Utsushi and Yugen - Ford Hallam Videos
Posted 13 December 2010 - 09:42 PM
Some of you have already seen this short documentary film but I've just uploaded a High Definition version with Japanese subtitles onto YouTube.
You'll find details about the film maker and links to alternative text translations of the audio in the description below the film screen.
You'll find part one here.
and part 2 here.
You'll see the default quality setting on the play bar is usually 360p (on the right just below the screen). The film can be viewed in higher quality (up to 1080 High Definition ) by selecting a higher resolution setting. At the higher settings you can watch it in an expanded view to fill the screen.
Please feel free to download the files for your own use. You'll need to use RealPlayer software to do this. It's available for free here.
If you're interested you can read more about the project the film follows and how it came about here, on my blogsite.
I hope you enjoy it.
Posted 13 December 2010 - 11:01 PM
Very informative, beautifully executed, ... and simply a privilage to watch. I'm presently working on duplicating a Serpentine for a Matchlock, .... and although technically not nearly so demanding difficult enough for an amateur like myself. The one major difficulty is for people ( customers ) to realize the time and labour involved, .... and it is therefore difficult to make any profit by taking on these commissions. It is in my case at least the satisfaction I derive by repairing these old Tanegashima and seeing the delight when the others excepting the owner cannot find the replacement part. Would I aspire to the heighths you have taken your craft/profession. Thank you for this wonderful glimpse of your Life and Art.
... Ron Watson
PS> My wife was as enthralled as I.
Posted 13 December 2010 - 11:20 PM
Posted 13 December 2010 - 11:22 PM
Make that Mastercraftsman.
USMC DEC 63 APR 73
"Nothing Fxcks you harder than time"
Sir Davos Seaworth
Posted 13 December 2010 - 11:38 PM
May I ask; what happened to the original dai? How did they get separated?
Posted 13 December 2010 - 11:49 PM
I have just seen this very skilled and tastefully made film together with my wife and we were simply speechless.
One can really see the passion you put into your work and it simply is a joy watching the birth of this masterpiece.
Thanks so much for sharing this.
Posted 14 December 2010 - 12:12 AM
But I was wrong...
It was even better!!!
Her high mountains eagle-shaped, rows of vines at the volcanos and the houses more white near the great blue's edge...
Odysseas Elytis - Axion Esti
Posted 14 December 2010 - 12:32 AM
One word, Amazing
Posted 14 December 2010 - 12:40 AM
Posted 14 December 2010 - 01:26 AM
"ἓν οἶδα ὅτι οὐδὲν οἶδα" Socrates
Posted 14 December 2010 - 02:51 AM
Posted 14 December 2010 - 03:25 AM
""Do not sleep under a roof. Carry no money or food. Go alone to places frightening to the common brand of men. Become a criminal of purpose. Be put in jail, and extricate yourself by your own wisdom." - Miyamoto Musashi
Posted 14 December 2010 - 10:07 AM
I'm a bit rushed right now so will reply in more detail to your very kind comments as soon as possible.
Ironically, as soon as the 2 separate files were uploaded my account was upgraded to allow me to load much larger files. This means we can provide the film as one single file. To do this we need to delete the first 2 though. The swap is underway and should be completed within the next 4 hours. Apologies for the inconvenience.
I'll post an announcement and the new link as soon as it's ready.
Posted 14 December 2010 - 06:45 PM
Grey, Whilst I have not really been involved, I do know a little of the background. The daisho pair was originally illustrated in the catalogue for the exhibition in Los Angeles in the late 1960's. Somewhere along the line from then until now, the dai became separated. The catalogue lists the contributors but not what the contributed. I put out a couple of feelers on Bob's behalf and learned that there were some original contributors still extant but couldn't learn who had loaned the tigers. So for the moment, the whereabouts of the dai is a mystery nbut no doubt it still exists.
Posted 15 December 2010 - 11:47 AM
We uploaded the film in 2 parts to meet Youtube's requirements on file size. No sooner is it all live and we're informed that my account has been upgraded to allow for the full file to be loaded as a single file.
This can only be done after the original separate files are deleted....which we dutifully do. Now the account has reverted to it's previous capability and we're told the new, single film is too long!ok...deep breath and I must go to Cape Town to collect the new files and start the upload from the start again. Normal service will hopefully be resumed sometime this evening. Central African time.
Posted 16 December 2010 - 10:43 AM
Anyway, thanks to te wonders of South African internet technology ( sarcasm enters the room )
The film is now back on-line.
We've had to revert to the original 2 part format.
You'll find part one here.
and part 2 here.
Thanks very much to everyone for your very kind compliments. It really is great to hear that all the "exposing" of what I do is appreciated. It helps to reassure me I'm not too much like one of those annoying kids who are constantly shouting "look at me!"
Posted 16 December 2010 - 01:59 PM
Your "oeuvre d'art" is in any aspect outstanding and perceptively adapted to the Katsuhira Tsuba... and bravo to the film adaptation
Posted 16 December 2010 - 07:19 PM
love the video clips. more please.
Posted 16 December 2010 - 09:47 PM
Posted 16 December 2010 - 10:09 PM
I'm guessing the stunned silence said a lot about your work Ford.
The one thing that went through my head was : "Wow! You are insane Ford!"
I don't know how someone develops the talent, patience and stamina to tackle something like that, but I am not exaggerating when I say that the DVD is astonishing and amazing. It is brilliantly presented and expertly rendered. I thought I had an idea what I would be watching, but the end result was so far superior to anything I had imagined that I cannot express it well enough. This changes a lot of what I had imagined about the making of tsuba..and explains even more. I think this DVD is destined for TV and greater things, as is your career.
Hard to really express my amazement. Those that watch it will understand it. Those that haven't seen it yet..make a plan.
- Admin -
Posted 17 December 2010 - 05:49 AM
Posted 17 December 2010 - 10:04 AM
I would like to add that this whole project, the commission for the tsuba and the filming ( 24 hours of footage) was only made possible (and at great expense) thanks to the support and vision of Bob Morrison.
Brad Schaffer, the film maker, was also something of a lucky break for me. We rapidly developed a very good rapport and working relationship that allowed me to completely trust his judgement on how we presented the project and most importantly, allowed me to feel relatively relaxed in front of the camera. I'll be sure to pass on your compliments on the filming.
Going on the reception this film has received we may have a few more in the pipeline. You'll be first to know.
Ian B. You're very kind with your praise....even if it might result in me looking like I'm about to swim the Channel
thanks again everyone.
Posted 17 December 2010 - 05:09 PM
Just wanted to add my congradulations (and adulations) on the masterful work done on this project (both the tsuba and film). Having done a few videos in my past (shooting, directing, editing), I must say the production qualities on this are first rate.
I'm always fascinated by the creative process involved in works of art - and love to see the transitions from raw materials to the finished piece. I have a copy of Yoshindo Yoshihara's "The Secret World of the Japanese Swordsmith", and now I can add your film as another cornerstone to Nihonto creation.
Thanks so much for sharing this with us.
Posted 17 December 2010 - 10:34 PM
Brian, okay to cross link it in the Tosogu section? (Done - Admin)
I almost missed it in this section.
Michin nom Curran
Posted 18 December 2010 - 09:33 AM
Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed it and that it provided a little glimpse into the world of kinko tsuba.
Posted 19 December 2010 - 02:09 PM
A really impressive work which makes me speechless. I can use the french term "oeuvre d'art".
Posted 19 December 2010 - 04:58 PM
“It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”
— Mark Twain
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