2018 has been a whirlwind of increased demand for workshops precisely at a time when I decided to demonstrate the power of mobile film making with an hour long documentary – captured, edited and shared from a single iPad.
So I took a few hours recently to put a short film together to encapsulate what I’m up to, explain what #MadeOnAMobile is all about and demonstrate what it can do…
So if you can give me (literally) two minutes, I’ll bring you up to date…
This is part one in an ongoing series of short films (140 secs) about creatives – what they do and how they do it – called #SuperFlyOnTheWall
Earlier this year I made a feature length documentary about street art (#OpenCloseMovie). I realised that I knew a lot of people like me, working in their spare time to make things. I knew someone making an album, a podcast, writing a book…
It made me wonder, and want to explore, what drives us? Equally I wanted to celebrate people who make things – either for profit, for satisfaction, or for the good of others.
To some extent these films are for me, an exercise in self-exploration through the minds of fellow creatives. They’re also for you, if making things is important or of interest to you. And I hope they’ll inspire your practice or encourage you to make something of your own.
Alan Cormack – Spare Snare in session at BBC 6Music
Part one is Alan Cormack, member of (John Peel favourites) Spare Snare, who recorded an album this year with Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Pixies). Alan also takes on commissions (as he did for Open Close Movie) under the moniker of Alien Cormorant.
Part two (posted on Twitter yesterday (@OnTheSuperFly)) will follow here (and on LinkedIn) in December and features Monty Nero, comic creator and Kickstarter king.
This is what I tell my kids. Usually after I’ve turned off the wi-fi or taken away the TV or Xbox…
“Dad, what can I do?”
For seven years now I’ve actively been finding ways to get people creative with the technology that would have had me giddy with excitement when I was 12/13 years old. Specifically the little mobile devices in our pockets that pass for phones (or tablets)…
There’s no question that the internet is a huuuuuge distraction and so it’s really important to make an more of a huuuuuuuge effort to block it out and get creative!
With a few clicks you have apps to capture and edit films, including special effects. You could also paint and draw, make music… maybe even get started on writing that novel… or, here’s a thing… be ironically creative (creatively ironic?) and make a game to zombify someone else!
Animation is a great one. The ‘magic’ of having an intimate object come to life is still an enormous fascination for people – a Frankenstein complex maybe?
Next month I’ll helping visitors, young and less-young, at Dundee’s Verdant Works to bring Lego to life! Bring your own device (be sure and download iMotion (Apple) or Lapse IT (Android)) or use one of ours. There’s even a dedicated child free session in the afternoon for you Lord Business* disciples.
This’ll be a fun and active learning experience that you can take away and recreate at home.
So make a date to make something with Playful Communications and Verdant Works:
On Saturday the V&A Dundee Design Museum opened to the public for the first time. Both Saturday and Sunday were ticketed by lottery and I didn’t even apply… avoiding disappointment!
As it was I got in for the first time the previous Tuesday to have a conversation about capturing (on a mobile of course…) the opening with the V&A’s Young People’s Collective (YPC) who I’ve worked with before.
The young people are great to work with – incredibly enthusiastic, appreciative and excited by the opportunities that have been given through the YPC – so I didn’t have to play it cool at all!
They put in the hard work and together we captured a truly historic moment. It’ll be fun to work with them to assemble what we’ve captured into a short film, however, you’ll find what we shared already on my Twitter feed: @OnTheSuperFly
Along with the young people I was spoiled with an “access all areas” experience – Friday evening was spent capturing the buzz and excitement of the V&A Dundee civic reception – Here’s our snapshot of the evening…
I was privileged to speak to the project manager of design and build John Tavendale as well as the architect himself Kengo Kuma:
The evening concluded with a concert across the street in Slessor Gardens and a light show with the V&A the centre of attention once more:
… ahead of the official opening to the public on Saturday.This is my tribute to the V&A staff who, despite the pressure of an opening of this size (and the scrutiny it was under) displayed the most positive of attitudes and reflected the excitement of their customers. And at the end of a very busy opening day they we’re filled with anticipation for day two. Here’s what they had to say…
I’m looking forward to getting back into the V&A and just relaxing, taking in the exhibition spaces and taking time to enjoy the views… of which there are several.
But I’m extremely appreciative of the memory of being part of the opening and look forward to working with the V&A and the Young People’s Collective very soon.
You’ll learn the basics of preparing your film, getting the most out of your mobile device and a number of techniques such as time-lapse, stop-frame animation, adding titles and music and sharing on social networks or through your website/YouTube.
So, stay posted or get in touch if you’d like notified of dates and booking information: