Posts from the ‘Film’ Category
December 6, 2012
Comics and films aren’t so different, you know.
I’ve been interested in what each can learn from the other for some time now, having bounced back and forth between the two in some capacity for a while. As a writer I’ve always been intrigued by different methods of production for both comics and films, but as a maker and producer of films I’ve learnt that strong scripts will only get you so far. In documentaries particularly, other things come into play.
There’s lots of other directions I’d like to take this talk in – the way that people perceive documentaries as continually evolving, “fuzzy” experiences and how that maps onto some of the ways we absorb imagery on a daily basis, like Instagram. Truth and integrity are also really important here, Robert Flaherty (one of the pioneers of documentary film) is well known for over sensationalising moments and characters in his films, encouraging them to be more like he thought they should be/were, rather than who they genuinely are. How does that map onto a creators vision for a comic, does it make them over manage a scene, or pursue a vision that jars with the characters and the story they’re creating?
Anyhow, that’s a bit of a brain dump. Not sure if/when I’ll get an opportunity to expand on this but, in the meantime, I’d be fascinated to hear from anyone else with a finger both the comics and film domains to see how this maps onto your experiences. Drop me a line.
August 31, 2012
We had some visitors in the office from Oslo the other day.
“Anyone can shoot a good looking film these days. But you need a good story to make it a good film, and you could have shot that using your iPhone.”
August 16, 2012
A couple of months back I filmed James Bridle’s Working Shop. An art installation come coding workshop aiming to display the craft of code as an industrial artisan might.
The detritus of code is obviously much less visually striking than that of furniture production say, so documenting the craft through film was an interesting challenge. It’s almost the same problem that James faced – walking into his space who would know he was coding because what strikes you is the vacancy of the space, not the whirr of machines or the sawdust on the floor.
See for yourself what it’s all about.
May 6, 2012
I meant to publish this a few weeks back – apologies.
A week or so ago, I gave money to a child I’d never met. I donated to Caine’s Scholarship Fund.
That’s kind of crazy. I sent cash to a kid on the other side of the world to help enable him to go to University. And not because I felt guilty or was stirred by a charitable campaign, because I saw something he’d done and was pretty damn overwhelmed by it. I saw it in a film.
I spend a lot of time at work espousing the advantages of film; bringing ideas alive, real people, real voices etc. But sometimes you see work that just smashes those sentiments right out of the park. Don’t just say, do.
To date, 3.2M people have watched that film and almost £200,000 has been donated to Caine and his future. That’s the kind of future I want to live in.
February 26, 2012
I’ve made a new film. It’s about model engineering.
It happened thus.
On a bus driving past Alexandra Palace in late January I was pretty struck by the sight of women, men and children of all ages, shapes and sizes streaming up the hill. Confused as to the event that would unite such a diverse mix of people, a quick web search identified the London Model Engineering Exhibition. And so it was that we ended up there the next day, camera in hand, to explore.
It was, as Matt wrote, exactly the kind of show you’re picturing in your head. A hall filled with people showing off their finely tuned wares with an immense amount of (extremely modest) pride. From replica thames barges complete with embroidered sails and handmade winches, to submarines with automatic depth controls capable of firing missiles I was pretty gobsmacked by the level of passion and commitment in the room.
But it wasn’t just blind dedication. The event showed me how model engineering is a true community. A collection of people genuinely supporting each other to make and create. As one of the guys we interviewed said, “it really restores my faith in humanity.” That was wonderful.
And so, this film is a little insight into some of the people we met and the models they’ve made.
[It's not a "proper" documentary, I hasten to add. It being a bustling public show there was a lot of variables we couldn't have any influence over - such as the chap selling power tools! Also, just the one 16 GB memory card put paid to most of the other shots I wanted to capture of the event so the b-roll is a little limited.]
December 12, 2011
I’ve made a film documenting the 2011 Thought Bubble festival, Leeds.
It’s centered around an interview with the festival’s Development Manager Clark Burscough and aims to scratch a little below the surface of the team’s passion for comics and what makes the festival unique.
I’ll do a little writeup about lessons and process soon but in the meantime, enjoy!