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Ready, T,E.D.-dy, go for a Transformations, Emotional Deconstruction film trailer

April 5, 2013
CROWN PRINCE OF INDEPENDENT FILM: When Tammie Met Sally at the Tamworth Tinseltown movie festival in 2009

CROWN PRINCE OF INDEPENDENT FILM: When Tammie Met Sally at the Tamworth Tinseltown movie festival in 2009

THE Internet is either 42 or a shade over 30 years old, depending which you consider was the most influential – the ARPAnet or TCP/IP protocol.

The ARPAnet, the ‘predecessor’ of the actual Internet, was born in November 1969. But it wasn’t until January 1983 that ARPAnet shifted to TCP/IP.

Now, thanks to the interconnectivity of convenience provided by the Internet, we can all express our emotions to the world community in ways we never thought possible.

Each day millions use a myriad of blogs and other online outlets to discuss how they are feeling on an endless array of topics ranging from superficial thoughts on the quality of one’s ‘hair day’ to cringing, intimate considerations of love and betrayal.

There are even cries for help on saving a life when someone’s contemplating trying to end their stay on Earth.

Every subtle increment on the scale of the human emotional condition is expressed but sadly, due to the enormity of information available, many of these expressions are buried within a sea of noise.

Following that internet theme, I’ve picked up on something from an old acquaintance who I met on my travels in a ‘former life’ where, incredibly, I found myself taking over and running the largest independent film-makers festival in the UK.

And the Heart of England International Film Festival (HEIFF) was held just down the Watling Street from my current home.

For one week in the early part of June 2009, Tamworth – more than 1,000 years ago the unofficial Saxon capital of Britain – was able to claim a new crown as the movie festival head of the UK.

The week-long festival began at Tamworth’s ancient castle, which was founded by King Alfred’s daughter Ethefleda, and the credits rolled on 5,000 minutes of movie magic in 150 screenings – binding the continents with celluloid from Cambodia through Croatia to Costa Rica and beyond.

Some 62 directors representing 31 different countries showed up to see their films – starring such luminaries as Keifer Sutherland, Nick Nolte, Pierce Brosnan, Joan Rivers, even son of Superman – Matthew Reeve.

Special gala guest was Market Harborough’s most famous actor Jeremy Bulloch – twice playing Q’s assistant Smithers in Bond films For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy plus Boba Fett in Star Wars.

The town’s Odeon cinema staged a movie premiere starring EastEnders actress Tamzin Outhwaite and Bosworth Battlefield, where a king lost his crown, made a dramatic late entrance as the venue for the festival’s final day.

Tamworth became Tinseltown as the area’s own budding film-makers – including Crust writer and director Mark Locke – got the chance to touch the Hollywood stardust.

And Tamworth got a Hollywood dream factory shoe-in when the legendary creators of Toy Room – one of the few rock opera films ever made – graced the week with their presence.

The main cast member – Sally Tomato – gave me the chance to promote the whole event as When Tammie Met Sally, inserting the name given to the residents of the Staffordshire town in place of ‘Harry’.

The rock opera’s writer Carlos Severe Marcelin collected one of the 25 Heartys for Best Feature Under 75 Minutes at the festival’s ‘Oscars’ gala night

Which brings me nicely – four years on – back to today. Carlos is still hard at work with his Severe Enterprises business

And now he’s created T,E.D. (if you like Teddy bears you’ll love it) where he aims to give a literal voice and physical presence to a portion of content expressed in real-time.

Let’s see if I can explain. T,E.D. (Transformations, Emotional Deconstruction) is a large, wall-based installation consisting of an array of up to 80 Teddy Ruxpin dolls that speak emotional content gathered from the web via synthetic speech with animated mouths.

CARLOS SEVERE MARCELIN: Award-winning writer and director

CARLOS SEVERE MARCELIN: Award-winning writer and director

The speaking of the content is accompanied by one of 24 musical vignettes written by Carlos – each composed in such a way that the beginnings and ends of the short pieces will seamlessly dogleg in any possible configuration and stream endlessly as a unified whole.

The installation is allowed to drift about freely through the emotional landscape being driven only by those who are contributing content to the piece whether unwittingly or consciously.

As such, the overall presentation of the piece can vary greatly – based on external conditions such as seasons, world events and even time of day.

The instantaneous emotional pulse of the internet, like a human one, varies over time.

See for yourself and watch the T,E.D. promotional video on

Are you ready, T,E.D.-dy  . . . GO.

One Comment leave one →
  1. April 6, 2013 4:47 am

    you have captured the essence of the adventure. it’s all about the journey. wishes of continued success on your journey.

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