DAVE'S GREAT IDEA
sounds a bit familiar...
|DAVE'S GREAT IDEA|
Rudy has a love for cinema. In art collegue he studied animation, which is
obviously a form of cinema, but he has been seen dozens of times with a
video or super8 camera around antwerp, just shooting footage. He likes
to to keep an 'archive' of filmed material, but so far, only one
'finished' product has emerged from his urge to film.
And I use the term 'finished' in the widest meaning of the word. To some, Rudy's first film may look like nothing more than a series of amateuristicly filmed sequences. And in a way, these people are most definitely right. Together with his old classmate and friend Dirk De Hooghe, Rudy directed a 50-minute experimental videofilm in '96, shot in a day or two-three, with no budget whatsoever. The most expensive part of the film must have been the cost of videotape and super8-film, and the price of two coffees in a café. The film also lacks any sign of a story, trained actors, proper lighting or sound recording either. What remains is a joyful, improvised, freestyle film. To fit it into a genre is...challenging. The most obvious (yet probably incorrect) comparision might be the scandinavian dogma-school. Shaky camera work, natural lighting and sound, and I doubt many scenes took more than one take to shoot. In the end though, Rudy and Dirk have made the film they just liked to make at that time. They didn't try to make any profits out of it, nor did they have any technical background in shooting films, so in that prospect this film definitely is amateuristic.
The film itself stars the two Scotchmen Viking Dave Robertson and Craig Ward, who spend their days
doing - basically nothing. They wander around Antwerp, maintaining slightly surreal conversations in a struggle against boredom.
They discuss the easiest way to skin a puppy, shout Françoise Hardy!
in the park, and compare washing products to each other.
(The tracks marked with * are the ones not on ‘Au Bain Marie’. ‘Déjà Vû’ and ‘L’hiver’ are on the Lionell Horrowitz and his combo demo tape (although ‘L’hiver’ is a different version), and ‘Used to work in a bakery’ is simply Craig and Dave in a conversation, accompanied by a very quiet guitar.)