Film Poster

Now that we have entered the final half of third year at university (how terrifying), thoughts have turned to our final independent projects.  This module provides the students with complete creative control, producing anything that falls under ‘Media Art’ and be displayed in our graduate exhibition.

To begin this lengthly process, we were recently tasked with creating an A1 research poster, documenting our initial proposals.  These posters were then displayed throughout the course building, where our peers and the public were able to view them.  I have chosen to combine my two favourite art forms, film and poetry, to create a short contemporary film (more details can be found below).  I’m excited to see how this concept will evolve throughout the process!

Film Poster

Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick

Whilst I know that we are now well into the New Year, I definitely neglected this blog towards the end of it. Therefore I’d like to reflect on an incredible exhibition I visited in late August 2016, ‘Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick’ at Somerset House in London. I am by no means an art critic (and DSLR cameras were not permitted), but I wanted to share how much I enjoyed my visit.

As you may expect from the title, the exhibition featured the work of contemporary artists, filmmakers and musicians who had been inspired by the influential director. The variety was extensive, some pieces recreated iconic moments from Kubrick’s films, whist others had produced original work that subtly hinted towards his distinct style. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the experience-the curators (Mo’Wax and James Lavelle) perfectly striking the balance between contemporary installations and traditional art mediums.

My absolute favourite piece of work in the exhibition was ‘The Corridor’ (2016) (above) created by Toby Dye. The installation required the viewer to enter a dark small room, only consisting of four screen walls. These screens constantly played four cinematic scenarios, each of which contained their own narrative but also interweaved to create a broader plotline. Since it is difficult to describe in words, an excerpt of the film can be found here and a short video of the piece situated in the exhibition can be found here.

Whilst these clip cannot fully convey the immersive element of the piece, the viewer can still see Toby Dye’s talent for beautifully stylistic cinematography.  I hope that I will be able to view more exhibitions like this in the near future, as it provided me with an inspirational buzz to work harder!

Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick

The Search for a Super 8

During my time at university, I’ve gradually begun to develop a love for analogue film.  Thanks to the wide supply of cameras available to students, I’ve dabbled with the Pentax K1000, Hasselblads and even the ever so simple pinhole camera.  But now I’m onto my next (hopeful) venture: Super 8.

I’ve learnt everything I know about this medium online, and since I am by no means a expert, I don’t think I can provide much on the subject.  So while I sit here on eBay, waiting for an affordable gem that I can snap up, there are a few videos that I can recommend if you’re interested in learning more.

First is just one of the videos that has inspired me to pursue Super 8, a gorgeous montage created by Adrian Bliss:

Followed by an informative series on the camera by filmmaker Ray Roberts:

Let the search continue!

Jess

The Search for a Super 8