Books I’ve bought over the last few years to aide in writing 10 of the world’s hardest questions ever to answer.

The beginning of 10 Questions Project

I’ve initiated the first act of my new film; The 10 Questions Project.

A while back I found a small list of the hardest questions ever.
I began searching through bookstores and libraries to get even that bit closer to finding
the answers to these huge monolithic awe-inspiring questions.

What I had stumbled upon had to be shared. I realised every answer would be like a vast recollection of morality, religiousness, spirituality, gender, and wellbeing; that this may be a good foundation for an inspirational impact film.

I want to feel unity from this film. It is really important to understand the ways in which people process the world, and ideally to promote peace and understanding, by harnessing the many Answers that would arise by questions on issues that the world has the most problems with, the questions that I have chosen for the film.


It’s time for…

It’s time for a blogpost! Are you excited too?! Thought not!

So where were we… my first experimental short documentary for the BFI is finished. Or, as near as complete as I can envisage it. I’ve been collecting peoples thoughts and feelings on the piece for a few weeks. Organised small gatherings and screenings, mainly because I wasn’t sure what to feel about it yet. I can’t speak for anyone else, but when I finish a project I have to leave it. Let it settle, even let it gather dust, before I feel like I can return to it. This is a very annoying way to work… and I really should learn to deal with it. But when you put your heart into something so intense as writing, producing, filming and editing your own documentary with very little guidelines as to how it should present itself, it’s hard to leave the edit completely happy. There will always be moments of doubt while you attempt something completely original. That was my only guideline for myself. Be nothing but ORIGINAL.

So, I began by playing a song from an album I produced. To my ears, it can only be described as electro spaceporn music.

I played this song to two friends of mine, both music producers based in Bristol. Matthew Olden is a video artist/VJ and independent AV software developer. Recently he has been touring installations, so I felt quite lucky I was able to catch him while I could. I’ve known him almost 10 years, but we’re both so busy and in our own worlds that it’s hard to predict when paths will cross!

I wanted to talk to Matthew because he is a master at visualizing epic soundscapes. He’s been using homemade technology to change the way producers are able to use samples and input devices. He’s also been quite influential in the way I produce music too!

Suzy Condrad is a singer/songwriter and music producer I met last year while organizing music events in Bristol. After playing at various gigs for my company, and being totally engrossed in her music, I found out she had synesthesia.

Matthew gave me a rather lucid, story-teller element to describe what he was hearing.

Suzy helped construct a colour palette of sound, using shape and an emotive response linked to my music.

After the initial first listening, I took all of the descriptions of what was being heard and whacked em into the magic machine. So the graphics you can see are directly linked to the range of notes and correlating emotive response from both a synesthetic (Suzy) and atypical (Matt) music producer mind.

It’s such an odd process I’m still getting my head around it to be able to describe to people, so I hope this absurd gibberish doesn’t hinder the watching/listening experience.

The Rise of the VIDEOPUNK in MiniDV Culture

What if all the subjects that influence me, don’t follow a narrative that could be explained in structure?
What if the progression I want to capture can’t be contained?

That’s where experimentalism comes in;
The experimentalist is a practitioner of adventure.

Opposing the standard, while exposing the flaws of whatever system he is forced to live by. He is an escapist, a surrealist feeding on the corpse of mainstream cinema. In the mindset of an experimentalist you become the videopunk.

The videopunk, as a way of life, is able to tackle any genre he wishes, because it becomes not a case of rejecting the stereotype, but reinterpreting it in whatever way he sees fit.
Rejecting the preconditioned format would be admitting the demise of narrative; yet the dismantling of structure only requires reinterpretation.
Honest exploration is the only language a videopunk speaks, by reflecting upon ideas and concepts and the need to share and invent new perspectives no matter how ignored these concepts become. At the heart of it all, yet not for the faint hearted, experimentation has provided a platform for the enablers and innovators of underrepresented perspectives.

Being the ultimate adaptable media, the MiniDV culture has unleashed a wave of young film enthusiasts.
The Videopunk has risen from an industry that define expression through the language of technology.
The ability to write, produce, edit and release… the concept of the freedom of digital expression means these voices can never be silenced or controlled. We are no longer spectators but producers of our own reality.