Friday, September 22, 2006

Sven Nykvist

Legenary cinematographer Sven Nykvist has died. He was 83. Although best remembered for being Bergman's cameraman, I will always love Sven for his work with Tarkovsky. His photography on The Sacrifice is just amazing - a strong contender for some of the best cinematography ever.

The Independent Obituary is here.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Tonight, on the 36th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's death, I watched the clear night sky while listenting to the Jimi Hendrix C0ncerts version of "Little Wing". Uttlerly sublime. RIP Jimi. You'd have loved the sky tonight.

Saturday, September 16, 2006


Heard on Thursday deep in the p.m. that Folie has been accepted by the Mannheim Co-Production Meetings, a prestigious affair that takes place during the Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival in November.

More info here:
It's a major step in the right direction, and it's also a great festival. Unlike Cannes, everyone gets an invite to all the parties, half the festival happens in the beautiful town of Heidelberg (which also has a bloody good record shop - record as in vinyl), plus there is also a great cocktail bar which hovers like a lighthouse over the Stadhaus, Stars, whose site is here:

I can recommend a Fred Astaire, to be taken each day just as the lights come on. Impossible not to marvel at the beauty of the world - even the industrial bits that you can see from the bar - at a time like that.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Psychogeographer's Guide to Weston-super-Mare

Spent yesterday recce-ing for locations, which generally meant driving around Weston with my camera, doing emergency stops whenever I saw something of interest. We've decided to try and make Weston look interesting, which, for people who are only familiar with such delights as the Sea Front, the Grand Pier and the Sovereign Centre, will sound like a challenge too far.

In fact, a lot of the older part of town - on the hill - looks great, so we will be shooting around there. It almost has a Lovecraftian feel to it on certain days, or at certain times of day. Something to do with the light. On the day, of course, we won't have the sunlight at our beck and call, but a nice even light should be good enough.

I'm doing another day of recce-ing, probably on Friday. Tomorrow I'm off to see the Film Council and a prospective DOP in London

Tuesday, September 05, 2006