Making short films is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. However, it always seemed like an impractical thing to do. You need a lot of people and a lot of equipment, right? It would cost a lot of money. It would take up a disproportionate amount of time. All the effort involved would be a distraction from other things. It hadn’t dawned on me that new technology (is that a term that’s passing out of use? It’s not so new anymore) had changed all that. Someone once said -half in jest- that to be a composer or a writer, all one needed was the right stationery. To that, in the twenty-first century, one could add that all one needs to be a film-maker is a mobile phone or a tablet. As for editing, there is excellent free editing software available online.
Having made quite a lot of electronic music, I was interested in the idea of incorporating images into the kind of collages I’d been making using sound alone. I’m pleased I followed this impulse now, as making these three short films has been a whole lot of fun. Finishing them has left me wondering what to do next.
I’ve embedded two of them in this blog already. However, I’ve revised the first a little and reposted it and I’ve not posted the third before (The Blue Rope). Since I tend to think of them as a trilogy, I’ve posted them all here, together. All three are very different in many ways but I think what binds them together is a common origin in the lockdown: everything that happens in them happens within walking distance of here. The third is shot from inside a very dark, claustrophobic place.
Total running time: 8:38