Filmed in the summer of 2005, the three courses ran for 12 days, resulting in about 60 tapes. The quantity of work necessary for such a project was initially somewhat overwhelming. Huge amounts of editing were involved and some sections were made clearer by adding extra clips and inserts.
My own preference is for a form of electro-impressionism that takes the imagery further into the realms of an unworldly dream-like state, thus allowing a completely free rein to the imagination! My motivation at this stage to generating such material is responding to my own creative drive in this respect, rather than that I can see commercial applications for it. My sense is they must exist, and I look forward to finding them.Francesca and I enjoyed working together so much we decided to continue and expand our collaboration. We filmed more in February of 2006, both in Lincolnshire and in Eastbourne here in Sussex UK. The weather being cold at this season restricted us to working indoors, when we already knew outdoor location shooting should be our next step.
The six days I spent there were full and busy and I was very pleased with what had been captured. She also accepted my invitation to join her in Boubou’s Festival in St Barths in the following August. Then we had the opportunity to explore a multi-media approach to the performance, with her appearing live in addition to the processed video work from Italy being projected from DVD’s onto a large screen alongside the stage, while the band I had assembled all played live (as described on the Home & Travel page).
I also filmed the White Lions in Timbavati, and the recent Aura-Soma benefit concert in Tokyo for the White Lions Trust was also filmed. This work is still evolving in its various production stages, but I will be sure to announce as and when this material becomes available.
Unfortunately there is no easy way to distribute work created in HDV (the recently introduced accessible version of high definition) on a commonly available disc format. Blu-ray is now available, but not commonly so. Playstation 3 came out in March 2007 in the UK, ‘though out some months more in the U.S. It has scarcely impacted by comparison to the Nintendo Wii games system, and is thus not that common.
The arrival of HDV means an improvement of quality which is a quantum jump beyond the DV of before. This affordable form of high definition is a major breakthrough to someone as myself who enjoys exploring the possibilities of manipulating and processing video images, the quantum jump in quality represents a major leap.
HDV is a standard which becomes addictive in an immediate and compulsive way. Once you’ve seen how much clearer the image is, it becomes as hard to continue to enthuse about the previous format of DV, as doing so about mono in the field of sound, when you know stereo is an available option.
Learning of this dramatically improved standard motivated me to trade in my old Sony PD 150 camera for a Sony ZIE. The difference in quality is hugely noticeable. There are some aspects yet to be solved with this however – not least of which is a disc format for its output and distribution. Blu-ray is one such format, but the number of folks who own such a device minimises it being commonly interchangeable – even though the Sony Playstation 3 includes one. So finding a way of being to show my more recent work in this arena at its actual true quality is tricky. Therefore what I have decided for now is to upload Windows Media files suitable for the higher broadband speeds. Though still falling short of true HDV quality, for now we all have to accept trade-offs between quality and file sizes. In general internet access speeds are progressing rapidly, so I am sure it won’t be too long before HDV files can be seen in their native form. Quality is a key factor in being able to see the textures and manipulations within my processed work, therefore to offer it at lower rates doesn’t make much sense.
For those technically interested I am editing on a combination of Canopus Edius 4, and Premiere 1.5 with plugins. This is a PC based edit system, and allows much HDV manipulation in realtime, which to me is a key issue. My system was helpfully assembled by local Portslade based DVC.