09-05-12 / HONDA VERSUS THE PETEBOX
And the commercial itself can be viewed here.
25-04-12 / TRAILER FOR 2012 HAMBURG INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
15-04-12 / 'FUTURE LOOPS' SCREENING
11-04-12 / FINAL PETEBOX VIDEO IN SERIES
09-04-12 / EXCLUSIVE PETEBOX ALBUM VIDEO SCREENING
02-04-12 / COMMERCIAL / HAMBURG-BERLIN-HAMBURG / PETEBOX / NEW INTERVIEW
Children and animals I can work with, no problem, bring 'em on, but balloons... pfuh. It's with great relief that I'm no longer at the mercy of the daily wind forecast and its constant indecision, like suddenly changing the optimum shooting period from a comfortable midday session to six o'clock in the bleddy morning. On one occasion the rig got stuck in a tree above a main road for thirty-five minutes and wouldn't have been retrieved were it not for the kindly Mrs Nowak who allowed me up onto her balcony with a makeshift lasso. Another incident irreparably scratched the lens of the GoPro camera when it skidded across an nosey rooftop, which would have been easily avoidable had I spent thirty seconds attaching a bit of makeshift padding. Most frustrating of all is that it happened during one of the first shots, so there is now an extra load of post-production tomfoolery involved as I try to fix the images. I'd rather not reveal any teaser images until the trailer goes live in one month's time. Instead, here's a curious little Hamburg diptych:
So, after a whole year of on-off work for The Petebox, the ninth and final video of the Future Loops album series was filmed, edited, and finally ejected from my suite with the precision of a finely-honed SAS mission (compared with the post-production trauma of some of the previous eight, at least). There were literally two hours to sleep between finishing it all and leaving for the mystery commercial shoot in London. The eighth, penultimate video, which I posted after the September shoot as being "a truly batnuts track" is now live:
02-03-12 / LATEST PETEBOX
17-02-12 / VON BERLIN NACH HAMBURG: IMPRESSIONS
An archetypal Italian moment in a Berlin cafe. An archetypal German moment at a Hamburg konzert. The eerie, spectral bleat of distant foghorns on Hamburg's winter ports (a favourite sound). Business as usual for boats on the Elbe, despite it being a river of ice. The obligatory chuckle from the Turkish owner of my regular imbiss when ordering currywurst. Rising at six to try shooting footage from balloons, the wind blowing too hard, almost losing the camera across rooftops. Walking the streets with heart-shaped balloons, unrelated to Valentine's day, on Valentine's day, like a Valentine's plum. Being mobbed by balloon-loving school children.
In less whimsical summary, the Berlin Directors Lounge was lovely and it was touching that an unexpected gang of Hamburgers showed up (friends from Hamburg, not Big Macs and Whoppers), not to mention a couple of faces from Nottingham who are now based in Berlin. All of my films were screened from MP4 files and the projection was the best I'd seen for quite a few of my older, low resolution films. Considering how much easier it is to make an MP4 file than pay for a costly dub to a high quality tape, this is definite progress which I hope more festivals will take on board. In addition to the main screening, Binaural Swimming (Beach) screened in a cosy basement room, complete with a sofa, heater, and headphones for the intended binaural experience. Further reports about what I was getting up to in Hamburg with balloons can be expected when I finally beat the wind and get everything I need.