Well, things have changed a bit round here since I last posted anything. It's looking a little more slick.
I should have have been continuing with my UrbanAvain project but have been sidetracked by making this little film.
This isn't a film about boxing... It's more a film about time.On May 25th 1965 it was my Dad's birthday [well, it was every year] and he and my Grandad went out to see Ali fight Liston, so he later told me. The fight was in Maine, which I believe is 5 hours behind the UK so I have no idea what time the fight may have been screened here or what pub would have had a license to show it outside of the regular UK licensing hours in those days. Anyway, apparently they were slightly late getting to wherever they were supposed to watch it and, given the brevity of the bout, when they got there the fight was over. For some reason I believe that we were on holiday on the Isle of Wight. Neither of them are around to verify these facts any more and it was a long time ago that they told me so it could be that I am remembering it wrongly; but thinking about it recently [out of the blue] gave me the idea to try to make the fight last its full length. I'm not sure if it would have been a 12 or 15 round bout but either way it should have lasted between 36 and 45 minutes [plus bits between rounds I suppose]. I've stretched it to 38 minutes. That's the 1 minute 40 it lasted plus a bit of pre-amble and the end celebrations on Ali's part. It's surprising how much controversy surrounds such a short fight and the extreme slow motion shows it to be an oddly contested 100 odd seconds. Not being a boxing fan I can't really give an opinion but Ali barely seems to fight, just the odd judicious punch. Fixed? Who can say! The concept was inspired partly by Douglas Gordon & Philippe Parreno's "Zidane" and Gordon's 24 hour Psycho. Stretching the clip that much has rendered any accompanying audio useless so I had to think of a 38 minute piece to add to it. I considered something akin to Underworld's contribution to the Frantic Assembly production, "Beautiful Burnout", also boxing based; but I needed something so much slower. The Beach Boys "Help Me, Rhonda" was, apparently, No 1 in the US at the time of the fight so I've stretched that to the same length and the result is, I think, quite haunting; almost Gregorian in parts. The sum of the two parts means means that it may not last lomg on You Tube but as I acquired both the video and the audio from uploads to You Tube that probably shouldn't have been there to purloin in the first place, who would be to blame, huh? It would be nice to have a better quality version of the original footage and better software to work on it with, but this will do for now. Ideally this would be screened simultaneously on 4 screens surrounding a boxing ring.