The Five Year old Clanger

A short post a long time coming. 

It's taken the mammoth displacement activity inducing horror of apply to jobs for me to finally finish my very own knitted clanger (from the original 1972 Clanger pattern in the BBC archives). Five years it's been sat, half-socked, waiting to have life breathed into it. There are mistakes, two different colours of wool and bite marks (from mice of all things) but here he is, finally comitted to film.

Yes actual film, this also served at an experiment for my first ever animation on 35mm film. The camera wobble actually comes from having to scan in the printed pictures (as the processing service didn't offer a digital copy of my photographs! Unimpressed!) but I think the overall result is really quite charming.

He is, of course, turning the handle to my recently purchased Bolex H16 camera, with which the original Clangers series' were filmed.


Technical deets:
This was filmed on a Pentax K1000 35mm SLR camera with Pentax K-mount 50mm f1.7 lens on Vista Plus Camera Film 200 ASA. There are 13 frames in the sequence. 

Commandery Worcester Promo

Firstly a very short promo for the St. George's day celebrations.

This was part of a days worth of filming for the Commandery Worcester, which is a wonderful civil war museum. Needless to say check out their events! The video below features much more of the footage from the day, but was edited later by their marketing officer. 

It was a really fun day full of running with permission slips in hand after families!

This was filmed on my Canon 600D (Or rather the Rebel T3i) with some lovely vintage Pentax K-mount lenses.

Worcester Art Gallery Exhibition Promo

"This Green Earth" Exhibition Film from henry Fothergill on Vimeo.

This was a Promotional video I was asked to produce to be played in an exhibition at the Worcester Art Gallery for Bridget MacDonald. The brief gave several prompts to ask Bridget but the interviewing itself was left to myself and Hannah. We ended up having a wonderful day with Bridget where the interview naturally took on a conversational tone, it helped that my Dad is an artist so we could freely chat about the nature of her work, and Hannah is exceptionally good at picking out prudent questions and bringing us back to topics from the brief, without stopping the conversation dead.

I did struggle slightly with the sound as Bridget is very softly spoken and, alas, my equipment is somewhat lacking there. By somewhat I mean I had the camera sound (with a small Røde microphone attached) for the guide track and an iPhone 4 recording on voice notes next to Bridget! Still it got the job done! 

We filmed the day on my trusty Canon 600D with vintage Pentax K-mount lenses, now my usual set. I decided early on to focus on filming sections of the paintings, I didn't want to cut too much to entire paintings in part because paintings always look better in person (and they would be able to see them in the exhibition) but also because it allowed me to pick out details and features that Bridget had talked about in the interview earlier. Funnily enough Bridget was terribly embarrassed by the mess of oil paints in her studio but I loved the mess! Not only is it wonderfully photogenic mess, nothing there was dirty, it had a real artistic liveliness to the room, a real creative mess!

This was also edited down to a promotional 40 second video which was put on the Worcester Art Gallery social media and homepage, promoting the exhibition. The exhibition itself ran from the 13th February – 25th June.