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Film Poetry and Authenticity

In Art, film, filmmakers, poetry, Uncategorized on August 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I am not talking specifically about lo-fi filmmaking – with enough conviction you can shoot on anything – truly poetic cinema transcends its medium.

For me, the idea of ‘film poetry’ is intrinsically bound up with authenticity; contrived, conceited and overtly self-aware films will struggle to communicate with the same depth and pull (one constantly being reminded they are watching A Film). Authenticity is humbling, engaging (effective as any scriptwriting formula) and altogether human.

Eschewing tackier modes of delivering a narrative in favour of creating something truly personal is difficult – can feel downright punitive (certainly if you’re as doubtful of yourself as I am when working creatively); easy to become disenchanted early on. Over-analysis is the enemy of free-rolling thought – I find it most effective to Stop Thinking So Hard (especially during the early stages of an idea). We have more preconceptions than we realise.

I ran my first filmmaking workshop last month and assaulted my audience with a deluge of instruction for some time before realising I was making the same mistake I’ve made for many years in writing and shooting films – doing can be writing, writing leads to doing-to-writing-and-on. This doesn’t (necessarily) mean shooting. It means submerging oneself utterly in the experience of the film during its creation – being honest to it. ‘Knowing your film’.

If you know your film, you’ll make your film, because you’ll be very aware of any development towards your film that isn’t your film. A purity of vision, I guess… perhaps this is film poetry?

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Interview with the curators of “Under Light and Shadow”.

In Art, Community, Curiousity, Democracy, discussion, Edinburgh, film, free screening, Interview, Leith, poetry, poets, thiscollection on June 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm
the shadow of two curators of thiscollection's summer 2012 exhibition.

Photo by Ruei Yen and Xara Vlaxou from their flyering album on facebook.

Thanks to Fiona Grieg, freelance producer, we can listen to the enterprising young film curator programmers, Hara Vlahou and Ruei Yen discuss their experiences organising “Under Light and Shadow” their personal interpretation of This Collection’s poems and films to date.

Listen to Fire Horse findings on Leithermagazine.com here.

The event is happening this Saturday June 23rd at Out of the Blue Drill Hall 2-7pm.
There are limited spaces for the free filmmaking workshop with the very talented and funny Oliver Benton from 3-6pm. Register here!

If you are interested in presenting the assortment of collected wonders and running workshops or discussing the methods or materials used in this project feel free to contact filmthiscollection_at_gmail.com.

New Beginnings

In activism, Art, Community, Curiousity, Dérive, Democracy, film, film artists, films, poems, poetry, poets on June 11, 2012 at 1:30 am

This Collection : Collaborate Create Curate

This Collection is very fortunate to be collaborating with the very talented Anni Poppen of NEOI along with 11 other Non Profit Organisations from around the world.

Anni Poppen, is an award-winning graphic designer from Hampshire, IL who currently lives in the vibrant college town of Champaign, IL. Through her work as a graphic designer, musician, yoga practitioner, and environmental advocate, she was drawn to implementing a flexible business model that would uplift NFPs and small businesses while allowing her creative freedom, travel, and volunteer opportunities.

We’ve been working together since the end of May and every step of the way, she has been supporting This Collection’s move towards a more open web presence and coherent design to showcase work done so far.

We’re looking for

Guest Bloggers to share:

  • film poetry that inspires,
  • filmic reflections on the city through poetry walks
  • dérives based on This Collection poems or films as impulses
  • tips on how to develop film poetry and
  • exciting experiments that explore the relationship between text and image.
Affiliates:
  • Sites, journals, blogs who share the same ethos of open accessible art interventions involving film, poetry and observations of a place.
  • Advocates of film poetry as a medium of expression
  • Community based initiatives that celebrate literacy and everyday art practice against all odds.

Ongoing call for curatorial experiments based on works done to date, we offer:

  • Access the films collected to date
  • Access our social media channels and
  • Support from a wide range of filmmakers or poets involved depending on the nature of the proposal.

Anni is helping us package the site and web presence to help others use This Collection as a resource more readily. We are very grateful for her hard work, creativity and marvellous spirit and humour for this new beginning.

For more information contact Stefanie: filmthiscollection[at]gmail.com

Last week to wander the labyrinth

In 100 Poems, Community, Edinburgh, film, Performance, poetry on May 9, 2011 at 11:13 pm
Fragment of Helen and laura's lovely mural

dis-place thiscollection in the Glue Factory a microfragment of the magic.

Remember Enid Blyton’s classic “The Magic Faraway tree” with Moon-Face,  Jo, Bessie, and Fanny and those loving descriptions of treacle toffee pies and treats? There was always a new world at the top of the tree and one always had to take a leap of faith and it almost always worth the trek.

Well since April 30th, the installation of thiscollection’s poems and films as a labyrinthine library has been the site of discussion, curiousity and wonderment.

This is the last week to see thiscollection’s dis-placement in the Glue Factory in Glasgow. As usual the installation was a result of the contributors of thiscollection who wanted to explore the space, we only realised what we had as each contributor decided how to present their work in the space.

Playful, thought-provoking and an expression of the processes that have gone on through developing thiscollection to date. The installation is a labyrinth put together with the help from thiscollection contributors Rocio Jungenfeld, David McAfee, Helen Askew, Laura Mossop & Blochestra member Ming Tse, Dominique De Groen, Glasgow Open School’s Liam and Nathan and Stefanie Tan.

The opening night was well attended  Zorras‘ rendition of Brian McCabe’s “It” was witty and engaging. Blochestra‘s adaptation of Kate Charles’ “Cables” was dark and soulful. Videos will be uploaded soon.

AP and Swedo stirred up a storm, invading and breaking all health & safety codes they could find, performing adaptations of the remaining poems and responding to the immense space as only the two adventurous word pirates could.

The special preview with Glasgow Open School attempted to discuss how the installation provoked ideas of democracy, learning and collective. Notes from the discussion are exhibited in the space, special thanks to Stevphen Shukaitis, Glasgow Open School who invited participants from Free Hetherington, Transmission, Ultra Red, Arika, So We Stand and its members to reflect on the work to begin considering what truly free education could and should look like.

The space has since welcomed over 30 new works by F/32 Fine art photography students and every nook and cranny holds an idea that can captivate the restless soul – so pick a quiet day or a bustling Friday to come see the magic, and how your poem or film is making an impression.

Thanks also to Open Source theatre‘s talented cast of Property & Theft who have braved the challenge to take their show to Glasgow May 6-8th. The interventions created some really golden moments from philosophical playfulness investigating our subjective measures of time, value and scarcity. The company of actors exchanged a ripped J.G Ballard book for 2 nanoseconds of bad dancing, reaffirmed with a hand made certificate, cosy cups of tea and conversations all to the soundtrack of reflective confessions about daily life in late capitalism.

We are consciously not putting any images up of the installation, and strongly encourage you to come and experience the work for yourself and make your own memories.

It is the last week of the showcase, the space is open til May 14th 12-6pm and is a 10 min walk from St Georges’ Cross SPT, 22 Farnell St Glasgow. Entry is Free.

Upcoming events:

May 13th Friday: Farewell Welfare

2-4pm

Hillhead Library Writers’ Group meets in the Glue Factory, sharing their protocols to run a self organised group and Cathy McCormack, activist and author of Wee Yellow Butterfly, shares her writing experience.

5-7pm

Free Screening of Cathy’s film: “At the Sharp end of the Knife” followed by a conversation with local communities and activists, folk keen on social justice and alternatives.

May 14th Saturday

5-630pm

Ginetta Correlli filmmaker of Sam Meekings’ “The Hanging Stanes” premieres “The Earl Sessions” a film about people struggling with perfection.

Followed by a closing party hosted by the good people of the Glue Factory.

All very welcome.

OPENING NIGHT: dis-place this collection@The Glue Factory

In Community, film, Performance, poetry on April 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Opening Night April 30th poster by Ming Tse

Come and join us as we make our first ever journey west and open an exciting fortnight-long event at Glasgow’s infamous Glue Factory artspace! 

dis-place THIS COLLECTION: OPENING NIGHT

Venue: The Glue Factory, 22 Farnell Street, Glasgow, G4 9SE  See map less than 10 min walk from St George’s Cross SPT.

Preview:

6pm (Open to Public)
Self-organisation in Education: with Stevphen Shukaitis and Glasgow Open School
Author of Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life, Stevphen Shukaitis and Glasgow Open School welcomes all to workshop to discuss the installation of thiscollection and present the first in the series of two events aiming to bring together people interested in holding experiments in education this Summer and anyone struggling with ideas and practices of learning, democracy, collectivity, curatorship, culture and knowledge production.

We aim to combine space for open discussion of ideas and pragmatic arrangements for collaboration. For more information visit
http://glasgowopenschool.com/blog/?p=1788
http://www.autonomedia.org/node/94

830pm -1130pm

HEADLINING:

+ BLOCHESTRA: innovative and experimental noise-makers — “a band to turn the conventional music experience on its head.” adapt poems into song, Kate Charles’ “Cables” is given a new spin.

Zorras Film Poetry Vocal velvetness photo by Evi Tsiligaridou

+ ZORRAS:poetry-music-video weirdness fusion. With megaphones adapt Brian McCabe’s thiscollection poem “It”.

A.P & Swedo: Herbalist & Farmhand anarchic word workers this image by Swedo (Sean Cartwright) says it all.

+ A.P & Swedo Anarchic duo jam in a polymusical moon symphony of wordage favourites and new work inspired by this collection poems.

ALSO ON SHOW:

+ Graffiti from up and coming graphic designer Ming Tse who made the awesome opening night poster.

+ a huge and stunning mural by illustrators Helen Askew and Laura Mossop

+ this collection’s 100 poems and film responses collected so far.

this collection in Glasgow is preparing to ease into a more democratic DIY phase and has developed an open installation with Glasgow Open School to prove that culture or creative endeavours need YOUR input, not over rely on funding bodies or enthusiastic volunteers but everyone. Just as democracy needs to be practiced or it is lost – if there is no input from you or dialogue, NOTHING will or can happen.

If you have already submitted a poem or a film or an adaptation the Open Schedule on the Glasgow Open School blog is YOUR platform.

REFRESHMENTS:

Summery wheat beer, honey and heather ale, strawberry cider and some lager.

TRANSPORTATION:

Trains do group discounts half price for a group of 4 and the 3rd travels free in a group of 3 (a return ticket costs £11.40). Last train home is 1130pm.
The last underground is 1115pm, and the venue is less than 10 mins from St Georges Cross.

ANY QUESTIONS? FILM@THISCOLLECTION.ORG

Click “attending” on our Facebook event!

WHAT IS THIS COLLECTION…?

this collection began life as a modest bouquet of 100 short poems on the subject of Edinburgh. Authors included all manner of Edinburgh residents from high school kids to University professors, and over the course of the past two years, their work has acted as a foundation upon which artists and creatives from all walks of life have built collaborative responses to the poems. Thus far, the project has primarily attracted short films, but more recently the artistic responses have included works as diverse as street art installations, handmade zines and improvised music scores to live screenings.

this collection has hosted a plethora of community art events in Edinburgh, too – including a memorable poets’ and filmmakers’ speed-dating night, a huge multi-media showcase in the cavernous McEwan Hall, and an experimental ‘friendly’ poetry slam.

The project will adopt The Glue Factory – an abandoned industrial space turned arts venue – as its temporary home from 30th April to 14th May as part of a GSA postgraduate show. Glasgow residents and visitors are invited to peruse a wide and vibrant showcase of creative work inspired by the original this collection 100 poems.

We hope to see you there!

this collection: FRIENDLY POETRY SLAM

In Community, film, Performance, poetry on March 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm

this collection is throwing its first ever poetry slam — but forget what you’ve seen and heard before. This is not your usual slam: there will be no brownie points for shouting, no judges, and the poet with the most mates won’t win automatically. This is a friendly slam — all styles, personalities and poetics are welcome. See below…

The this collection friendly slam will take the following form:

ROUND ONE: all poets perform under a 2.5 minute time limit. You can do ANYTHING YOU LIKE with those 2.5 minutes — shout, rap, whisper, read off paper, read from memory, read one poem, read fifteen haiku, whatever.

ROUND TWO: the five poets with the lowest scores (see below) will be eliminated, and the remaining poets will perform again — same time limit, same rules.

FINAL: the three poets with the overall highest combined scores from both rounds (and possibly a wildcard) will slug it out in the final (3 minutes this time) for the title of this collection slam champion — and for our lovely prizes (see below).

SCORING: no scary judging panel, no howling audience whooping extra loud for their friends. Each poet will be scored by the other poets performing. Every poet gets a scorecard, and marks their fellow performers out of 30 (marks out of 10 for content, delivery and each scorer’s personal response). Scoring will be ANONYMOUS as scorecards will be collected and tallied by an adjudicator after each round. All poets — including finalists and eliminated poets — will give scores on all three rounds. Please note, poets can’t score themselves!

PRIZES:
1ST — £25, and a mystery prize pack (contents TBC!), plus the title of this collection slam champion!
2ND — £10, and a mystery prize pack
3RD — £5, and a mystery prize pack

PERFORMING ON THE NIGHT!
Stephen Welsh // Scottish Slam Champion 2011 Young Dawkins // Bram E Gieben // Fiona Lindsay // McGuire // Tickle McNicholl // Russell Jones // Mairi Campbell-Jack // Andrew C Fergusson // Andrew Philip // Alec Beattie // Dave Forbes // Sophia Walker // Chris Lindores // Cat Dean // Dave Coates

THIS COLLECTION ALL-WELCOME POETRY SLAM! Come and slam with us for a chance to win some cash!

Invite your friends to our Facebook event! Hope to see you there!

(Photo by Kyre Wood)

UNIQUE FILM LOCATION OPPORTUNITY

In Community, film, poetry on March 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Gorgie Farm, Edinburgh

Never work with animals? 

thiscollection poet Juliet Wilson (aka craftygreenpoet) is looking for a film-maker prepared to ignore the old age ‘never work with animals’. Juliet’s poem Animal Haven is set at Edinburgh’s Gorgie City Farm, and stars many of the farm’s animals. The farm is a wonderful place where families can learn about farm animals, small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs and wildlife gardening.  
 
Juliet’s poem is open to imaginative interpretation by aspiring film makers, as long as it is filmed in Gorgie Farm and features at least some of the animals mentioned in the poem.
 
If you are interested in filming this poem, please contact Juliet on Juliet.M.WilsonATgmailDOTcom with some suggested filming dates. Please give at least two weeks notice of dates, so that arrangements can be made with the farm!
 
Gorgie City Farm website is here.
Juliet blogs here.

Poets in search of filmmakers –>FFF – Films@The Forest Fundraiser!

In 100 Poems, Community, film, poetry on February 23, 2011 at 12:13 am

Films glorious films...

ALL thiscollection’s films collected to date will be screened in the Forest this FRIDAY 25th Feb 2011. Films from local talent are being screened from 3pm onwards.

Seek out a filmmaker who will bring your poem to life.
FREE ENTRY.

This is a fundraising event to help save the Forest Café. The Forest is under threat of closure due to the bankruptcy of its landlords, the EUS. Read more here.

17.20-17.50: Break, Soundtrack Jam
Have your coffee, go for a smoke or play your guitar or anything that you find! Some of the thiscollection short movies don’t have any music in them, and we’re planning to ask you, viewers, to create a soundtrack for it. Anyone can join in! Doesn’t matter if you’re not a musician or you don’t have your instrument with you, take some spoons or sing. You have more or less half an hour to improvise and rehears together and then to perform when you get the sign… And the fun part: this Jam will actually be filmed and used in a future project of Glue Factory, Glasgow.

17.50 – 19.40: This Collection
Sit back and enjoy this vivid snapshot of the range of creative talent auld
reekie has to offer through poetry and film art!
Thiscollection.com is a copy left non-hierarchical, non-curatorial experiment to engage film with local poems set in the postcodes of Edinburgh.
Every scratch, every shake, every poetic pause in our digital canvas makes art a right not a privilege, and our terms of engagement must shift.
Familiar streets and scenes take on a new look from these films collected to date, all
short poetic vignettes and some imaginative reinterpretations of poems written by
poets from all walks of life.

Flash fiction writing challenge based on short films shown by This Collection. You can submit a short 100 word flash fiction based on one or several of the poems/films by the end of the screening and access a workshop where you can develop it. Thoughtful submissions will be published along with the poems.

The fee to enter this challenge is £2 and all proceeds go to the Forest Fundraiser.

Organic, home made pop corn sale…
Forest Goodies…
TV-s in the gallery…

We’d like to thank ALL the amazing people who are participating to this event by giving us their films, all the ECA students, This Collection, and the Word of Mouth Café. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

For the FULL, DETAILED PROGRAM and more info on film activities at the Forest, check out FFF’s website.

Build your own filmmaking kit: Smart Tips For DIY Filmmakers

In 100 Poems, Community, film on February 19, 2011 at 8:18 pm

A self build track dolly on a Western themed film Chris made (2009) Inset: Chris Brooks

Who?
Christopher Brooks is an Edinburgh filmmaker who has built and modified many pieces of equipment and props for projects over the past few years. In the past he has worked for the BBC (including time spent designing DIY projects for a programme on BBC One) and has experience filming events, working on commercial shorts and on many local short films as cinematographer, producer, director or writer. He is also a photographer specialising in headshots and runs his own website: www.cbrooksphotography.co.uk

What?
A hands-on workshop with demonstrations of how homemade equipment can be made to do as good a job as the professional equivalent, including a discussion about the creative reasons for using DIY equipment and what benefits can be brought narratively or stylistically to a film.

Christopher will explain how to make equipment for smooth camera motion including jibs, fig rigs, steadicams, car mounts & dollies and how to replace or modify lenses to give a 35mm look, or tilt-shift, or a pinhole effect. He will also talk about DIY & home solutions to lighting and filtering light.

There will be examples of homemade equipment to demonstrate how they are constructed, including a track dolly and a home lighting set up, and we will record some footage using this equipment to show the potential to get great, unique looking footage.

The Challenge:All films made in the workshops will be based on your own personal response to a poem from thiscollection.org.
All workshops are free but donations are welcome.

When?
Friday 4th March 6-9pm
Customised follow up workshops on Mondays in March will be determined after the first session.

Where?
The Art Room @
Tollcross Community Centre
117 Fountainbridge
Edinburgh EH3 9QG
View map

How?
To book your place email Christopher Brooks: christopher_at_cbrooksphotography.co.uk

Property & Theft

In Community, film, Performance, poetry on February 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Property & Theft: Interactive Theatre March 11 & 25th

LATEST UPDATE:
More about the venture on the Guardian.

Open Source Theatre is a loose collective specialising in interactive political theatre expeiments: we’ve performed at places like the Soho Theatre, London, the streets of Essex, the Byre Theatre, St Andrews, and the Forest, of course.

INTERACTIVE THEATRE BLOG UPDATES

This March Open Source Theatre Company is developing a project with This Collection poems and Tollcross Community Centre’s Adult Learning Project called “Property and Theft”: it is an interactive theatre project about daily life in a decaying capitalist society. Their blog has more updates of how the process developed.

Watch this space for more about the March performances scheduled to be:
Friday March 11th & 25th 2011
Maitinee 2:30pm
Evening 6:30pm

Performances last for an hour and are followed by 30 mins of open discussion about issues raised.

These links may be of interest, feel free to bring your voice, balance, outrage or concerns about such issues to the discussion, we are all learning and it will be great to hear from you through Open source theatre’s playful engagement:
The Class Struggle
DIY Community
Common Good
Right to the city

How to get involved:
Visit their blog or
e-mail Harry Giles: harry.lodestone[at]gmail.com to find out more.