Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Thanks!

Whew! Where to start!? How about...

A.I.R. 2011
Thank you all for your overwhelming support of my Artist in Residence exhibition!

The video is now set to private, so if you want to see it again, you'll have to drop me a line for the password, which I'll gladly share. The exhibition will also exist in the real world in the foyer of the Dynevor campus. Thank you all so much for your support and feedback with the show. I kept an eye on the numbers and, I have to say, it was astounding!
I'll have some new work available online soon and will be finishing up final touches to Into White as I prepare it for festivals, so keep an eye out! Also, I know there's been a lot of interest in Sodium Party. For the record, it's very much a go-go right now and your support and curiosity is what will keep the train a-rolling!

INVITED TO DINNER
In other news, my film from last year, Lovely Dinner, was unexpectedly invited to competition in L'├ętrange Festival in Paris. A shock and flattering news.

END OF AN ERA
I have now wrapped up my Artist in Residency in Swansea Metropolitan University and I have to take a moment to say thank you to everyone for making it such a great year. I was able to continue producing the films I wanted, and got to meet and work with some new and talented people. I have never wanted to be a teacher, but working with the students this year was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It's known I went a bit above my station, and I gave a lot of my time to try and help anyone who needed it, but if given the option I would do it all again. From unofficial tutorials to NIN concert screenings to Screentest Film Festival in London,  I think we all had a productive year.
I speak in chocolate. Don't act like you're surprised.

When the second and third years gave me such an overwhelming thank you during their screenings, and the first years gave me an amazing thank you card and present, I have never been so humbled in my life. YOU are the ones who should be thanked, for putting up with me, making the year so memorable, just generally being a brilliant experience. And I cannot forget the help of my colleagues, who were so lovely and obliging to my insanity all year. A very special mention has to go out to Manolo, who was a godsend in the last few weeks for me, as well as making sure the entire year ran smoothly. Also Timi, for being a supportive sunuvabitch all year.

What else can I say but from the bottom of my heart, thank you all for being legends.

Lowri and me celebrating an awesome year with Meikle-bombs.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

AIR Exhibition 2011: INTO WHITE

For ONE WEEK ONLY (Sunday 19 June - Sunday 26 June)
RICHARD WATERS
{Video Artist In Residence Exhibition}

On July 17th, the Swansea Metropolitan University Artist in Residence held an exhibition of their work. For my section (Video), I compiled some of my work I thought best represented where I am film-wise right now. Please sit back and enjoy what I have to offer!




Judge Tuxedo - Nothing On Me {4 mins}
Directed by Richard Waters, Produced by Alison Scarff
{This fast-paced music video for the Swansea based metal band was the first thing I shot on the Canon 7D, and it was good a laugh making it as it is satisfying to have such a decent finished video.}


Sodium Party - Extended Teaser Trailer {3 mins}
Directed by Michael McCudden, Produced by Alison Scarff & Richard Waters
{For a lot of people, this will be the first time they see anything Sodium Party related. Not so much a teaser trailer as an extended sneak peek, hopefully this will give you a bit of an idea of what madness we were up to last summer!}


Into White {21 mins}
Directed/Written by Richard Waters, Produced by Alison Scarff & Richard Waters
{My main piece for the show, born out of frustration and fears, this piece is the tale of a woman, Chloe (played by Charley R. Hall) who finds her life and being disintigrating after being attacked by a strange woman (Donna Males). She now must contend with her life becoming something it isn't, and the destruction of the lines between dreams and reality.}


I am planning on submitting the film to festivals (plus it needs some tweaks and replacement of music that is in only for this week), so the show will only be up for one week. So please, before Sunday the 26th, take advantage, watch and share the exhibition with your friends! Please share and let me know what you think!!!


Friday, 10 June 2011

Watch AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON Online, for FREE!

Yup, you read right, John Landis' seminal werewolf classic is available to watch (for UK internet users at least) online, for free (as in, without payment!) over on the fantastic VOD site, Blinkbox (which I frequently rave and raw about).

So, right now, without delay, you can watch one of the few good werewolf flicks in great quality here:

http://www.blinkbox.com/Free/Movie/17854/An-American-Werewolf-In-London?utm_source=email&utm_medium=crm&utm_campaign=06062011&Ref=email&dm_i=DAD,FRBF,3BXB4A,19X7V,1


John 'Blues Brothers' Landis' 1981 horror tale tells the story of two American tourists, David and Jack, who are backpacking across Europe. While trudging through the lovely moors of England on a particularly shitty night, they are intimidated out of a small town pub with warnings to keep off the moors at night. Of course, within minutes they are attacked by a beast that becomes a man once killed, leaving David in critical state and Jack deceased.
The story follows David's experience (with the aid of his nurse and then lover, Alex) leading up to the next full moon, where he continuously has vivid and disturbing dreams of hunting animals and is visited by Jack, who is now in some sort of limbo and is trying to convince David to kill himself before he turns into a werewolf himself.

"Is there something on my face? It's not blood, is it? I
really don't like blood".

 
With a wry sense of humour and a great soundtrack to boot (every song contains the word moon in the title), Landis delivers a gloriously dark film with great set pieces around London city centre. By this point, An American Werewolf in London is quite dated and has a sluggish pace by today’s standards, but reasons for it still remaining a classic are evident. The major set pieces of the film (the underground, the transformation and the finale) still have a touch of class that not even time can distort. Not very scary, but more on the morbidly hilarious side, particularly the scenes with the decaying Jack, the film is to horror films what Blues Brothers is to musicals; good fun.
The acting wasn't all that convincing for me, though I easily accepted who I was seeing, but the special effects by legendary make-up maestro Rick Baker are fantastic. In fact, they are all that more impressive today when held up against the now oft-used CGI. A bit of interesting trivia; the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were so impressed with Bakers work that they created a new award (still running to this day) to recognise the effects.

Don't ask my why, but this makes me think of Michael Jackson...

 
By no means my favourite film, or even my favourite werewolf film (that honour goes to Ginger Snaps), An American Werewolf in London is still worth your time. It has a quality that just is not found in horror today, and came at the tail end of one of the greatest periods in horror films. Recommended viewing, especially since you can see it for free HERE!!!


Sunday, 5 June 2011

ANGRY RED WOMEN: Rob Zombie and The Hellbilly Revision


I have to say it, I'm a big fan of the original release of Rob Zombie's Hellbilly Deluxe 2, but knew I had to get my hands on this 2 disc version. I'm not going to go too much into depth about the album itself, apart from saying it is an upbeat, eclectic, gratifyingly insane album so full of energy and aggression that it is a must have in any groove rock/hard metal collection. Here, I will focus on what's new in this release.

The big thing about the album is the inclusion of 3 new tracks featuring Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, as well as an alternate version of the closing track The Man Who Laughs and the division of Mars Needs Women into 2 separate tracks. I'm a big fan of the new piece Michael, which fits into the album perfectly and has that brilliant creepy, long drawl Zombie has done to great effect on Educated Horses, but I'm not so into the 2 other new tracks (Devil's Hole Girls and the Big Revolution and Everything Is Boring). They are pretty standard for Zombie and seem like a step backwards in terms of style. They feel like outtakes that never belonged with the other tracks on the album. As for the changes made to The Man Who Laughs, I personally welcome them and embrace this new version as the definitive song. The splitting of Mars Need Women is in one way pointless, in another quite welcome. Makes it easier to put it on to just hear the driving parts of the song!


Now for the DVD, which is the real bonus on this release. A half hour tour documentary by Rob Zombie is the main attraction, essentially chronicling some off stage and performance footage of the band. To be honest, it's not big shakes and was filmed on handicams, but I've seen worse. Seeing some of the joking around and fan interaction is quite nice, though the poor sound quality makes a lot of the performance footage difficult to sit through. Any die hard fans should dig it, but casual fans may notice how much better Zombie sounds in the recordings than he does in the live performance. Also included on the DVD are two music videos, one a montage of performance footage for Mars Needs Women, the other the live performance of School's Out with Alice Cooper. Nice to see, not the biggest of shakes.


A quick word must be given to the lyric booklet. The art is (as always the case with Zombie) a homage to old horror movies and is a bit fun. There is plenty of his wife Sherri Moon Zombie, and just general love and attention in there. It's enough to make me mention it, so don't forget to give it a flip (in a good way!).

Overall, some of the tracks seem like the disk is just double-dipping, but this is definitely the definitive version of the album, as it always should have been. If you're going to hear this album, do yourself a favour and get this release of it.