I'm still thawing out from the cold snap and writing pitches for Nice&Polite so not much visible action here. However my film is showing at the Jameson Dublin Film Festival on the 20th February come along and watch it alongside other brilliant short films in the programme. Especially watch out for the film Irish Folk Furniture by Tony Donoghue which just won a prestigious prize at Sundance.
Wow well I'm very happy to be officially on the roster with Nice&Polite along with some fine directors like Eoghan Kidney and others. Looking forward to getting to work on some colourful projects and collaborations in the new year.
I spent the weekend in the fun city of Cork where my documentary film was premiering at the Cork Film Festival. I was very surprised and elated to also pick up an award for it. The award is Claire Lynch award for best first time Irish director, it's a great start to a film that I've been thinking about making for six or seven years, hopefully it will give it some extra recognition. There was some really brilliant films on and I managed to watch about 30 of them. My favourite was the bizarrely imaginative stop motion "Oh Willy". Seek it out if possible
I've finished my film for the Irish film Board's Reality Bites scheme. It is a short experimental documentary about people over the age of 65 who have been cycling their whole lives. It's called Two Wheel's Good is produced by John Kelleher Media and is a blend of animation,live action and spoken interviews reflecting on a life in the saddle. Here is the trailer.
Meanwhile this weekend, I've been working on some retro graphics for a lyric video.
15th August 2012+++++++++++++++++++++++++++
- fetishised bicycle macro photography √
13th August 2012+++++++++++++++++++++++++++
9th August 2012++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
we're going for the unfinished sketch look. Tim pointed me towards Nadia's amazing drawings. I like the scrawliness, it's the way I draw, messy and deliberately so. I also think that it's interesting what happens if you don't fill in the detail so much and let your brain fill in the detail it wants to, inside your own head.
31st July 2012++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
In the final stages of the production on my documentary, working through the animation sequences, still a lot to do. Here is one of the characters as a young man as imagined by Tim. The line animation plugin Eoghan has written is working a treat.
15th June 2012++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Last Year I worked with Shay and Alon on this short for Turner Classic Movies, I was responsible for rendering and lighting and materials and a little bit of tweaking the animation in Maya for this short. I've just found it online so I thought I'd post it as I don't really usually post the commercial stuff that I get involved in but parts of this are lovely
Work is ongoing on my documentary for the Irish Film Board, Tim Webb and I are animating cycling cycles today.
7th March 2012++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I'm in production of my short for the Irish Film Board. I had been caught up in a lot of heavy duty post production work lately doing silly hours.. which has been all consuming, its good to get moving on my own ideas again. To shake myself loose I made a music vid with Wendy Rae last week in a day! I wish I could do that more often. its glitchy and eerie and carries on from where we left off 2 years ago.
10 January 2012++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
My promo with Eoghan Cunneen for Mico went live recently here is a link to it. I wish I could have spent more time getting it absolutely completely right, the realities of having a full on day job is making my personal projects more and more difficult to achieve. I was working 20 hour days at times pulling this one together. Thanks to all the great people at Th1ng for letting me use their render farm I was able to finish it before the launch deadline. I might reedit it when I get some downtime as I want to synch it more to the audio and add a layer of imagination that I didn't have the opportunity to do at the time.
18th November 2011++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I learned last week that a spot I worked on for Turner Media has won a Promax award. Still in Mico making mode, this is tricky, I need a team of willing mayans and a render farm.
8th November 2011+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
A fierce bout of commercial work has pushed my Mico music video experiments with Eoghan Cunneen back to evenings and weekends however in the true spirit of collaboration we have stumbled upon something quite beautiful...like when you imagine something and when it materialises it is better than you imagined. Thats what I feel about the terrain I'm covering at the moment. I love maths and how by using it you can create very complicated and beautiful things. More to follow as it gets extruded from my computer.
10th October 2011++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
A short documentary I recently pitched to the Irish film Board has been successful. I've been awarded funding to produce it. I'm currently planning filming trips around the west coast of Ireland.
7th August 2011+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
So I've started listening to Mieko Shimizu's latest track to imagine another music video for it. I think the song is epic and beautiful, so I have to rise to the challenge. I'm collaborating with an exciting individual on using audio reactive technology and the latest experimental video techniques to realise this, but it's very early days and I can't show anything yet.
In the meantime, I made this ages ago but never uploaded it, it's a work in progress I think. or maybe its finished, I like the idea of a year long table tennis game, well here it is.
27th July 2011++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I've been extremely distracted the past few months, I have a few projects coming together that have been talked about for a long time. I'm advising and assisting the very talented Oonagh Kearney make her exciting feature length Debut. Other collaborations with very talented musicians and bands in the pipeline. Fingers crossed a documentary pitch I made to the Irish Film Board will be successful as it will really push things in a new direction for me.
I made this the other night after rediscovering old files on my ageing computer. It just is what it is, pictures of circles from google earth and sound that is square.
Meanwhile I've been helping realise various projects for directors in Soho. I'll post links when some go pubic, could be years.
10th Feb 2011++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I've uploaded a commisioned animation I finished in November, this was an interesting challenge playing around with 3D dynamics and finding solutions for different text transitions. It's a departure from what I usually do, but the engineer part of my brain loves excuses to understand and explore 3D software.
9th Feb 2011++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I've been completely distracted lately, Christmas is finally over! Phew. So what's new? I've just uploaded the summer commission about Greenwich. I went into this project with grand ideas and the realities of working with communities brought it all back down to earth, I really enjoyed this project researching and learning about the area, visiting it everyday and thinking about angles to approach this while waiting for the archive and submitted footage to develop. Realistically to do a film idea like this justice would take years and I only had a few weeks in the end, but looking at it now I think its understated and beautiful. The sound was scored live to the video in a studio and we got it down on the third take so it retains a raw energy. The video is a mixture of submitted and archive footage I discovered and a little of my own to give it form. The highlight for me was watching the sun rise from Sevendroogs castle and also visiting the Ferrier Estate a very interesting housing estate in Eltham now in the final phase of demolition, it seemed to me as if it could have been a utopian dream living there, but it appears something went wrong. I would like to learn a lot more about it. Good project over all I even managed to start driving a motorcycle because of it. Groovy.
4th September 2010+++++++++++++++++++++++++++
After taking a bit of time off. I'm attempting to reign in a lot of small projects I've started over the past while, I'll post them as I get through finishing them. First off is the Mico video I made in February last year for the Southbank and Mieko Shimizu. Well just the other day Mieko sent me the LP version of her track "I think like a swarm" so I recut the video to this and added some newer slightly more polished scenes that I had been working on since. The older version can be seen in the Work in Progress section.
26th April 2010++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I'm pleased to say I've received a commission to make a film for Greenwich Film Festival. What interested me about this commission was that the brief centered around other people's home movies and archive stock footage as the starting point to making a short film which reflects change in the borough of Greenwich. Being an animator, I love the idea of change, flux, trajectories. This project will get me out of the studio and onto the streets, investigating the landscape and history of Greenwich.
I recently attended the retrospective of John Smith at the Royal College of Art, the film which keeps coming to mind is Slow Glass where time and change and resistance to change are the central themes in a fictional story about the history of Glass.
I also recently attended a screening and talk of an animator called Bruce Bickford, who worked with Zappa in the seventies and currently makes his films at home in California. The mountain of work this man has kneaded into life is incredible. His work is hypnotic in its movement and depiction of time. Bruce's dedication to his art puts anyone I've encountered to shame. The way his objects morph and spew and change into completely unpredictable forms is startling. His life and work is depicted in a documentary called Monster Road which is worth watching. I was lucky enough to be able to buy some of his artwork too.
27th March 2010+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I'm working on a short animation, I haven't drawn animation in quite a while, but this is slightly different, I'm taking the classic approach of preparing a soundbed and imagining lines from the sound, to sum it up in three words would be Shamanic Quantum Sex animation, it involves a lot of surprise elements to me, and this is what is interesting, as I have no idea what the next frame will really be or what the end will be like, it is creating in the dark, pushing tentacles into the silence. The ideas are coming from a perverse logic, where there are innate basic forces of attraction, simple primordial chemical narratives.
02nd March 2010+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Our slot at BLOC weekend aint gonna happen. There was a desire that the act we were hoping to compliment did not want complete darkness. But if you ask me complete darkness rocks! and is definitely a better way to experience music than sugary contrived blinding unoriginal 3D computer madness (but we weren't going to make that)
Glass magazine have just finished a write up on my adventures with structured light.
28th February 2010++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Spent a good few hours wandering round the V&A open frameworks workshops this weekend it was very informative and interesting watching the projects coming together. It was an experience meeting loads of creative people with real talent working together ad hoc. I will link to some of the projects when the documentation is online.
15th February 2010++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
My latest experiment using Structured Light 3D Scanning Techniques. I had just a few hours with our model and this is the end result. I hope to make some further explorations using human form as the underlying theme.
You can catch a screening of this at Video Is The Only Constant event at Corsica Studios on March the 3rd.
10th February 2010++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
My collaboration with Shaun is ongoing in the experimentation with Structured Light 3D scanning. Its exciting. I'm realising a whole new potential in generating imagery and content through this technique. We have both been really fortunate to have good contact with Kyle and his friend Roy who ports Kyle's structured light decoding program to OSX. For the recent Cybersonica show at Kinetica we displayed some raw possibilities which we had uncovered, from generating content on the day by photographing visitors and incorporating their faces into a live puppet like performance and also some stop-motion sequences we shot earlier in the week. Being able to communicate directly with Kyle allowed us to request some mods to his code to accommodate a stop-motion technique, within a day we had a new version to work with that worked well with stop- motion playback. [Link to some of these shots later.]
On a tangent to this I met with Simon Elliot and Carlos Acosta amongst others this morning to discuss interactive animated visuals for a dance performance coming up in July.
14th January 2010+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
You may have seen the radiohead House of Cards music video. I thought it the most visually interesting promo I had seen in a long time. I first encountered 3D scanning technology while visiting Imperial College in 2003 when I was filming microscopic studies, Some of the PHD students were working on MRI 3D scanners for imaging 3D models of Hearts. It was fascinating watching the heart beat live in 3D on a screen, with all the errors and artifacts that made it more abstractly interesting as it wasn't a perfectly shaped heart, more a group of veins and shards of tessellated planes, beating and alive.
So when Shaun pointed me to the recent tests on Structured-light 3D scanning conducted by Kyle McDonald on vimeo, where you can build a 3D image of the face using a projector and a camera, it looked like an interesting avenue to investigate for our upcoming visual performance at Kinetica Art Fair. We tried the initial steps and here is the result. Now we are working towards creating an absorbing performance using this technology for the upcoming show.
5th January 2010++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
R.I.P. Michael Dwyer. I met Michael very briefly as a naive graduate in 2001 when he awarded me Best Experimental Film at Samhlaíocht Film Festival, his award was a real confidence boost. Thanks Michael.
16th Decembrrr 2009+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
So here are my Ruscha shorts, I enjoyed making them but they didn't win any prizes : (
11th Decembrrr 2009+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Latest vid of Electricity In Our Homes in Dalston East London. I liked the lighting in the venue and also the crowd, it all felt like a Wim Wenders moment so I decided to film, and then started playing around with what I believe is known as a "dirty point of view" in the business or so Nickie Sault once told me.
8th December 2009+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
New video for Le Tetsuo from their single launch night.
I put a second of almost everything I have worked on and could find on my computer over the past decade. It's not complete as I have worked on a lot of stuff for other people and companies that I wouldn't show and also have a dark cupboard full of unfinished developing films, However as an exercise in recap it's still unsatisfactorily brief.
1st December 2009+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Kate Atkin came and spent a few days in the studio to finish work on her exhibition running currently at 52 Hoxton Square, London. Check it out if you can.
Today I spent some time at the Hayward Gallery filming/photographing for a competition about Ed Ruscha the idea is to respond to his paintings with a 30 second clip. Its a free for all so I decided to give it a go. I was lucky enough to follow a very knowledgeable visiting tour guide who even managed to get the director to talk a bit about Ruscha's work. I liked the soundbyte that Ruscha was all set to be a commercial billboard painter but instead found the insight to channel his energy into being an artist and I suppose a result was the retrospective at the Hayward many years later. Another interesting byte was pondering the question "What is noise?". Passing by the Southbank I noticed the poster for Peter and the Wolf and remembered Suzie Templeton's one to one with me while I was at the RCA, when she candidly doubted I would properly realise the first year project I was battling with. She was right. I'll post the 30 second clip I intend making. If I make it.
Meanwhile Elsewhere myself and Gavin Morris are working on a computer game cum installation which could be funny or miss the point entirely...its inspiration is police state brutality and the Milgram experiments we are playing around with an amazing and fun piece of software called UNITY if you are 3D inclined you should try it out.
2nd November 2009+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I shot this last summer I thought to put it in the live music section. You had to be there, if you were maybe you can spot your mega haircut.
this is kind of cool, it took me 5 mins to make and when I uploaded it I realized the sequence appears completely different depending on your broadband speed so its never the same really... kind of interesting maybe
19th October 2009++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
My New New Promo for We Fell To Earth has been given the thumbs up so here it is.
6th October 2009+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Work on "Deaf" promo not going to be finished tomorrow, its going well but it needs to be thrown back in and given a few more punches and kicks, its far too coherent...
I shot this a couple of weeks back and thought wow where did that bear come from?
25th September 2009+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Planning a promo for "We Fell to Earth" based around East London for their otherworldly track "Deaf". Hopefully I'll have it up by 7th October.
3rd September 2009++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Arbitrary Quantum Coin Magic - 2003 - A short video intended as a gallery loop. The coins spinning are in fact the same coin. Splitting the fields of the video yields two completely different views laid against each other, on the right is heads on the left tails, so the coin can signify two different states at once, but our eyes can only see one.
Still from short video installation "38" showing at 80 Kingsland Road. The video is a journey on the old 38 Routemaster just before it was decommissioned in 2006, 31 minutes looped projection. Essentially two nondescript bus journeys except with the sound, atmosphere and architecture of a recently extinct experience.
12th August 2009++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I'm working on a short piece for an exhibiton coming up at the end of the month at 80 Kingsland Road, along with people such as Christoph Steger and Christine Mitrentse among others.
Here is a cut from Electricity in our Homes at Rough Trade. Its shakey but Matthew and I also wanted to see the gig so the camera work comes second place. I also couldn't stop shaking a leg which translated into the camera work.
26th July 2009++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Front Cover of album by Emilie Bailey, back cover by me...
Shot Electricity In Our Homes gig last night, at their Rough Trade Album Launch. I'll link to the Live edit when its done. I'm also going to going to set up a 'Live' panel cause I've shot quite a few bands lately...
9th July 2009+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Another edit of my work to date containing only the work I've directed and produced over the past year.
7th July 2009+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I ressurected this mash-up and hope to make another one soon as this is lacking some juicy bits that I've been working on
1st July 2009++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The Warmonger part of an idea to create portraits with animation and found footage online, this is from an early sketchbook I will post the scan sometime.
8th June 2009++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
New performance promo for Project:Komakino "Nebula" up on youtube.
24 May 2009++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Shooting for the cover of Electricity in our Homes with Emilie Bailey
23 May 2009+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Nearly finished the edit for Komakino, I just need sign off and to lay the HQ audio. Its turning out okay though, I was worried the means would produce the ends but it rises above its meagre budget of nothing. Thanks to the efforts of those involved I suppose. I think that the video gives the listener space to enjoy the sound and emphasizes the motifs throughout the song without overindulging in effects. In fact there are barely no filters whatsoever on this, just some stabilization at times and a little sparkle or hue shift. I swear, this is old skool video making.
7 May 2009+++++++++++++++++++++++++
Shooting Project Komakino Nebula Video for a Japanese release.
with a big band and a small crew in a small gallery with a tiny camera.
11 April 2009+++++++++++++++++++++++++
Site Up!!! trying out indexhibit to see if its the format for me. It seems really great and simple to start with.