In 2013 I started attending Filmonik Kabarets. If you’re keen to get into making film (in any capacity), think you have skills you’d like to develop in this area or already working in film and TV this is a great place to meet and work with like minded people, test your skills and ideas, try new things you’ve not had the opportunity to do before and try new things you’ve not even considered in a very short space of time (4 days is usual). Filmonik has allowed me to start directing and writing for short film and edit other people’s films. Stuart Alexander Rees was one of the first people that I edited for. The film is a short poem film which was wholly created at the summer 2013 kabaret. It was really interesting for me to sit with a director and bring their ideas to life.
Quays Culture invite you to submit your artist film for our second Quays Open Day, a free, curated programme of events happening all over the Quays. Within this exciting programme, a 25-seater mobile cinema will be open to the public, featuring screenings of dynamic and groundbreaking work on screen. As part of this we are launching a programme dedicated to northern artist film.
We are looking for artists and filmmakers in the North of England who are pushing the boundaries in artist film. We want to showcase a range of new, inspirational and challenging film art from emerging northern talent. We want excellent work that captures the imagination of the public, many of whom would be new to artist film.
The Artist Film Programme will include two strands for entries;
a final year student strand
a general open call strand
Both strands will be free to enter. Finalists will be…
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Well hello folks, I must apologise as I seem to have been away for some time, but there’s been a good reason for it. I’ve actually been working on making a music video over the summer for Invertor who are one of the Single Cell Collective acts ( if you click on the link click on a T Shirt to find out more about them). Their song “Don’t Make Any Sudden Movements” was released on the Six Rivers album in 2009, so it’s not a new song, but I was looking for a song which would fit with an idea I had about civil liberties and Public Space Protection Orders, some new form of anti-social behaviour order. I wanted to take the idea that these new powers could potentially affect anyone, and my fictional Public Space Protection Officers would actually be from a private security firm which police themselves. The plot of the film centres around a picnic that goes horribly wrong, down to the intervention of Public Space Protection Officers. The idea was inspired by a number of stories I read about these new powers being used, particularly the story about homeless guys having their belongings confiscated by police for sleeping rough – here’s a story from the Independent about it. The idea had been buzzing around in my head for a couple of months when I had the opportunity to make a music video as part of the Bokeh Yeah! Single Cell Music Video Challenge and so it went from there. This is the second short film I have directed, and it was actually a brilliant experience, I couldn’t have asked for better cast or crew and everybody had lots of fun making it. There will a public screening of my film, and others which have been created for this challenge at The Three Minute Theatre on Thursday 10th October from 7pm with musical accompaniment from some of the Single Cell artistes. Come and have a look! 🙂
With “Life at the Bauhaus”
by Farkas Molnár (1925)
Image:Bauhaus costumes by Oskar Schlemmer (1925)
Translated from the Hungarian by John Bátki.
From Between Two Worlds: A Sourcebook of
Central European Avant-Gardes, 1910-1930.
(The MIT Press. Cambridge, MA: 2002).
It is the first institution in Europe dedicated to realizing the achievements of the new arts for the purposes of human existence. Its inception was the first step toward a recognition that has become widespread by now: that “atelier art” has divorced itself from life and is dead, and that every person possessing creative powers must seek his or her vocation in the fulfillment of the practical needs of everyday life. Today’s scientific and technological advances will not become assimilated into general culture as long as humankind still lives under medieval conditions. The machine is still a foreign object in the houses of today; the documents of…
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Gorilla Film Shoot, a set on Flickr.
I was recently the photographer on the film shoot for “Gorilla” a short film directed by Jack Bottomley and produced by Matoke Productions, which is being submitted for Virgin Media Shorts 2013. Here’s a selection of the photos I took. Keep your eyes peeled for the film, not long now!