CURRENT FILM PROJECTS






Working Title: MUSICAL CHAIR

16mm Colour Film Origination

Status: PRODUCTION SUSPENDED

SYNOPSIS:

The film material was shot as a documentary about a project in the Music Department at the University of Leeds. The first aim of the project was to create a Reactive, multi-user Interface for visualisation and sonification of sound and movement. The second aim was to use this interface to provide an insight into the perception of tempo when playing an instrument with a guide track.

The interface was tested as an interactive installation at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. The testing was included in a Maker Faire weekend at the centre. The public were able to participate in the installation, enjoying themselves and creating data for the project. The film ends with scenes of the installation in use during the weekend.

Working Title: THE BATTLE OF SALTWICK BAY

16mm Colour Film Origination

Status: PRODUCTION SUSPENDED

SYNOPSIS:

The starting point for this production is a reel of 16mm film and a reel of 1/4/" tape containing the soundtrack. This film, from the 1970s, was shot on the beach near Saltwick Nab. Two teams of actors took part, one dressed in black suits and bowler hats, the others wearing hooped jerseys and berets. The first team, representing England, were armed with umbrellas. The second team, representing France, were armed with long bread sticks. This film, somewhat influenced by Monty Python, was never completed as the second roll of film was lost in the post or at the processing lab. The makers would still like to do something with this "blast from the past"!




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Working Title: SPIRIT OF '68

16mm Black and White Film Origination

Status: PRODUCTION TERMINATED

SYNOPSIS:

The idea of the film has been taken back to the original concept. This was some film in london, including crowds in trafalgar square, and students in "freshers week" at Leeds University in 2008. The soundtrack can be edited from the original audio from "October '68" recorded on the anti-Vietnam war rally in London, October 21st 1968. Soundtrack and the images are to be edited so that comparisons between 1968 and 2008 are encouraged but not "sign-posted" by voice over! The video transfer is Ok and loads correctly in Sony movie studio 11 and tapes are playable on the UHER open-reel tape recorder. The B/W film could still be edited to match the video in future. The wav file of the soundtrack could be used with the picture negative to produce a traditional 16mm combined optical print as a short if required. However, the current plan is to finish at the VIDEO EDIT STAGE.



Working Title: WHILE ONE

16mm Black and White Film Origination

Status: PRODUCTION TERMINATED
SYNOPSIS:

The new idea for the film is to be much more focused on the monitoring and control technologies on the river. Ideas inspired by work in education will also provide new ways of approaching the subject. The film follows the path of a stream from close to source down to the sea. Evidence of technology, both old and new, is highlighted along the journey. The conclusion outlines the control techniques being used in flood control and the part played by embedded systems within it.



Working Title: RENEWABLES OLD AND NEW

16mm Colour Film Origination

Status: PRODUCTION TERMINATED

SYNOPSIS:

The film looks at renewable energy in a number of ways. The first is in terms of development as in Windmill to Windturbine or Waterwheel to Water Turbine. More recent devices for conversion of solar energy are also to be included.The ways in which these types of energy conversions are used, with emphasis on elctrical output. Finally, the technolgical and political issues involved in the use of these technolgies.



Working Title: GIBRALTAR 1895

16mm Colour Film Origination

Status: PRODUCTION TERMINATED

SYNOPSIS:

The film starts with images of modern day Gibraltar, but focusing on the part it has played in history. The film is actually about my Grandfather who, as a band boy, went to Gibraltar in 1895 with the British army. The film will look at important episodes in his life and expand into the political and cultural implications of these same events to the wider community. An obvious example being the first world war. Gibraltar lends itself to use as a recurent theme due to the common history that we share. It also provides the ending with photographs of "the Rock" from the sea by his son, my father, just prior to the second world war. The date of the photographs is 1936, an important date for the nearest neighbour to Gibraltar, Spain, and ultimately the rest of the world.



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