Peter began making short films as part of his undergraduate degree in architecture at the university of nottingham.
It was not, however, until he enrolled at the Barlett School of Architecture in London, that his film work really developed. Here, Peter studied under Nic Clear in Diploma Unit 15. This unit uses film, animation and motion graphics as a way of developing and exploring new architectural modes of representation and practice. Peter produced many films as part of his studio portfolio, several of which have since been shown at film festivals and special screenings around the world.
Peter continues to develop film projects with an architectural theme. Updates on recent projects are posted in news.
The Berlin Infection
A mixture of high resolution stills photography and complex 3D animation, 'The Berlin Infection' depicts a London landscape being infected by an icon of the Berlin cityscape, the Fernsehturm Tower.
Produced as part of Peters postgraduate diploma in architecture, 'The Berlin Infection' was previewed at the Unit 15 Strange Space Exhibition in January 2006. The film then received its international premiere in June 2006 at the 10th Anniversary onedotzero Film Festival in London as part of the Terrain 06 programme. Screened along-side films by Richard Fenwick and 1st Ave Machine, the film travelled with the festival's international programme and was screened across the globe. Since then it has been shown at a variety of film festivals and special screenings internationally.
- Runtime: 5 mins
- Format: DV PAL Video
Most recently, The Berlin Infection was shown as part of a 10th Anniversary Unit 15 retrospective at the Barbican in London. The film was also recently selected as one of the stand-out projects of the last decade in "Bartlett Designs: Speculation with Architecture" published in July 2009
'The Berlin Infection is an evocative and technically sophisticated film, mixing computer animation and photographic scenes in order to create a highly convincing mis-en-scene that blurs the distinction between the actual and the virtual.'
Iain Borden, Bartlett Designs: Speculation with Architecture
'Peter's talent for architecture animation is almost without peer. His extraordinary films embrace the city with a pregnant quality full of foreboding and imminent destruction.'
Bartfest 06, commendation review
Terrain 06 - ONEDOTZERO 10, International
The Pasadena Architectural Film Festival - California, USA
Prague Short Film Festival - Prague, Czech Republic
Arcadi Nemo Film Festival - France
Non-Specific Urbanism - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Graphic Cities - British Council, Malaysia
Re-Imagining the City - Articulate @ the bargehouse, London - Curated by the Light Surgeons
'Reclaimation' is a nightmarish vision of snake-like mechanical armatures emerging from the river thames, to wreak havoc on the london skyline. The film uses a complex mixture of hand-held High Definition video footage and detailed 3D character animation.
Produced as part of Peter's masters in architecture and under the guidance of unit 15 tutor Nic Clear, this film was included in the terrain 07 programme of the onedotzero 2007 International Festival Tour. It was also shown at a special screening at the BFI Southbank, during the 2008 London Festival of Architecture.
- Runtime: 7 Mins
- Format: 1080p HDV
'After his audacious diploma project films that show what happens when Berlin comes to London, he has, this year, created a film about a dinosaur-like mechanical lifeform that lives in the Thames and bursts out all over London nibbling buildings for sustenance. One thing is for sure, Peter has total control of his medium.'
Bartfest 07, Distinction in Design review
ONEDOTZERO 2007, International Festival Tour
London Festival of Architecture - BFI Southbank, London
Seeing the City
Integrating multi-layered high resolution stills photography and detailed 3d models, 'Seeing the City' is an exploration of the imaginary environment that exists behind the video screen. The film was created to accompany the research thesis 'The Impossible Perspective' and is a detailed analysis of visual processes and perspective interpretation.
- Runtime: 6 Mins
- Format: DV PAL Video
An early experimentation of integrating digital stills into a basic 3d environment, 'Event Stream' brings together a series of animation tests and location photography. The film sets a stream of still photographs into a scene, revealing the location of each photograph in the environment. Several ambitious virtual camera moves are achieved through the layering of multiple photographic elements to give the illusion of a complete environment.
This rarely seen film is one of Peter's early diploma projects and was a testing ground for many of the techniques and processes used in later films such as the 'Berlin Infection' and 'Seeing the City'.
- Runtime: 4 Mins
- Format: DV PAL Video