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;
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
- The Perils of Pauline  (w/ Bix Beiderbecke – In A Mist)
- Buster Keaton’s Cops  (w/ Wingy Manone – Swingin’ at the Hickory House)
- The Quiet Man  (w/ Shane MacGowan And The Popes – St. John Of Gods)
- Le Voyage dans la Lune  (w/ Pierre Henry – Psyche Rock)
There have been a lot of opportunities to screen small-gauge films lately. Temple Bar Galleries have hosted two such events this month.
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 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.
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!
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.
I finally got the telecine of the films I shot in Japan. I have used Microsoft’s Cliplet app to make short loops of some of the landscape shots.
I’ve just framed two pictures for an exhibition of work from the Darkroom at Block T next Monday. The pictures are optical prints from my film ‘Invocation of Ireland’ .
And here are the details of the exhibition, which runs for two weeks;
These steps are cobbled together from various sources on the web.
- Get a USB SATA enclosure. The one I got said it supported drives of up to 2tb, it had no problem mounting a 3tb drive.
- Take one of the drives (doesn’t matter which) from the WD Live Duo enclosure and mount it in the new enclosure.
- Plug the newly-mounted disk and a second external disk (to recover to) into your Linux box. I just used a Raspberry Pi.
- Log in as root
- Make folder to copy data into ‘mkdir /mnt/dest’
- My spare disk was Ntfs so I needed a driver for that;
‘apt-get install ntfs-3g’
- Mount your destination disk -
‘mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1′
- Check your disks with ‘parted -l’ – you should see something like
1 4624MB 3001GB 2996GB ext4 primary
- Note the drive id above this entry, in my case it was/dev/sdc
- start debugfs (note the large sector size setting of 65536)debugfs
debugfs: open -b 65536 /dev/sdb4
debugfs: cd /shares/Public
debugfs: cd ..
debugfs: rdump Public /mnt/dest/
- Handy trick when debugfs is running; ctrl-z to suspend it, ‘bg’ to start it again and ‘disown -h %1′ to detach it from the terminal process
- ‘ls /mnt/dest/ | wc -l’ will show updated copies
Thanks to everyone who took part and everyone who came along.
The mixtape films included the Super 8 Darkroom Student films (Mella/Daniel/Dennis), ’O Cribs’ & ‘Invocation of Ireland’ (Dennis Kenny), Trailers (Vivienne Dick), ’Pow Wow’ (Deirdre Mulrooney), Torso (Una Quigley) and ‘Money Spent At Night’ (Maximilian Le Cain).
‘The End of The Earth Is My Home’ and D1 footage by Alan Lambert with live music by Alan & Junshi on Harp.
16mm and Turntable installation by Fergal Brennan & Sharon Buckley.
Kuchar introduction and films by Willie (Hunter’s Moon) and Daniel Fitzpatrick.
Rehearsing and projecting at the IFI during the week.