Y Felinheli

“Felinheli; Hefin and Als started as a tribute and recollection and had a running story. After the first year of working, i abandoned the idea of a story when all the scenes were lost due to a computer crash. After that i decided to make a film as though the audience were invited to ‘observe’, without being told exactly what was happening.

It was the first time i had used almost total 25 frame drawings per second since my college days. The difference was to actually make work more complicated; i was still using 3d and my experience and experiments with making the software ‘look’ like hand spontaneous drawings but also using many layers of traditional drawing , both scanned, tablet and mouse. I have always been more interested in representing movement and image through feeling and human mark making than by following a style or technique. I also have never asked anyone else to help with my work because to me this would be like asking someone who is good at painting to fill in my canvases for me…

The film is a Human response to the experience of living in Felinheli. The memories are from 1984-1990 (although i lived in Felinheli for 17 years). My other recollections of Wales can be seen in part in my films ‘life of a man’, ‘Counting sheep’ and ‘ Karumi in a fruitcake’…

The film also reflects something of a tradition of animation, starting in Liverpool 1980/2. The people represented are all real, although it was very difficult to draw some of them from memory and as the memories came back the film could also have been extended to make a full length film but, as it has so far taken 3 years i think i should stop now and try to make another film in an easier way. As i wrote before; Felinheli; Hefin and Als, is an animated documentary made with experimentation.”