So we made this really short, low budget film based on Paintwork (watch it in full screen if you can):
This morning I was trying to piece together how this happened. It certainly wasn’t something I’d been planning. I think it started in November of last year, when I was having a drink with the editor of New Scientist, Sumit Paul-Choudhury. He was here, in Bristol, where the two of us were checking out the Kode9/MFO/Miss Haptic homage/remix to Chris Marker’s La Jetee. It was pretty good. Anyway, I might have had a drink or two, and I mentioned in passing that I had wanted to do a Marker tribute myself, a simple thing with still images and some CGI, but I probably wouldn’t bother now. Plus I wouldn’t know where to start. It was just a random idea. Some bullshit you say in the bar after a couple of drinks.
Anyway, a few weeks later I had an email from Sumit’s cohort Simon Ings, the editor of Arc. He asked me if I wanted to go to Sonic Acts in Amsterdam with him in February, as Arc had been asked to do a panel there. A paid trip to Amsterdam? Obviously I said yes. I’d probably just have to do a reading or chat some shit about the future, standard procedure.
And then he asked me if I could show this short film I’d been talking about. For some reason, before really thinking about what it involved, I said yes to that too.
What it did involve, it turns out, was not just a lot of hard work and self-doubt but also working with some insanely talented and committed people. Like Alan Tabrett for a start, one of my best friends, how did all the heavy lifting on the project as well as supplying never-ending creative vision. Then there’s Laurie Eagle, who took the photos. And Koast, who gave us the voice over that fits the film so perfectly and convincingly. And just as important in making the whole thing work is Pete Thomas, AKA Forsaken, who not only gave us a perfectly suited piece of music, but inspiringly re-aranged and edited it to fit the visuals. Oh, and I can’t forget my wife, Bobi, who found herself on acting duties.
I can’t thank them all enough, really.
Anyway, let us know what you think. If you like it and what to share it around, or embed it on your site then please do. You can download a press release here, and right here are some promo images. Or if you need anything else give me a shout.