In homage to the 1960s-1980s travelogue films of Harold Baim I decided to make a film about my own home town; the North London suburb of Enfield. To get the right look, I chose to shoot on real film. This was all shot on 5 cartridges of Kodak Ektachrome 100D super8 film over an extended period between between autumn 2011 and winter 2013.
It's a great shame that Kodak announced the demise of this colour reversal film stock in December 2012.
Tech Notes: The footage was shot on my Nizo 156XL camera using the Panasonic LA7200 16x9 anamorphic lens adaptor. The film was processed at Andec Filmtechnik then sent to 18-frames.com for HD film to data transfer. Edited in Adobe Premiere.
See more of my film and animation work at http://www.chrisgavin.com
Nightmares on Wax has shared a retrospective documentary directed by Rollo Jackson, giving insight into Nightmares on Wax's long-standing career and 25 years of music history in anticipation of the 'N.O.W IS THE TIME' compilation out next month - http://bit.ly/now-documentary
Set to coincide with the opening ceremony of Brazil’s 2016 Olympics, Gilles Peterson’s feature-length documentary on Brazilian music is now available to watch online for the first time. Titled Brasil Bam Bam Bam, it was filmed in 2014 to then tour film festivals and one-off screenings without ever being available to a wider audience.
Filmed during the making of the debut Sonzeira album of the same name, the record was a unique collision of Brazilian’s brightest musical lights. Likewise, the film is about giving a snapshot of contemporary Brazilian music that goes deeper than the bossa nova stereotypes.
Heading out there with Sam Shepherd (aka Floating Points) and Rob G (aka Earl Zinger of Galliano and 2 Banks of 4), they met touchstones from different corners of Brazil’s musical universe: moving from Ed Motta’s record collection to performances by superstar Elza Soares, they also visit Rio’s infamous favelas. Touching on the police pacification in preparation for 2014’s World Cup and this year’s Olympics, they see the birthplace of samba in light of its subversive, outlawed history.
And of course, there’s the hunt for records too. In particular, Gilles’ search for José Prates’ Tam… Tam… Tam… !, which turned out to be the inspiration – and source material – for the new Sonzeira album, Tam Tam Tam Reimagined, released on his Brownswood Recordings last month. Poring through record shops around Rio, it’s another insight into the breadth of styles and sounds out there.
The film was produced by BOSH, the award winning, in-house production arm of ad agency Mother London. Their resident director Charlie Inman teamed up with Rio de Janeiro-based director Ben Holman, of Beija Films.