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The MDC Talks | A Screendance Podcast

The MDC Talks | A Screendance Podcast

By The MDC

The MDC Talks | A Screendance Podcast

Hosted by The Motion Dance Collective team, Omari Carter, Anna Clifford, and James Williams

Specialising in the creation, presentation and education of dance-on-film practice, our work is catered to artists/companies with an interest in developing and distributing works that bridge the gap between dance culture and film language.

We encourage our listeners to join in the conversation and leave their comments and constructive criticism upon watching.

Both seasons are also available as a video via our Youtube channel!
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The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 12: Wilkie Branson
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 12: Wilkie Branson
In episode 12 of Season 2 on The MDC Talks, Anna Clifford and Omari ‘Motion’ Carter talk with Wilkie Branson; a self-taught interdisciplinary dance artist and filmmaker, currently based in the United Kingdom.  His latest feature length work TOM is commencing its international tour and currently being showcased at La Bienniale de Venezia 23/07/2021 - 01/08/2021.   Wilkie expresses how the focus of his work always lies in the practice and not the product.  His early days of studying b-boying techniques were how he first entered into film and he was later drawn to animation because of its power to create something from nothing.  The evolution of his artistic practice is inspired by landscape, architecture and how the choreography within the environment & surroundings can impact and support telling stories through dance on screen.  Wilkie explains how his latest work is about reconnecting with your inner child.  He shares how the process of making the work reconnected him with his own family, some of the technical challenges and his most significant takeaway from the making of TOM.   Wilkie Branson:  https://www.wilkiebranson.com/ Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/wilkiebransonInstagram @wilkiebranson  Twitter @WilkieBranson   References:  ‘Little Dreams’: https://vimeo.com/128052930 ‘End of the Block’: https://vimeo.com/73935264 ‘White Caps’: https://vimeo.com/11272451 ‘TOM’: https://vimeo.com/wilkiebranson/tomtrail Making TOM - Part 3 - Available on Wilkie’s instagram @wilkiebranson  La Bienniale di Venezia - https://www.labiennale.org/en/dance/2021/wilkie-branson-tom    WATCH ‘TOM’ HERE: https://vimeo.com/wilkiebranson/tomfilm  *Exclusively available to our listeners for 4 weeks only!!   motiondancecollective.com  Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheMotionDanceCollective  Twitter: @TheMDCollective  Instagram: @TheMDCollective
01:00:29
July 24, 2021
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 11: Jevan Chowdhury
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 11: Jevan Chowdhury
In this episode of The MDC Talks, The MDC team speak with Jevan Chowdhury; a multimedia artist and film director who works in commercial art and is currently based in London, UK. Jevan is the Director of creative agency, Wind & Foster and creator of the multi-award-winning Moving Cities Project. Jevan explains how he doesn’t connect with the term screendance because he finds it limiting and prefers to label his work as film. He describes the motivation behind starting his company, choosing a metaphoric name and touches on the creative opportunity cost of running a business. Which leads us into a conversation about his ‘Moving Cities’ project, which started as an experiment. He gives us insight into the process, the initial reluctance to take risks and capturing the movement of the city. He champions the importance of watching dance so that as a filmmaker you learn how to choreograph with the camera, anticipate movement and communicate across disciplines. Jevan Chowdhury: Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/movingcitiesproject Instagram @movingcitiesproject @windandfoster Twitter @Jevanchow References: Wind & Foster - https://windandfoster.com/ Moving Cities - https://www.moving-cities.com/ motiondancecollective.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheMotionDanceCollective Twitter: @TheMDCollective Instagram: @TheMDCollective
01:22:35
July 11, 2021
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 10: Sima Gonsai
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 10: Sima Gonsai
In episode 10 of Season 2 on The MDC Talks, The MDC team speak with Sima Gonsai; award-winning filmmaker and director born and raised in the North of England and now based in the Midlands.  Sima's exploration of film work began in 1998 and she is passionate about telling powerful narratives through the movements of body, film and music. Sima talks about how her childhood lessons in Bharatnatyam dance and love of watching Bollywood initially drew her to filmmaking.  Her debut dance-film KITA, made during her MA in Visual Communication, was an exploration of the vibrancy of Indian classical dance and took 9 months to create.  This experience of experimentation with film taught her about perseverance, how to add colour to your work and gifted her an understanding of movement within a frame.  Sima describes her journey of making Cycle Dialogues and the joy in exploring communities across the globe with a bicycle and a camera before diving into her work with Freefall Dance Company, an experience that encouraged her to brainstorm what went into making a dance-film with and for complex disabled artists.  She describes the significance of creating work that audiences can experience and not just watch and also touches on the challenges and responsibility of making dance-film within this space. Sima Gonsai:  www.simagonsaifilms.com Instagram - @simagonsaifilms Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/simagonsai References: KITA: https://www.simagonsaifilms.com/kita Len Lye: https://govettbrewster.com/news/2017/4/spotlight-on-len-lyes-filmmaking-tools-the-stencil https://youtu.be/-DksmbDMDUU Norman McLaren: https://theconversation.com/norman-mclaren-a-late-great-animator-now-drawing-applause-27506 Cycle Dialogues: https://www.simagonsaifilms.com/cycle-dialogues-film Freefall: https://www.simagonsaifilms.com/freefall-film One Fine Day: https://www.simagonsaifilms.com/one-fine-day-film Screen.dance 2020 Artist Presentation: https://www.screen.dance/festival-2021/artists-presentations-1-4/sima-gonsai-artist-presentation/ Suspended Motion: https://vimeo.com/383081456 motiondancecollective.com  Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheMotionDanceCollective  Twitter: @TheMDCollective  Instagram: @TheMDCollective
01:17:44
June 14, 2021
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 9: Mitchell Rose
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 9: Mitchell Rose
Episode 9 of Season 2 on The MDC Talks features American award-winning dance film director Mitchell Rose in conversation with Omari 'Motion' Carter, Anna Clifford and James Williams.  Mitchell is based in New York and known for his comedic shorts featuring dance; his films continue to screen internationally and have won over 95 festival awards to date.   Mitch articulates his difficulty with the term screendance and explains why he prefers dance-film.  He explains his desire to create a 3D world through film and refers to the prejudice in the industry towards sombre work.  Mitchell made a decision to explore humour and satire in his work which also includes an audience participation live performance called The Mitch Show.  He also discusses his invention of hyper match-cutting and the ripple effect it's had worldwide due to Covid-19, as well as one of the side-effects of the pandemic; challenging artists to change how they create.    Mitchell Rose: www.mitchellrose.com  Instagram - @mitchellrosefilm  Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnxs...  References:  Deere John - https://youtu.be/VKfO1DuiegE Exquisite Corps - https://youtu.be/B3pFxsYPLgU And So Say All Of Us - https://youtu.be/GLZuRCtNBxg Globe Trot - https://youtu.be/uXgYKU9F-0A The Mitch Show - www.mitchellrose.com/themitchshow  The Case Against Dance-Film - https://youtu.be/U5oAB2oA-mg Internal Medicine - https://youtu.be/QRCLdRfwifU Attention Span - Coming soon    motiondancecollective.com  Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheMotionDanceCollective  Twitter: @TheMDCollective  Instagram: @TheMDCollective
01:06:02
May 20, 2021
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 8: Marlene Millar Pt 2.
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 8: Marlene Millar Pt 2.
Episode 8 (Pt 2) of Season 2 on The MDC Talks features Montreal filmmaker Marlene Millar, in conversation with Omari 'Motion' Carter, Anna Clifford and James Williams.  Marlene is an internationally award-winning dance filmmaker, her creative partnerships include Mouvement Perpétuel (2001) alongside Philip Szporer and Migration Dance Film Project with Sandy Silva.   In Part 2 of this podcast Marlene breaks down the making of NAVIGATION, a dance-film recently made as the latest addition to the Migration Dance Film Project series.  She touched on pre-production choices and emphasised the importance of a cohesive crew, in particular, the vital role it played in filming this work.  Marlene generously spoke about sourcing funding for your creative work; how strategic planning and forward thinking with a focus on the bigger picture is key.  She also expressed her appreciation for working with camera operators who understand the language of dance because of their ability to predict choreographic phrases. Marlene Millar:  www.marlenemillar.com  Instagram @millarmarlene  Vimeo - vimeo.com/marlenemillar   References:  Navigation - vimeo.com/424337004  Migration Dance Film Project - www.marlenemillar.com/#/mdfp/  Lay Me Low - vimeo.com/125331919  mouvementperpetuel.net   motiondancecollective.com  Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheMotionDanceCollective  Twitter: @TheMDCollective  Instagram: @TheMDCollective
48:20
March 26, 2021
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 8: Marlene Millar Pt 1.
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 8: Marlene Millar Pt 1.
Episode 8 of Season 2 on The MDC Talks features Montreal filmmaker Marlene Millar, in conversation with Omari 'Motion' Carter, Anna Clifford and James Williams.  Marlene is an internationally award-winning dance filmmaker, her creative partnerships include Mouvement Perpétuel (2001) alongside Philip Szporer and Migration Dance Film Project with Sandy Silva.   Marlene talks about the simplicity yet significance of work having a beginning, middle and end.  She shares her experience of finding a deeper understanding of time, rhythm and pace from working with analogue film, as well as the true importance of the pre-production process.  She also stressed the value in following through on an idea and taking creative chances.  Additionally, Marlene touches on finding your creative partners in people you trust and feel comfortable to challenge, as well as the value of distribution and its ability to give your work a longer lifespan.    Marlene Millar:  www.marlenemillar.com  Instagram @millarmarlene  Vimeo - vimeo.com/marlenemillar   References:  'One Day Pina Asked...' - vimeo.com/ondemand/onedaypina  Bhairava - https://vimeo.com/marlenemillar Lost Action: Trace - https://www.nfb.ca/film/lost_action_trace/ Mouvement Perpétuel - https://www.marlenemillar.com/#/mouvement-perpetuel/ Migration Dance Film Project - https://www.marlenemillar.com/#/mdfp/   motiondancecollective.com  Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheMotionDanceCollective  Twitter: @TheMDCollective  Instagram: @TheMDCollective
47:55
March 20, 2021
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 7: Nicola Hepp
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 7: Nicola Hepp
Episode 7 of The MDC Talks Season 2 features award-winning Swedish Choreographer and Director Nicola Hepp alongside Omari 'Motion' Carter, Anna Clifford and James Williams.  Currently based in The Netherlands Nicola works under commission for campaigns, films on artistic and commercial projects.    We speak to Nicola about her recipe for a 1 minute film, her exploration of the themes of loneliness and ageing within her work and the rewarding experience of working with her 88 year old father.   Working in live performance, installation and film, she also offers perspective on mixing medias to deepen the viewer experience and the importance of collaboration and trust in your creative team.  Nicola describes her working process and also touches on how the Covid-19 pandemic has evolved her teaching and creative practice.    Nicola Hepp: nicolahepp.com  Instagram @nicolaheppfilm  Facebook: Nicola Hepp - Filmmaker and Choreographer  Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/nicolahepp   References: Echo - http://www.nicolahepp.com/echo/  23 | 73 -http://www.nicolahepp.com/23-i-73/  Traces -http://www.nicolahepp.com/traces/  Songs of the Underworld - http://www.nicolahepp.com/songs-of-the-underworld/  Tabula Rasa - https://vimeo.com/430410823    motiondancecollective.com  Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheMotionDanceCollective  Twitter: @TheMDCollective  Instagram: @TheMDCollective
01:00:06
January 23, 2021
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 6: Simon Fildes
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 6: Simon Fildes
This episode brings world renowned screendance artist Simon Fildes into The MDC Talks conversation with Omari 'Motion' Carter and Anna Clifford.  Simon is an international award-winning film-maker, artist, curator and teacher based in Edinburgh, Scotland.   Simon; a self-proclaimed 'daydreamer', talks about the evolution of terminology in the screendance world, his connection to music and a desire to make art that inspires feeling.  He highlights the importance of making mistakes and giving yourself permission to fail in order to explore your own voice.  We shared our opinions on the value of watching other artists work and allowing yourself to have an opinion.  Simon also discussed some of the common trends in screendance and the impact Covid-19 is currently having on the screendance industry.   Simon Fildes:  https://www.fildes.work/  http://www.go-at.co.uk/  https://www.screen.dance/ motiondancecollective.com  Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheMotionDanceCollective  Twitter: @TheMDCollective  Instagram: @TheMDCollective
01:08:40
September 30, 2020
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 5: Rodrigo Rocha-Campos
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 5: Rodrigo Rocha-Campos
In episode five of the 'The MDC Talks' Season 2, the team talk to Rodrigo Rocha-Campos.  Rodrigo is a Brazilian filmmaker and cinematography teacher based in Vancouver, Canada.  He has been creating and producing screendance for six years now and in this episode we discuss his latest work 'Chapter 5' which explores addiction.  Rodrigo also explains his attraction to the expression of dark themes in his films, the use of light and props to enrich story-telling and the ultimately the visceral impact these choices make to his work.   Rodrigo Rocha-Campos: https://vimeo.com/rochacampos  References:  Screen.Dance Artist Presentation - https://www.screen.dance/festival2019... Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Big-Magic-Cr...  
01:01:24
August 04, 2020
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 4: Roman Baca
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 4: Roman Baca
In the fourth episode of Season 2, The MDC team speak with New Mexico native, Roman Baca about his dance documentary 'Exit 12: Moved by War'. Roman trained as a classical ballet dancer and took a hiatus from dance to enlist in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Iraq War. After returning home, he co-founded Exit12 Dance Company to explore telling veterans' stories choreographically and the healing power of dance.   Roman details the journey of making the docu-dance; including some of the choreographic and filmic choices, the collaboration between himself and the director Mohammed Gorjestani as well as the importance of safe-guarding the veterans and dancers involved.    Exit12 Dance Company: http://exit12danceco.org/   References: 'Exit12: Moved by War' - http://exit12danceco.org/video    motiondancecollective.com  Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheMotionDanceCollective  Twitter: @TheMDCollective  Instagram: @TheMDCollective
01:01:44
June 21, 2020
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 3: Antoine Marc
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 3: Antoine Marc
In Episode 3 of Season 2 the MDC team host Antoine Marc, multi award-winning producer and choreographer.  We talk about his screendance work; the experience of blending digital with live, and incorporating technology into his recent work in innovative ways.     He emphasises the importance of a good team, who can not only support your vision but challenge you and this inspires a conversation about the value in understanding the WHY in artistic practice.  Antoine believes the key to making meaningful work is human connection and using research and develop to find and refine your message.   Antoine Marc:    http://www.antoinemarc.com/   References:  'Luminous' - http://www.antoinemarc.com/videos  'finding my feet' - [currently on festival tour]  'Descent' - https://youtu.be/7XK4NHkFT9E  'Fracture/d Frame/s' - Coming soon motiondancecollective.com  Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheMotionDanceCollective  Twitter: @TheMDCollective  Instagram: @TheMDCollective
49:18
May 31, 2020
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 2: Valerie Ebuwa & Gerrard Martin
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 2: Valerie Ebuwa & Gerrard Martin
In this episode the MDC team chat with Valerie Ebuwa and Gerrard Martin - two prominent movers and makers who have dipped their toes into the screendance space.  We talk about the experience of dancing for camera, the representation of black bodies on screen and interpretations of the term 'black dance'.   Valerie Ebuwa:  www.valerieebuwa.com  Body Data - https://vimeo.com/319312029   Gerrard Martin: www.gerrardmartindance.com 'B' - https://youtu.be/asHDI5FJ_fA   References:  Fred Astaire Dancing - https://youtu.be/faN0kPOQykM  Narratives in Black British Dance: Embodies Practices - Edited by Adesola Akinleye    motiondancecollective.com  Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheMotionDanceCollective  Twitter: @TheMDCollective Instagram: @TheMDCollective
46:44
May 06, 2020
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 1: Tomorr Kokona
The MDC Talks: Season 2 | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 1: Tomorr Kokona
Welcome to the second season of The MDC Talks!  In this series we focus on interdisciplinary artists, as we speak to prominent practitioners who work within the realm of screendance. Kicking us off is performing arts consultant, coach, mentor, movement director and choreographer, Tomorr Kokona. As a mentor of The Motion Dance Collective, it was only a matter of time before we invited this brilliant mind onto the podcast. Tomorr breaks down important themes of distribution, profitability, intellectual property, collaborations and partnerships, through his incredible personal stories that take place within 30 years of creative and leadership roles.  This man fills a gap in the need for the further education of the above themes! In great anticipation for his upcoming book, 'Perform Your Best: How to do what you love and get paid what your worth', we chat with Tomorr on how we can develop systems for success through being interdisciplinary artists.    References:  www.tomorrkokona.com  Twitter: @TomorrKokona  Dance Film Club (Facebook Group - New Title 'Dance and Film Network'): https://www.facebook.com/groups/dancefilmclub/ Special thanks to The MDC work experience students, Kate Hamilton and Finlay Quinn, from the University of East London. For their assistant sound design and editing. Like to watch while you listen? We've created something special for our youtube listeners :) https://youtu.be/6vIQllCI_y0
57:34
April 16, 2020
The MDC Talks | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 6: Cinematic Language
The MDC Talks | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 6: Cinematic Language
Episode 6: Cinematic Language   In episode 6 of The MDC Talks our team sits down to unpack the term 'cinematic language'.  Our individual interpretations of what it means versus our experiences of using it in practice.  Analysing various collaborations helped us explore different reasons for the benefits of knowing and understanding cinematic language to service your story.  As well as the value of learning the rules so that you can break them.   References: finding my feet - https://youtu.be/zJjxoOGhzuI  I See You (creating choreo and then deciding how to capture it) - https://youtu.be/Oe9bqvQuRdA  Fracture/d Frame/s - COMING SOON   Ease on Down (pull to flower) - https://youtu.be/elECm7-r5nc?t=77 In Angst - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW9M8lKZ7ns
41:47
February 10, 2020
The MDC Talks | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 5: From Stage to Screen
The MDC Talks | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 5: From Stage to Screen
Here comes Episode 5 | Stage to Screen In this episode Omari Carter and Anna Clifford sit down with Neus Gil Cortes of Nua Dance, to talk about about the transition of work from stage to screen.  Speaking on the experience of our recent collaboration - QUIMERA - but also some wider questions about the limitations and advantages of this process and how it can breathe new life into your work.   References: Quimera [currently on its festival tour, coming soon]   Find out more about QUIMERA here - https://www.nuadance.com/quimera.html
35:09
January 27, 2020
The MDC Talks | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 4: Quimera Critique
The MDC Talks | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 4: Quimera Critique
It's time for Episode 4 of The MDC Talks | Quimera Critique  Omari Carter and James Williams sit down with collaborator Neus Gil Cortes to discuss and critique the making of Quimera!   References:  1) Quimera [currently on its festival tour, coming soon]   2) Rope Duet  https://www.motiondancecollective.com...
23:49
January 14, 2020
THE MDC Talks | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 3: Ease On Down Critique
THE MDC Talks | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 3: Ease On Down Critique
It's time for the third episode of The MDC Talks | A Screendance Podcast!   In this episode, we dissect the making of one of the MDC's latest projects, Ease On Down.  Anna Clifford interviews Omari 'Motion' Carter and James Williams who talk us through their experience of working on the film.  Credits:  Directed by Cristobal Catalan  Choreographed, produced, edited and co-written by Omari 'Motion' Carter  Performed by Omari 'Motion' Carter and Rhona Ashwood  Cinematography and Colouring by James Williams  Camera, sound recorded, digital compositing and co-written by Just Josh  Music composed by Sam Barnett  Saxophone and Keys by Sam Barnett  Drums by Zoe Pascal  Sound designed by Nicola Chang  Music recording engineering by Ahmad Dayes  Sound mastering by Jason Emberton   References:   1) EASE ON DOWN https://youtu.be/elECm7-r5nc  2) EASE ON DOWN | BEHIND THE SCENES https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YujWJ...  3) EASE ON DOWN | 360 BEHIND THE SCENES https://youtu.be/c9TAfe2xQQU  4) TAKE 10 https://youtu.be/GW19j9bXggg  5) END OF THE BLOCK https://youtu.be/JLSK-PktYKc  Please add to the conversation and stay tuned for our next episode!
31:07
November 29, 2019
THE MDC Talks | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 2: Choreography Is Everything.
THE MDC Talks | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 2: Choreography Is Everything.
Welcome to the second episode of The MDC Talks | A Screendance Podcast!   In this episode, we discuss choreography within the screendance space.  Featuring collective members Omari 'Motion' Carter, Anna Clifford and James Williams.   References:   1) EASE ON DOWN | BEHIND THE SCENES https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YujWJmUJW4Y   2) DOUGLAS ROSENBERG: Essay on Screen Dance (First presented February 2000 Dance For the Camera Symposium, Madison, Wisconsin, USA):  http://www.dvpg.net/docs/screendance.pdf   Please add to the conversation and stay tuned for our next episode!
18:33
November 16, 2019
THE MDC Talks | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 1: What is Screendance?
THE MDC Talks | A Screendance Podcast | Episode 1: What is Screendance?
Welcome to the first episode of The MDC Talks | A Screendance Podcast!   This episode explores the nuances of the term 'screendance'. Looking at the what, why and who...   Featuring collective members Omari 'Motion' Carter, Anna Clifford and James Williams.   What is Screendance for you? Do you agree or disagree or want to add to the conversation? Leave your comments below...   References:   1) James Williams - early dance footage.   2)Anna Clifford and Omari Carter - The MDC Rehearsal 2014.    3) Turn Me Up Some - Stanton Warriors Music Video (2011) https://vimeo.com/43039861  4) David Hinton - Birds (video extract) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPAPK...  5) The Great Spoon Escape  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX-XS...  
28:49
November 02, 2019