By now you know that Syncopation did not win the Turner Prize. Turns out you have to finish making the film before it's even considered. It's a bigger job than we imagined, but there is progress.
We raised an additional €5,000 in funding in October from a German arts funding body making our total current cash budget for the entire project £10,000.
Once we had the engineering experts from Physical Pixels on board, however, we had to reevaluate the cost of the glass floor, doubling our initial estimate of the cost. We now believe the glass floor installation will amount to £10,000.
Great! So we got it covered. But, then there was that other thing . . .
When you're doing a project like this, you want to do it properly. Our production costs for the shoot and rehearsal amount to another £10,00: So that we can hone that routine to perfection before the shoot, we plan to do a one week rehearsal with Ryan, Remy and Moe . . . and dancers have to eat , too. Coordinating the installation of the floor is complicated, and involves renting a pretty specialised venue for the shoot, where we also have to account for the installation time. The film shoot itself involves a ten man crew, including two sound designers, a four man camera team, a costume and a production team. Plus, we are shooting the final film on analogue film, not video! To capture those beautiful glass floor and aerial shots, Tim Sidell's camera crew will be shooting on 16mm film and will have to hire some pretty specialised equipment, like a jib or camera crane. We also hope that we can stretch our budget to have someone documenting all of those behind the scene moments in digital photography and video. One way or another, this is a big production and we want to ensure all the details are just right.
So didn't we have it covered for September?
We had a big setback in September when our expected funding to cover these production costs through a £10,000 Arts Council England grant fell through. The Arts Council was very encouraging and has welcomed us to reapply, but require a pre-scheduled public exhibition with an established arts venue in the UK. Of course, such a venue wants to see the finished work first, so it's kind of been a catch-22.
Since September, I have put together around 20 applications with exhibition proposals for Syncopation. And now finally SUCCESS! Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge are hosting a solo exhibition for Syncopation in December 2013!
Feel free to check out the virtual tour of the gallery, where we will be showing the dual projector installation on the ground floor. The exhibition featured in these images is by Alex Hahn.
What's up next?
I will be resubmitting the Arts Council England proposal in the next few days. There is a ten week application process, so we should find out about funding in late June. I'd be glad to publish the proposal here, if there is enough interest.
I am currently coordinating a shoot schedule for September with the other artists and crew: Ryan, Remy, Moe and Tim Sidell. Should for whatever reason funding from Arts Council England fall through, we will still go ahead with the construction of the floor, but make a budgetary compromise, resorting to shooting on video instead of film. So no matter what, there'll be dancing feet projected in the Ruskin Gallery walls at the turn of the year.
If anyone has any ideas or suggestions they would like to contribute to the project, please get in touch through Kickstarter. You can also e-mail me personally at: email@example.com