Thursday, 28 October 2010

Writing soundtrack 18-22 Oct

Books about UFOS

“It was cigar shaped, with bright lights spilling from the sides – all the colours of the rainbow! I was overwhelmed with this enormous feeling of peace and benevolence. As it came in to land, three legs extended smoothly from the ship and a ramp lowered to the ground. I was drawn forwards. The Alien appeared, sliding down the ramp to me. He said, ‘you are my neighbour’. He was seven feet tall with white hair and purple eyes. He had very long fingers and smelt funny! I followed him into the ship and we flew off to Venus for tea. It was here I was told, ‘Bryan Ferry is not to be trusted’, before I woke up in my car feeling a bit sick.”

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Saturday, 23 October 2010

TSS#5 Cherry drink

Of course it's 59p. Of course it tastes like someone has described the what a cherry is over the phone. Hence why it's a clear viscous fluid with no smell. The WMD of soft drinks. Yum.

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Friday, 22 October 2010

Gorgeous cinematography - good films

<p>shinya kimura @ chabott engineering from Henrik Hansen on Vimeo.</p>

This one nearly won the doc category in the Vimeo festival. It was my favourite (not surprising) but was pipped to the post by Last Minutes with Oden, which also won best video. Oden is a great film. It's well shot, edited, I wanted to know more about the characters, I cared for them. But as straight reportage (and it is, it doesn't pose any real questions), I think it yanks the heartstrings too freely. Did I really need Bon Iver to impress on me the emotions of upset people performing an upsetting task? I don't think so. It should have been played straight.

<p>Last Minutes with ODEN from phos pictures on Vimeo.</p>



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Oops - film about dropping your camera

<p>oops from Chris Beckman on Vimeo.</p>

Great idea

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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Writing soundtrack 11-14 Oct

Westwood, Eastgate, Bretton, New England

A pale sun hangs in a grey midwinter sky above an electrical superstore. A sign above the door reads PC WORLD. A young man walks out of the sliding doors. He is wearing a black beanie, baggy trousers and red PC WORLD sweatshirt. Around his neck hangs a walkie-talkie. We follow him as he makes his way through the mostly empty carpark, lined with bare trees, to a distant corner where a mobile takeaway van is sat. On the side of the van door, crudely painted, is the name, Burgervan Man. Burgervan Man is leaning on the serving counter - a hatch cut into the panel of the van - looking bored.

Burgervan man: Hey.
Man: Alright?
Burgervan Man: Not bad, busy for a Thursday.
Man: Yeah?
Burgervan Man: Fire alarm in Allied Carpets. What can I get you?
Man: Hotdog
Burgervan Man: Chips?
Man: Not today.
Burgervan Man: Porn?
Man: Sorry?
Burgervan Man: Dutch, German, hardcore whatever. Gay?
Man: Just the hotdog please.
Burgervan Man: Suit yourself.


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Monday, 18 October 2010

Illustrations found!

The first set are by William Stobbs, for Chekhov's Kashtanka published in 1959 and for which he won the Kate Greenaway medal. I think I like these the best.

The second set is by Bill Peet for his book Farewell to Shady Glade. Peet worked on a bunch of Disney films such as Dumbo, Peter Pan, Fantasia and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs before leaving to work on his own books.

The final set are illustrations for Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. I have no idea who did them, but it could almost be Charles Burns.

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Friday, 15 October 2010

Little Scraps of Paper: Stevie Gee

Big fan of Stevie Gee and this little short has got me excited about Spike arriving for a long weekend next week. Interesting note that'll make me look like a knob: I wore a Pharmacy Desert Riders tee when I raced round the office.

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BURN - Detroit Firefighter documentary


No shortage of media about how bad the city has become since the collapse of American industry, but this film takes a neat angle.



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Thursday, 14 October 2010

Monsters director: Gareth Edwards interview

How do you become a film director? Gareth Edward reveals all in a pretty charming interview. But not before Paul Franklin, visual effects supervisor on Chris Nolan's INCEPTION, explains how you bend a building in half.

Podcast here

Gareth Edward's first directorial credit was the BBC3 docudrama End Day

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Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Writing soundtrack 4-8 Oct

Riddley Walker's Russell Hoban puppet

Bedrooms, garages, Peel and Jive Alive - meet at mine and bring the digital delay. Turn it down for Christ's sake! What's this on the tape deck Dad? Why is he always looking at weedkiller when we go to Homebase? Saturday night curry, Sunday overtime. Hey! It's a tea break, not a smoke break. Scotty's bug. Making cardboard boxes stoned.

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Monday, 11 October 2010


Download now or watch on posterous
IMG_1033.MOV (1481 KB)
I raced just under 12 seconds, I posted, I worried, I took it down to protect the innocent. But no one is innocent - not even jazz
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IMG_0318.MOV (82468 KB)

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Friday, 8 October 2010

Office bike time trial

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My time was just under 12 seconds, but I did stack into A desk, so mind how you go. Good video Paul.

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Friday, 1 October 2010

Writing Soundtrack 28 Sept - Oct 1

Don DeLillo's Medicine Cabinet

Guilty pleasures: The Last of the Famous International Playboys by Morrissey. Virginia Plain by Roxy Music. Cry by Godley & Creme. Yeah I know.

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