Archive for April, 2006

SCI FI LONDON 2006

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

The UK?s only dedicated science fiction and fantastic film festival reaches primary school age on April 26th, 2006. To mark its fifth birthday, this popular film festival opens in a new London venue with a colourful programme of UK and world premieres, international sci-fi shorts, documentaries, all-nighter screenings, talks and free events. This year?s festival runs April 26th ? April 30th, 2006 and takes place at London?s luxurious Apollo West End cinema, 19 Lower Regent Street.

Highlights include:
SURVIVE STYLE 5 (Japan, 2004) UK PREMIERE
First film from Japanese writer-director, Sekiguchi this movie has a rare vitality in its quick-witted edits and story-telling. Five fantastical tales of crime and mayhem intersect in an absurdist comedy starring Sonny Chiba and, er? Vinnie Jones.

CSA: CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA (USA, 2005)
Spike Lee presents this provocative piece of satire with, as its central conceit, an imagined, alternative history of America. In this parallel universe, not only did the Confederates win the American Civil War but slavery is widespread and an accepted part of contemporary society. Lured in by plausible scenarios in the clever script, the viewer is left with an uncomfortable feeling that the boundaries between fact and fiction are very blurred.

FIRST ON THE MOON (Russia, 2005)
An exquisitely crafted film mixing fact and fantasy to spotlight the contradictions of Stalinist Russia, using the space program as its basis. In the spring of 1938, in the mountains of northern Chile, a flying object falls to earth in flames. Investigation by a film crew reveals that a secret Soviet space program was in place prior to World War II. Scientists and the military colluded, the film would have you believe, to develop a spacecraft 23 years before Yuri Gagarin even set foot in a rocket.
A unique piece of cinema.

LOGAN?S RUN (30TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING)
Within our classic movie thread, we screen the seminal thirty-something angst movie? 30 years on from its release, we are delighted to present Michael Anderson?s stylish tale of a Utopian society?s nasty little secret.

Citizens in the 23rd Century live lives of languid pleasure but to maintain population controls, municipal computer systems decree that no one can live beyond thirty. Those who refuse to accept death become ‘Runners’ seeking ?Sanctuary?. An √©lite force, the Sandmen, has been created to hunt the Runners.
When Logan (Michael York), a Sandman, has his lifeclock prematurely accelerated to 30, he must decide whether or not to run. We couldn?t resist screening this on April 30th?

In Transit – Last Week

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

In Transit – Cast with Director
Originally uploaded by spiritquest.

During the Croydon all nighters, Anthony took a break from Rehearsal to come and meet me, I’d got his phone call a few days back, he has asked me if I was interested in creating a small soundscape for this piece of object dance theatre he was working on .. I said yeah!, of course.

I had some minidisc binaural sounds stashed away from a trip to NYC a couple of years back. So I repurposed a lot of that and created background noise sounds…

It was a little intense as I had to drag Anthony up to Reading after the Sat practice before going LIVE .. We had to complete the soudscape and cut the music tracks onto a CD so it was all in sequence .. it worked well in the end, and the performance was great, I found it surreal and engaging entering the mindscape of these two strangers communicating through movement ( I have never really seen dance theatre before), the smooth synchronised dance towards the end really locked these two individuals together for a brief moment, it was an interesting production into communication outside of language can be expressed and the airport setting made for interesting sound work. I really enjoyed it and would love to do some more soundwork in these kinds of productions . . who knows . . :)

I will certainly be going to see more dance on stage, thats for sure !

‘In Transit’ featured two dancers Noyale Colin and Myung Hee Han

Linux User PHP pics

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

I recently recorded the First UK PHP Conference, the audio is a nightmare to clean because of this HUGE hum on the tracks :(

Anyhow, some of the stills I took at the gig were published in an article for Issue 60 – April 2006 of Linux and User Developer and wirtten by Katherine and David Goodwin. (OUT NOW)

I wish the guys had asked for higer res images, as they used to blown up to A5 size with an image inset between them … they weren’t the best quality.

But hey good to see them printed :)

WOW – wrestlemania 70’s stylee

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

So at the beginning of the month Tim’s final film in his trilogy of comedy tributes was set to film and I was cordially invited to film ‘behind the scenes’ video footage, take some 3D stereo stills and partake in the action as a glamarous ‘background artist’. I’ve been lurking in the background of all three films to date:

a) Ant Muzak
b) Blakes Junction 7
c) World Of Wrestling

But seriously spending 3 nights on a bus can seriously take its toll on your body clock !

It was great fun and all Cast & Crew were a great bunch to be around, and I got some fabulous stereos! Thanks for letting me shadow you Wolf !

Really looking forward to the cast & crew screening :)

 

Photograph © Wolf Marloh

Lottery Graffiti

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

Graffiti Bridge ala Croydon
Originally uploaded by spiritquest.

I’ve been trying to regain a state of normality, the World Of Wrestling film shoot has left me feeling invigorated and wiped out, need to recharge my nickel-Metal Hydride power packs. So last night I decided to clean up the office desk that’s been neglected for a couple of weeks, I managed to retrieve a note that was left on my mobile phone that I’d scribbled onto a scrap of paper.

PC Birchall from Lincolnshire !!? I haven’t been up to Lincolnshire in over 10yrs !

This call had left me feeling a little disturbed, as this PC had called my mobile following up an investigation he was involved in, and my number was a lead in a case of vandalism in a small village ..

The thing is I couldn’t get in touch with the PC straight away, so I had no idea if this was just a wind up. What had transpired was that a house had been vandalised and my mobile number had been graffiti’d on the wall … ?!

He just tried the mobile number to se if it was real, asked me a few questions, the first being where do u live … .. surreal.

DON”T USE MY NUMBER if you’re going to graffitti it on a wall somewhere please.

Vandal Lottery

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

I’ve been trying to regain a state of normality, the World Of Wrestling film shoot has left me feeling invigorated and wiped out, need to recharge my nickel-Metal Hydride power packs. So last night I decided to clean up the office desk that’s been neglected for a couple of weeks, I managed to retrieve a note that was left on my mobile phone that I’d scribbled onto a scrap of paper.

PC Birchall from Lincolnshire !!? I haven’t been up to Lincolnshire in over 10yrs !

This call had left me feeling a little disturbed, as this PC had called my mobile following up an investigation he was involved in, and my number was a lead in a case of vandalism in a small village ..

The thing is I couldn’t get in touch with the PC straight away, so I had no idea if this was just a wind up. What had transpired was that a house had been vandalised and my mobile number had been graffiti’d on the wall … ?!

He just tried the mobile number to se if it was real, asked me a few questions, the first being where do u live … .. surreal.

DON”T USE MY NUMBER if you’re going to graffitti it on a wall somewhere please.