Archive for Scott Ward

EIFF Aftershock

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on August 9, 2013 by dcairns

Run Wrake’s short film RABBIT, screened in the Scott Ward retrospective tribute at Edinburgh. I love the contrast of innocent design and wicked heart.


Russian Dollhouse

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on July 1, 2013 by dcairns

LULLABY (KOLIBELNAYA), by Andrej Zolotukhin. Shown this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival as part of a screening to celebrate the work of the late Scott Ward, who was an animation programmer for the festival as well as a cinematographer for the movies.

Warning: the above may fill up your entire allotted beauty intake for the day. Those of us at the screening were barraged with multimedia gorgeousness until our neurons fizzled.

The Trail of Natan

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on May 29, 2013 by dcairns


Our serial photoplay, THE TRAIL OF THE OCTOPUS, gets pushed back to Friday this week, as I bring you exciting news.

NATAN, the new feature documentary about legendary/infamous/forgotten film producer Bernard Natan, directed by Paul Duane and myself, will screen at Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 23rd and 29th. We’re very excited about this, of course. Paul’s flying over, and we’re hoping at least one of M. Natan’s granddaughters will also be in attendance, along with some of the crew from our Edinburgh shoot.

The supporting short is Daniela Abke’s THE PIONEER, a beautiful documentary about Alice Guy, the first woman film director.

My relationship with the Festival goes back decades — as audience member seeing BLADE RUNNER and ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST there, as student filmmaker, short filmmaker, journalist and print viewer and submissions editor. This is kind of my first time topping the bill!

Another person strongly associated with the Fest was Scott Ward, who programmed animation there for many years. He photographed our Edinburgh studio sequence, and this was his last job before his death early this year from cancer. The screening — and all future screenings — will be dedicated to him.