Wednesday 16 May 2007

CCTV Filmmaking

The BBC reports on how Manu Luksch, an Australian filmmaker living in London, created a film without a camera.

She realised that people are being filmed all the time by CCTV in the UK, and under the Data Protection Act she was entitled to retrieve CCTV images of herself. She created a short science fiction film, called Faceless, in which she blacked out the faces of anyone else captured in the footage to created a future "faceless world" where she was the only woman with a face.

The film was made according to the "manifesto for CCTV Filmmakers" - there was to be no specialist equipment or cameras involved; the only cameras used had to be CCTV cameras already in place; and the footage had to be obtained by using the Data Protection Act to procure it.

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