Which is an unfortunate title as I felt compelled to google the fate of Johnny Logan, winner of the eurovision in 1980. On the plus side he is still around and well enough to edit his own wikipedia entry.
Actually that should read, whats another 16months or so. That probably wouldn’t have done Johnny Logan any good. And doesn’t scan.
Big news is I won a prize. Well the film about Alasdair won a prize. Best film in Scotland Regards section of Krafta Film Festival! It was a nice festival with an admirably narrow focus, and great to meet some filmmakers from overseas who had work screening. It’s always a pleasure to act as a tour guide.
I have been working, until recently, fairly regularly for Renfrewshire Council mainly on what has come to be called “Sitting Room Cinema” – a super 8 film project with Richard Weeks who, amongst other things, runs the Camcorder Club. The Camcorder Clubs gives (mainly older people) the opportunity to transfer home movies and videos into digital files. In the majority of cases we interview the filmmaker and I edit this to the clips that Richard scans at high resolution. I’m still not quite sure how this will pan out for screenings for the general public….but here’s a scene from the film that has been “leaked” and very well received on Facebook. A bit of context: the Cattigan Family in Paisley recorded letters on reel to reel tapes as well as reels of films and posted them out to family across the Atlantic, a theme which is picked up in a number of scenes in the longer film…
In the run up to the Paisley 2021 bid I had the opportunity to work on a number of other projects with different partners in the town. The main one was a documentary about the architectural legacy of the Coats and Clark families, the people who founded much of the textile industries of the 19th and 20th Centuries. I worked on this with the young people and staff of Create. Funded by Paisley Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme, it was a nice introduction for the young people to see the places you can get to if you make a film about it…and so it was we got to get to look behind the scenes of some the rich architectural legacy of Paisley and meet some of the great characters of the town who keep that legacy alive for generations to come. The film was shortlisted for the best documentary at the Scottish Youth Film Festival at the end of 2017.
On the subject of Paisley…in spring of 2017 I had the good fortune to help shoot and edit the Baker Street saxophone event, when it all suddenly seemed possible, if not, probable that Paisley could be the city of culture for 2021. It was a buzzing day…and that buzz continued in the edit when we started slotting in the drone footage. Ultimately it wasn’t to be but the process was a wonderful one for telling a new story about Paisley and Renfrewshire.
Stepping outside the paisley pattern, I’ve continued doing projects with Scottish Film Education. As well as working in the classrooms of East Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire I’ve been using the insights from the training that I have received in new projects that I’ve recently started with Learning and Engagement for Glasgow Film Theatre and the Creative Minds Learning Network in East Ayrshire.
Oh and there were some more short films for Crossroads Caring on the terrifying subject of dementia and for Leap a short on fuel poverty (made I must add with the assistance of Samuel Araya, a talented Eritrean refugee who I met on the Make Strange project).
As if all that wasn’t enough…in a couple of months I/we will, hopefully, fingers crossed, be unveiling the results of a stop frame animation collaboration with Education Scotland.