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  1. Filmed and directed by Mike Paterson in New Delhi, India for the 94 Elements project. Become part of the project now at indiegogo.com/94elements

    94 Elements is a new web-based global filmmaking project, exploring our lives through the lens of the elements. The project is creating a collection of unique human stories by award-winning filmmakers and the best emerging filmmaking talent about the endless ways the elements touch our daily lives. Each filmmaker will create an authored 4-7 minute film around a way we extract or use one element. The films are surprising and moving human stories involving the elements – this is not about science, but about our human relationships with our natural resources. Visit the project website at 94elements.com

    MAKING THE FILM

    "This is quite a different film to the one I had imagined while filming. The original film followed Mamman, who you see getting the rather painful looking anesthetic injection. We met her at the eye clinic with a couple of her friends who were also going to have the free cataract surgery offered by the Venu Eye Institute, and we thought that the interactions and discussions between the 3 of them would produce some nice results for a fairly linear film following them through the process of surgery.

    On our final day at the hospital we were chatting to some of the other patients in the recovery ward when my production assistant Ankita drew my attention to Hari, the man who now provides the voice over to the film. We were struck by the way he spoke with a kind of natural poetry and we conducted an audio only interview with him on the spot, without really knowing how it might be used. It was only in the edit that his thoughts on sight, old age and memory emerged as a guide for a looser and more playful film than I had originally intended."

    Mike Paterson - Filmmaker

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  2. Directed by Sundance winner Nino Kirtadze in Tbilisi, Georgia for the 94 Elements project. Become part of the project now at indiegogo.com/94elements

    94 Elements is a new web-based global filmmaking project, exploring our lives through the lens of the elements. The project is creating a collection of unique human stories by award-winning filmmakers and the best emerging filmmaking talent about the endless ways the elements touch our daily lives. Each filmmaker will create an authored 4-7 minute film around a way we extract or use one element. The films are surprising and moving human stories involving the elements – this is not about science, but about our human relationships with our natural resources. Visit the project website at 94elements.com

    MAKING THE FILM

    "A filmmaker never chooses a story completely by chance.

    Many people have probably lived this kind of disturbing moment where we’re confronted with an invisible enemy inside our bodies. Suddenly our future seems to depend on a cloudy little white splotch in the middle of a gray zone of an MRI scan. When the time comes to try and decipher the mysterious images an age-old fear wakes up and its exuberance and predictability make the situation almost comical.

    A few months before shooting this film I found myself in the same situation as Levan, the film’s protagonist. Fascinated, I observed the interior of my body on the hospital computer screen while the doctor used his doctor-speak language to explain what the problem was. His foreign words were frightening and set my imagination wild. I felt myself being transformed into a scientific object without holding the keys to understand the importance of what I was seeing or hearing.

    In this state of mind, I wanted to film this tragicomic moment of sudden metamorphosis, when the anguish grows to gigantic proportions, taking over our entourage as well.

    I learned how the element Gadolinium is used to provide the contrast in the MRI images – these same images that represent such hope or despair for us as patients. I then set out to find a character about to have an IRM scan, hoping his reactions would be similar to my own. And I found Levan. And the whole time I was filming I kept thinking that Levan could be me, that he could also be you, or someone we know.

    Nino Kirtadze - Filmmaker

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  3. Directed by Marc Isaacs in London, UK for the 94 Elements project. Become part of the project now at indiegogo.com/94elements

    There are 94 naturally occurring elements, from Hydrogen to Plutonium. Together they make up everything in the world. The stories of the elements are intimately connected to the stories of our own lives. Everything we use and create is made from them. Our own bodies are mostly made from just 6 of the elements. They affect our lives in countless ways, and their stories reveal our relationship with our resources and the patterns of our economies. They are the untold stories of our physical existence.

    94 Elements is a new web-based global filmmaking project, exploring our lives through the lens of the elements. The project is creating a collection of unique human stories by award-winning filmmakers and the best emerging filmmaking talent about the endless ways the elements touch our daily lives. Each filmmaker will create an authored 4-7 minute film around a way we extract or use one element. The films are surprising and moving human stories involving the elements – this is not about science, but about our human relationships with our natural resources. Visit the project website at 94elements.com

    MAKING THE FILM

    "I chose Oxygen as it seemed to offer the best opportunity to make a film with a simple human story. Myself and Guy King, the researcher, were invited onto a ward dealing with severe respiratory conditions in a London hospital and the first person we were introduced to was Bob. The hospital staff clearly liked him and I immediately understood why. Despite his desperate medical condition, he was extremely optimistic, remarkably kind and not without a sense of humor.

    After a little consideration, I decided to shoot the film with Bob over one long night. I decided just to be there and experience something of his situation without any tricks, complicated structural considerations or big narrative ideas.

    David Katznelson (cinematographer) myself and Guy stayed at Bob's flat all night, sleeping in the room next door so we could shoot him waking up. As we packed our kit in the morning, Bob couldn't thank us enough for taking an interest in him and his life.

    Sometimes films come together quite simply without too much agonizing."

    Marc Isaacs - Filmmaker

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  4. Filmed and directed by Mike Paterson in Northern India for the 94 Elements project. Become part of the project now at indiegogo.com/94elements

    94 Elements is a new web-based global filmmaking project, exploring our lives through the lens of the elements. There are 94 naturally occurring elements, from Hydrogen to Plutonium. Together they make up everything in the world. The stories of the elements are intimately connected to the stories of our own lives. Everything we use and create is made from them. Our own bodies are mostly made from just 6 of the elements. They affect our lives in countless ways, and their stories reveal our relationship with our resources and the patterns of our economies. They are the untold stories of our physical existence.

    The project is creating a collection of unique human stories by award-winning filmmakers and the best emerging filmmaking talent about the endless ways the elements touch our daily lives. Each filmmaker will create an authored 4-7 minute film around a way we extract or use one element. The films are surprising and moving human stories involving the elements – this is not about science, but about our human relationships with our natural resources. Visit the project website at 94elements.com

    MAKING THE FILM

    "This was quite a difficult shoot. For fairly obvious health and environmental reasons, Sanjay's work is illegal in India. The police and authorities turn a blind eye to the activity in return for bribes, and the compounds where Sanjay and his friends work with the acid (Sanjay called it his 'hole') are rented from some fairly unpleasant gangster types who weren't keen on having someone with a camera hanging around.

    It took a long time to get access to the area and for the workers to begin to trust us enough to talk about their work and allow us to film them. Just as Sanjay and his friends began to trust us, the landlords started threatening them with violence and eviction if they continued to have any involvement with us. We had no choice but to leave to avoid causing trouble for them.

    So I have mixed feelings about this film, knowing that we had to stop filming right when I felt we were just beginning to make something quite special with Sanjay. The workers in each compound usually all come from the same village, most having migrated from rural Bihar State, India's poorest province. I was struck by the similarities between their new work with the copper and the agricultural labour they had left behind. The unhappy irony being that their work now poisons the same land which used to grow their crops."

    Mike Paterson - Filmmaker

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  5. 'Best Documentary' BFI Futures Film Festival 2011.
    'Official Selection' Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010.
    'Official Selection' London International Documentary Festival 2011.
    'Grand Jury Prize' SoFi Film Festival 2010.

    Review: redefinemag.com/film/launderette-short-film-review-2010

    Short Synopsis:
    A short reflexive documentary revolving around the late night inhabitants of a launderette. The film delves into fragmented memories of childhood ambition, lost family, broken relationships and reflects upon the vast extent of the universe. The film auteurs these progressive moments of personal insight through the launderettes array of compelling and provocative characters, whose presence transform a seemingly desolate space into one of engaging beauty and significance. Throughout this nine-minute timeframe we are given an existential insight into the human condition.

    Crew:
    Director – Bertie Telezynski
    Producer – Johnny Orme
    Producer – Mark Davies
    Cinematographer – Alex Nevill
    Cinematographer – Rachel Lewis
    Editor – Louis Rossi
    Sound – Liam Cook

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