UPDATE: Minute Bodies: The intimate world of F. Percy Smith will be released on 9 June 2017 as a limited edition of each 3000 copies on LP+DVD and CD+DVD. You can pre-order it already via Bandcamp : https://tindersticks.bandcamp.com/
Update-3: Minute Bodies: The intimate world of F. Percy Smith will be released on 9 June 2017 as a limited edition of each 3000 copies on LP+DVD and CD+DVD. You can pre-order it already via Bandcamp, here:https://tindersticks.bandcamp.com/
” Minute bodies: The intimate world of F. Percy Smith
Official selection at London Film Festival.
Premiere at 9pm, 11th October 2016, NFT 1, plus Q&A with Stuart and co-editor David Reeve.
Finally, after three years in the making, Minute Bodies is ready for others to see and hear.
Directed by Stuart and co-edited with David Reeve, it has a musical score by tindersticks with Thomas Belhom and Christine Ott. The music also benefits from great cameo performances from David Coulter (musical saw & nose flute) and Julian Siegel (saxophone)
The LFF describes the film…
‘This meditative, immersive film is a tribute to the astonishing work and achievements of naturalist, inventor and pioneering filmmaker F. Percy Smith.
Smith worked in the early years of the 20th century, developing various cinematographic and micro-photographic techniques to capture nature’s secrets in action.
Minute Bodies is an interpretative edit that combines Smith’s original footage with a new contemporary score to create a hypnotic, alien yet familiar dreamscape that connects us to the sense of wonder Smith must have felt as he peered through his own lenses and seen these micro-worlds for the first time.’
In 2017 there will be a small selection of special live cine-events, the first to be announced is Le Lieu Unique in Nantes on Saturday the 11th, and Sunday the 12th of March. Minute bodies will feature as one of two sets for the evening…the other set being a special collection of tindersticks songs and music.”
Stuart A. Staples wrote & directed a special film & has done a soundtrack with selected musicians, incl. David Boulter, Thomas Belhom & Christine Ott et al. for this film project “Minute Bodies” *.
“We are pleased to announce that 12 exciting new projects have been selected to take part in this year’s edition of Build Your Audience (BYA), our innovative film distribution and marketing training scheme.
“Forthcoming projects include Minute Bodies – a co-production with Lucky Dog featuring the world of Percy Smith with a new score by Tindersticks.”
Update: The Film will be premiered at the UK London Film Festival on 11th October 2016 at The BFI Southbank
Tickets & Info here: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=minutebodiestheintimateworldoffpercysmith&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=
Tuesday 11 October 2016 21:00
BFI Southbank, NFT1
Stuart A Staples will be in conversation following this screening.
“Dir Stuart A Staples Prod David Reeve, Stuart A Staples UK 2016 55min UK Distribution BFI
A new collaboration between Tindersticks’ Stuart A Staples and filmmaker David Reeve, this meditative, immersive film is a tribute to the astonishing work and achievements of naturalist, inventor and pioneering filmmaker Frank Percy Smith. Working in the early years of the 20th century, Smith developed various cinematographic and micro-photographic techniques to capture nature in action. Employed in a number of public roles, including the Royal Navy and British Instructional Films, Smith was prolific and driven. He often directed several films simultaneously, determined to capture nature’s hidden terrains. Minute Bodies is an interpretative film that combines Smith’s work with Staples’ contemporary music score to create a hypnotic dreamscape of a world that is both familiar and alien, connecting us to the sense of wonder Smith must have felt as he peered through his lenses to observe these micro-worlds for the very first time.”
The first 2 live Cinema/Movie Concerts for a new project of Stuart A. Staples & David Boulter and other artists have been announced for Nantes (F):
11th October 2016 – BFI Southbank, London, U.K. (World Premiere of the “Minute Bodies” Film & Stuart A. Staples in conversation after the screening – no concert)
11th March 2017 – Le Lieu Unique – National Center for Contemporary Arts, Nantes, France
12th March 2017 – Le Lieu Unique – National Center for Contemporary Arts, Nantes, France
Stuart Staples, singer and songwriter for the English group Tindersticks, took an interest in the films of Frank Percy Smith, naturalist, documentarian, and pioneer of several macrophotography techniques in the early 20th century. He offers us a concert with a film made from Smith’s images, and a soundtrack matching both the documentary and abstract motifs. A new, exciting project for the Tindersticks.”
other potential concert locations might be Paris, London et al.
from the interview – S.A.Staples (babelfished version from french original) :
“… I worked for several years on this project, based on the film archives. It is an exploration, often a reinvention of the work of Frank Percy Smith, English director who was, in the 1920s and 1930s, pioneered techniques like time-lapse (effect of ultra- accelerated made frame) or microcinematography. For the first time, he revealed the hidden secrets of nature. I first saw The Acrobatic Fly , his most famous film, then I wanted to know more about his work. And the more I saw his films, more ideas come to me, the music seemed to spring. The title Minute Bodies , I borrowed the scientific treatise Micrographia Robert Hooke, a contemporary of Isaac Newton, who reproduced and released the first images seen through a microscope in 1665.
What musicians involved in this project? The core is constituted of Thomas Belhom , Christine Ott, multi-instrumentalist David Boulter and myself. It all started during a recording session with them. Thomas and Christine are very special musicians, each unique. I really wanted them to be involved from the start. As for David, he brought enormously to the project. Since then, our journey led us to invite other musicians to join us in this world. It’s a very different approach from an album of Tindersticks. The images are both very strong and musically malleable. There are no rules, sometimes no indication of measurement … We could just destroy us.”
Official website news:
not announced officially yet. Also unknown if the project runs under the “tindersticks” name – though initial indications (Movie Concerts page in Nantes & other webbits) indicate that it might be so – more infos: t.b.a
the fan/member forum aka phorum (in the old days) or “member area” on the official website http://www.tindersticks.co.uk/forum/ is down due to technical reasons since some weeks. If you enter the website on the main-page, the forum web-subsite is not visible anymore in the menu too.
update: but nothing is lost – entries & login-data has been backed-up, expect the forum to reopen soon again :)
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The american music magazine “On Tape” has an excellent multi-page interview out (Issue 117 Jan/Feb. 2017) with Stuart Staples about his recording studios in the past & about the recording process of the current 2016 album “The Waiting Room” and other recording stories.
Some nice photos of the Studio atmosphere made by Neil Fraser & included in the article.