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Bronco's House.
One man's quest for a roof.
A narrative experimental 16mm film.
Bronco's House. One man's quest for a roof. A narrative experimental 16mm film.
184 backers pledged £6,339 to help bring this project to life.

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HANDCRAFTED FILM TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS WORLD PREMIERE AT RAINDANCE

Posted by Denzil Monk (Creator)
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Bronco’s House – a handcrafted 16mm black and white film about the housing crisis – has been selected for the 23rd Raindance Film Festival.

Bronco's House - one man's quest for a roof. A contemporary moral tale of love, lust, birth, death, infidelity, murder, revenge, redemption... and the housing crisis. Shot on a clockwork camera, on 16mm black & white negative stock, and processed by hand using an instant coffee based developer.

Initial critics responses applaud the film:

“Majestic… as if Nic Roeg had directed a kitchen sink drama.” – Neil Fox, Directors Notes.

“Bronco’s House is alive! It’s alive with cinema!” – The Cinematologists Podcast

Two years in the making, the film will be presented to an audience for the first time this September, marking its World Premiere at the prestigious Raindance Film Festival – a long-time champion of independent filmmakers.

Director Mark Jenkin says of the process, “Shooting on film is a challenge. It’s high pressure. You can’t see the results instantly; you have to trust in your process, in your collaborators. Because I was hand-processing all the footage I had to wait nearly 6 months to see any moving images, and that obviously takes patience. It is hard work. I hope that the work that has gone into the film is inherent in the final piece…I don’t believe in doing something unless it’s hard work. Every frame is slowly hand crafted, unpredictable and imperfect. I hope some people find the finished film a refreshing change.”

The 44 minute film will be screened at The Vue Piccadilly as part of the shorts programme during the festival. You can keep up to date with the films festival life on twitter with #BroncosHouse and at www.facebook.com/broncoshousefilm

The 23rd Raindance Film Festival will take place from the 23rd September – 4th October 2015 in Central London (Piccadilly Circus) Programme schedule TBA

Completing the Grade

Posted by Denzil Monk (Creator)
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Hi all, 

After many days of tweaking shadows, mids and highlights, the grade is complete.

Dan has carefully placed thousands of foley audio files of footsteps, door knocks and waves and done a fantastic job mixing the sound.

We're very happy to say the film is now COMPLETE.

Mark has made up the prints, selected frames and we're ready to SHIP YOUR REWARDS.

If you are one of our £10 INDIVIDUAL FRAME, £30 INDIVIDUAL FRAME + DOWNLOAD, or £100 PRINT backers - you should have received an email from Kickstarter requesting your postal address, so we can send your rewards out.

As an individual frame is so very tiny - instead we're going to send you a strip of 6 frames. These precious artefacts are taken from the original film negative, carefully chosen moments from the final cut of the film.

Everyone who is waiting for a Pre-release Download - please be patient a few weeks longer whilst we check the encoding to give you the best possible picture quality. We will be emailing you a promo code for your Download soon!

So, the next step for Bronco's House is its release. We're showing the film to festival programmers and industry advisors to help identify the best route for it's festival life - and will be finalising the distribution strategy over the coming weeks. We'll let you know as soon as we have more news to share.

Thankyou for your patience and support over the last 18 months since we began this unpredictable journey - we're excited and looking forward to sharing the film with you all very soon...

Oll an gwella

Mark & Denzil x 

Preparing the Rewards

Posted by Denzil Monk (Creator)
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silver gelatine prints from original negative of the film
silver gelatine prints from original negative of the film

Hello. We've been working on the grade for several weeks and are taking a short break to get a little bit of distance before we lock it.

We're using this time to prepare the rewards - so if you backed our campaign with £10, £30, £50 or £100 please keep a close eye on your inbox as we'll soon be contacting you to confirm details for posting out your rewards!

Oll an gwella

Mark & Denzil x

Sonic Landscapes & Discrete Machines

Posted by Denzil Monk (Creator)
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discrete machines | Amancalledadam.
discrete machines | Amancalledadam.

 Hi - it's been a while, but we've been working away quietly on the edit - and now have some news to share with you!

We're thrilled to announce an exciting new collaboration with pivotal electronic music artists and sound designers Sally Rodgers & Steve Jones (AKA Amancalledadam) who will be creating sonic landscapes for the film working under their alias Discrete Machines - more below.

The post-production team is also being joined by Dan Thompson as our foley artist and sound mixer. We're feverishly working towards picture lock, so the sound design work can begin.

Whilst this is happening we'll then move onto produce all of your Rewards that you've been waiting for - so do keep an eye out for contact detail requests in your inbox.

Discrete Machines

In 1950, Alan Turing wrote a paper called ‘Computing Machinery and Intelligence’, carefully setting out a model for what he described as ‘a discrete state machine’.

‘These are the machines which move by sudden jumps or clicks from one quite definite state to another. These states are sufficiently different for the possibility of confusion between them to be ignored. Strictly speaking there are no such machines. Everything really moves continuously. But there are many kinds of machine which can profitably be thought of as being discrete state machines. For instance in considering the switches for a lighting system it is a convenient fiction that each switch must be definitely on or definitely off…’

Sally and Steve have taken Turing’s description as a cue for greater freedom in their methods of producing sound, video and installation works under the alias Discrete Machines.

Find out more about Sally & Steve's auditory explorations at Amancalledadam.com 

Oll an gwella

Mark & Denzil x

This Experimental Approach

Posted by Denzil Monk (Creator)
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Harbour Shoot, 6th April 2014
Harbour Shoot, 6th April 2014

Bledhen Nowyth Da Bronco's House Backers!

Thank you everyone who helped track down a baby's hand and reel to reel recorder at the end of last year - happy to say, the hand is in the can & a reel to reel is on standby.

A beauty of analogue processes is their tangible finality - the film, once processed, achieves a specific form - inherently perfect in that it is only and all of what it can be; whereas in a digital world of infinite possibilities, scanning offers many possible permutations in creating a digital version of the original image. What we are looking for with each scanned image is the greatest amount of visual information, which we can later control and play with in the grade to bring out the most perfect digital form, reflecting back the natural, experimentally processed, analogue aesthetic.

Hence, we're a little behind schedule with completion of the film due to encountering a technical issue whilst digitising the last few reels of film - this is currently being rectified, but has set us back a couple of months. Such is the nature of this experimental approach, outcomes are only visible as we reach them.

Voice Overs have all been recorded, are being synched with the edit and we're beginning work with a sound designer imminently. Your Rewards will be coming, but please bear with us whilst we prioritise completing the film.

Keep an eye out for more updates in a few weeks...

Oll an gwella

Mark & Denzil x