WONDERFUL LONDON in 1924 & 2014

In 1924, Harry B. Parkinson and Frank Miller documented London in a fantastic series of short films, known as "Wonderful London". Over the last few months, I have stood in their foot-steps, recapturing their shots exactly, and have blended the two together creating a window through time.

Parkinson and Miller filmed 20 shorts, each of around 10 minutes, and 12 of these are collected together by the BFI under "Wonderful London". Their titles included ... "Barging Through London", "Cosmopolitan London", "London's Sundays", "Flowers of London", "London's Free Shows", "London Off The Track", "Dicken's London", "London's Outer Ring", "London Old and New", "London's Contrasts", "Known London", and "Along Father Thames to Shepperton". 

To make my film, I had to separate theirs into a set of stills, load them onto my phone, and go hunting around London. If you're interested, I've included some of these stills below, but it really is worth getting the DVD from the BFI to watch the original shorts ...

The music used is Symphony No. 4 by Gustav Mahler

The recording is credited to Steve Jones

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
The composition is now in the public domain, and more information can be found on this great website … http://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.4_(Mahler,_Gustav)

Wonderful London is available on DVD from the BFI here … http://www.bfi.org.uk/blu-rays-dvds/wonderful-london

Making this short follows my previous film “London in 1927 and 2013” tracing the footsteps of Claude Friese-Greene. It can be seen here ... 

WEDDING TIMELAPSE

I didn't want to ask any of my friends to film my wedding for me, knowing how much of a drag the responsibility is, the boring edit process, and the fact that very few people will ever watch it, so instead I set up a time-lapse in the church.

Thanks to all our family and friends for making it such a special day. 

Time-Lapse equipment generously donated by www.art-war-entertainment.com

(I found the music on YouTube here ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9QFjz87nOY ... by the brilliant Sardo Numspa)

LONDON LEISURE PIRATES

The most photogenic of East London party-makers, the London Leisure Pirates, formerly of the Fox and Cutlass and soon to be campaigning for people to Be Nice, have given me plenty of excuses to play with my camera. I've collected their projects here, and hope to continue adding to them ... http://www.londonleisurepirates.com

COMICS vs.

I was always a fan of pop-culture that mixed two different sets of unconnected characters and used the word "vs." to justify their meeting. For a month I tried to create a daily comic strip that would set two irrelevant subjects against one another, often using wordplay or themes. 

ACTION COMICS vs. XKCD.COM

ACTION COMICS vs. XKCD.COM

SNOOPY vs. SNOOP DOGG

SNOOPY vs. SNOOP DOGG

NICHOLAS SARKOZY OF FRANCE vs. JOHN CARTER OF MARS

NICHOLAS SARKOZY OF FRANCE vs. JOHN CARTER OF MARS

THE AVENGERS vs. THE AVENGERS

THE AVENGERS vs. THE AVENGERS

TARZAN vs. STRICTLY COME DANCING

TARZAN vs. STRICTLY COME DANCING

GARFIELD vs. VENOM

GARFIELD vs. VENOM

KERMIT THE FROG vs. THE HULK

KERMIT THE FROG vs. THE HULK

ANDY CAPP vs. ANDY MCNAB

ANDY CAPP vs. ANDY MCNAB

CHRISTIAN BALE vs. BRUCE WAYNE

CHRISTIAN BALE vs. BRUCE WAYNE

GEORGE & LYNNE vs. PAMELA & TOMMY

GEORGE & LYNNE vs. PAMELA & TOMMY

ASTERIX VS. *** ASTERISKS ***

ASTERIX VS. *** ASTERISKS ***

PROFESSOR X VS. PROFESSOR STEPHEN HAWKING

PROFESSOR X VS. PROFESSOR STEPHEN HAWKING

THE FAR SIDE vs. THE PHARCYDE

THE FAR SIDE vs. THE PHARCYDE

THE FAT SLAGS vs. FATTY OWLS

THE FAT SLAGS vs. FATTY OWLS

WOLVERINE vs. MAC

WOLVERINE vs. MAC

CALVIN vs. CALVIN KLEIN

CALVIN vs. CALVIN KLEIN

HOBBES vs. TIGGER

HOBBES vs. TIGGER

MR. FANTASTIC vs. PLASTIC MAN vs. STRETCH ARMSTRONG

MR. FANTASTIC vs. PLASTIC MAN vs. STRETCH ARMSTRONG

MANHATTAN vs. DR. MANHATTAN

MANHATTAN vs. DR. MANHATTAN

THE BASH STREET KIDS vs. STREET FIGHTER

THE BASH STREET KIDS vs. STREET FIGHTER

QUEEN BEE vs. THE QUEEN

QUEEN BEE vs. THE QUEEN

THE ARISTOCATS vs. THE ARISTOCRATS

THE ARISTOCATS vs. THE ARISTOCRATS

CHARLIE BROWN vs. CHARLIEISSOCOOLLIKE

CHARLIE BROWN vs. CHARLIEISSOCOOLLIKE

THE BEAST vs. SEXY BEAST

THE BEAST vs. SEXY BEAST

THE THING vs. THE THING

THE THING vs. THE THING

BARTMAN vs. CARTMAN

BARTMAN vs. CARTMAN

DILBERT vs. Q*BERT

DILBERT vs. Q*BERT

SUPERMAN vs. SUPER MARIO

SUPERMAN vs. SUPER MARIO

NEMI vs. FINDING NEMO

NEMI vs. FINDING NEMO

DENNIS THE MENACE vs. ANGRY BIRDS

DENNIS THE MENACE vs. ANGRY BIRDS

NIGHT CLUB PROMOTION

Taking my DSLR to night clubs, or using After Effects to create promo animations, I always love to capture the party. 

LONDON in 1927 & 2013

During the 1920s, cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene travelled across the UK with his new colour film camera. His trip ended in London, with some of his most stunning images, and these were recently revived and restored by the BFI, and shared across social media and video websites.

Over the past 6 months, I have attempted to capture every one of his shots, standing in his footsteps, and using modern equivalents of his camera and lenses. This has been a personal study, that has revealed how little London has changed.

UPDATE: Thank-you to everyone who watched and shared this video. In the space of a couple of weeks it spread virally on Twitter and Facebook, and on one day in January was watched just shy of 200,000 times. It was featured in many blogs, buzz feed turned it into GIFS, and The Daily Mail ran a brilliantly researched piece where they referred to my cameo as "a woman from the present day". The highlight came when Jeremy Paxman introduced it, before it was broadcast nationally at the end of NewsNight. 

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I kept a list of blogs it appeared on ... thanks so much to all these guys ... 

What London looked like in 1927 and 2013, side-by-side

London in 1927 & 2013: A Shot-By-Shot Video Comparison of London, 86 Years Apart | Colossal

Internazionale » Londra nel 1927

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LONDON IN 1927 & 2013 - InterContinental London Westminster - Word in Westminster

London video and photos from the 1920s

LONDON IN 1927 & 2013 - InterContinental London Westminster - Word in Westminster

Claude Friese-Greene Open Road: London in 1927 & 2013 by Simon Smith | Metro News

Das Kraftfuttermischwerk | Liebe. Freiheit. Alles! Und Musik.

London in 1927 & 2013 | Das Kraftfuttermischwerk

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Split Screen Video Asks If London Looks Better Today, Or In 1927? | The Creators Project

Avant/Après : une comparaison étonnante de Londres en 1927 et 2013

Spot the difference? Stunning footage of 1920s London vs modern day

Vidéo : Londres avant et après, entre 1927 et 2013

London Then (1927) and Now (2013) - Photoxels

Nostalgic Video Paints a Clear Picture of How London Was and How It is Now - The Phoblographer

Stunning Side-By-Side Look At London In 1927 And 2013 (VIDEO)

city news and voices - Το Λονδίνο χθες και σήμερα | www.athensvoice.gr

London in 1927 and 2013: Filmmaker replicates old footage restored by the BFI. (VIDEO)

Pogledajte kako je London izgledao 1927. godine, a kako izgleda danas - Pobjeda Dnevni List

Incredible Side-By-Side Video Footage Shows London 86 Years Ago And Today - SFGate

Wonderful colour film footage matches up London views from 1927 – 2013

LiveLeak.com - London in colour 1927 & 2013 side by side

相隔86年後重拍的紀錄片,倫敦的街景卻幾乎完全一樣?

Side-By-Side Film Compares Modern-Day London With 1920s Life [Video] - PSFK

London then and now: Amazing comparison of capital in 1927 and today | Mail Online

Watch: Side-by-Side Footage of London in 1927 and London Today | Filmmakers, Film Industry, Film Festivals, Awards & Movie Reviews | Indiewire

Incredible Side-By-Side Video Footage Shows London 86 Years Ago And Today - SFGate

Vidéo : Londres avant et après, entre 1927 et 2013

Comparison of London in 1927 and 2013 – Fubiz™

Video contrasts what London looked like in 1927 and 2013 » Lost At E Minor: For creative people

London | Film English

Londen in 1927 en in 2013. Hoe het straatbeeld (nauwelijks) veranderde - nrc.nl

Video confronto Londra: London in 1927 & 2013, Claude Friese-Greene a Simon Smith

London Then and Now Video Puts Identical Footage from 1927 and 2013 Side-by-Side

Londra: Foster'dan Önce - Foster'dan Sonra

London In 1927 Versus 2013 | Cherry Wired

Colour Film Of London 1927 Compared Side By Side With Modern Day | Haze Magazine

city news and voices - Το Λονδίνο χθες και σήμερα | www.athensvoice.gr

London in 1927 & 2013 - LensVid.com

Filmmaker Replicates Rare 1927 Color Footage of London with Footage Shot in 2013

London in 1927 & 2013 | Das Kraftfuttermischwerk

Cool Stuff: London in 1927 vs. London in 2013 | She Loves London

OUROBOROS

The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail.

The Ouroboros often symbolize self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, and other things such as the phoenix which operate in cycles that begin anew as soon as they end. It can also represent the idea of primordial unity related to something existing in or persisting from the beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished. While first emerging in Ancient Egypt, the Ouroboros has been important in religious and mythological symbolism, but has also been frequently used in alchemical illustrations, where it symbolizes the circular nature of the alchemist's opus. It is also often associated with Gnosticism, and Hermeticism.

WRITER & DIRECTOR - SIMON SMITH

FEATURING - MY BAD SISTER

CINEMATOGRAPHY - STEVE CORNACCHIA

PRODUCTION MANAGER - FLISS CRUICKSHANK

PRODUCERS - MIKE KOVACS & ALEX LEACH

EXEC PRODUCERS - EMEKA ENE & ED FEILDEN

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