Tony Pritchett’s archive contains 16mm film, correspondence and other production materials relating to his work with The Experimental Cartography Unit.
Between 1973 and 1976 Tony created 3D anaglyphic moving image of sea beds using 16mm colour film.
I was lucky enough to view this with Tony, and also to interview him about it. The eBook will contain a chapter dedicated to his work with the ECU. I’ll also be speaking with Prof Bob Hopgood, (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory alumni), who told me:
“We had quite a close relationship with ECU. We both had PDP15s and used the other site as backup if one or other went down for any reason.”
I’d obviously also like to track down people who worked at the unit. This is the trouble with researching and documenting the archive. It’s a potentially unending fascinating project.
The image above shows a Steenbeck that we viewed his work on. I used my phone to film the screen. In this way I made a low resolution record of all the archive. the Steenbeck was pretty ancient and running at the wrong speed!
In 2022, Jez Stewart and The BFI kindly scanned a feet of 3D work in the archive. A great deal of footage still requires scanning – but it has been so inspiring to see a small amount of it in high resolution. I aim to get all the footage scanned, not only in order to document it in this eBook and make it available for others to study – but also so I can screen it at my 3D club, ‘The Stereoscopic Society’.
Now put on your glasses!
You will hopefully be able to make out three depth levels, (‘Surface, Mid-Depth and Sea Bed) . Please note that this image is compressed for web-use, which lessens and muddies the 3D effect).