I’m delighted to announce that ‘The Toadlickers’ – the music video I directed & produced for 5 times Grammy Award nominated electronic music icon, inventor of the polyphonic ringtone synthesiser, Musical Director of the TED Conference and first Homewood Professor of the Arts at Johns Hopkins University, Thomas Dolby, has been selected by the St Albans International Film Festival.
This is the second time that St Albans International Film Festival has selected one of my music videos. Last year they screened ‘Every Time I See You I Go Wild’ – the video I directed & produced for B.E.F. featuring Kim Wilde.
‘The Toadlickers’ will be shown at a 71 minute screening with the 14 other selected promos. The exact date & time of this screening will be announced on the festival’s web site as soon as their programme is finalised.
St Albans International Film Festival takes place 1st-3rd May 2015 in St Albans and, having attended last year, it’s a festival I highly recommend.
The ‘Toadlickers’ video that I Directed & Produced for Thomas Dolby, is in The Sony PROduction Awards and is open to a public vote. If you would like to vote for Toadlickers to win, you can do so by clicking here.
Last week I was interviewed by Kelland Drumgool of ‘social music and mobile music technology’ site SoSoActive.com. You can read the piece here
Do you think I mentioned The Toadlickers enough?
Last Saturday I gave a talk, at Music Tech Fest, about the making of The Toadlickers. I explained how we achieved things with the Canon 5D Mark II that are supposedly impossible, such as green screen and perfect focus whilst both camera & subject are moving. I also talked about lighting, editing with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, using Adobe After Effects CS5 to comp live action and puppets, create night vision & security camera effects. After demonstrating how Magic Bullet Colorista II was used to grade footage, I showed The Toadlickers on the festival’s 66” plasmas, on which, from a technical perspective, it looked impressive, underlining the power of this technology.
Highlights of the three day event included Friday’s keynote by my friend, Martyn Ware, who talked about Heaven 17, B.E.F., The Illustrious Company – the 3D sound design company he runs with Vince Clarke, and the multitude of other projects upon which he is working; Daniel Jones’ and Peter Gregson’s ‘The Listening Machine‘ which sonifies Twitter feeds (and to which I could listen all day); Jason Singh, the Asian Tim Exile, who tore it up during his performance on Saturday night; and my friend Matt Black, who gave a presentation about ‘Ninja Jamm‘ the new Coldcut/Ninja Tune app that’s guaranteed to get everyone addicted to DJing and hosted a surprise jam session for hack camp attendees.
As I had a 5D Mark II with me, for my presentation, it would have been churlish not to have taken some pics…
This guy hacked the contents of his kitchen cupboard:
Matt Black’s jam session:
The Toadlickers has just won another award – The 2012 Communicator Award of Distinction. That makes three! It’s the gift that just keeps on giving…
Thanks to The International Academy of Visual Arts for this honour and to everyone involved in the making of The Toadlickers.