• It's been a quite time!

    Well its been a quite time here in blog land, but not necessarily for me working. The summer has been busy finishing off Me Fish Bring for William D Drake, which has now been released, and is getting a fair few hits and postings to other blogs.

    And on the festival front things have been pretty good too. 'four and five' was shortlisted for the 12th Cornwall Film Festival, and has just been selected for the 'Paradise Found' Film Fesitval in the UK as well as the 8th International Streaming Festival - an online film festival for independent artists.

    So now its a bit of quiet time, but there are some plans afoot for some more workings with Mr Drake. Details will follow...

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  • And the good news continues

    For '178.98' at least.

    Tonight I was told that '178.98' has been officially short-listed in the main competition in the experimental category. Just like with NIFF this is for the second year running. This is great news and credit should also go to William D Drake, Benedict Davies & James Larcombe for their music.

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  • Good news for '178.98'

    Good news arrived today from the team at NIFF - the Naoussa International Film Festival in Greece - that '178.98' (the film I shot while in St Petersburg) is to be screened at the 10th Festival in September. That makes it 2 years running that I will have had work screened at NIFF.

    This news comes just I have finished the post-production on the pixillation and live action shots for a film to be released in September. More news to follow on this later...

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  • Editing & filming

    The shoot on Sunday went really well, with over 40" shot frame by frame, as well as a number of live action piano shots. Sadly no clarinet though.

    The job now is synching the pixillation to the audio. Having broken down the original clips which ran at just over 12" it was easy to synch those parts. But there were subtle variations in the repeated lines in the chorus. So in order to synch that the pixillated shots were re-edited, rock and rolled and bits re-cut to fit. In just one 20" clip there were over 80 edits! The results though are really pleasing.

    In the meantime the trusty Canon is being tested with a 10 day timelapse shot. Hopefully the results will be stable enough - not ever having shot over such a long time it will be interesting to see how Magic Lantern's inveralometer stands up to it. The shot is lit with two led panel lights, giving a good soft light, with no heat, and hopefully no flicker!

    The idea is to shoot a 3D realisation of Van Gogh's '3 mackerels with tomatoes and lemons'. The shot is two days in and already it smells awful!

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  • Getting busier

    Animation starts for real this coming weekend, and everything is ready to go!

    Sunday sees the pixillation shoot in London with Bill Drake and assorted singers and musicians and the odd piano and clarinet. The music track and vocals have all been broken down, and dope sheeted for real (the old fashioned way on those beautiful Chromacolour dope sheets as well as in the new-fangled way using Dragonframe's inbuilt dope sheet). One day to do the lot is a tall order, with about 1 min 30 secs of footage to get so its fingers crossed time! I will be trying out two new flat screen LED lights for the first time which will be a new way for me to light - but certainly cooler than working with 2 k's and peppers!

    Following on from that is a week of timelapse based on Vincent van Gogh's 'Still Life with Mackerels, Lemons and Tomatoes'. I've timed it so that the 30 secs (one frame every 16.8 minutes to be exact) that I need will run for a week, by which time all of the still life should have slumped into a mess! There will be flies in the studio no doubt! This is to go with the pixillation, bluebell timelapse and live action shoots from Hastings and the South Downs.

    All that's needed after that is for upcoming animator Jamie Hobbs to finish the animated woodcut fish and the film will be complete. I hope to have all the post finished by mid July.

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