In the above YouTube extract from BSV 1172, the montage contains footage filmed in SD using single Saticon tube and CCD cameras, of which some footage was bounced to VHS, run through several processors to achieve several distinct layers of degradation, bounced back to digital, and assembled in Adobe Premiere with specific aspects of each layer treated with filters, colour shifts, and more – although the ‘static electricity’ was created live using vintage analogue gear. (A more extreme degree of ‘de-grading’ can be seen in the final images of the BSV 1172 teaser trailer, archived in the Films section.)






The above YouTube playlist features a variety of textures created using different types of CCD and tube cameras, recording and bouncing between digital and SD tape mediums, live looping through vintage 25-45 year old industrial video mixers and assorted vintage ‘black box’ enhancers.

These textures – captured during spontaneous or natural occurrences –  are useful as background images and standalone works with narratives driven by movement, shifting patterns and colour.






For’s ongoing podcast programming archived on YouTube, I created intro / outro titles of which the former features a severely altered version of the site’s logo – achieved by layering stills sent to a tube television, captured digitally, and warped within Adobe After Effects and Premiere.

The podcast animations & montages extracts in the above YouTube playlist illustrate both background textures that appear during the conversations, and custom animation which can either make use of original montages (as in the case of the Michael Penn interview) or abstract images, which in the case of the Darius Holbert podcast, follows one simple rule: craft different montages using the same piece of footage.






One of the most distinguishing aspects of Big Head Amusements’ productions is the use of vintage broadcast, ENG, prosumer, and consumer gear – cameras, mixers, switchers, character generators, videotape recorders / players, enhancers, mixers, colour correctors, image stabilizers, and more.

Tube cameras used by BHA range from early seventies black & white to three tube colour model from the mid-eighties, and as the above YouTube playlist illustrates, I’ve crafted several videos – from test shoots and more formal demonstrations – to illustrate how they perform in various lighting conditions / locations.

An upcoming short, Wandel’s 2.0,  will contrast the qualitative differences between SD tube and HD cameras filming similar plants in the same exotic private garden.






High-quality HD versions of the works below are also available on Vimeo.

For further info on these productions and services, please email me directly (“multimedia” ” services” “at” “mondomark” “dot” “com”).