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Interactive video lesson plan for: Space Ways

Activity overview:

My third film, shot on Super-8mm film when I was thirteen years old, with the help and hindrance of my friend Paul Kendrick.

The plot is fairly simple: a spaceman comes across a ship drifting in space that has been attacked. He docks with it and goes aboard to investigate, and while there enemy ships arrive and attack. He destroys all the little enemy ships, but the big enemy ship damages him and then disappears. He then escapes (possibly).

Yes, that is a Commodore PET computer. The cine-video transfer has not been kind to the film. I just projected the film onto a piece of card and videoed it. It is tricky to read what the computer screen says, but you can just make out the writing which is green-on-black. It starts with "UNKNOWN... SPACE SHIP... INTER-STELLAR... FREIGHTER CLASS" and goes on to list the massive amount of damage that it has sustained. The black-on-green writing is lost in blur.

You may notice the remarkable number of times the hero changes clothes. Only one time is justified by the plot.

It's amazing how much the music helps.

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