Making Tracks - May 2011

Making Tracks is a groundbreaking platform on which to showcase up-and-coming filmmaking talent. In a collaboration with The Cabinet of Living Cinema, the idea is simple: we seek out top quality short films, strip them of their original soundtracks and The Cabinet rescore them live on the night.

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White Body by Kayla Parker (2009)

Kayla Parker is an artist film-maker who explores subjectivity and place, embodiment and technological mediation, from feminist perspectives, with a particular interest in expanded and 360 cinema.

In her film White Body, the figure of a small white doll grows from a ball of modeling clay, is cut and sewn shut, and then buried and ‘reborn’, among a nest of white granulated sugar and the dark stain of slut’s wool - the fluffy dust that collects under furniture and along skirting boards.

The film explores the artist's early childhood memories of secret play: when, locked in a silent room for a rest after lunch, aged 5 years, she would sculpt tiny figures from balls of Plasticine hidden in the dust under the piano.

White Body was screened in the Femmes Fantastiques programme at the 7th London Short Film Festival.

Credits: Kayla Parker (Director/Producer/Animator), Stuart Moore (Original Sound Design, Sundog Media (Production)

Space Symphony No. 7 by Joe Whitney (2010)

Joe Whitney has been involved in the arts for 25 years, performing and recording music in a number of bands worldwide, arranging many exhibitions of his art and photography and of course making short films.

Space Symphony No.7 was loosely conceived as an acknowledgement to Beethoven, Fritz Lang and anything else it may appear to be in the eye of the beholder! Previously screened at The London Short Film Festival 2011 and British Shorts Festival, Berlin.

Watermelone by Evgenia Golubeva

Evgenia Golubeva, born in Siberia, Russia, has studied direction of animation in St. Petersburg University of Cinema and TV. After university she worked as a director and screenwriter for children animated series Luntik and his friends in St.Petersburg, Russia. Now she lives in London with her husband Marco Castellani, who has done photography for all her stop-motion films, and works as a freelance writer for new animated series for Russian studio.

Watermelone was created from idea to final film in 4 days at Italian Filmfestival Cinemadamare by Evgenia Golubeva and Marco Castellani.

The Diplomat and the Tennis Pro by Robert Rapoport

Robert Rapoport is a self-taught filmmaker from New York City. He came to filmmaking through writing and theater and prefers to write scripts for specific actors, as was the case in The Diplomat and The Tennis Pro. He now divides his time between the UK and Vietnam.

Slick Horsing by Kiron Hussain (2011)

Kiron Hussain was born and dragged up in Newcastle, where he is a Fine Art student. In this own words, Slick Horsing is “A heavily allegorical fragment of perversity — that trinity of boyhood terror; Mankind, Beastkind and Girlkind, haunt one woman's attempt to replace the high of heroin by kindling her photo-sensitive epilepsy.”

In January 2011 this film won the Animate Projects Best Experimental Short award at the London Short Film Festival, a few days after a
version of it was shown at Making Tracks.

Tralala by Magali Charrier (2004)

Magali Charrier is a French film director and animator based in London. Her background in fine art, performance and animation has led her to develop a very unique approach to the medium of filmmaking. Her award-winning work has been broadcast and toured internationally.

A poetic reflection on innocence, Tralala is a mix of a dance film, a performance, a poem and an animated film. This pure jewel draws the tender and metaphorical portrait of three women in total immersion in an enchanted chalk drawn aquarium. A fairy tale.

Credits: Magali Charrier (Director/Writer/Animator), Viv Moore (Choreography)

The Return of Ellen Love by Ben Barton (2009)

Ben Barton is a Kent-based artist who works on paper and film. As well as publishing his writing in books and magazines, he also handcrafts ‘visual poems’ on super-8 film. Since 2008 they have been selected for over 25 film festivals worldwide, and have also been broadcast by the BBC on ‘Big Screens’ around Britain.

The Return of Ellen Love is a romantic take on the zombie film – a dark Gothic sonnet which follows an undead bride haunting a series of misty churchyards under the glimmer of moonlight.

Hard Bop by Alex Ashton (2010)

Inspired by the experimental short films of Martin Arnold, Alex Ashton's Hard Bop seeks to evoke new meanings and connotations to found footage through the editing process. By reworking a short sequence taken from a kung-fu film entitled Thunder Kick, Prepare To Have Your Guts Kicked Out!, Alex removes the visuals from their intended context and creates a dance-like rhythm that inspires one to cut rug.

The Big Sleep by Kat Magrowitz (2010)

Kat Magrowitz obtained a BA in drama and theatre from Goldsmiths College and worked as a theatre director and producer in London and Berlin before graduating from the London Film School in 2008. She co-founded Edenvale Pictures, which has two films currently in development: political thriller The Chase and drama comedy Cabbie. Whilst still at LFS her short The Crossing (2007) was screened at Curzon Soho as part of the UK premiere of the Oscar winning film The Lives of Others.

In The Big Sleep, a young woman mourns the loss of someone special on the wild cliffs of Hastings.

Credits: Kat Magrowitz (Director/Writer/Producer), Paris Benjamin (Anna), Eduardo Pérez Vidal (Editor)

Haiku: A Pheasant Cries by Paul Gillespie (2010)

MA students from 2010’s London Metropolitan University’s course in Digital Film and Animation got together and produced a short 3 min film using a Haiku for inspiration. This animation visualises Issa Kobayashi’s Haiku “a pheasant cries in the burnt field, look! an ancient pine” and tells a story which is both dramatic and poetic.

Credits: Angel Villadiego (director), Paul Gillespie (producer) Michal Olgierd Konstantynowicz, Andy Tran, Sandra Hiralal, Lynda Boubnane, Catharine Lau, Eileen Xavier, Sally Brennan, Myrna Shoe, Jennifer Emencheta, Leah Kelly, and Jonathan Kebe.

Reveries by Kim Jarrett (2009)

Originally from Essex, Kim Jarrett is a young filmmaker who has directed and produced a number of visually dynamic shorts. Kim is an
alumni of the Bournemouth Film School and is currently located in jolly old London town.

Reveries is a visual exploration of a girls dreams through the use of colours and movement.

Credits: Kim Jarrett (Director), Jasmine Hetherington-Wilkes (Producer), Denisha Folkes (Cinematographer), Annie Bishop (Production Designer), Raquel Couceiro (Editor and VFX), Licia Conn (1st A.D.), Robin Webster (Camera Operator), Leo Netto (Clapper Loader), Jon Smith (Focus Puller), Seth Crosby (Gaffer), Richelle Rudeen (Costume Designer), Amin Muller (Continuity), Louise Saunders (Storyboards), Dougie Brown (Music)

Tiny Stories by Wirrow (2010)

Wirrow is a freelance illustrator and animator based in London. His tiny stories, which used to be a personal pastime, have in a few years become a giant online collaboration. The Tiny Stories animations have been screened at various festivals and a tiny book of them has been published through Joseph Gordon-Levitt's production company. The stories delve into the hidden worlds of humorous little narratives that are too often overlooked.

And they are tiny.

Watch online with live score

Credits: Wirrow (Writer, Animator), Sarah Daly (Writer)