Films : 13 : all

animate! synopsis

A melancholy journey through a nebulous urban landscape. The film’s elliptic and fantastical progress along a universe parallel to the A13 trunk road takes place in the mind of a dying dog sniffing its way back to its birthplace in Barking.

one sentence synopsis

A melancholy journey through a strangely dissolving and pixillated landscape of the A13 trunk road.

short synopsis

A melancholy journey along the A13 trunk road. Created from pixillated Palm Pilot drawings, the film conveys an elliptic and fantastical journey through a parallel universe.

long synopsis

A melancholy journey through a strangely dissolving and pixillated landscape. Created from Palm Pilot drawings made whilst walking along the A13 trunk road – the film presents the journey in the mind of a dog as it sniffs its way back to Barking. A road movie in a parallel universe, populated by ghost lorries in the night and suffused with the pathos of dying light. Sound by Joe Wilson of the Sneaker Pimps.

key credits

director
Simon Faithfull
sound
Joe Wilson
producer
Nick Herrett

Simon Faithfull

biography

Born in Braziers Park, Oxfordshire – Simon Faithfull is the product of a utopian experiment in communal living. He studied art first at Central St. Martins and then went on to do an MFA at Reading University.

In 1996 he made the part-animated Isle of Dogs for the BBC’s 10×10 series. He founded the digital arts organization e-2 in 1998 which commissioned 9 web-based commissions including Word Perfect by Tomoko Takahashi and Cruisin by Susan Collins.

Simon’s drawings and installations have been in numerous national and international solo & group exhibitions over the last seven years. His practice as an artist has been as varied and unstable as some of his experiments, ranging from installations such the Hertford Union (where he punctured the Chisenhale Gallery’s wall to pump in water from the unseen canal) to video works such as 30Km (which uses a camera attached to a weather balloon to record a journey from his face to the edge of space).

The other side to his practice utilises a Palm Pilot as a crude drawing device that enables digital sketches to be made in situ and dispatched out to the world via email or the web – the Palm Pilot becoming a kind of psychogeographer’s mapping tool.

In late 2004 he started a two month journey to Antarctica from which he is sending back a drawing a day via email. Later in 2005 this and other film work made in Antarctica will be collected together to form a national touring exhibition.

He is a part-time lecturer at Goldsmiths College, and lives in London.

28 November 2004

short biography

Simon’s drawings and installations have been in numerous national and international solo & group exhibitions over the last seven years. In 1996 he made the part-animated Isle of Dogs for the BBC’s 10×10 series.

He is part-time lecturer at Goldsmiths College, and in 1998 founded the digital arts organisation e-2 to explore and commission works for the internet. Simon lives in London.

27 May 2003

artist’s website

Simon Faithfull

Simon Faithfull’s website

Joe Wilson

short biography

Joe Wilson is a music and art producer. In the last ten years he has been producer and live musician with the pop group Sneaker Pimps, touring extensively and selling over 1.5 million records.

18 October 2004

artist’s website

Joe Wilson and the Sneaker Pimps

the official _Sneaker Pimps_ website

sound composed by Joe Wilson

direction

director
Simon Faithfull

sound personnel

sound
Joe Wilson

production personnel

producer
Nick Herrett

support

primary funding

an animate! commission funded through Finetake by Arts Council England and Channel 4

© Simon Faithfull 2004

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technical

process summary

A series of original drawings made with the artist’s Palm Pilot, on location at the A13 trunk road. These are then layered and assembled through Photoshop and Image Ready to produce a series of animated gifs, that are in turn edited and overlaid via Final Cut Pro into a complete film.

master copy format

format
DigiBeta
colour or black & white
black & white

video distribution format

video format
DigiBeta
screen aspect ratio
16:9
video standard
PAL
sound type
stereo

distributor

LUX
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