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OUTDOOR FILM PROJECTION EVENT, 5pm – 9pm DECEMBER 4TH

‘One Hundred Blinks’ will be projected onto the Scottish National Gallery on December 4th, 5pm – 9pm for the opening of the 117th Annual Open Exhibition of the Society of Scottish Artists at the RSA.

The film will be looped over the 4 hours and the projection will be 16 metres wide on the side facing Edinburgh Castle. The backdrop for the event will be Edinburgh’s Christmas, with spectacles such as the Big Wheel and the European Christmas Market at the Mound.

The exhibition runs from 5 – 20 December, a list of works selected is here.  Invited curators Sarah Cook and Mark Daniels from New Media Scotland, and London-based art journalist and curator, Pryle Behrman, will also curate exhibits of digital artworks by acclaimed Scottish and international artists.

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Last weekend ‘One Hundred Blinks’ had it’s Edinburgh screening. The film was exhibited as an immersive cinema space with no lighting and bean bags, the film on a continuous loop for viewers to drop in / out of the film at any time.

The film installation was a great success with 120 viewers coming along. At one point it was standing room only. The invaluable feedback was great with 4 people coming out crying (‘It’s just so emotional, viewing life as a cycle like that’) and one man asking if he could get the soundtrack on iTunes as it was so calming. Many people have requested a Glasgow screening, and I’m working on that.

Many thanks to all who came along and to Summerhall and its supportive staff. A thoroughly great venue.

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I’ve just been sent these articles about the ‘One Hundred Blinks’ outdoor projection last December from NHS Forth Valley Press Office. Great to see the interest from local press and even better to hear about the delight of contributors when they opened up their local paper and saw an article about the film in which they helped make. ‘Blinking’ marvelous .. ahem ..

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Stirling Observer – 31/12/13

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Falkirk Herald – 2/1/14

 

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I’m very happy to say, the Edinburgh Screening of ‘One Hundred Blinks’ is finally here.

WHEN:
11am – 6pm, Saturday March 15
11am – 6pm, Sunday March 16

WHERE:
Old Lab, Summerhall
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL

Screened as a loop, the film can be viewed at any point. The venue has a cafe and a pub, and is a very child friendly venue. See Summerhall for more details. Get in touch with me if you need any more information. Invite here:

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Thursday’s outdoor projection event was a great success,  despite a few frozen toes and was, for me personally, a huge reward and sense of achievement to have the film presented on the site I initially proposed for the work.

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Photo by Peter Dibdin Photography

It was quite a powerful sight to have ‘One Hundred Blinks’ projected upon Forth Valley Royal Hospital.  Visitors, staff and patients stopped to watch the 100 faces change through the ages, each one 40ft high. One visitor approached with her young daughter to tell me they had been sitting in their car and watched the entire film, feeling as if they were at a drive-in.  Another highlight was Annie Barker coming to see the film and her key part as the face of the 100 year old.

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Annie Barker at ‘One Hundred Blinks’ Outdoor Screening Event.
Photo by Lindsay Perth

The site was perfect and appeared meant for screenings.  It is possible that Forth Valley Royal Hospital may use the site to deliver health information to the local community.

A gallery below shows more documentation of the event. Thanks to Iain White for his invaluable technical support, to Peter Dibdin Photography with help documenting the event and to Babs McCool and Forth Valley Royal Hospital for their support.

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Large Scale outdoor evening screening of ‘One Hundred Blinks’ , Thursday December 19th 4:30 – 9pm, NHS Forth Valley Hospital, Larbert FK5 4WR

” I’m very excited about having my film experienced so large scale and at this location.  It shows how powerful the moving image can be when we use it to look more closely at who we are as a community and as individuals who ultimately have the same journey.  It’s very fitting to have it shown on a building that shows our vulnerabilities as well as our strengths as human beings.”  Artist, Lindsay Perth

Travel information to the hospital here. NHS Forth Valley is about a 15min walk from Larbert train station, the stop before Stirling if coming from Glasgow or Edinburgh. A taxi costs about £3-£4.  Starbucks is staying open until 9pm for viewers to stay warm with hot drinks and view from indoors if needed.

If you make it along, please come find me and have a chat.

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Seems I am effectively making a feature film out of the footage filmed for One Hundred Blinks. My calculations were the film would be about 30 minutes long but of course my 6-9 sec counts telling my subjects when to blink would be out a second here, a second there. And when shooting at 215fps, these seconds add up to minutes, lengthening the duration quite a bit!

So what length defines a feature film? I’ve asked several filmmakers this and received several answers. The BFI states a feature length films is more than 40 mins, as does the Academy Awards. The Sundance Film Festival states anything longer than 50 minutes is considered a feature film. The Screen Actors Guild states that it is 80 minutes or longer and Screen Australia defines it as long than 60 minutes, as does the Cannes Film Festival. In fact, Cannes says a short must be under 15 min and ‘does not accept films that have a duration between 15 and 60 minutes. Not that I’m submitting One Hundred Blinks to Cannes, but .. you never know!

Anyway, as I near the end of the editing process, I’m pushing 60 minutes in my running time. I’m not worried about the length so much, so far it’s quite a meditative timeless piece looking at all these faces through their ages especially as the very rhythmic and ruminative (just found that in Thesaurus, seemed fitting) soundtrack takes shape – working with musician/filmmaker friend George Joseph Miller IV on this. I don’t mind saying I found my eyes fixed upon these changing faces with the first soundtrack draft and my eyes welled up. God, I love slow motion! It slows down these people in their day, in their lives and lets us consider them gently without judgement and somehow they become fleeting reflections of ourselves.

So as I near the final placing of the 100 year old face on the timeline and watch it dissolve into the 7 week baby I feel quite emotional about it all. Maybe it’s because finishing this film marks the end of my 2 year NHS arts residency. Maybe it’s because I feel very aware that my initial ideas of making something that slowed down time has actually made me appreciate the present more because you can bet tomorrow will come faster than the blink of an eye.

 

 

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So far, its been very good filming. In fact, I had forgotten how this kind of project can mean you meet so many people from different places and backgrounds. We really are a characterful bunch us humans. Everyone has a story to tell.

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photo by 4 year old Eilidh, budding photographer

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filming at Summerhall

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filming at Portobello

 

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I’ve posted this so people can see what I’m asking of them for my film. I’m aware some people might not want to do this because they can’t quite visualise it, so I hope this will explain it better. Each person will be on screen for about 30 seconds, although the real time filming of them will only be 6 seconds because the footage is slowed down. I assure you, I’ll make sure there are no crumbs on upper lips or unruly nasal hairs flapping around.

This video hows the kind of framing I’m asking of people. The clip is from the Sony FS700 camera test Steve and I did to find the best slow motion frame rate and best lens to use.  If you look at clip in HD you can see its wonderfully sharp and the shallow depth of field makes for some lovely background blurring.

I won’t deny its bit weird seeing oneself so big but remember this will be in the context of 99 other faces and a very human story of life’s journey is behind the film. Where do I sign up, I hear you say … ?

 

 

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Cameraman Steve and I recently did some slow motion and lens tests with the Sony FS700. What a camera! I’ll put a short clip up here of myself so all you Blink partakers-to-be out there know I wouldn’t ask you to do something I wouldn’t do myself! It’s not like any camera I’ve used before and certainly the slow motion capture is bit of a learning curve for me. Thank me lucky stars Steve is doing that part ..

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