I have always
been a painter, but my second interest has long been cinema and
In 1995 my first experience of working on
a large budget feature film, Trilogy Entertainment's 'Moll Flanders',
suggested to me that making a film without budget, crew or cast,
although sacrificing the fruits of collaboration, may be a dream
in terms of artistic freedom. One could re-evaluate it at every
juncture, withdraw and rethink it all after shooting each scene,
and ultimately create a more layered visual experience.
I decided that I would write a short script
for a film that I could shoot silently on black and white Super-8mm
by natural light, cast some of my friends and shoot in real locations
within walking distance of my home - pretty much 'Dogma' style and
not far off the 'hands on' way that many film-makers start.
I wanted a simple story that could be imparted
mostly in visual terms, with minimal dialogue that could be dubbed
afterwards. The story should involve two main characters with some
kind of third party to give a basic conflict between them. It would
be my personal cinematic 'Etude'.