Sunday, 5 June 2011

Bexie Bush's graduation film at Farnham UCA.

'Britain.'
Bexie Bush's graduation film at Farnham UCA.
First premiered at Farnham UCA's degree show where it won the Award for "Animation".

Join Eric and Lyn, a pair of armchairs who discuss the politics around Britain today.
See film at:
http://vimeo.com/24679249 

My film is about Britain and the reality of people and what they create and consider.








 My original inspiration came from the historic British icons that survive today from red telephone boxes to British flags and kitsch novelties in seaside gift shops. I love the style of Martin Parr’s photos with their highly saturated images which portray that man-made stamp on everyday events. I want my film to express something of these everyday things with the mundane qualities and familiarities of British life. I am greatly interested in people. Their everyday conversations amuse me and I believe they can entertain and inform. Throw away lines and observations in daily scenarios from ordinary people are a real portrayal of our time and place. My research began with an exploration into how people will talk openly when there is no record of what they say.



 











I found that the voices of ‘older people’ in the community have a certain depth of humour, wisdom and experience all rolled into one. I felt this could lead to some entertaining dialogue which would be an ideal vehicle to represent my topic of Britain. My microphone was not hidden from Lyn and Eric but it was unobtrusive in many ways, whilst I left them to talk naturally.
I believe the technique of animating everyday objects is a great way to introduce the mundane but colourful British icons and combine them with the dialogue. The play on nostalgia and familiarity can be an effective means of convincing an audience through symbolic relevance.
I aim to hold up a looking glass to the elderly point of view and expose something for the audience to see, for possibly the first time. In this film, I wanted to capture the reality of everyday Britain. The humour that can rise from serious and earnest conversations combined with images of bright man-made things that will capture Britain, just as it is. I wanted to portray the typical everyday atmosphere and flavour of a place in Britain today seen from the perspective of people who have seen Britain change. During production, I worked closely with what was already there rather than staging my own objects. I took my portable stop motion camera and laptop out with me in order to animate a genuine portrait of domestic Britain.
As this country is going through a real shift at the moment –what better time is there to record the thoughts of two elderly British people, to highlight this, than now?

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