Gearbox is the outcome of twelve-months development work between the MediaShed and Eyebeam, to create a resource for low-budget filmmaking. Comprised of “how to” step by step examples, Gearbox shows people innovative ways of recording footage using unusual combinations of found resources (such as CCTV Video Sniffin' or Spy Kiting) and low-budget methods of reproducing professional film making techniques (for example, achieving a crane shot using a fishing pole). This one-stop shop for all your moving image needs places a potent means of expression in the hands of people irrespective of money, status or environment. Building on the core aims of “free-media”, it offers new ways of thinking about and using technology and media available within the environment, of recycling and re-using outdated and junked equipment, and of adapting cheap materials from local DIY and electronic stores.

Project Created: 
April 2007

Media Shed/Mongrel

Graham Harwood of UK-based artist collective Mongrel and David Valentine of UK-based Media Shed, a grass roots media initiative (established by Harwood, among others), will collaborate with Eyebeam and two groups of disadvantaged youth (one in Southend-on-Sea, one in New York City) to create and test a suite of easy-to-use, freely available video recording, producing and editing tools (The Free Media Video Toolkit or FMVTK) for eventual widespread online dissemination.

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