This is the video for JAPE's new single 'I Was A Man', taken from the album 'Ritual' released on Co-Operative Music.
Directed by M&E.
Animation by D.A.D.D.Y
Title Sequence: Johnny Kelly & Wayne Daly
Title Sequence Music: M&E
Cinematography: Gareth Averill (Foetal Media)
Assistant Editing: Gareth Averill
Grading: John Talbot at Panic Productions
Also thanks to Glenn Keating, Joakim Gleisner and Ross Turner.
The portrait of a small hotel and its owner in Brittany at the most westerly point of France, the Pointe du Raz..
Marie Le Coz leads her Hôtel de L'Iroise since nearly fifty years. In this time she has made a lot of experiences. The fantastic site, isolated on a rocky promontory, her charming german and the frightening fact the hotel should pulled down because of a "renaturalization-project" of the governement were reasons to make this film.
On the first journey the interview with Madame Le Coz was recorded on ordinary SVHS-tape. The important scenes were digitized and stored on CD-ROM's for projecting it - during the second visit in France - onto the inventory of the hotel via a PC with video-board Pinnacle DC-30 and a beamer. In this case the interview-video was transfered frame by frame onto the 16mm-film. On the one hand a flickering because of asynchronicity was out of the question, on the other hand the projection often was very dark, so an exposuretimes of 1sec or longer were not unusual.
In addition to these shots location shooting was made with conventional time-lapse-technique. Only red- and grayfilters were used to get exposuretimes of 1sec or longer to make the motion of clouds more smoothly.
The negatives were transfered onto BetaSP-tape. The editing was done non-linear on a PC-based system Pinnacle DC-30).
So the "film" original is a "video" in BetaSP but it was also re-transfered onto 16-mm.
What will I do New Year's Eve 1999/2000?
The result of the intens discussion with this question is this film.
The year 2000. A long time it meant "future". Forecasts and visions applied to these magic number and so it didn't wonder, that the forthcoming year-change became a huge media-event, (to all "know-alls": please don't send e-mails! The "real" millennium may be one year later, but for the most people the most important thing was the change of all four numerals ...).
This film takes an unemotional look to the centre of this event: the minute, which wraps the real year-change - this infinite small abstract point.
And this for 30 times.
The result is very diversified. Beside clinking glasses and fireworks the silent locations will focused.
Via internet-website (60sekunden.de) everyone (in Germany) was able to submit his own video-scene. To make it as easy as possible, the scene should be shooten without camera-movement, so the camcorder could be started one hour before.
All amateur-formats were sent: VHS, SVHS, Video8, Hi-8, MiniDV - and two shots with BetaSP. The film was edited with a Matrox RT 2000.
... big big THANK-YOU to Pastor Lorenz, who opens a few minutes left to midnight the tower of the Bugenhagen-church, so I could film the old mechanical clockwork - intro and "outro" of the film.