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How to film a dancer
Chris Morphet is a man who knows his way around a camera. It seems he also knows his way around a dancefloor with a camera too. If you ever needed an example of the hunger a true filmmaker has to get a shot, here it is.
Posted by Eddie on July 30th 2010 at 5.08pm
At the moment The Arts seem like a piñata and our new government have thrown away the little wooden bat and decided to use the cannon that David Cameron has on his back lawn. Cuts in funding will undoubtedly damage the depth and quality of exhibitions, performances and recitals all around the UK. Of all industries, though, The Arts has probably the best ability to endure all hardships. Over the past month we have filmed a lot of dancers, both professionals and amateurs. From the Ballet dancers outside buckingham palace to Traditional Ethiopian dancers in the clip below, the one thing that struck me is that those that dance, stay dancing, no matter what their governments are doing.
Take a look here if you want to see some amazing dancing I recorded on my phone in Addis Ababa.
Posted by Eddie on July 28th 2010 at 11.02am
Where it all began
Proudfoot have filmed in Ethiopia before, but this was my first time there. It struck me that there are many things around the world that have their roots in Ethiopia- not least humankind itself. As I flew into Addis (a modern, clean airport) the view from the window was of green, luscious mountains and deep valleys cradling brown rivers. The perfect balance between challenging geography and plentiful resources that allowed our ancestors to evolve into upright, social, intelligent (mostly) animals. Ethiopia’s troubles are tragically famous, but our story was about a hopeful future led by Young Laureate Brukty Tigabu. She and her husband are making children’s television programmes to educate them about health and preventable disease. Her most potent weapon is a sock puppet giraffe named Tsehai. It was humbling to see how such a simple idea could potentially save thousands of lives. 25 years on from LiveAid it seems the future of Ethiopia is reliant on the hard work and inspiration of Ethiopians…. but by all means buy a T-shirt.
Posted by Eddie on July 22nd 2010 at 3.18pm