Here's a look behind the scenes during of Tim McDonagh's Handsome Frank artist video, A Little Film About... This exciting, intriguing and somewhat bizarre film was the brain-child of PAL Productions. Here's what they had to say on their thoughts on the filmmaking process:
Making a film about Tim was a dream come true. Who wouldn't love his work? Detail like no other and really dark - you know the kind of darkness you always hope to stumble upon as an filmmaker. After a couple of rough years filming conferences I really thought this might be the break I needed. Unfortunately, I had some creative differences with the client. They couldn’t see my vision. I had all but abandoned the project when my editor, Gareth, gave me an urgent call and showed me this mysterious figure lurking in the background of all of the shots. I knew it was my duty as a documentarian to return to Brighton and find out who this person was. To deliver the truth.
Was it scary? No. Not for me. As Werner Herzog says, “I’m simply not afraid. It’s not in my dictionary of behaviour”. The shoot was fraught with highs, lows and moral conundrums as to the ethics of documentary filmmaking. Should I intervene or not? I hope my audience is happy with the decision I made. I am currently looking to raise funds to return to Tim every five years and see how the relationship at the heart of this tale blossoms. Please look out for the Kickstarter. Dyfan Roberts.
View the film here.
Photography by: Tom Robinson