Films : Ferment : all

animate! synopsis

A momentary lapse of motion as Macmillan cuts a cross-section through the city’s day. Mobile photography or freeze film? Small epiphanies and the human trace whatever the terms.

long synopsis

In a quiet city square an old man clutches his chest and falls to the ground, and time stands still. We travel from the square, down streets, through buildings – the human condition unfolds in glimpses of frozen moments.

Tim Macmillan pioneered ‘time-slice’ techniques as a student at Bath Academy of Art and the Slade School. He has used it in a diverse range of works, including gallery installation, natural history, commercials and feature films.

key credits

director
Tim Macmillan
time slice photography
Andy Kemp
editor
Malcolm MacMillan
producer
Grace Kitto

Tim Macmillan

biography

Tim lives near Bath. He made Ferment for animate! in 1999, using the time-slice image ‘freezing’ technique he developed at the Slade in the 1980’s (and which was subsequently adopted in The Matrix).

His gallery work Dead Horse won, very unusually for moving image work, a Citibank Photography Prize nomination. It also attracted the wrath of animal rights fanatics who sent his family hypodermic needles in the post. Animal Tragic is a wry response.

Whilst making this film Tim was also busy inventing and developing Flybot , an aerial robot to explore rainforest tree canopy which launched at the Eden Project , Cornwall, in September 2003.

December 2003

animate! films by this artist

Animal Tragic

Ferment

artist’s website

Time-Slice Films

Tim’s production company

a film by Tim Macmillan

direction

director
Tim Macmillan

live-action personnel

time slice photography
Andy Kemp

image personnel

editor
Malcolm MacMillan

production personnel

producer
Grace Kitto

support

primary funding

Arts Council of England/Channel Four Animate! award

© Tim Macmillan 1999

film still: opening shot 2

opening shot 2

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film still: traffic warden

traffic warden

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film still: Krust (jaz)

Krust (jaz)

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film still: glamour model

glamour model

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film still: busker

busker

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film still: fight 2

fight 2

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film still: sk8 boarder

sk8 boarder

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film still: sex

sex

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film still: argument

argument

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film still: birth

birth

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master copy format

colour or black & white
colour

video distribution format

video format
BetaSP
screen aspect ratio
4:3
video standard
PAL
sound type
stereo

distributor

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