Wednesday, 21 August 2013

In the French Alps

I was recently in the French Alps. The landscape is breathtaking and although the weather was mostly glorious sunshine, it was the grey day of drizzle which inspired me to take my camera out - I guess that's an inbuilt 'englishness' which isn't going to be easy to shake!

All images ©LydiaHarris2013

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Final Film

So finally here is the final film I created for my degree. I've been working on this project for a whole year and it was a privilege to be able to visit the farm throughout the seasons, to meet the fantastic workers and volunteers who work there and to be able to talk about the things that really matter to them and their industry. Thanks to everyone at Cusgarne Organic Farm who contributed.

I hope you like the final outcome, I'd love to hear your feedback.

Future Grower from Lydia Harris on Vimeo.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Incito Exhibition in Bristol

I'm all packed up and ready to go to Bristol tomorrow! I'm part of an exhibition at the RWA running from the 6th-14th July. Please come along if you're around and see everyone's work, it's going to be great! See our website for more details...

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Future Grower Trailer

I handed in all my work last Monday - so I've officially finished my degree!! Wooo!

This is the trailer I made for our exhibition which is opening this Tuesday evening in sunny Falmouth. If you're around then come and see our work! Click here for more info.

I'm also showing my work in Bristol between the 6th & 14th July at the RWA, more info here.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Sowing seeds

During my most recent trip to the farm they were planting the seeds for next season's harvest. Here's some stills from the footage I shot...

Saturday, 16 March 2013

My mind.... in cue card form?

So I've finally done it. My tutor has been telling me for the last month to create a story board for the final edit of my film. This is easier said than done as it involved figuring out the following;
a) Why am I creating this film?
b) What is the film about?
c) What is the underlying theme?
d) What is the narrative?
e) How is the narrative going to be told?

You would think these would have been things to have sorted out before I started the project - but apparently I have evaded even thinking about them and have just filmed and recorded what had interested me at the time.

So for the last month I got stuck into reading, watching, researching other artists and generally mulling over all the above questions. It's scary as I have felt like I'm achieving very little while my deadline is looming, but in the end it was entirely necessary. Here is the result;

My breakthrough in creating my narrative came from an excerpt from David Bate's book 'The Key Concepts of Photography';
"... News photographs are perceived as signifying events. Art and most documentary photographs signify states. Some documentary photographs and Muybridge's series in particular are seen as signifying processes. From what we know about minimal narratives, we might say that an ideal minimal story form might consist of a documentary photograph, then a news photograph, then an art photograph (process, event, state)." - David Bate

So I'm following this simple narrative structure by showing the process through the visuals, event with discussion of the current organic debates through interview footage and state through personal stories of the workers.

It is intimidating to have everything that was in my brain now displayed on the wall above my bed, but it is a start and it will be good to get going with the next stage of working on the initial edit.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Lunchtime Film

This is the film I shot on the same day as the stills in the last post. Pretty sure the final piece won't have music, but it's a little weird watching it without... so enjoy! And yes that's icing sugar been sprinkled on carrots and parsnips - inspired!

Friday, 8 February 2013


At the farm everyone takes a turn at cooking lunch once a week. It's great that they get to eat together and the conversation and stories round the dinner table are priceless!

Monday, 21 January 2013

Life on a Farm Intro

So this is the introduction piece I handed in for the most recent assessment.

I'm not entirely sure what I think of it any more as it turned out a lot more commercial than I had envisioned... I'm hoping that the final piece for my hand-in in May will have gone in a different direction... So yes, enough waffle. Let me know what you think;


Thursday, 17 January 2013

AfterEffects Wizardry

So I spent last Friday evening geeking it out and watching AfterEffects tutorials online. I wanted to create a title page something like on this video (Skip to 1:00 for the title sequencey bit)

So after watching this tutorial on repeat for the last couple of hours...


 I finally did it! It's still a little rough and I still can't find a font I like - but here it is;