Jane and I and our son Tom were driving to a family party recently and played Steve Winwood's greatest hits on the CD player and they included this great track which provided the inspiration for my latest stoop motion film. I meant to write 'stop' there but maybe 'stoop' is more appropriate nowadays?
This is how I used to dance and, on a good day, I can get close. And there still many good days!
Also viewable in better quality on Vimeo the link to which is
'Sigh no more' is from "Much Ado About Nothing" and this was one of the favourite films of my late sister, Janet, whom I loved deeply and dearly. This film was made for my daughter, Florence, who reminds me so much of Janet at the moment. Florence, then 12 years of age, played "Clair de Lune" on the piano at Janet's memorial service held at Chichester Cathedral in 1996. She was very nervous but played beautifully.
The song is by Mumford & Sons and this is a favourite track of Florence's which she played all the time when she spent a lovely carefree summer in Scarborough in 2010.
So, this film is dedicated to both Janet and Florence.
lt can be viewed on full screen more clearly on Vimeo the link to which is http://vimeo.com/23682818
This was another follow up to the shoot with Alma Haser, using the three origami boats she left behind as presents for me, Jane and our daughter, Florence. I had already experimented a bit with the boats and, as usual, I have rushed it a bit but I was able to enlist the help of Jane, who photographed the section with just me in, and Florence who photographed the section with us both in. It was very difficult trying to direct it from the ground without moving but they both did very well and I am quite pleased with the result.
I showed it to my niece Olivia, whom I love and respect in equal measure, and she said, very kindly, that she loved it and that the boats are like "creatures or benevolent imps. It's like you're showing us all the unseen capillary-like magical forces that weave playfully and constantly around us". I wish I could think and write like that but she's right - that is exactly what they are.
This is the title to the first of my Zorro films. It is the sort of thing I used to do when I was thirteen. Then O Levels, A Levels, a Law degree, Professional exams, Articles of Clerkship and a full blown career as a solicitor took over until I was forced to retire with Parkinson's Disease in 2006. Now I have returned to what I was doing when I was thirteen before I was rudely interrupted by adulthood.
Unfortunately, I have not retained copies of all my silly Zorro films on my computer but they can still be viewed on You Tube and below is the link to the first........of many.
One day, many years ago, I took my son Tom (then aged 10) to the old Odeon cinema in Guildford to watch "The Rocketeer", a wonderful adventure film starring Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton and Alan Arkin.
We both thoroughly enjoyed the film and, as usual, at the end, we sat and watched the credits. Tom was sitting forward in his seat with his elbows on his knees and, as the credits came to an end, he turned and looked back behind him and said "Daddy, we're the only ones left...."