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Alan Neilson

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Biography

Born in 1969.
In 1977 fell in love with Carrie Fisher.
In 1978 fell in love with Debbie Harry, The Buzzcocks inspire me to pick up a guitar.
In 1979 John Lydon blows my mind with "Death Disco". Ridley Scott opens my mind with "Alien".
In 1980 discovered Joy Division and Bowie.
In 1982... "Blade Runner."
In 1986, Prince reminds me how important it is to keep a sense of humour.
In 1992, The Frank and Walters remind me never to forget the struggling artist; the little guy.
In 1994 travel around America, my horizons are broadened.
In 1995, graduated as a Live Artist - lose valuable points from actually being alive. My short film is shown at the ICA's LiveArt Festval.
In 1996, forced into full-time employment; part-time Live Artist.
Begin writing my novel, "Touching Wood".
In 2000, Crackerdog Productions are born out of the turbulent turn of the century.
In 2002, get married (not to Carrie Fisher or Debbie Harry).
In 2004, my song "Given" is played on the radio, my short film "Dangle" appears on the BBC.
In 2005, I joined the BBC Film Network. Another pointless network unnoticed by the majority... like myspace, youtube, Facebook et al.
Between 2005 and 2008, I released my first official CD on my record label, elementary recordings; a single called "The Birthday e.p." which you can purchase from iTunes music store. I also finished writing my novel "Touching Wood", which can be found by clicking on the link below.
We then moved to Stourbridge.
Produced radio programs for BBC Radio WM's yourspace, highlighting unsigned bands from the Midlands.
Composed the soundtrack for film "Milk", made by local film company The Frames. This was shown on Sky in March 2008.
Began working with local bands on a documentary about the local unsigned music scene. This is due for completion during the summer of 2008, and will be available through the BBC Black Country music pages, as well as through Dynamic Arts.
In 2009, produced, filmed and edited the full-length feature film, "Die Son! Die!", with revolutionary punk band Miss Halliwell. This is due for official release, along with the music from the film on CD and download on August 17th 2009. Check out www.elementaryrecordings.co.uk for more information.

Project Development

I work both alone and with my fellow LiveArtists (Crackerdog Productions).

I am currently making a feature length documentary film, based on the recordings of my late Grandfather speaking about his life growing up in Liverpool in the 20's and 30's. I have already composed the score and am putting together footage for the visuals.

Crackerdog Productions are now researching material for our next short film/installation, and have applied for funding from The Arts Council. (UPDATE: this funding was declined on the basis that the Arts Council had not heard of our company and therefore were not mates enough to warrant being given financial assistance.... proof of the oldboy network and secret handshake in full force at the Arse Council then)

I am also part way through writing a novel, "Touching Wood". (UPDATE: the novel was completed in 2007 - click on the elementary productions link below for more info and the full book.)

Started pre-production for documentary: "BlaCk CoUNTry rOck"

Completed production of a full length feature: "Die Son! Die!": 90 minutes of blistering music and terrifying stalkers.

Influences

Jean-Pierre Jeunet - "Amelie", Delicatessen".
"The Apartment"
Three Colours, Blue, White, Red
"Ed Wood"
Coen brothers up to and including "The Man Who Wasn't There" and then again at "No Country For Old Men".
"Life Is Beautiful"
"Casablanca"
Frank Capra films
"Star Wars"
"Withnail and I"
"Broadway Danny Rose"
"Quadrophenia"
"Naked"

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