I made this loop at the Pictoplasma paper jam workshop organised by Sue Doeksen. All the loops were used as VJ visuals in a party that night - a really awesome idea! Here’s the whole set: http://www.eelke.net/paperjam/
We were in pictoplasma in Berlin this weekend with Olympic vermin. We made cardboard masks of the characters which we wore on stage like real cool dudes.
It’s a great festival though! Loads of inspiring talks, screenings and workshops, plus met a whole bunch of talented people.
PS: we made it into this german magazine too! http://www.page-online.de/emag/szene/artikel/nachhaltiger-noise-pictoplasma-2013
I’ve been enjoying taking glitchy iPhone panoramas from trains and buses. The results seemed worth sharing, so I made this tumblr for them. Trainoramas.tumblr.com
horse house card
National Maritime Museum
I got to make a bunch of little films for the National Maritime earlier this year, and they are now online.
I think the coolest one was this huge 3D version of a canaletto painting that we did for the lobby of the museum. If you go down there you can see it up on the screen for most of the summer!
Before that, I also directed some little educational films that play on ipads that visiting children can borrow. If you take a picture of certain objects with the ipad camera, then the programme recognises it and shows you a relevant animation.
The whole bunch were produced at Beakus. Big thanks to Phil Norman, Jesse Collett, Maja Tetlak and Eleni O’Keefe
Here is one of my favourite ones from that series, thanks to the hard work of Jesse Collett.
You can see the rest on the Beakus website here
Latest train news
A few bonus Train of Thought screenings in the past couple of weeks - firstly we were honoured to be included in Vimeo’s screening at SXSW in Texas last month. That’s a festival I’d love to go to at some point.
This saturday I gave a presentation about the inspirations and technical side of the film at Aniscape in Leicester.
and lastly, we are screening at HAFF in Utrecht this week as part of Paul Ward’s “Magic and Materiality” screening. The description of the screening seems perfect, and matches a lot of stuff that was in my mind as we were planning the film in the first place. I’ve copied it below.
Almost 3 years now since we finished that film, so I really ought to get my act together for a new one…
In viewing these films, it is the oscillation between credulity and incredulity that most interests me - the ways in which the animation is simultaneously held up as ‘magic’ and as a ‘technical process’. This means we as viewers are participants in a dialectic between enjoying the spectacle or trickery and admiring the ingenuity of the practitioner - one of the central tenets of any form of magic trick. In his book Performing Illusions (2008), film scholar Dan North talks about the development of special effects in the cinema, tracing them back to the magic theatre, and talks about a dialectic between ‘revelation and concealment’. This is what underpins the films in these programmes: the idea that it is more magical - indeed, some might argue it is only magical - when we are aware of someone behind the scenes, pulling the strings. (Paul Ward)