About Filosofisk Film/Philosophical Films

These pages present a number of ongoing documentary sound & picture projects – some serious, some just for fun.

I also run a more "modern" video site at Vimeo. Note that all the pure audio recordings are still at the present site. See also Technical notes below.

The first and the two last of the film projects have been pursued in cooperation with the University of Gothenburg. Contentwise too, these three surely deserve the name "Philosophical Films". But so do several of the others to some extent – at least that is my intention.

Many movie clips were filmed with a tape-based Canon HV-20, HV-40, XH-A1s or XL-H1A camera. For birds, I have often added a Canon FD(L) 100-300 zoom lens to the XL-H1A, which gives it an equivalent focal length of up to some 2.100 mm. Many thanks to Toshikazu Muramatsu, Nagoya, Japan, for finding this excellent lens! In 2015, I started filming with a micro 4/3 DSLR camera, the Panasonic GH4, that has recently become two. For birding purposes, an Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50-200 lens with a 2x teleadapter is added, resulting in an equivalent focal length of up to 1.600 mm. Again, my friend Toshikazu helped me find this one.

The sounds of the Mastersingers were (if not otherwise stated) captured using a Telinga Pro V
with a stereo DAT microphone, and were recorded on a Sony mini-disk or Zoom H2 (now H2n) digital recorder. The Telinga parabole has also been used together with the XL-H1A, XH-A1s or GH4 with the sound recorded directly on the HDV tape/on the memory card. Ingvar Johansson at JOPRO, Alafors helped me construct and build a special tripod mount that can host several devices, for example two cameras, an external monitor and (in calm weather) the parabolic mic.

Lars Karlsson, who is a professional where I will always be an enthusiastic amateur, kindly gave my many good beginner's advices. Without the generous help, criticism and support that Torgny Nordin has provided and continues to provide, most of my work would just not have been possible. Since early 2013 I am an associate member of Naturfilmarna, something that of course is of great help in my projects. Finally, Daniel Ruhe's computer-related technical advices have often saved my day and I am very grateful for them.

Technical notes

Most of the movies are now shown here as embedded Vimeo files, and only a few are still using an older code. New movies are only added in Vimeo format. I have also supplemented the old audio links with direct access to sound files using the HTML5 <audio> command. Please note:

1. Take care that the page is fully loaded before you run any of the pure sound files. Else, the browser may become confused.

2. For users of older operative systems:
– Everything except the embedded Vimeo movies works with Safari 5.1.10 under MacOSX 10.6.8. Regrettably, this problem cannot be fixed. The older movie links (that go to exported movies on my own site) work in this Safari version, but I am gradually replacing most of them with Vimeo movies.
– Everything except the old audio links works with Firefox 44+ under MacOSX 10.6.8, but the Quicktime 7.5 (or later) plugin has to be installed and activated. As mentioned, the old audio links have now been supplemented with HTML5 <audio> calls.
– The same seems to hold for Firefox under Windows 7.

Finding and installing the proper Quicktime 7 plugin can be tricky, ask me if you need help.

3. Newer Mac systems:
– Everything, both old and new stuff, works fine with Safari 9.03 under MacOSX 10.10.5. In later Safari versions, the Quicktime 7.5 (or later) plugin may have to be installed if you want the old-style movies to run.
– Everything except the old audio links works with Firefox 44+ under MacOSX 10.10.5, again on the condition that the Quicktime plugin is active.

4. I do not know what works and what doesn't with other new browsers and/or with other new operative systems, and am happy for any feedback about this.

/The Captain

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