Saturday, 31 December 2011

i can't get no sleep

at the moment, i can't get no sleep
go to bed and hope so deep
i turn, i toss
i'm at a loss
cos i can't get to sleep
i'm stiff and i shake
and stay awake
i can't get no bloody sleep


video

Sunday, 20 November 2011

WISTERIA

I heard this song by Muse on the radio and just had to 'dance' to it.


video

It can also be viewed on Vimeo, the link to which is http://vimeo.com/32281899

Monday, 17 October 2011

HIGHER, LOVE, HIGHER

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?

                                              video

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

Friday, 7 October 2011

Monday, 23 May 2011

SIGH NO MORE

                                                                                        
                                         video

'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

Thursday, 28 April 2011

I LUV U

Again, inspired by the great photographer, Alma Haser, and set to one of my my favourite songs.

video

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

MOONSHADOW

video

This was taken against the backdrop of the full moon at about 4.30 am - see what happens as the sun slowly begins to rise beyond the horizon.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Dreamer

A wonderful song to dance to - it reminds me of the times, the many times, when I dreamt of a life with no stress and when I would have the time to indulge all my passions. A dream come true.

video

Better viewed on Vimeo http://vimeo.com/22808448

Thursday, 21 April 2011

My love can't wait

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.

video

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.

Better viewed on Vimeo http://vimeo.com/22536362

Saturday, 16 April 2011

TODO!

This is one of my "Zorro" films of which there are many. They are very much a trip back into the puerile idiocy of my childhood but, hey, who gives a fuck? 

video


                                There are many, many more on You Tube if you are interested.......

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Pintura

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Egeh3Cfc52Q

Enjoy!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

MORNING

This was inspired by Alma Haser, a very talented and innovative photographer and by the work of Emma-Jayne Lee.

video

See Alma Haser's website on http://haser.org/home.html

PS You can view a better quality version of this on http://vimeo.com/22204646

Friday, 8 April 2011

Thursday, 7 April 2011

We're the only ones left

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...."