MDes Sound for the Moving Image School of Simulation & Visualisation

Oscar Prentice-Middleton

(b.1991)

Glasgow based artist working with sound, animation and video

Contact
oscarprenticemiddleton@gmail.com
oscarprenticemiddleton.co.uk
Works
fly undone

Collaborative Works
Still, Passing Between Worlds (2021)
The Stone Age (2021)

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Collaborative projects:

below are two films made collaboratively; the images and concept by Alison Piper (MLitt Fine Art Practice) with sound design and composition by Oscar P-M.

Still, Passing Between Worlds (2021)

Digital video with sound (7 mins 30)

Rather than experiencing twenty-four frames per second ‘Still, Passing Between Worlds’ keeps the audience in the dark, allowing them to see a single frame at a time, and imagines a world outside the boundary of the lens.

Collaboration with Oscar Prentice-Middleton (MDes Sound For Moving Image.) Oscar took a holistic approach to the sound design, which happened concurrently with the editing of the film.

Official Selection: Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2021

Still, Passing Between Words (2021)

Digital video with sound (7 mins 30)

The Stone Age (2021)

In June of 2021 I was awarded a filmmaking commission from the Edinburgh International Book Festival. As part of their program Reading Scotland, six authors chose filmmakers to create a short film in response to a book they were set to promote.

I was lucky to be selected by Shetland-based poet Jen Hadfield to make a film in response to her new collection The Stone Age. I chose to collaborate again with Oscar Prentice-Middleton (MDes Sound For Moving Image).

Oscar worked with an abstract palette of field recordings from Shetland-based sound recordist Jenny Sturgeon. As a starting point, he built a tempo based on the sun’s path across the sky during a Shetland solstice. The soundtrack embodies a synthesis of the natural and the human-made, and includes calls from a local seabird colony (Storm Petrels, Oystercatchers and Gannets), trickling gyös, spinning wheels, and traditional musical instruments. Short excerpt below:

The Stone Age (Excerpt)

Short excerpt from 'The Stone Age' Dir: Alison Piper Dop: Kirstin McMahon Sound Design: Oscar Prentice-Middleton Field Recordings: Jenny Sturgeon Costume: Kirsty Halliday HMU: Babs Clubb 1st AD: Henry Gordon Produced by White Stag Films