Category Archives: Edinburgh Film Company
“Beyond Likeness” is an exhibition of the portraiture of Victoria Crowe at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Having worked with Victoria on her Leathersellers tapestry design with Dovecot Tapestry Studios, we were excited to return to her studio to discuss her approach and concerns in portraiture.
Victoria was in the early stages of a portrait of art historian and critic Duncan Macmillan. The portrait was still shifting and emerging under Vicky’s brush and Duncan’s personality and the conversation between them were somehow part of what was being recorded on the canvas.
It was a privilege to delve into the experiences, people and ideas that have shaped her process. Vicky’s commitment to get past the ‘polite veneer’ of acquaintance through her research, careful observation and importantly the conversations with her sitters in which mutual curiosity and vulnerability lead somehow to images that confront us with an honest intensity that seems to characterise her work.
The short film includes some of these insights into Victoria’s process and footage of Duncan Macmillan’s portrait in progress. Various edits were produced for use by National Galleries Scotland in the Portrait Gallery alongside the exhibition and online.
Usually artworks on the weaving floor at Dovecot Studios are there to be translated into tapestry. I remember noticing a big fluorescent riot of a painting and thinking ‘surely this is just on display? Part of an exhibition? Surely this can’t be translated into textile.’ …Of course it can. The wild abstract expressionist painting was the design for a large scale tapestry – a wall mounted rug commissioned by the Perse School in England to sit within a new Performing Arts Centre.
The design is by Glasgow based artist Victoria Morton whose abstract painting celebrates creativity, growth and the students of the school. The painting presented unique challenges in translation to the tufter Kristi Vana, who worked closely with Vicki to find ways to keep the expression of the painting alive in a completely different medium. Translating the quick, gestural marks, layers of translucent colour and the chance effects of the paint into the certainty of loops of coloured wool was part of the challenge. Kristi also wanted to capture the essence of Vicki’s style – the ‘handwriting’ of her particular gestures and marks and striking colour sense.
…All with a pneumatic wool-shooting-gun…
The short film follows the making of the Press Rug with a discussion between Vicki and Vana about the process and the design and a score by the artist (Vicki is also a musician and composer)
We were delighted to be asked back to Method Studio this autumn for the final part of the filming for the launch of the Loch Lomond 50 yr old inside their beautifully sculpted black wood case. Really this project started with just a series of boards which reflected back some of the key aspects and important threads which were inherit in the making of both the whisky and which were being woven into the design of the case. It’s always exciting to work on a project like this where the ideas for how we might convey the elements of the brief are fairly wide ranging, especially when those elements are quite so visual as fire, water and the beautiful landscapes that surround both the Loch Lomond distillery and Method workshops.
The brief for this film took us to both sides of Scotland, filming at the distillery on the banks of Loch Lomond (seeing the 50yr old in person) as well as capturing how the barrels are fired and prepared. We also had some late nights camping out on the shores of Loch Lomond to capture dusk footage of the water lapping on the shores and fairly epic times-lapses of the stars in the night sky. The wide landscapes and extreme close-ups really did work well together and we hope they built the intended sense of place and being, if not through the mood of a starlight furnace!
The final hero sequence which you’ll see at the end of this film was filmed on-location, finishing in the early hours after 3-4hours of some painstaking measurements, while keeping miniature lights alive and a surprising number of stands, black glass and stretched backgrounds. Hopefully the final result does this product justice and we hope you enjoy this little film, we certainly enjoyed making it!
Our ShotScope Technologies TV Advert will be running during the European Tour Golf 2017 on Sky Sports 4 through March. Great to work with the team at ShotScope again on this project, a mix of animated graphics, renders and live action footage.
Look forward to playing with this ourselves very soon! To find out more or buy your own ShotScope please visit https://shotscope.com/buy/
Dovecot Studios produced their longest tapestry to date for The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers, one of the City of London’s ancient and enduring guilds. The 40m tapestry wraps 3 sides of the Dining Hall and looks right at home within the sumptuous fit-out and amongst the other art and craft treasures the Guild holds. This collaboration between Dovecot, architect Eric Parry and the artist Victoria Crowe, is one of a number of collaborations we have been excited to film over the last 12 months. Other collaboration films include one with photographic artist Garry Fabian Miller
Fantastic show last night from the Got Soul Choirs coming together from across Scotland with special guest appearance from Mica Paris. Pretty much had every camera on this shoot, filming a vision mix including a glidecam up on stage and some behind the scenes action. Photo below of Maryam Ghaffari, Got Soul Director and lead vocal.
This month we returned to the Showroom at Lyon and Turnbull, Edinburgh’s oldest auction house, to film with Specialist Douglas Girton who was joined by a Banjo Player, a Cymbal playing chimp and a Ballerina. Automatons are mechanised figures from the turn of the century used at the time as curiosities and in retail displays. A collection of these features in Lyon and Turnbull’s next auction and we were called in to help show off these quirky characters in film.
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