Pastures in the Sky: (1 hr 26mins) .....Patrick Woodroffe has been painting his surreal visions for more than 50 years. Recently he was diagnosed with Pick's Disease, a rare neurodegenerative disease that causes progressive destruction of nerve cells in the brain. Symptoms include loss of speech and dementia.
Julie Folley: Stories to Sing to (56 mins 42 secs) ...Julie Folley grew up in Cornwall, where she studied at Falmouth Art School. After extensive travels around the country and beyond, and now with children and grandchildren, she finds herself back with the people and places that she knows, still creatively exploring and wondering at the World that surrounds her.
Alien Fans II (89 mins)......Gareth Ellner, Till Nowak, Andrew David Clark and Adrian McKenna talk about how the film 'Alien' still influences their lives in very different ways. Brandon Alinger from 'The Propstore of London' discusses the problems during the restoration of the Nostromo model with model makers Monty Shook and Jack Edjourian from 'Grant McCune Design'. Richie Bohach, Steve and Danita Labouyteaux from 'Richie's Armor' make an appearance as they endeavor to reach the 'Derelict'.
Ray Hopley: The Idea of Entropy at West Bay (21 mins 13 secs) ....Ray Hopley was in my year at Falmouth School of Art in the Sixties, he has continued to work with sculpture and painting up to this day. This film catalogs an exhibition of one of his ambitious projects that he started almost 20 years ago, he explains the reasons for his art.
Doug Ferris & John Grant: Mattes & Miniatures (91 mins) - John and Doug worked together as a team for over 30 years in the film industry.
Ian Wingrove: The Anderson Years - (44 mins) - Ian's first job in the film industry was working with Gerry Anderson on TV productions from 'Stingray', 'Thunderbirds', 'Captain Scarlet' right through to 'UFO'.
Ian Wingrove - (24mins) - Ian Wingrove started working in the film industry for Gerry Anderson on productions such as 'Stingray' and 'Thunderbirds' and his career led him to work with Les Bowie on productions such as 'The Last Valley' and 'Trial by Combat'. His first supervising job came in 1976 on 'At the Earth's Core' which started a long list of productions including 'Mission Impossible' 'The Omen' 'Black Hawk Down' 'Return to Oz' ' Never Say Never Again'.
DOWN UNDER - (10mins 45secs) - After joining my local video club I thought it would be fun to make a deliberately controversial film that included the local talent in my area and see if it was possible to get as near as damn it to a professional looking result.
Alien Fan-tasy (10 mins) - This film was meant to be the ending to the forthcoming documentary 'Alien Fans II' but it seemed to grow organically, the images seemed to have a mind of their own and I just couldn't stop them from reproducing as Nature intended. If I get round to making the DVD of 'Alien Fans II' then I'll include this short as an epilogue.
Poppa Day : Mattes & Miniatures (77 mins) - The career of Walter Percy Day O.B.E. spanned the era of silent film well into the post war period, he was responsible for introducing the idea of matte painting into the French and UK film industry. His work was of the highest standards considering the technology of those days and his output equally prolific. The sheer amount of work he did in France in the years from 1922 -1932 is astonishing by its quality and precision using foreground miniatures or glass paintings.
Leigh Took - Mattes & Miniatures (72 mins) - Leigh started his apprenticeship working for the matte painter Cliff Culley at Pinewood Studios in the early seventies, learning the techniques of painting glass shots as well as miniatures and their integration into the final composite shot.
Portrait of Joe as a Young Director (50 mins) - Many people considered the novel 'Ulysses' by James Joyce to be an almost impossible task to film but with the help of Fred Haines who adapted the script, Joseph Strick embarked on this task in the mid sixties. Here he talks about his involvement in directing 'Ulysses' and his second Joyce project 'Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man'.
Alien Fans (93 mins) - This film inludes a selection of people that have been influenced by the 'Alien' franchise in one way or another.
Uncle Les (37 mins) - Les Bowie trained as a matte artist and grew to be a supervisor in an industry that was still in it's infancy.
'Uncle Les' as he was affectionately called by his film crew, trained and taught the next generation of special effects supervisors such as Brian Johnson, Kit West, Ian Wingrove, Derek Meddings and Nick Allder.
The Swimmer (16 mins) - The celestial ocean brims with life.
The Worm (7 mins)- A worm makes a difference.
My site contains various artworks created over the years and spans a period of 40 years from a student at Falmouth School of Art to working as Special Effects Supervisor on feature films.
The site includes watercolours, wood and stone carving, Cyanotype and Bi Chromate photography, documentary videos of individuals, and more recently - some snippets of the film 'Alien' where I worked as a Special Effects Technician helping build and film the Nostromo space sequences. It's also about time I put up a page about ARKADON MOTION CONTROL that was formed early 80's and survived using gaffer tape and technology in the classic film style!
Above is a selection of the various films I've been making this over the years.