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Sean Burn - In an age of double glazing defenestration becomes twice as hard

2:20, 2014, Experimental
In 2004 i was commissioned to create nørth - a body of work including prose-poem cycle about northern identity. Based along the a66 from cumbria to teesside and including much autobiography, i still regard nørth as one of my best pieces of writing as well as one of my favourite projects. Ten years on (20140 and i revisited the texts. I decided to make a poetry-film of the penultimate prose-poem (set in stockton on tees). It is both love poem and elegy
DirectorSean BurnProducerSean BurnWriterSean BurnCameraSean BurnEditorSean BurnComposerSean Burn

CountryUnited KingdomLanguageEnglishEdition2014 PurpleBudgetNo budgetScreeningsLaunched film reel festival, old shire hall, durham, England, 15/9/14

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Interview

Your film is about?
In 2004 i was commissioned to create nørth - a body of work including prose-poem cycle about northern identity. Based along the a66 from cumbria to teesside and including much autobiography, i still regard nørth as one of my best pieces of writing as well as one of my favourite projects. Ten years on i am revisiting the texts and decided to make a poetry-film of the penultimate prose-poem (set in stockton on tees). It is both love poem and elegy


How did you start with film? And do you have an educational background in art or film?
I"m an outsider artist - with no educational background in arts or film. I have picked it up as I went along - trying and making mistakes, nothing more than that. I like thinking filmically and love experimenting


Could you explain how you work, what themes or concepts you use and what is important to you?
I work intuitively - there are themes but they are mostly poetic - and the words usually come first with visuals / sound coming afterwards


How long do you usually work on one project?
Varies hugely - tho I am a slow worker and usually think on an idea for a long period of time before I make it happen


Do you carefully plan the production process or do you work more intuitive?
Intuitively, definitely


How does the title relate to the work, and how do you find a fitting title?
The title comes from a line of the poetry - its quite a long title, sometimes they are, sometimes a single word works best. I don"t worry about titles - something will occur


Where do you get your ideas or inspiration from?
Daydreaming mostly


How important is sound in film, and if you use sounds, do you create your own or use existing?
Sound is an integral part. I create my own - I like soundmapping and regularly record ambient sounds then manipulate these and lay down a soundtrack underpinning the film


How important is the reaction to your film by the audience?
I made a transition from making work because I had to get it out of me and wanting to also get it in front of people. I want my work to be seen and shared and hopefully touch on other people in the world


What is your next project about?
I"m making a disability arts film for dash to be shown at the mac in birmingham in 2015. Its about the absence of disability arts from timelines of arts movements

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