In the summer of 1967, Mike McNamee, Glen McKay, and Scott Bartlett met for America's first electrovideographic jam. Bartlett's film loop and McKay's light show liquids were mixed through a video effects bank and the results were filmed by McNamee directly off the studio monitor with a rented kinescope camera. Bartlett edited a portion of this material and then built a soundtrack with the help of Tom DeWitt, who had also supplied many of the original film loops, and Manny Meyer, electronic sound composer. The finished film was called OFFON. In 1980, Bartlett recreated the event in a video production class at UCLA. With his students' help, he composed a video primer: MAKING OFFON. Wipes, keying, feedback—all the standard functions of a studio switcher—are first illustrated and named, then woven into a sound and picture puzzle of the 60s.—Scott Bartlett.
A film by Scott Bartlett ; Cindy Haagens, co-director/editor ; Rita Aero, script consultant ; technical director, Paul Newell.
Dancers, Brenda Wong, Jan Cusolito.
Original film loops, Scott Bartlett, Tom Dewitt, Paul Hawkin.
Recorded at Studio One, Theater Arts Dept., UCLA with assistance from A.T.A.S. UCLA Television Archives.
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