Film & Moving Image Residencies 2017: Jane Houston Green


Jane’s Work:


About Jane’s practice:

I joined Moving Image Makers Collective in 2015 and made my first short film in 2016. My films have been included in the Alchemy Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival and British Council Shakespeare Lives short film competition. Capturing image, thoughts and feelings – the essential ambiance of a moment – is exciting and I am finding that with a camera in my hand exploring something new, different, challenging and provoking is utterly absorbing.

Jane’s thoughts before the residency:

While I have taken footage to create further films on a number of topics, or free flowing ideas, there is a theme I would like to explore further that will focus on dance movement and shadow. Exploring this further in a desert setting would enhance my initial thinking.

Apart form time for some experimentation on this I am keen to learn anything new.

I might add that my technical bag of tricks could do with being a bit bigger not least to give me more confidence and speed up the process of editing!

Jane’s thoughts after the residency:

The experience of being on the edge of the Sahara at Cafe Tissardmine continues to feed and inspire me as a filmmaker. It’s rather like a gift that goes on giving as the experience is absorbed and embedded.

The additional footage gathered for an intended feature length film called GONE TOMORROW means that I have an ongoing project for 2018.
Some screen shorts of this work show the mixture of film clips available to prune and edit! Ideas flowed while on the residency and the dancing sessions and translations of my poem into many other languages have given me particular material not only for the images but also to create a soundscape.

With assignments given by Richard Ashrowan I also explored other ideas and made two short films with more waiting to be created!

It was wonderful to spend time with Helen de Witt who was generous and keen to assist with our individual development.

As the group were very generous to each other which encouragement and support I feel much more confident with the technical aspect of making films and am particularly grateful to Sebastian Cordes.

The staff at Cafe Tissardmine embraced us all and spend a great deal of time creating wonderful meals for us to enjoy leaving us time to concentrate on all matters to do with film.