A new page "Sketches | Self-Portraits" can now be found in the OTHER WORK section of the site. I'm putting drawings in there that have occurred throughout my creative processes on films. They vary in type & theme - some are bigger or smaller, colourful or darker. They're all expressions of mood whilst working on a project; perhaps I'm stuck how to continue or an image sparks off of another image? I don't want to lose the picture I see in my head briefly, so it ends up being rendered usually with some exquisite children's felt tip pens... with hopes of being re-created much more vividly with better tools another time. Other occasions though, I'll sit down with a definite idea rather than a spontaneous one; it'll often be associated with symmetry & shapes, eyes or faces, then I see how colour fits into what I've done on the paper. I end up with a picture that reflects something of myself & the film.
This seems to be an important part of when I'm making a film - if a little useless for the film! It may just pass the time or perhaps help push out new ideas. The pictures are random in appearance & sporadic (or maybe these descriptions are for the onlooker to decide rather than me?) but are NOT me rallying for a career as a painter (!) but a personal part of my process as a filmmaker I'd like to share.
It's something I'm doing more frequently & I think it could be a good way to use excess energy when you're struggling to inject a spark into a film or into your creative mind. I have no idea if other filmmakers do this too, but I'd urge anyone having difficulty creatively to do something similar & let themselves develp a picture freely alongside their film r to get a film moving in your head.
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Award winning and internationally selected director of dance, fiction, experimental and documentary films with screening highlights of London Short Film Festival at the ICA, LACMA, Zealous X exhibition (Oxo Tower Wharf) and San Diego Comic-Con. His work has broadcast on BBC One and ikono TV.