Gina Higgins

12 04 2016

Philip Scott Johnson

8 01 2016

Making Movies

28 12 2015

FREE download.  Making Movies.

‘The magic of film is recreated, taken apart, examined and lovingly satirized in an unusual work of fiction. David Halliday imagines a BBC documentary about ‘the well known Canadian film maker Samuel Bremmer’. We see moments of the films themselves; we hear the words of the actors, the designers and the commentary of the director, Samuel Bremmer. The illusion of film, and how it is created against a backdrop of money problems, personality clashes, jealousies, ambitions, love and vanity. Originally published by Press Porcepic.’

29 06 2015

Sergei Parajanov (Armenian: Սերգեյ Փարաջանով; Russian: Серге́й Ио́сифович Параджа́нов; Georgian: სერგო ფარაჯანოვი; Ukrainian: Сергій Йо́сипович Параджа́нов; sometimes spelled Paradzhanov or Paradjanov; January 9, 1924 – July 20, 1990) was an Armenianfilm director and artist from the Soviet Union who made significant contributions to Ukrainian, Armenian and Georgian cinema.[1] He invented his own cinematic style, which was totally out of step with the guiding principles of socialist realism (the only sanctioned art style in the USSR). This, combined with his controversial lifestyle and behaviour, led Soviet authorities to repeatedly persecute and imprison him, and suppress his films.

The Players

20 06 2015

One of my most well received books, (I received mine in the mail), The Black Bird was a lot of fun to write. It was a surreal novel, written in a kind of plastic form to take advantage of the media of the 1930s (film, newsreels, short animations). You can download this ebook version (free I believe) at The Black Bird.

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Stefan Venbroek

15 05 2015

Stefan Venbroek is an visual artist and animator living in the Netherlands, where he was born 30 years ago. As an visual artist, Stefan is interested in the depiction of people and all other things that surround him. As an animator, Stefan experiments with time, shapes and structures. He likes to build worlds and objects that come to life, in his experimental animated films

His work is interesting. And fun.


Dianne Gall

21 03 2015

Dianne Gall. Her work has the look of cinema. Scenes from a story that is about to unravel in front of us. Except it doesn’t and we are left with that odd feeling of anticipation. And it is creepy.

Alessandro Bavari

27 02 2015

Alessandro Bavari’s work so resembles the work of the Flemish artist H. Bosch. Their concentration on the truly horrid is fascinating. Like slowing down to watch a car accident. One wonders if these images are a result of personal experiences, an imaginative intellect, or art history. In any event they are fun to view.  Also check out his videos.

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Making Movies

23 02 2015

Making MoviesWhile living in Belgium I watched a lot of British television. There are a lot of documentary shows on different film directors. I decided to create my own documentary about a fictional Canadian director and a company of players.

The documentary was divided amongst a number of films the group created together. Each film was a long poem written down the left side of the page, and the comments of the participants on the right. The comments were not just about the movie in question but about the relationships inside the group.

The book is not a novel, in the conventional format. It is not a long poem in the conventional sense. Most of the reviews were very positive, but the first review was from The Globe and Mail. The reviewer said, ‘this is not how movies are made’. I think all he read was the title. It did kill the book though, although the reviewer in question is now dead, so I suppose the scales are balanced.

The book went ‘e’ a few years ago and received a number of awards, which I somehow have misplaced. Also, all the printed books were lost in the flood of 2013. I might add that there was some talk during publication of making an actual movie based on the book. Of course in true Hollywood tradition, that was mostly hype.

Have a read. Making Movies.


Jack Vettriano

10 01 2015

His work is fantasy. Almost like scenes from a Scorsese film. They are about tough guys and hard women. No sentimentality. Sexuality and brooding violence. Wonderful fun. Jack Vettriano

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