For the past month or so Dan Hillier’s illustrations have been presented at the Dalston Print House reception, which also doubles up as an exhibition space – DOPE!
It is really difficult to walk by this reception and NOT pay any attention to his work; its slightly dark, surreal and most definitely thought-provoking, definitely ticks all the boxes for me. I found myself picking up on details that I failed to notice the first time round and also thinking about the story that each piece is trying to tell.
This episode of PP Presents wasn’t planned, at the right place at the right time I guess! Lee, Portia, Husk and myself ended up here after missing the 6 o’clock screening of ‘Tree of Life’ due to the rush hour through the busiest parts of East London – Hackney – SHAME! BTW, ‘Tree of Life’ is SH*T, it does have its moments, but mostly filled mad abstract pieces of dialogue and visuals. I don’t even want to start with the dinosaurs now, how did he win that Palm D’ior award??? OK enough!
The whole idea of doing the actual interview happened when I was speaking to Sam, who just happened to be around downstairs. I did want to film his work, and mostly storyboarded all the shots in my head, but without the artist himself. This day happened to be 2 weeks since he opened and was the main launch for his illustrations!
One of the biggest problems I found with filming on Canon SLR camera’s is the SOUND! MAJOR ISSUES came from the sound, it can literally make or break your edit. Sam had a zoom mic upstairs so we approached Dan to see if he would be up for doing a ‘spur-of-the-moment’ kind of video interview.
This is the result below, it also happened to be a really nice sunny evening, with NO rain..!
You can still see Dan Hillier’s illustrations until the 31st of July at the Dalston Print House, Ashwin Street, so HURRY!
Thanks to Husk and Lee for having the patience and helping me make some sense of this edit, they’ve seen the edit like 50 billion times!
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