Pushtar effects shots

I have been working on some shots for Alan Lambert’s forthcoming sci-fi feature. The camera is very far out, so you don’t get to see the detail on these wandering princes of the steppes;

Joyce Day Screening at Dun Laoghaire

Yesterday I made it out to Dun Laoghaire to screen some silent films for a very patient group of students who attended in period costume.

The films included

  1. The Perils of Pauline [1914] (w/ Bix Beiderbecke – In A Mist)
  2. Buster Keaton’s Cops [1922] (w/ Wingy Manone – Swingin’ at the Hickory House)
  3. The Quiet Man [1952] (w/ Shane MacGowan And The Popes – St. John Of Gods)
  4. Le Voyage dans la Lune [1902] (w/ Pierre Henry – Psyche Rock)

Some recent film screenings

There have been a lot of opportunities to screen small-gauge films lately. Temple Bar Galleries have hosted two such events this month.

Maximilian Le Cain – Image Turned Down (Super 8mm)

This film has long stretchs of leader and black, cutting to rapid montages of heavily-treated and untreated film – challenging to show!

And David Gatten’s BASE-PLUS-FOG, What The Water Said, Shrimp Boat Log and The Great Art of Knowing (16mm). These were shown on a rented projector from Film Base. I was assistant projectionist on this one, threading the film and loading the reels. Just as well, as the projector was tempermental for the first few minutes.

The Moving Crib

The weather turns cold again and it seems a good time to post this short film from last year. This is the moving crib on Parnell Square; an amazing menagerie of mechanical animals, people and angels. To truly capture the spirit of Christmas I think it is necessary to incorporate a spooky atmosphere and the crib succeeds admirably at this. The automatons are taken out, repaired and arranged every year, in time for a new generation of children to be taken down to the basement where the squeaking gears and cogs compete with distant reverb-laden carols.

A reminder of God's promise never to destroy the world by water again.

Despite the biblical theme, the haircuts and colours clearly come from the early 1960s and these days the children are being taken to see the crib by their grandparents rather than their tv-reared parents. So now, enjoy the clockwork technicolour world of the moving crib!

Darkroom Photographers Exhibition at the Third Space, Smithfield

I went to have a look at the photographs before the end of the exhibition and took in the excellent portraits and some prints of Lutyen’s Memorial Gardens. Here’s a picture of me and my Super 8 optical prints.
Prints at Third Space in Smithfield