Monthly Archives: April 2014

  "Good Old Fashioned Saturday Night at the Movies! With just a little tweaking my husband Erik was able to fire-up the old projector and get the film to run. We set up a folding screen and gathered round for a viewing lasting 7 minutes. The screen flickered for a few moments and suddenly there was a moving image before us. It had a quality that I had not experienced in many years. I felt the excitement bubble inside me just like when I was a little kid and we were about to watch home movies. While the digital files are good they are second generation and they cannot replace the experience of creating movies with film and watching as the projector clicks round with each frame. The great thing about the digital version is the fact you can add sound tracks and splice together clips to tell a succinct story. It is possible to splice the film with the right tools but this 8mm film has no capacity for sound. This project has been a wonderful walk down memory lane and a learning experience on the analog side as well as the digital. I feel I have only begun to scratch the surface of possibilities in experimenting with this art form.



My new Puppy

An experimental film produced on double 8mm film with a 1939 Bell & Howell Filmo Sportster Movie Camera.

Mary Gjullin – Producer

Erik Gjullin

Anja Gjullin

Galley (the new puppy)

Charlene & Jerry Moser

Check it Out !




I started searching for the right music to complement the video footage and I found this cute song on YouTube. It happened to be a  Petco ad and the song was not available so I Googled ” How to record audio on a Mac”. I found out if I downloaded Audacity and Soundflower software I could record the music from the ad. I had some trouble because the process required a plug-in called “Lame”and it was. When I finally figured out how it worked I successfully recorded the song! The next problem that occurred was the fact that my video was 3 minutes long and song only lasted one minute. I went to the iTunes store and searched for songs. After some sampling  I found the additional music files. The next thing I had to figure out was how to edit the audio files because now I had too much audio. I was able to clip the files, add fad-ins as transiitons between tracks. A tweak here and there and my film is ready to preview!

The next thing I did was to identify I already had some software on my computer to edit video, iMovie. I found an iMovie tutorial on youTube and went to work! I learned to clip sections, make transitions and add text.

The next step in the process was to review and edit the footage. There were some spots that were over exposed and some under exposed. There is a leader and footer on each roll of film with no images. I also realized to include all the footage would make my project too long. The next step is to figure out how to edit the files and what software to use.

When I feel too old to be pursuing a career in design I have to remember Grandma Moses. She started her painting in her seventies and lived until age 101. There is still time for me to find my voice as an artist and contribute some meaningful work.