Guy Edmonds

Guy Edmonds

E: guy.edmonds (@)

T: 01752 600 600

A: Link 3, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA

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Project: Early cinema and cognitive creativity

Investigate the cognitive impact of analogue and digital cinematic film projection technologies.


My research interests revolve around exploring and understanding the affective potential of the moving image, especially historical moving images. In general, I am interested in effects that exist outside of the narrative form as discussed in the majority of film and media studies. The objects of my research therefore are classes of film which resist or exhibit alternative techniques of storytelling, such as early film, experimental film and amateur film and home movies. In my CogNovo project, I aim to discover new insight into the role played by differing projection technologies and how they condition our perceptual and cognitive response, through the application of electroencephalography (EEG) analysis to the cinema viewing experience.

My academic interests in early cinema and home movies are mirrored in practical terms in the development of two unique programming series in which I propose new contexts for found films. Firstly, the 'Séance du Cinema' performances where spiritualistic mediums attempt to divine further information about the unknown protagonists of found home movies and, secondly, the 'Saloon of Refuse' in which a wide variety of often fragmentary film forms are saved from landfill for last chance saloon screenings. My research and archival work are also informed by active participation in filmmaking, its techniques and culture.


I am a freelance film restorer and archivist with fifteen years experience in the sector having previously worked at the EYE Film Institute (formerly Nederlands Filmmuseum), Christie's Camera and Photographic auctions and The Cinema Museum in London. I received my MA in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image from the University of Amsterdam in 2006.

My writings on the subject of Home Movies and Amateur film have appeared in specialised edited volumes, the academic journal, Film History, the monthly film magazine, Skrien, and the Stichting Amateurfilm magazine and website. I have been an organiser of many Home Movie Day events in London and Amsterdam. I am a member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image and a member of the artist-run film lab cooperative, Filmwerkplaats.


2016. ‘FoFA Case Studies 2012-2015 - Early Cinema and Cognitive Creativity’, Journal of Film Preservation, no. 94, 4/2016, FIAF, Brussels

2016. ‘Vitascope Movie-Maker: a ludic historiography’ in, Exposing the Film Apparatus: The Film Archive as a Research Laboratory. Amsterdam University Press

2016. 'Electrophysiology of Cinema Spectatorship' in Off the Lip: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Cognitive Innovation. Conference Proceedings. Plymouth University

2015. With Rossella Catanese and Bregt Lameris, ‘Hand-Painted Abstractions: Experimental Color in the Creation and Restoration of Ballet mécanique’. The Moving Image, vol. 15, no.1, University of Minnesota Press

2014. 'Reading "Hand-powered Mentalism"’ in Media Archaeology and Cognition: Transtechnology Research Reader 2014/15, Plymouth University

2013. ‘Historical, Aesthetic, Cultural: The Problematical Value of Amateur Cine Fiction’ in Ian Craven and Ryan Shand (eds) Small-Gauge Storytelling, Edinburgh University Press

2012. ‘Conserving the Unwieldy Body – A Material Approach to the Cinematographic Remains of Paul Julien’ in Sonja Kmec and Viviane Thill (eds) Tourists and Nomads. Amateur Images of Migration. Marburg: Jonas Verlag

2008. ‘Necromancy at Home and in the Workplace’ in Blik #2.0 Tijdschrift voor Audiovisuele Cultuur, October 2008, 34-39.

2008. ‘Verborgen levens’ in Skrien jrgl. 40, no. 4, juni / juli 2008, 12-13.

2008. ‘Liefde voor de amateur’ in Skrien jrgl. 40, no. 4, juni / juli 2008, 61.

2007. ‘Amateur Widescreen, or some forgotten skirmishes in the battle of the gauges’, in Film History: An International Journal Dec 2007, Vol. 19, No. 4: 401-413.

2007. ‘Associazione Home Movies, l'Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia: An interview with Paolo Simoni and Karianne Fiorini of Italy's amateur-film archive’ in Film History: An International Journal, Dec 2007, Vol. 19, No. 4: 423-428.

Public Engagement

2015 February 4

Ballet Mécanique - from BW to (hand) colour, a restoration history - Colour in Film with the British Film Institute and the Colour Group (GB). City University, London

2015 May 4-8

Guest of Europe on Screen Film Festival, daily talks and discussions and media interviews about film preservation and restoration, knowledge transfer with staff at the Sinematek Indonesia. Various locations in Jakarta, Indonesia, including: Erasmus Huis, GoetheHaus, Institut Francais, Universitas Multimedia Nusantara.

Flick Interview // Guy Edmonds - Film Restorer // Europe on Screen 2015