with the tools and the intellectual savvy to be great artists and thinkers. This book provides both novice and veteran filmmakers with the momentum and the muscle to work with the moving image in their own homes. Ramey's voice is confident and encouraging. She tells us how to transform our domestic universe into a studio where great things will happen when the lights are on and off."- Lynne Sachs, Filmmaker and Recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in the Creative Arts.

"Kathryn Ramey's Experimental Filmmaking is many things at once: a homespun, one-on-one personal primer (like Stan Brakhage's pioneering Moving Picture Giving and Taking Book); a plainspoken how-to technical manual (like Lenny Lipton's essential books of the 70's); a compendium of interviews with a variety of experimental filmmakers about their practice and process (like Scott MacDonald's invaluable A Critical Cinema series); and a celluloid cookbook, very much in the spirit and letter of Helen Hill's Recipes for Disaster. Both retro (including - at long last - a perfectly realized JK optical printer manual) and au courant (digital glitching techniques, etc.), Experimental Filmmaking most of all celebrates and encourages creative adventure with alternative approaches to filmmaking, and offers us recipes, roadmaps, directions, and countless helpful hints as to how to create your own alchemy. This very useful and engaging book of sprocketed (and pixeled) revelations has arrived on our doorsteps, it seems to me, right on time... I Second That Emulsion! Back to the Future!" - Phil Solomon, Professor in the Film Studies Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder

"All in all, every educator of young people in the media business and every creative person, young or old, should have this book - hugely informative and, for any student hoping to make a career in production, great fun to read and put into practice - enjoy!" - Wendy Laybourn, Network Nine News

"The book is a solid technical guide for understanding the experimental possibilities of film formats, and for filmmakers with limited exposure to actual film (an ever-increasing number of us), these experimental techniques might just be enough to spark an idea or two." - Jeffrey Legge, The Script Lab

You may also be interested in...

Running the Show
Added to basket
The Digital Filmmaking Handbook
Added to basket
The Foley Grail
Added to basket
Making Short Films, Third Edition
Added to basket
Chronicles: Art & Design
Added to basket
The Green Screen Handbook
Added to basket
The Guerilla Film Makers Pocketbook
Added to basket
Star Wars - Costumes
Added to basket
Setting Up Your Shots
Added to basket
Art History for Filmmakers
Added to basket
Basics Film-Making 02: Screenwriting
Added to basket
Master Shots, Vol. 3
Added to basket
Costume Design 101
Added to basket
Designing for Screen
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.