After listening to a song on the radio my son Oscar says "Keytars are better than guitars. A keytar is like a guitar but it's also a piano so it's better".
At the end of 2013 Badjonni and I were working upstairs at Forge Warehouse preparing the room to be used as a studio and workspace for film makers and photographers. The walls were covered in patchy paint work so we began with a new coat of paint in some areas. I got distracted and ran off for a little to paint the crow mural that you see upon entry at Forge. By the time I was done Badjonni had a finished the wall he was working on and discovered we had a small amount of left over paint. We couldn't let it go to waste so we started circling it in trails over the floor. All that work many months ago has now become the backdrop to the work of various film makers and photographers. Take a look at this clip from The Rememberz which features our handy work.
In this article I'm talking about Forge Warehouse and some of the things related to managing gallery and studio space there. Thanks to The Upside News for coming down to see our Ball of Light workshop with Denis Smith
Here I am hanging about with a friend I made in Greece. He seemed a bit sad every time someone walked past without noticing that he was trying to make them smile. We talked for a while when no one was around (he of course went into statue mode when others were passing by). I arranged to film him the following day, capturing his attempts to amuse observers. The film below sums it up though. You gotta work hard for the money. Most people walk past, unsure how to interact and then once every so often, someone edges forward. There's one more step toward tonight's dinner he thinks.
I worked with Badjonni on these ones. I drew the creatures and he laid down the backgrounds. I like his work on the flame emissions spewing from the dragons mouth.
Helping someone achieve their vision through film is at it's most enjoyable when it comes to realization and the job is done. Writer for "Meanstreak" Benjamin Roberts rang me before the job talking about gnomes being tortured by a seemingly lovely 1950's housewife with a secret penchant for torture and discipline. It was a well structured script that was filmed within a day at Forge Warehouse.
I've been given permission by the band to give the clip an early release through my website, so here it is - "Meanstreak" music video by The Timbers