Monday, July 02, 2007

Divine inspiration

Whiling away a few idle moments online the other day, I came upon this little gem courtesy of Daniel Pemberton. I first met Daniel when we both worked for Esquire many moons ago, and he was also a regular at my local pub in Bermondsey - but he is better known to the outside world as a composer for TV and film.

Anyway, he recently worked on a documentary for Windfall Films called Monster Moves about those people in the States who take the concept of moving house more literally than most by shifting actual buildings rather than just their contents. And, in a moment of inspired genius, they decided to film the 12-mile journey of Trinity Lutheran Church in Iowa in the style of a song and dance number.

The end result (which you can see at the bottom of this page on Daniel's website) is a wonderful piece of film that somehow manages to make small-town America seem both more friendly and more frightening at the same time.

Footnote: You can see more pictures and get a little background on the church move from this local enthusiast's website, and also read about how it was filmed by Windfall. And, if you like Daniel's music, you might be interested to know that he has just released a CD called TVPOPMUSIK - all the details can be found on his MySpace page.

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