An experiment in film and time Stay the Same is a short film project by Sam Firth funded with development funds from the UK Film Council (now the BFI), Creative Scotland and ‘in kind’ support from the Scottish Documentary Institute.
Sam filmed herself every day on the shore of a sea loch at exactly the same time with camera locked off in exactly the same place. The tides, the light and the seasons changed and Sam did too.
The film is about our relationship with time and mortality. It Sam’s attempt to depict hereself standing still while time flows around her. The film also documents the emotional consequences of it’s own process as Sam goes through a year of not being able to leave Knoydart the most innaccesable peninsular on mainland Britian for more than a day. It is about the pace of modern life and our desire to move increasingly faster whilst experiencing everything fully and it is the third in a series of films exploring different forms of autobiographical film making following Sam’s first two films I.D. and The Worm Inside.
The project includes this website and blog which are part of the project. The intention is to share the experience of making the film as well as related work and different responses to the project. It is a virtual working notebook for the project and forum for discussion.
Sam started filming on 21st June 2011 and will finish in June this year. She will then edit sixty hours of footage into a short film between ten and twenty minutes long.
If you have been doing a similar project or taking pictures of the same thing over a period time that you would like to share then please email Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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