• Looking forward to Leeds Light Night 2009

    Light Night in Leeds is a great event and I'm really looking forward to this year. Partly because I'm a little bit involved, but also because some of my friends are doing really exciting stuff there this year. The talented Andy Sykes (aka ‘Hexjibber' for some reason) will be using FriiSpray at Ha Ha Bar to create audience generated animations that will get shown on the Big Screen in Millennium Square. I will be there helping him set up FriiSpray Virtual Graffiti and if possible taking most of the credit for all his hard work. We're going to be inviting passers by to paint using a …

  • Your guide to Leeds Film Festival 2006

    Photo of the printed Leeds Film Festival Guide 2006

    The guide to Leeds Film Festival is huge. You better get it way before the festival begins or you don't stand a chance. Luckily I did and I've been reading it on the bus. Here are my first impressions and recommendations so far.

    To amuse or confuse the films are split into six categories with fun sounding names. Some of the names are more meaningful than others. Here is my run down of the categories and my chosen few films based on my first impressions.

    Official Selection

    This section aims to highlight some of the best new films of the year. They've been selected by the festival organisers …

  • Behind the scenes at Leeds Film Festival

    Photo of my Leeds Film Festival t-shirt

    Leeds International Film Festival is the biggest cultural events in England outside of the capital. For two weeks every year, Leeds is overtaken by a frenzy of film and cinema. Hundreds of films are shown that you might not otherwise see. By the end, you feel like you've experienced the best that cinema has to offer and maybe you've even learnt something. At least, that's what I've heard.

    I've never been. I've lived in Leeds for the past eight years. Every year I get really excited about the approaching film festival. I get the brochure, and try to pick which of the hundreds of films deserve …

  • The machines and monsters of Marshalls Mills

    As part of the regeneration of Holbeck there was a commission to produce art work for the area. Holbeck has a rich history, but many of the buildings are now deserted. I liked the idea that maybe things still lurked in the dark corners of these decrepit buildings.

    I wanted to use projectors and burglar alarm sensors to bring the buildings to life as people walked past.

    I created this rough flash animation to illustrate my idea, and this formed part of my submission.

    Update: 16 December 2005

    This was the official response from The Culture Company:

    I am sorry to say that we didn't select …