The King of Bluff - Paul Nunn
10 Questions with Jimmy Slide
Jim: Tell us a little about yourself, where you're from:
Darby: Born in Campbelltown. Surrounded by "ciggie butt brains". Felt like a fish out of water, so I got the hell out of there. Luckily my family moved to northern NSW, where I took refuge. They still reside there. Then I travelled extensively around Australia and ended up in Perth. Currently I'm living in Denmark and traveling around Europe.
Jim: How you got into filmmaking:
Darby: Out of an interest to see my memories. And as a way to translate my ideas into some kind of reality outside of my own head.
Jim: First camera:
Darby: First camera I brought myself was a Sony handy cam that took mini disk! I got it at the airport duty free on my first overseas trip, I went to Vanuatu. I wanted a camera for years before that but. I remember a mate left his handy cam at my house and I was like filming everything. I discovered that if I rewind it I could tape over things, so I played around with that idea. Once I filmed myself sitting in a chair talking to the camera, then I rewind it a bit and filmed the empty chair. I repeated this process so it looked like I disappeared / reappeared in the same shot. I think this was my first attempt at editing and realization of manipulating images into ideas. My first memories of cameras were of my mum having one and always when we went on family outings or some special occasion like birthdays or Christmas. So, I thought cameras were only for special times.
Jim: Let us know about the Red Bluff location:
Darby: Red bluff is special. It has a vibe of its own and you know where you are when your there. The right mix of ingredients to form a place of solitude.
Jim: What kind of equipment were you filming with, what film did you use:
Darby: The footage was shot with a Bolex H16 reflex camera, with a C-mount to FD adaptor so I could use an old Canon 100-300mm f 5.6 manual zoom lens. Shot on Kodak vision3 color negative 50D/7203 film stock.
Jim: Judging by the sound track you have an eclectic taste in music, who are you into at the moment:
Darby: Lately I've been listening to a Danish band called Kashmir. My mate got me onto them album 'No Balance Palace' song " The Cynic" has a guest appearance by David Bowie singing the chorus, man that guy just pops up everywhere.
Jim: Favorite Film and Film maker:
Darby: Hands down, turn around, touch the ground. The hardest Question!
Man, it changes all the time as I evolve through exposure. Right now, I'd have to say Alejandro G. Iñárritu. For his use of wide angle lens and seamless transitions that look like it was done in one shot. But a few weeks ago, I went to The Stanley Kubrick exhibition in Copenhagen and it blew my mind! Three levels of artifacts, cameras, props all from his films. The best thing I have ever seen is the intro for 2001: A Space Odyssey. It goes for like 20 minutes and is a whole film within itself.
Jim: Best Joke you know:
Darby: I don't know how to tell jokes. But I'm watching The Norm MacDonald Live show and at the end of show he reads out a bunch of jokes so here's one."You know the funniest thing about doing an office kongo line? When you look back and realize you’re doing it alone and you’re not in an office, you’re in a psychiatric hospital."
Jim: If you were to choose an actor to play your life story who would that be:
Darby: Hypothetically speaking I'd choose Heath Ledger. Because I think he was amazing. And I wish could see him in more films.