This stop motion film documents British Artist Mark Wigan live painting at the Granary Wharf in Leeds 24th April 2010.
I was a student of Mark's at University & I really must thank him for one conversation which changed the way I think of myself as a creative artist.
During a trip to Manchester a friend of mine, & former student of Mark's, took me to see a piece of artwork Mark did on a store's shutters. A while later I was looking at some of the photos I'd taken of the piece & remembered how much I Love Mark's work. So I decided to Google him, found links to his website & contact details & sent him a message.
A while later Mark posted an item about his live painting in Leeds. So I decided to email him to see if he'd like the work documenting. Mark suggested that he'd really like some sort of stop motion animation. Awesome, I thought, I've been making stop motion style animations secretly for years. So I happily agreed.
I woke at 5:30am, after about 3 hours sleep & jumped a cab to Liverpool to catch the 7:14am train to Leeds. Luckily the Granary Wharf is just around the corner from the train station so I made it in time, found Mark all ready set up & ready to go. We had a quick chat about the work he was about to do & I got both of my Canons ready; as well as shooting the stills for this on my 500D I shot a roll of Kodak 200T through my trusty 1977 514XLS Super8 camera.
I shot 9,257 photos in total over a 7 hour period & used the 8,732 landscape photos to build this stop motion.
I'd like to thank Mark Wigan for allowing me to document his work. Thanks Mark :)
I'd also like to thank Mike Tierney ("LEVEL87" on Vimeo) for all of his help transferring my SD cards & watching over my equipment while I carried on shooting. I'd have missed a lot of shots without your help. Thanks Mike :)
Music by: Akira Dunya ;)
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