Exhibition Day

The day of the exhibition has finally arrived and we are all ready to set up. Corina did an amazing job cutting out and then stenciling the nAture logo I had designed onto individual t-shirts so we would be easily identified as the organizers once wearing them, by any of our guests.

We designed and printed out flyers and posters we distributed around the university and set up a Facebook events page to invite guests and advise them to download their soundscape before the event and bring headphones if possible, if not we had bought several new pairs should anyone need them.

We converted our photos into A1 size and printed them out as giant posters on lightweight paper.

After much experimentation we’d finally found a way to attach them to the subway walls using double sided tape that would be superfast to put up but would also be easily removable at the end of the exhibition and not cause any damage to the bricks/tiles.


As we were worried about causing any obstructions in a public walkway a few of us met our guests at Ellen Terry reception and we walked them down to the rest of our group who were waiting with the artwork, headphones and some light refreshment. We did this in timed blocks so the area never got too busy but we also limited the amount of people we invited because of this too. If we were to run an event like this again I think we would put it on for longer and have guests book timed slots before the event, via Eventbrite or a similar online free ticket provider, and then we would be able to invite a lot more people.


If we had had access to more portable projectors I really would have liked to have used four, rather than just the two we had, so the whole ceiling would have been flooded with imagery rather than just sections of it.


Despite this the guests really seemed to enjoy the nature videos which contrasted with the exhibition’s urban setting and photography. The headphone soundscape also seemed to blend perfectly with the sound of the traffic from the ring road overhead, which really echoed our idea of urban and nature working side by side.


Overall I feel the exhibition was a success. It may not have been the most well attended or the most professional looking exhibition but we set out to do something quite different to our peers, and also a little bit risky, with it being in a public place, but I feel the risk paid off. I would really like to hold another guerrilla exhibition in the future with a more political theme, making more of a statement and reaching more members of the public. I would also be interested in possibly documenting passerbys’s reactions, as this was one of my favorite parts of the exhibition, seeing everyone’s reaction to it. This exhibition has really inspired me and shown me exactly what myself and my fellow team members can do when we put our minds to it and pull together.


Arts Gymnasium


This week I interviewed for, and secured, a job as a Photography Assistant working for the DMLL in conjunction with Age Concern Coventry and the local Belgrade Theatre. The photography would be used to document weekly drama sessions, to show the participants their progress and would also be a way to relay this progress to Coventry University’s research team and their backers. The project will run for approximately 11 weeks, culminating with a photography exhibition and film screening of the work produced at the Belgrade Theatre to students, the general public and the University’s research team.

“Arts Gymnasium is part of the Belgrade Theatre’s Community & Education programme, and uses theatre and arts activities to contribute to the quality of life and positive well-being of people living in Coventry. These sessions are exclusively for people aged 50 and over, and run once a week during school term time at the Belgrade Theatre.”

In my role as Photography Assistant, working alongside a small film crew who I will also be assisting at times, I will need to make the drama students as comfortable as possible with having me and my camera around. So, for the first few weeks, I will be attending sessions without my camera and just taking part in classes, alongside students, so they can get to know me and exactly why I’m there. Hopefully once they know more about my role and how I can help them tell their stories through my photography, and through the film crew’s documentary, I am hoping they will welcome us into their group.

Wonderland Exhibition


This evening I had the pleasure of being the photographer for The Wonderland Exhibition in the Glass Box in Coventry’s city centre. The exhibition was full of many weird and wonderful things and included a mix of photography, artifacts and screen projections.


As the exhibition was literally in a Glass Box I had to be very mindful of the contrast of light outside and this is one of the reasons I chose to photograph the exhibition in the evening.



One of my favourite photos from the exhibition is the image below. It shows the reflection of two visitors watching the projected Wonderland film while also revealing the night time streetscape outside. Working at this venue has helped me to think outside the box when taking photos for a client. Yes, you need to capture the important images but you can also use your imagination to capture them in an unusual way, which will often give you a much stronger and thought provoking image than you had before.


264mc: Short Film Study – The Mass of Men

Above is a link to the British short film The Mass of Men (2012), directed by Gabriel Gauchet. It looks at the UK’s benefits system, the casualties of it’s rigid bureaucracy, and the extremes people can be pushed to when they are treated as nothing more than a name and number on a screen.

Interested to see how this film was produced I tried researching the film’s process online but could find very little about how The Mass of Men (2012) was made, except that; it was filmed on S16mm, “has been selected by 111 different film festivals and is a winner of 58 film awards.” (En.wikipedia.org, 2017). So I decided to try and reach out to it’s director to see if he could fill in the gaps. Gabriel Gauchet was kind enough to get back to me very quickly and he was happy to answer several of my questions about the film’s production process.

Gauchet made The Mass of Men (2012) while he was a student at The National Film and Television School. All films made at the NFTS are funded by the school, which “has its own purpose-built studios, including two film stages, a separate large television studio, and post-production facilities rivaling those of many professional companies.” (Nfts.co.uk, 2017). Each film project receives a budget fund of £4000. Having this funding meant Gauchet did not need to spend time trying to raise capital for his film but, if he had, he may well have considered crowdfunding as an alternative. Crowdfunding has become an amazing source of revenue to support short film with companies like Kickstarter and Indiegogo making it very simple for anyone to pitch their film ideas to backers and raise a budget almost overnight. In the same year Jarett Cale and Geoff Lapaire raised $220,856 through Indiegogo to fund their movie Pure Pwnage:Teh Movie (2016).

But film schools and crowdfunding aren’t the only way to fund a short film. Every year many UK filmmakers produce their movie projects using film grants. Funders range from the lottery funded BFI Film Fund, to more localized London Calling, who “focus on London based filmmakers who need funding of up to £4,000.” (Met Film School – London, 2017), to much larger organisations like the BBC and Film4. (Weareukfilm.com, 2017).

All films made at the NFTS, during Gauchet’s time there, had to be filmed on S16mm. This meant that half of the budget was already allocated to film stock and laboratory developing services, leaving just £2000 for locations, actors, catering etc.

Using real film also meant the team only had 60 minutes of film material for the entire shoot. Meaning the majority of scenes shot had to count. Filming digitally, as Ryan Connolly chose to do with a Canon XL-H1 for Tell (2012), means such constraints were never a problem.

S16mm also limits editing and post-production. Gauchet had no option to colour grade or adjust the film afterwards, which meant that it had to be lit and shot exactly how he wanted it to be seen by his audience. In contrast, in 2015, the filmmaker Noam Kroll finished making the short film Stray (Unknown release date) which was shot on the Blackmagic URSA in CinemaDNG RAW. This gave Kroll a myriad of editing and colour grading options, and meant he could edit his short quickly and easily. “For years now I have been using DaVinci Resolve Studio as my primary colour grading platform….. it’s critical to my success as a filmmaker that I am using tools that can enhance the speed and quality of my work.” (Kroll, 2017).

Gauchet didn’t use social media to promote the film or even make a separate website for it, although you can now view it on his own website. Instead he put his efforts into submitting the film to as many film festivals as possible; approximately 500 in total. Back in 2012 this was a very time consuming and costly process as many festivals still only accepted films sent to them in DVD format, now, with the majority of them only accepting files, it is much quicker and easier. In fact, with sites like FilmFreeway and The Film Festival Doctor, most of the hard work is done for you. “Add your project once, select your favourite festivals, and click to submit.” (FilmFreeway, 2017).

When Shawn Christensen wrote and directed the short film Curfew (2012) he set up a website (Curfew (Short Film) – Official Site, 2017) to advertise it, with links to the film’s trailer, details on festivals the film had been entered into and regular updates on any news about awards or press coverage the short had received.

Gauchet’s film was very well received despite his lack of interaction with online resources and social media but I wonder how many more people the film would have reached with a good Facebook, Twitter and Instagram campaign behind it.

Short film is still a rather under rated medium, with many people viewing it as something people just do ‘for fun’ or the medium of filmmaking students. However, many famous filmmakers used short film as a springboard to larger projects. Pixar’s short, Luxo. Jnr (1986), was undoubtedly what caught Disney’s attention, and sparked their now infamous partnership.

For me, short film is not only a place to experiment and develop new ideas, but an important and challenging genre in it’s own right. “Short film is a unique narrative art form that, while lending itself to experimentation, requires tremendous discipline in following traditional filmic considerations.” (Cooper, 2015) In fact, it is the very medium I hope to centre my career around once I graduate.


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Pop Up/Guerrilla Exhibitions

Do not make the mistake of thinking any space will do. Choose a space that’s appropriate to your concept and the makers involved is critical to the success of your gallery” (Anon, 2017) and I think they are most definitely right. As our exhibition has a strong urban theme I think it needs to be set in the city centre where we can incorporate nature images and sounds over the urban photography and setting itself.

Guerilla Exhibition are a group of individuals based in Dublin with the aim to highlight the vacant spaces in the city by organizing pop-up photography exhibitions. These exhibitions not only highlight the problem with vacant and unused buildings in Dublin, but also promotes the photography and the arts in Ireland.” (Guerrilla Exhibition, 2017)

Guerrilla Exhibition and Cork Analogue Photographers combined exhibition really inspired us and I felt they were really doing something we wanted to do with our art work. Not only were they highlighting recent austerity but they were making rundown, neglected space beautiful with their artwork which is something we really wanted to do as part of our exhibition. Many areas of Coventry’s City Centre have become rundown, especially our subways. The addition of artwork to brighten a usually grey and bleak space really appealed to us as artists. Making someone’s usually quite mundane and dreary walk into town into something surprising and wondrous, and hopefully brightening someone’s day with our work?



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Exhibition: Disaster, Panic & Recovery

I’m not sure I’ve arranged an event yet that hasn’t had an element of disaster creep into it, but on this occasion, as on most others, often the disaster leads you to a much better solution.

This week we found out that the venue where we were hoping to hold our exhibition wanted to charge us £250 to host the event! What with printing the photos, designing t-shirts and purchasing headphones and refreshments for our guests there was no way we could find an additional £250, or guarantee our guests would spend that much on drinks at the venue in one evening, so we had to decline the offer and start looking for somewhere else to host our nAture exhibition.

Seriously downhearted and starting to panic a little, as we now only have two weeks until the final exhibition date, I was walking home through one of my favorite places, my local subway/underpass, and suddenly it came to me…..


I have taken so many photos here and even filmed my first film, Trip, in these subways so why not hold the exhibition here too?! We could fly poster the walls with our urban photography and project Vlad’s nature video’s onto the subway’s ceiling. Guests could download a nature track we would compile from the videos and could listen to it as they walked through the subways and took in the artwork. The idea would also work perfectly with our urban meets nature theme as what could be more urban than a City Centre subway under Coventry’s ring road.

I’d recently been reading about the Guerrilla Girls and pop up protest exhibitions in Dublin  so decided we needed to research some of these before we made a final decision.