Paolo (4 replies and 10 comments)
Hello everyone, Roger..
Just spotted the forum and thought I'd signup to share a film given to me by a chap called Alf Bower. He was at NFS with Roger and they worked on this title together, I believe back in 1975(?).
Synopsis: Paolo Uccello was a poor man, his commissions were few, and few still have survived to this day; his friends and fellow painters despaired of him because of his devotion to the new science of perspective. But through his exercise of his mastery, and the quiet distillation of his love for the art of his childhood, the majestic and timeless Gothic, he achieved a clarity of vision the like of which has never been surpassed.The poem was written by Dick Barker in 1971. Through the figure of Lucifer, his intermediary, the poet traces our passage though the paintings. Alf Bower’s film interpretation was produced at the National Film School in 1975; a wildly imaginative, visually ravishing treatment with a sly line in humour. It was premiered at the NFT on the 500th anniversary of Uccello’s Death (Reel Practices Catalogue, 1981)
Script - Alf Bower from the poem by Dick Barker, Camera and Lighting - Roger Deakins, Sound - Neil Leveson, Editing - Alf Bower, Production - Steve Stevenson, Music - Don Frazer and ‘Waltzer’ (Dirk Higgins), Cast - Philip McGough, George Cormack,
Welcome to the forum and thank you for your contribution.
I am sure that Roger will be very interested in seeing it.
No problems, Mike. Thanks for getting back.
Have some artefacts (documents/scripts/production photos from the film) that I can share if interested.
Some notes on Alf Bower, here:
Wow! That’s quite a lot of information. I read it all and found it extremely interesting but I was particularly intrigued with the film “ A Mysterious Devotion”, this is a stunning little film imo with excellent camera work and very clever editing. I was completely ‘drawn in’, I loved it. This should shown to all film students, I would like to see this cleaned up and digitised as a DVD release.
A Mysterious Devotion is stunning bit of work, yes. We've just found mix master sound reels, and hoping to find money to get it scanned to 2/4k. It was shot on anamorphic lenses, so there's some nifty work to be done digitally after the scans.
Do you know off hand which camera and lenses were used, doesn’t matter if you don’t know, it’s just to include in my notes. Also forum members often ask for the technical details. Forgot to mention that I also liked “Diamond Jacks”, I thought it would have made a good TV series, just look at Avengers, Danger man, The prisoner, The Saint, they all had dubious beginnings but ended up as ‘Cult’ shows.
Mike, speaking to colleagues and Alf
"It was shot using prime lenses with a projection anamorphic lens* mounted in front, resulting in a squeezed image on the film,(I think it is a 2:1 squeeze). It is 16mm and the sound is Commag on the Print. We in think it’s a rush print, meaning he never got round to doing a proper graded print –
*the anamorphic lens was usually used for projection of 16mm reduction prints of Cinemascope movies.
/// Agree. While Diamond Jacks is a bit rough round the edges it's a great, ambitious concept that sadly despite his best efforts over many years Alf couldn't persuade funders to take to the next level. Maybe one day, someone can take it on! I have the scripts and designs and all manner of ephemera...
Somebody must have the original negatives unless the film lab kept the negs in lieu of processing payment. Nobody can do anything until copyright has been establish and obtaining original negatives. The images do seem to look like “rush” prints but the concept of the ‘pilot’ is evident ( I think) and haven’t a clue what’s it is about but that is the whole point of this film, it is what you make it! I am surprised that Yorkshire TV didn’t pick it up. Perhaps it was too advanced.
That would have been 1974. please give my best to Alf if anyone talks with him.
Thanks Roger, I'm still in touch and hopefully going to see him next week, with regards getting prints to digitise his film, A Mysterious Devotion. I'll pass on your best!
Wohohooo! Thanks for sharing man, i've downloaded it for later watch. So excited lol.
What did you think of ‘The Mysterious Devotion’ film Merakjet.
Well i dont really think but i enjoy it, especialy the gurl who lying on the log there is hawt and beautiful hehe.
I only watched paolo sorry.
What films have you seen which made you interested in film making Merakjet?