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The Sea Behind Her Head


(TBA)
Technical Information
4:3 aspect ratio
2K resolution
5.1 surround sound

Shot on iPhone 6 Plus,
iPhone XS Max & Sony A7sII

Edited with Final Cut Pro X

































Within Without Horizon


(TBA)
Technical Information
16:9 aspect ratio
2K resolution
5.1 surround sound

Shot on iPhone 6 Plus & iPhone XS Max

Edited with Final Cut Pro X


2017

































Womb


(2017)
Synopsis
The Mouth screams. Like a shadow, it looms on the event horizon. It swells, hunting the night like a snake in the dark. The laceration tears through the stars, devouring its meal.

Within the nothing swims something of a memory of movement. Far beyond, something out of the black reveals itself. In the infinite womb, limbs drift suspended, like flies in a giant spider web. An infinite sea of pale flesh. Bodies without organs.

Death's renewal awaits, as the bodies pass through the void.
 
Technical Information
16 minutes
32:15 aspect ratio
2K resolution
5.1 surround sound

Shot on iPhone 6 Plus
Edited with Final Cut Pro X

Digitally remastered in 2019

Stream
Vimeo
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Passing


(2013, released in 2017)
Synopsis
A Silence.
Two deer. Mother and child.
Curiosity and the World.
Being and responding. Love and courage.
A gesture.
Alone in the woods inside an imperfect image.
A film in three shots.
A passing.
 
Technical Information
2 minutes
16:9 aspect ratio
720p resolution
Silent

DV, with multiple re-photographs
Edited with Final Cut Pro X

Stream
Vimeo




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The Green Ray


(2017)
Synopsis
A Green Ray that never features. Instead, we sense it – seeing beyond our own eyes, beyond the hills – we sense it for an instant. We are plunged into the unknowable, beyond the horizon, beyond seeing altogether.

In a single 11 minute take, the film takes us from lush sunsets. to beyond the green ray, and into the gloaming, into the heavy night's darkness, where we await the impending storm.

Originally featured in Sleep Has Her House, released as a standalone single-take film.





Technical Information
12 minutes
4:3 aspect ratio
2K resolution
5.1 surround sound

Shot on iPhone 6 Plus
Edited with Final Cut Pro X

Digitally remastered in 2019

Stream
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Sleep Has Her House


(2017)
Synopsis
The shadows of screams climb beyond the hills.
It has happened before.
But this will be the last time.
The last few sense it, withdrawing deep into the forest.
They cry out into the black, as the shadows pass away, into the ground.


Through long static takes, the film develops a contemplative, hypnotic experience, akin to paintings that move, mixing live action, still photography, and hand-drawn images.
The film is dedicated to the late French filmmaker and friend, Philippe Cote, who passed way in 2016.
Awards & Nominations
Best Film (Jury award) Fronteira International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival
The Village Voice 2017 Film Poll (Best film, Best first feature, and Best director)

Sight & Sound 2017 Film Poll
Sight & Sound 2018 Film Poll
Sight & Sound 2018 Essay Film Poll
Technical Information
90 minutes
4:3 aspect ratio
2K resolution
5.1 surround sound

Shot on iPhone 6 Plus
Edited with Final Cut Pro X

Digitally remastered in 2019

Trailer
Vimeo
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Digital Download (1080p)

Blu-Ray + Book
Coming soon

DCP
(Digital Cinema Package)
Available on request




Frames


2016

































Hinterlands


(2016)

Synopsis
Through a structuralist and simultaneously ambiguous form, the image's reality treads closer to the abstract, leaving the sunset and trees behind.

As we enter the image's gloaming, it reveals its true eye: reality's pure haptic energy, where there is nothing but sonorous light, and the dregs of the Unknown.


Awards & Nominations
Sight & Sound 2016 Film Poll



Technical Information
7 minutes
4:3 aspect ratio
2K resolution
5.1 surround sound

Shot on iPhone 6 Plus
Edited with Final Cut Pro X

Digitally remastered in 2019
Stream
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DCP
(Digital Cinema Package)
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Closer


(2016)

Synopsis
Upon liminal spheres where dreams are woven, Adrift between stars and the trees, I pass closer to the golden dawn.

There’s a warmth beyond the shadow. I feel the aurum under my eyelids, And I hope the birds will sing.

Oh, I hope I will hear the birds sing...
Perhaps a knowledge that never comes.


for David Robert Jones
(8th January 1947 - January 10th 2016)


 



Technical Information
7 minutes
1:1 & 18:25  aspect ratio
4K resolution
5.1 surround sound (mainly silent)

Intervalometered photography with multiple exposures
Edited with Final Cut Pro X
Stream
Vimeo 



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2015

































Hours


(2015)



Synopsis
Darkness has crept in.  
The hours pass quietly.  
A window ajar.  
A shadow observes the moonlight from the window.





Technical Information
3 minutes
16:9 aspect ratio
720p resolution
Silent

DV, rephotographed on iPhone 6 Plus
Edited with Final Cut Pro X
Stream
Vimeo 



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Evenfall


(2015)



Synopsis
A silent poem to celebrate the winter light and the sense of solitude that it brings.




Technical Information
6 minutes
2.35:1 aspect ratio
1080p resolution
Silent

Shot on iPhone 6 Plus
Edited with Final Cut Pro X
Stream
Vimeo 



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Shadows


(2015)



Synopsis
A re-enactment of actual events that happened to Scott Barley’s grandmother, Doris due to living alone in old age. A film made to raise awareness on the consequences of loneliness among the elderly, and help find closure; a catharsis to life's pain and struggle.

Awards & Nominations
International Women’s Day 2015



Technical Information
20 minutes
16:9 aspect ratio
2K resolution
5.1 surround sound

Shot on ARRI Alexa
Edited with Final Cut Pro X
Stream
Vimeo 



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The Sadness of the Trees


(2015)

with Mikel Guillen


Synopsis
Two separate, yet poetically connected films that act as a threnody on nature; with the trees as silent observers to Man's insidious desolation.  

Part I  
A film by Mikel Guillen for Hiroshi Sugimoto

Part 2
A film by Scott Barley for Vija Celmins  

Sound design for parts I & II, and original composition: The Night's Kiss  by Scott Barley





Technical Information
12 minutes
16:9 aspect ratio
2K resolution
5.1 surround sound

Shot on DV & iPhone 6 Plus, with multiple re-photographs
Edited with Final Cut Pro X
Stream
Vimeo 



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Hunter


(2015)



Synopsis
It is nightfall. A hunter lurks in the darkness, wandering further towards the impenetrable.

Do the meanings lie in the stream, in the mountains, the stars, or in the death of things?


Awards & Nominations
Jury award – EXS International Film Festival 2015



Technical Information
14 minutes
4:3 aspect ratio
2K resolution
5.1 surround sound

Shot on iPhone 6 Plus
Edited with Final Cut Pro X

Digitally remastered in 2019
Stream
Vimeo 
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Digital Download (Master file)

DCP
(Digital Cinema Package)
Available on request



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Blue Permanence / Swan Blood


(2015)

Synopsis
Two identical films mirror each other, differentiated by movement, colour and sound, which is simply reversed/inverted. Through the orginal and reversal of colour and sound, each part invokes unique sensations in the viewer.

No single identifiable object features. Instead, the films focuses on repetition, texture, movement and light.



Technical Information
6 minutes
16:9 aspect ratio
2K resolution
5.1 surround sound

Shot on iPhone 6 Plus
Edited with Final Cut Pro X

Digitally remastered in 2019
Stream
Vimeo 



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2014
































Polytechnique


(2014)

with Easychord

Synopsis
Guided by Easychord's haunting, bodily sound, the visuals attempt to explore and invoke the concepts of prisoner's cinema, stream of consciousness, repetition, the primordial body, fundamental entities, and astral planes.



Technical Information
12 minutes
16:9 aspect ratio
1080p resolution
Stereo

Shot on iPhone 4 and DV
Edited with Final Cut Pro X

Stream
Vimeo 



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Ille Lacrimas


(2014)

with Matthew Allen
& Alberto Mangiapane
& Harry Johnson
& Amica Schiller
& Eurion Smith

Starring Ross Shaddick
& Nerys Rees

Synopsis
A man stranded, alone.
He searches for answers; in the water, in the woodland, in the hills. He finds none. As he wanders deeper into the darkness of the forest, he thinks back and reminisces over fragments of his life, and what has been lost. As time passes, the man finds a cabin. He feels uplifted at the thought of shelter from exposure to the elements that he has endured. Inside the shack he encounters a book that he had lost days before. He attempts to find solace in the book's pages; memories of days passed by. It consumes him. He accepts his spiritual end. It comes full circle.



Technical Information
20 minutes
16:9 aspect ratio
1080p resolution
5.1 surround sound

DV
Edited with Final Cut Pro X

Stream
Vimeo 



Frames


2013


































Retirement


(2013)

Synopsis
A solitude found in the distant storm.



Technical Information
3 minutes
16:9 aspect ratio
720p resolution
Stereo

DV with machinima
Edited with Final Cut Pro X

Stream
Vimeo 



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Irresolute


(2013)

Synopsis
The tension between the natural and industrialised world depicted through abrasive superimpositions.
Awards & Nominations
Senses of Cinema 2013 Poll



Technical Information
2 minutes
16:9 aspect ratio
720p resolution
Stereo

DV
Edited with Final Cut Pro X

Stream
Vimeo 



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Nightwalk


(2013)

Synopsis
Several figures move through the darkness on a cliff-edge.

An inaudible conversation near the brow of the cliff may be the cause for the group to disband. The rest of the film follows the solitary journey of the youngest member of the group, until she rests; where land meets sea.



Technical Information
6 minutes
16:9 aspect ratio
1080p resolution
Stereo

DV and re-photography
Edited with Final Cut Pro X

Stream
Vimeo 



Frames


2012


































The Ethereal Melancholy of Seeing Horses in the Cold


(2012)

Synopsis
A silent short, focusing on the beauty and melancholia of seeing horses in the cold fog, and the metaphors that manifest, as time passes.



Technical Information
4 minutes
16:9 aspect ratio
720p resolution
Silent

DV
Edited with Final Cut Pro X

Stream
Vimeo 



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Commissioned works
































To the Moon


(2019)

Synopsis
A commissioned sequence for Irish filmmaker, Tadhg O’Sullivan’s feature length ode to the moon.




Technical Information
4 minutes
5:4 aspect ratio
2K resolution
5.1 surround sound

Shot on iPhone XS Max & Sony A7sII 
with multiple rephotographs
Edited with Final Cut Pro X



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Wind


(2019)

Synopsis
A commissioned music video for Emmit Fenn’s instrumental track, Wind.




Technical Information
3 minutes
4:3 aspect ratio
2K resolution
Stereo

Shot on iPhone 6 Plus & iPhone XS Max
Edited with Final Cut Pro X



Frames


Unreleased / Lost / Other

































Death is a Photograph


(2013–2015)
Technical Information
16:9 aspect ratio
1080p resolution
5.1 surround sound

DV, with multiple re-photographs
Edited with Final Cut Pro X



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Glass | Truth


(2013)

with Matthew Allen
& Edmund Wong
& Rob Cairns
Technical Information
16:9 aspect ratio
240p, 480p, 720p & 1080p resolutions
5.1 surround sound

DV, still image, re-photography
Edited with Final Cut Pro X




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Too Young to Die


(2014–)
Technical Information
16:9 aspect ratio
720p & 1080p resolutions
5.1 surround sound

DV
Edited with Final Cut Pro X




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Celestograph / Seraphim


(2015–2016)
Synopsis
A film inspired by August Strindberg’s “celestographs” – alchemical plates, which he falsely believed captured photographic impressions of the night sky – combined with the ancient judaist concept of the Serpahim. 

The film was mostly discarded in 2015 and then re-shaped into the 2016 short film, Closer, dedicated to David Bowie.



Technical Information
1:1 aspect ratio
4K resolution
5.1 surround sound (mainly silent)

Intervalometered photography with multiple exposures
Edited with Final Cut Pro X

































Fugue


(2016–2017)

with Gabrielle Meehan
Synopsis
A stream of consciousness film documenting the winter light.


Technical Information
4:3 aspect ratio
2K resolution
5.1 surround sound (mainly silent)

iPhone 6 Plus
Edited with Final Cut Pro X



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Painting (I)


(2016–2017)
Synopsis
A 30-second long moving shot of tree branches in the night is abstracted by slowing the original footage down to 360 minutes, rendering the movement in the shot impertecible to the naked eye, in a sense undoing all that is conventionally considered cinema, revealing the tension between still image and moving image, and raising the question of the limits of optical perception, and what is cinema?


Technical Information
360 minutes
16:9 aspect ratio
2K resolution
Silent

iPhone 6 Plus
Edited with Final Cut Pro X


































Midnight


(2017)
Synopsis
An imageless film. Utilising sound-design alone, a narrative of uncanny happenings in the wilderness is revealed.


Technical Information
27 minutes
5.1 Surround sound

Edited with Final Cut Pro X


































Starless / Mouths in the Grass / Lustre to Void


(2016–2017)
Synopsis
An unfinished trilogy of short films that were mostly discarded. The remaining parts eventually became the short film, Womb, as well as informing future works, The Sea Behind Her Head and Within Without Horizon.


Technical Information

1:1, 4:3, 16:9 & 32:15 aspect ratio
2K resolution
5.1 surround sound

Shot on iPhone 6 Plus, still images & found footage
Edited with Final Cut Pro X


































Eviscerations


(2017)
Synopsis
A film shown only once, at The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (ICA). Many parts of the film will feature in and informed future works, The Sea Behind Her Head, and Within Without Horizon.


Technical Information

4:3 aspect ratio
2K resolution
5.1 surround sound

Shot on iPhone 6 Plus & still images
(”Pale Blue Dot” & Hubble eXtreme Deep Field) 
Edited with Final Cut Pro X



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