Thanks to Nick Wheeler for this photo, showing Me and James Dolan In the early days of Ordo ab Khao, here in the studio holding props. The big model of Sir Eel, and me holding the machine of life, from My film “Homonculus”
Today there was no water in Sognsvann, well not much so we walked to the island. Here a film, put to the most unlikely of music, some bleepy electronica I did on my modular… maybe it works, dunno, I haven’t watched it.. just slapped it together in FCP rendered and uploaded…
Five of my films are being shown in a very small film show in a Paris Cafe tommorrow.
Heres the blurb…
Projections : le rêve
mardi 7 juin · 20:00 – 23:30
3, rue Muller métro château rouge
Créé par :
Zackarielle Art Total, Faustine Lucette Andrée Ferrer, Faustine Ferrer
This is a film I made at Sognsvann in Oslo. The music comes from “Fish!” on Synesthetic Recordings and the track is called “Goldfish”.
I have been interested in Timelapse filming since seeing Koyanisquatsi in the 80’s, and I have used the technique many times since then, both in my art films and for work.
See the companion film to this film, COLD. Same location, shooting style, totally different time of year.
It was shot on a Panasonic AG-HVX200, which I love. I feel I have only just scratched the surface of what I can do with this camera. Slow motion and timelapse are a doddle, and the colour settings are scary. Wish it had a better on-board mic, but…
SOGNSVANN from Mark Francombe on Vimeo.
Very Lo fi Film
Film made on my phone, while on holiday in Ebeltoft, Denmark. It depicts the savage and frightening beast that roamed the area at night.
Really… the film is inspired by the recording I made on my H4 recorder one night in Denmark… I heard a rustling and a growl, and ran like hell!!! The recording is elsewhere on this website.
Super 8 Film
I originally shot this sometime between 1987 and 1989. Dole film depicts the somewhat grim but productive life of a lonely artist on the great British institution that is “The Dole”.
In its day it was accompanied by various tape-loops playing backwards and at the wrong speed on multiple reel to reel tape machines. These loops were lost eons ago, so I searched my recent recordings and found one that simply had the correct length. Its called “day 2 track 1 part 1″ and it was recorded live, with Faustine Ferrar singing, also live, in Paris while I was in Oslo. The wonders of the internet!
DOLE FILM from Mark Francombe on Vimeo.
Lo Fi Film
The film was shot in complete darkness, in 2 takes, using an old Panasonic Video Camera, with infra red night vision. Part 1 was speeded up part 2 was slowed down.
The material is glow in the dark Fimo, and the objects in Part 1 were hardened in the oven after the film was made.
They will be available in a later artwork.
Music is called 01-090102_2156.wav which just happens to be the name my computer gave it, a tad unimaginative if you ask me, but there you go. Using a baritone guitar, an edp and repeater for looping, the edp is being pitch shifted by a Roland EF303 which is at the same time sending CC´s to the repeater to mute tracks randomly. The distortion is from a Alesis Bitrman and the Voices from a Roland GR30
I am having lots of fun designing the video projection for my 30 minute performance at Y2K-X in Santa Cruz and 2 weeks time (Sunday 17th 10.30 Pearl Alley Studios). As I have decided that something in the performance will be influenced by psychedelia, I am trying to ( dunno what I mean by “trying”… its easy…) make a trippy 30 minute film.
Im working with the strobe effect that I was experimenting with in video back in the 80´s, and re-discovered for the “driving film” Vang Drive (see prev post). The theory that I was working on was that if you flash the frames in negative/positive in front of the eyes, the ends of your eye rods dont have time to aclimatise themselves to being, black for example before they are given white to process… this makes vision difficult and unstable. THEN if you introduce a static NON strobed element to the composition infront of the flashing, it will kind of float out of the screen IN FRONT… this is because the eye will try to give this element prescience over the instability of the strobing.
Anyway I started out with such lofty ideas… 15 layers of flashing later (Im using stock footage as source material, mostely a huge collection of grunge film, leader film, scratches etc.) its looking LOVELY…
So now Im trying to render it… except that the fucking thing keeps crashing.. damn it! It says I have some frames out of bounds and 6k pixels or something, except I dont.. unless its doing something behind the scenes… Grrr.
Anyway, heres some screen shots…