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.