I was honoured to be asked to be part of the DOLLOP/KK OUTLET "ART RELAY" PROJECT for the olympics. along with loads of talented film makers and musicians.
we were put into relay teams - i was handed the baton by the brilliantly talented Arne Blackman who sent me a track inspired by front crawl for me to illustrate in video. I wanted to combine both sides of the commission - the olympics and dance culture.
the effect was done in camera using a strobe light and the poem is both remembrance of my fear of sharks as a kid and musings on swimming in an international event.
Shown at KK Outlet's gallery in Shoreditch from 3rd-20th August 2012
starring tom didlock and tyron maynard.
music by Arne Blackman
' Those dark shapes are ghostly stripped sharks
swimming underneath the chlorinated azure blues
of tiled seas
Sleek motion through spotlight
as rhythm flows on rhythm
deeply inhaling the strobed cries of the crowd
only to the beat of body
and the swells of the water '
other pieces can be seen here- http://artrelay.co.uk/
Arne Blackman - http://www.dollopdollop.com/2009/11/24/arne-blackman-dollop-mix/
dollop - http://www.dollopdollop.com/
kk outlet - http://www.kkoutlet.com/exhibitions/2012/art-relay
thanks to Rosanna Gammon, Silas Parry and Sam Laurence.
FOOTBALL OR PORN
Spot i directed for Comedy Central. (a parody of a classic German porn scene)
Adikia. The ugly Greek goddess of injustice. Also: an act of unrighteousness directed against another person, but not against God (or power).
Dir. Rob Blake
Writ. Rob Blake Silas Parry Annabeth Robinson
Prod. Rob Blake Silas Parry Annabeth Robinson
Music. Dave Williams
Prod. assist. Robbie King
John was played by John Lamb
Lisa by Lauren Sharman
The computer voice by Bernice McBride
Thanks to Lamin, Martin Darbyshire, Crowns and
Owls, Tom Smith, MAP, Lucy Barker, Leeds College of Art, Provision
In memory of Doug Tonkin.
Made in 3 days start to finish.
Here's some posters.
A really fun project to work on, the band we're up for whatever was thrown at them! A challenging production to pull off on a really low budget, but the enthusiasm of everyone involved made it all come together.
Set in an ambiguous but brutal war, the band escape the fighting to try and find refuge and respite. However, they run into more trouble as they desert the war to chat up girls and avoid the law.
Written by Silas Parry and Rob Blake
Directed by Rob Blake
1st Camera by Thomas Harrison
2nd Camera by Jamie Adier
Steadicam by Rory Martinez
Produced by Rob Blake, Thomas Harrison, Rory Martinez and Louis Bleazard
Costume by Daisy Shayler -Webb
Edited by Rob Blake and Thomas Harrison
Special thanks to Peter Scott for his sound design and Matt Clarke for his CG work.
I Swim With Sharks website
MUSCHI - ANTWON PILLOW TALKS
MUSCHI CAKES DA KILLA
BLACK ON BLACK MUSCHI PARTY
Didn't shoot this. just edit and FX.
Didn't shoot this - just did the graphics and a recut with Kaleb Wentzel-Fisher on a tight deadline.
SARANTIS FT. MIK - ' BOSS '
film - rob blake
go pro operator - wiktor dobraczynski
shot in london and berlin.
peckham phone crew
phil clarke hill
MAIA - CONSTANT PLAY
A Brothers Grimm inspired music video for the talented Maia. Made in a really short period of time, the set was built with plywood, cardboard boxes and leaves.
Written and Directed by Rob Blake
Produced by Rob Blake, Thomas Harrison, Rory Martinez.
Edited by Rob Blake, Thomas Harrison, Rory Martinez
Special thanks to Rory's snake, Choque's rabbit, Brett's dog, Genevieve Segal, the band.
Three films made with Sam Berkson, to celebrate the launch of his new book "life in transit".
SIlly little improvised piece in Hackney with Tessa Parr and Matt Linares.
DOLLOP NYE AT TROXY
Promo for the massive Dollop at Troxy this NYE.
GERRY COOPER & PHIL SNELL
Video i made for my dad's folk stuff over xmas. Lighting done with desklamps. Thanks to Nick Smith as Best Boy and John Hepworth for letting use his shop in Otley.
Club night and band I've just started, something like african techno meets bassline. i'll stick some tracks up soon.
ANTIFORM FASHION FILM
Zero budget promo for up and coming, ethical Leeds label Antiform.
Antiform AW12 - an eclectic mix of reclaimed heritage fabrics, all put together with a modern utilitarian edge. Yorkshire-knitted bouclé, wools, tweeds, suiting and silks put to ingenious use, to create the next evolution of our irregular-but-wearable aesthetic.
Made with Annabeth Robinson
Clothing by Lizzie Harrison
thanks to Leah Francis
Netil House, London
March 31st - 2012
Rustie _ Koreless _ South London Ordnance
Charles Drakeford (Boiler Room) _ Leisure djs _ dollop Djs
Headcleaner playing at 20 years of reflex records down at the Beaver Works
An excerpt from Blue Remembered Hills (Dennis Potter, 1979)
A favour for Jon Lamb (see Adikia) that was a bit of a shambles production to be honest, was working really long hours on a corporate job at the time and organised and shot this in a state of stressed exhaustion.
Thanks to the brilliant Matt Wright and Mairead Albiston for coming down and shooting this with me. Also Annabeth Robinson for being great and helping with the sound (this was the most traumatic thing ever - an echoey Chapeltown School hall).
Also thanks to Phil Snell for working some magic on the frankly terrible sound.
Willie: Julian Coburn-Hough
Peter: Jon Lamb
Theatre Direction: Mick Martin
Film Direction: Rob Blake
Camera: Matt Wright
Foley: Phil Snell
Piece i made a while ago with Tom Thiel, starring James Lyons, with the voice of Will Richards.
Winner of the 2010 Roses Awards
WHEN I THINK OF YOU
A really exciting project from a couple of years ago. Shame to put it up here because it never went anywhere. if you fancy funding this let me know!
With Tom Thiel, James lyons, Ellie with help from Annabeth Robinson.
WATCH OUT SPIELBERG
A really exciting international film project from earlier in the year called “watch out Spielberg” in Berlin with Turks, Bulgarians, Welsh, Maltese people. Really great project to be involved in, thanks to Alice Morey at Fruit Salad Boutique. Hopefully the film will be up soon, so check back in a bit. I was also really pleased with this poster. thanks to Merve for modeling.
Short film I made ages ago, with a poem i wrote about snow. Thanks to Casper the dog, Colin Pontefract for reading and Char March for convincing me to believe in writing.
THE CRAZY ONES
Tongue in cheek piece for the mo-film Pepsi award ( won runner up ).
Made with Tor Kristoffersen. This is also when I met Lladel from Chicken Shop Shakespeare.
Little test I did to get a job, that turned out better than the job.
Don't own the track here - sorry Florence, i'll take it down if it bothers you.
Direction/art direction/edit/grade : Rob Blake
Camera : Tom Harrison
Assistant : Rory Martinez
PURNELL'S CONCISE ENCYLOPAEDIA IN COLOUR
BURLEY PARK FICTION LIBRARY
I *used to run a little library from home in Leeds called the Burley Park Fiction Library. Now it is in Berlin.
If you'd like to join give me a call on 015214051605