Footpath

“Footpath” is an ever-moving visual montage. Sound & Vision, without words, it's a journey not a story. Somewhere between video art and a chill out experience. It started life as 400+ phone photos I snapped of what caught my eye beneath my feet while walking my neighbourhood over a period of nine months - shadow play, autumn leaves, spring petals, detritus, carrion, dropped toys, plastic litter…. selected found objects. I was inspired to edit the photographs into a basic slow moving sequence, something like dad's old slide show. Like a holiday slide show the photos are presented in the order they were shot, but once I started editing “Footpath” took on a life of its own. Far from the slow moving spacious work I had envisaged elements of individual photos were cut out, swirled around, and drifted through adjacent shots. A miniature woven arabesque carpet that was lying on my desk provided the inspiration that brought it all together. All the elements I’d cut out and circulated coalesced into a patterned form, a digital kaleidoscope perhaps.

  • Ashley Starkey
    Director
    Rockana, The First Anzac Day, The Path of Totality
  • Ashley Starkey
    Writer
  • Starkeyz
    Producer
  • Ashley Starkey
    Soundtrack
    The Path of Totality, Happy Ghosts, Rockana, Footpath
  • Andrew Muecke
    Soundtrack
    Rockana, Footpath, Happy Ghosts, The Path of Totality
  • Project Type:
    Experimental
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 10, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,019 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    iPhone 7
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 2020 Adelaide FringeVIEW
    Adelaide
    Australia
    May 7, 2020
    Australian premiere
Director Biography - Ashley Starkey

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Looking back. The process, from the walking all the way to the kaleidoscopic end was a kind of ritual that stilled my mind. It was all unplanned. Even the soundtrack was spur of the moment. It was recorded over one night by Andrew and Me. There were no outtakes, all the tracks we recorded were used in Andrew's final mix.