The second of three short films i'm uploading made by my late frind Roy Duncan.
In October of 2005 my English friend Roy Duncan (1947-2005) sent me three short films that he had made.
All made 1987. Blink and it's gone' began when a friend showed his standard 8mm film of the wedding of Ron and Jane which was late 60's - I wanted to add space - so added some breakers sea at Whitby (Roy’s home town) - marriage only lasted 1 year. I added some shots taken in a little tunnel where the light came through the eyepiece as my shadow bobbed down tunnel at around 2 frames a second. I re-filmed the snatches of original film- projected on a wall slowed down back and forth. Some of Fran's family. Music : Heartbeat- band sounds like Sugar Hill - (Doug) Wimbish etc. 'Hate to see you go' taken from title of Little Walter piece soundtrack : Round and round- theme Guisborough Bank Holiday Traffic- shot a car at a time. Young Malcolm and lots of rotations including myself at end. 'Airshots' based on a little airshow at Guisborough- HENRY added as aviator, MALCOLM viewer, you know the music from the massive re-mix ... airplane sounding
Shortly after receiving these films Roy passed on leaving behind his dear wife Francis and his two boys Malcolm and Henry. He was a brilliant guitar player and photographer but from his emails and letter to me I know his greatest love was his family and friends. Though we never met it was a blessing to know him. Prior to the internet it was extremely rare for me to find people who liked the same kinds of art, books, music, and film that I liked. Roy not only liked many of the things that I liked but taught me about countless more. Rarely does a day pass that I’m not reminded of Roy via songs I hear or videos I see or books I read. As his son Henry wrote me “One of the best things my father has done was to introduce and educate me on music and how to appreciate this form of expressionism.”.
Concerning the films Fran Duncan wrote that “Yes, there are more films. Roy made a bunch of them starting when Malc was born. One was shown at a Super 8 Film Festival in Leicester in the early 80's” ”I found a good quote in one of Roy's favourite books which might accompany the films. It's from Notes from Overground by Tiresias and goes as follows:
"Sunrise. Clear blue sky with vapour trails. Some pencil-sharp. Others already blurring. Silver aeroplane at point of on, reeling off its magic line. Bright morning star. The vapour trail: a person's past ..... often people leave no visible trails at all - it depends on conditions."
“As you know, Rick, Roy left a trail, you could say - often pencil- sharp.”
In reference to Roy Fran supplied me with the following quote:
"Life is sweet, brother." "Do you think so?" "Think so! There's night and day, brother, both sweet things; sun, moon , and stars, brother, all sweet things; there's likewise the wind on the heath. Life is very sweet, brother; who would wish to die?" - from George Borrow’s Lavengro
I know I’m not alone when I say I sure miss you Roy.