Publica Clerkenwell Screen Shorts: E215

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My short experimental film, E215 has won Publica’s Clerkenwell Screen Shorts competition where it was noted for having “compelling visual narrative”. Good times. The prize is that it will be projected in Clerkenwell Green, London on 22 May to coincide with Clerkenwell Design week.

More information on the event can be found on Publica’s website.

Initiated in 2013 as part of our film programme, the Clerkenwell Screen projects out from our studio windows overlooking Clerkenwell Green. The project gives us a unique opportunity to contribute to the experience of public life by developing an interplay between the public and private realms. The projections we show are ephemeral: a gift to passers by encouraging them to engage with us as they pass through this historic public space.” 

On the same week E215 will also be screened at Montreal Underground Film Festival on 24th where it has been nominated for a Muff Jury Prize! An will also screen at Snug Lab at Edinburgh’s Roxy Arthouse on 23rd May.

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Pigeon

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I met Andy as he walked past me armed with a camcorder. I was intrigued to watch his tape. He said I could. The tape presented a seventy year old artist who walked the streets of Edinburgh capturing his surroundings. For whom and why? I decided Andy and his tape would make a good subject for an observational documentary. My intention was to share Andy’s tape so I could experience life through the eyes of another. I wanted to discuss the nature of why we both film? However Andy had his own intention for making this film…

Pigeon is a fifteen minute participatory observational documentary that weaves in and out of two director visions. The film is produced by Alia Ghafar and directed by myself. The film will be showcased at Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show 2014 and then distributed around film festivals. Musical composition by Josh Sabin and sound design by Chris Gayne. Poster designed by Hamish McEachern. 

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E215 @ Alchemy Film Festival

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I did not know anything about Hawick apart from it is next to Galashiels. All I know about Galashiels is that it is like most scottish towns; If you visit on a sunday the only source of entertainment is it’s Tescos. I now know that Hawick is different. I visited on a sunday. It’s abandoned auction house hosts several video installations while it’s local cinema screens international experimental films. What else can you ask for?  I am a new man now.

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Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival is an international festival of experimental film and artists’ moving image. This years theme was ‘DreamLand’, focussing on film explorations of the natural world as a place of dreams, relating further to utopian dreams of a Scottish homeland – in Scotland’s Year of Homecoming, and the Scottish ReferendumMy short film E215 was selected for its ‘Dreamland’ programme. The reason I’m writing this is because having grown up in a small scottish town I could not imagine hosting an experimental film festival. That in itself is an experiment. Saturday night I attended a performance by the French collective, Nominoë. The event took place in the town hall. The contrast between the conservative environment and the performance made it feel appropriate that only an experimental film festival should take place in Hawick. As stated Alchemy has made me a new man. Perhaps I am ignorant but to see projected experimental work in Scotland is rare. I felt that every aspect of the festival was treated with great care and thought. I look forward to next years festival.

Cortex: Nominoë & Stéphane Mensah

Nominoë are a collective of artists made up of filmmakers Emmanuel Lefrant, Alexis Constantin, Nicolas Berthelot and Stéphane Courcy di Rosa. Through a play of shadows, the screen captures the image of a body in movement before the projectors’ beams of light, while the dancer’s gestures, through sensors, sculpt light and sound in the space within which he evolves. I took a wee picture after the performance of what is behind the screen. Five 16mm projectors next to a strobe light.

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The festival also had a healthy amount of video installations works by Andrew Kotting, Ruth Le Gear, Pat Law and many more. All were available for the public to visit. Below is the auction house, one of the buildings that housed the video installations.

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All of the good photographs taken by Patrick Rafferty.
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Victor Kossakovsky Master Class

Over looking Edinburgh College of Art as a sort of Panopticon tower is the Scottish Documentary Institute. Never knowing if they are watching or not, we as students at Edinburgh College of Art don’t risk it and always behave. Last summer I was asked by them to film a conversation between Victor Kossakovsky and Noe Mendelle that took place during the Edinburgh Film Festival 2013. I have always admired Kossakovsky for his cinematography therefore I was slightly intimidated to point a camera at him.

Within the first five minutes “Your tripod is too low” he said…  I cried inside.

Recently the Scottish Documentary Institute have been digging into their archive and releasing masterclasses which have took place over the years as Podcasts. Hosted by Duncan Cowles.

A trailer for Kossakovsky ‘s Vivan Las Antipodas! can be viewed below.

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Hidden Door Festival- Low Def Film Night

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In October last year I was asked to make five films in five days as apart of my course at Edinburgh College of Art. Not knowing what to do, I soon found myself retreating back to the terrotoriy that first interested me to film; goofy animations and low brow hidden camera shows.

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The small batch of films I made will be screened at Low Def Film & Video Night which will take place as a part of Hidden Door Arts Festival in Edinburgh.
Low Def is an eclectic curation of micro films shot on anything from a Nokia to a flatbed scanner’.

My submissions are very fitting as they are all under a minute and were created either with my iPhone or on a flatbed scanner! Low Def Film & Video Night will take place from 6.30-7.30pm on Sunday 30th of March in Vault 17. More information about the event can be found over their website.A taster for the type of animations that I have made can be seen in the film below.

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Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2014 – E215


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My short experimental film, E215, will be apart of Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2014.
The film will be screened on Sunday 6th Arpil during the DreamLand 3 programme at Hawick, Scottish Boarders. Tickets can be found over at their website.

Alchemy film festival looks like it will be a great long weekend starting with the UK premiere of the Quay Brothers ‘Unmistaken Hands’. My short is being screened along side Scott Fitzpatrick’s UP, an experimental filmmaker who I came across last year on the vimeo vortex. Fitzpatrick work stands out to me for his simple idea of laser printing Microsoft fonts onto 16mm film. Reminding me that film is physical material. After manipulation the film enters warfare. Colours attack as the projector chokes like a rifle. Clip can be seen above. It will be fun to view his film projected in the auditorium… however I may have the wrong Scott Fitzpatrick, if so, I have sinned, forgive me…  But I still stand by the rule that if anything referencing Microsoft mid 90′s is a winner! Viva La Microsoft Clip Art!

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My film, E215. is a meditative insight into my gran mother as she reflects on her old age. The film highlights that beauty can still be obtained from objects once seen as unfit for society. I spent 12 hours last winter observing them as they did their thing. My gran did not know her voice was being recorded and even today does not know this film exists.

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A short trailer for my film, E215 can be viewed below.

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Experiments In Cinema V9.27 – E215

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E215 is a wee film I made in Scotland. A meditative portrait of my gran. A fridge floating in an abounded quarry.

Albuquerque, New Mexico. On the map it looks dry. It has a record high temperature of 42 degree celsius. Hosts a funky international experimental film festival.

During 14-20th April, 2014. Experiments In Cinema v9.27 will be bringing shorts from all over the world to their city. My short experimental film, E215, will be apart of this years programme. Over on their website I found a interview with the festivals founder, Brian Konefsky. Sharing his views as he humanises experimental film.

“Experimentalists know we are not going to make any money at this, so the playing field is levelled. It’s more about sharing and embracing. So it’s about storytelling in very unique and specific kind of ways”.

Experiments In Cinema v9.27 looks to be a good week during April 14-20, 2014. Albuquerque, New Mexico. E215 will be screening on April 16th 5.30pm.
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Pigeon [GIF run]

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As I approach the last semester of my time at Edinburgh College of Art I have began filming a new documentary entitled Pigeon. The film is about a fellow filmmaker…

I met Andy as he walked past me armed with a camcorder. I was intrigued to watch his tape. He said I could. The tape presented a seventy year old artist who walked the streets of Edinburgh capturing his surroundings. For whom and why? I decided Andy and his tape would make a good subject for an observational documentary

To get a feel for the look an mood of the project I have created these GIFs to act as a sort of mood board. I quite like the idea of GIF mood boards, I was there first dad!  Some of the GIFs are from Andy’s camcorder and others are from my childhood.

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AOI Awards 2013 : Our Nations Sons


photo-25The AOI exhibition at Sommerset House in London has finished. Above is myself and illustrator Joe Caslin at the award ceremony at the start of October. I take the form as the small curvy one.
Our Nations Sons won an award for Public Realm category and also gave me the chance to run through the fountains of Somerset House. I also liked the peanuts…

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There was a prominent selection of Scottish illustrators that had been awarded. A particular favourite of mine was underneath a sheet of glass by a former lecturer who subsequently apologised for his time teaching me. A Showman’s Yard In The East-End  by Mitch Miller appears to be the aftermath of a frantic obsessive research streak.  A sheet of paper that could have easily fallen out from a crazed anthropologist’s notebook, An whose to say it hasn’t? The sheer volume of information jotted onto the paper is not only humorous but also works as a balance conveying Millers dedication to the families he observed; an aspect I admire from a documentary point of view. It was interesting to see how that extensive research could be translated into a different medium than from what I work in. Hail the dialectogram!

photo-24Overall it was good to be apart of the event and have the film included at such a venue. Those peanuts were also pretty pretty good! The illustrations have long vanished from Edinburgh but Caslin’s project still receives a great amount of feedback which has allowed him to continue with his projects. His work can be followed here.

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Our Nation’s Sons @ Somerset House, AOI Exhibition

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Today is the start of Association Of Illustrators exhibition at Somerset House, London where they will be screening my film Our Nation’s Sons.

The film is a short document detailing the motivation for the project as well as how the illustrations were installed. Our Nation’s Sons began on Saturday 14th April with the pasting of a 40ft drawing to the gable wall of No. 20 Cowgate, Edinburgh. Over the course of the next two weeks, five other large-scale drawings have appeared in Edinburgh city centre. The aim of the project is use these portraits drawings of young men as a tool to provoke and question current social and media representations of this generation. The drawings once installed will generate spaces throughout the city charged for an encounter between the subject/protagonist and the passer-by/interpreter.

The project has achieved large amount of feedback and has now won an award for Public Realm category at Association Of Illustrators. The exhibition will be on from today till 27 October. I’m very pleased to be apart of the event and have the film screened at such a venue.

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