Picnic | Ken & Kath in Bedford

This was the start of my 8mm project, the first one that I put together and wrote some music for. I chose this one for its simplicity and peacefulness. This film is made using of footage from two films made around a family picnic at Dunstable Downs, and a visit from Ken & Kath to Bedford Embankment. Both films were very short and enable a simple AB structure based on the contrasting imagery. The video was simply edited together using Final Cut, with no effects or visual trickery.

The soundtrack was pretty much created in one sitting. Some arpeggios were established using some analog synth patches, a few chords layed down, and then the structure was improvised live alongside the video using Ableton. When I first started creating these mini scores, or soundtracks, I think I envisaged that they would all be as simple as this, by one thing leads to another and you have some pretty complex tracks and arrangements going on…

When I move on the phase 2(!) of this project, I think I’ll reflect on this and go right back to basics. Watch this space!

A little background to my 8mm Film Project

Whilst taking a look around Castle Road Bargain Alley, a local aladdin’s cave, I noticed a shoebox on the floor. Curiosity got the better of me so I took a closer look. Inside were a collection of 8mm home movies from the 1960’s. I was intrigued by the titles, so bought them and had the footage processed. I’ve begun to utilise this found footage as a visual source and inspiration for my music.

Some of these are heavily processed and almost music video in style. Some of them have light editing and FX in order to add some style and motion to the footage, and some of them are untouched, and used simply and inspiration for music.

This cinefilm was digitised by Cinenostalgia.