After Tim Davies win at the London Surf Film Festival I wanted to hear more about the edit, I searched for an interview and didn’t find one,so blasted a few Q & A’s to the talent himself!!!
1. Five words to describe winning the shorty of the year awards?
"Exciting, proud, thankful, inspired and hungover!"
2.What you think to the set up at the Riverside Studios and the importance to have a Surf Film Festival in the capital, different people attending etc?
"It’s amazing, I rarely go to big cities so to have something like that showcasing surf and art in the capital city is incredible. What I really love is how intimate the whole thing is, Chris and Demi do an amazing job and you can feel the excitement and energy with every film."
3.When making an edit do you plan the whole clip ahead or make it up as you go? I guess a bit of both!? Did you decide to include the poem initially and do you know the poet? Was he stoked that he helped make the clip place number 1?
"Each film is different, most of the time I will have a clear objective before picking up the camera but for this film it was an idea I had inspired by footage I had shot on recent trips to Ireland and England. I wanted to create a film which had emotion and captured what core surfing is in the depths of winter. I searched far and wide for a relevant poem and toyed with the idea of working with a poet but then my friend Tom Fisher suggested Sea Fever and I loved it. I originally put it in the edit with another song and quickly scrapped it as it sounded a little shit but then I found the Massive Attack track, remixed the intro and that haunting base line brought it to life!"
4. Besides surfing what else are you working on at the moment?
"Surf films is what I really love and try to make as many as I can but its a lot of work! A lot of time and so many variables have to line up to get something truly original, but I enjoy all aspects of making films like commercial, sport and music type videos, of late I have been doing a lot with boxing."
5. Since winning the LSFF has your popularity gone up a few notches with the Swansea female talent, you rubbing shoulders with any more Swansea C-listers, like employees of the call centre?
"Ha ha! Swansea girls don't really dig surfers and its not like I can pretend to be a rugby player with my match stick arms and legs!"
6. What surfing work is in the pipeline?
"Just got back from a little mission to France with Stokesy for the next installment of our Strange Beautiful Life series, currently deep in the edit with a release before Christmas, and next year we want to go further afield with it and hopefully hook up with crazy tube riders like yourself Buttsy Boy!"
7. What other film at the LSFF did you like best shortie or longer documentary?
"Mark Waters film 'The Salt Trail' followed mine and it was wicked to share the screen and have an all British affair for the Saturday night showings, he has a real talent for shooting culture and lifestyle and he picked up a few awards too which made it special."
Tim receiving his award from Demi and Chris
Team strange beautiful life brainstorming next edit
T D also Rip's on rail