At the launch event of Frequency 2019, University of Lincoln filmed for their Why Arts Matter campaign. Hear from some of the partners of Frequency Festival 2019 and industry guests speak about Why Arts Matter and how we can all help to support and grow the arts.December 9, 2019 on Blog, Video
WHO IS NICK DRIFTWOOD?
Nick Driftwood is a Brighton based film-maker and videographer, originally from Lincoln, who has worked with film and broadcast technologies all his professional life. He is passionate about exploring the creative and technical capabilities of prosumer technology and is known internationally for his legendary “Driftwood Settings” for the Panasonic GH2, which allowed users to get higher quality footage from their cameras.
Nick trained at Central St Martins, Brighton Film School and ACT (Academy of Creative Training). He runs Driftwood Productions and has made films in collaboration with internationally renowned artists including Turin Brakes, Martyn Ware, DotComedy and Periplum as well as producing his own award winning film and theatre productions.
Nick’s current projects include “Swim to Land” – a short narrative music film starring actor and songwriter Arabella Gibbons (Laughing Stock) and Toby Sebastian (Game of Thrones)
Nick’s experimental work in film alongside his technical knowledge and curiosity led to an approach from Panasonic to be one of their professional Ambassadors. Nick reviews and critiques products, tests innovations in technology pre-market and leads workshops for aspiring and professional digital artists and film-makers.
WHAT IS NICK BRINGING TO FREQUENCY ’15?
Nick’s film work ROAD – produced by Donna Close and made in collaboration with composer Kevin Matthews – is an immersive, non linear, 4k screen work for public spaces and was inspired by a road trip across the US.
ROAD is a reflection on the relationship between personal freedom and technology, the symbolism of America as the “land of the free” and its links to the rise of individualism that grew with the onset of the technological age. The soundscape accompanying the piece, created by composer Kevin Matthews, is made using the compression of the 4k visuals shown on screen. This will provide a “heard” understanding of the data driving the images and allows the soundscape to change according to the pace and grading of the film, creating a soundtrack that is borne of its location.
ROAD is showing throughout the festival at Chad Varah House, and marks the first time Nick’s work has been screened in his home city.
Nick will also be giving a lecture on the developments in and applications of 4k technology for university students and budding film-makers. He will show how 4k filming allows the amateur film-maker to generate cinema quality high resolution images with more affordable equipment and demonstrates his work with streamparser technology to deconstruct the filmed image and analyse the results of what makes up a picture and how this evokes emotional responses.
Nick will be talking about the benefits of 4k and how to edit 4k video quickly and more cost effectively.
Keep an eye on frequency.org.uk for updates on the location and time of this talk.
See Nick’s Work
‘A show of boundless imagination’ The Times
WHO ARE EARFILMS?
Founded in 2010, EarFilms create immersive live events from audio, blindfolding their audiences to focus the sense, becoming a unique storytelling experience. EarFilms core team are founding member Daniel Marcus Clark, a writer storyteller, musician and composer. Chris Timpson the sound director, and Dannii Evans the producer. Together they have created storytelling for the imagination.
WHAT ARE THEY BRINGING TO FREQUENCY 15?
To Sleep, To Dream is a feature length piece allowing your imagination to create the storytelling world as the audience are blindfolded, allowing them to be fully immersed in the 3D audio, positioned from 23 speakers around them. To Sleep To Dream explores a story where dreaming is outlawed, following a central character as he begins to rediscover the act of dreaming.
In a society full of screens, this experience gives your brain the opportunity to create a world from the audio alone, letting your creativity run free.
To Sleep To Dream was successfully shown and sold-out in NYC, Melbourne, California, Brighton, and recently the Edinburgh Festival 2015.
“Stunning…Surreal and magical. Your imagination is left to run riot… A sensory experience like no other” The Argus
Listen to the trailer at: http://www.earfilms.com/to-sleep-to-dream/
Get your tickets here.
Barret Hodgson is a video artist and digital projection specialist based in Nottingham. His company Vent Media creates and stages of visual media for live performance including theatre, dance and music, art installations, interactive media projects, film production and high end projection. Using a wide range and combination of digital software and hardware, Barret’s bespoke films and graphic animations and live video mapped installations have been toured widely across the world.
Previous productions and clients include: Empty Bed Blues, Smile & Flat Stanley at the Lakeside Theatre; The Ashes, Glamour & Garage band at Nottingham Playhouse; Arthur and George & First Person Shooter, Birmingham Repertory Theatre; The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Royal & Derngate Theatre and Warp Films.
Recent collaborations include Choreographer Tom Dale (I Infinite and Refugees of the Septic Heart), Performance Artist Hetain Patel (To Dance like my Dad & Be like Water), and Writer Michael Eaton (The Masks of Mer).
The Eternal Return
‘Not only are our physical self’s locked into this perpetual wheel of evolution but also our inspirations, and concepts themselves.’
A university is an institution of revolution, a place where new ideas are continually conceived, nurtured, and given life. The Eternal Return celebrates these themes as an audio video installation projected onto the three monoliths on the facade of the University of Lincoln’s new Library.
Tune in to Barrett’s news: ventmedia.co.uk