Interview: Scott Carthy - Aspiring Kingston University film-maker
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Scott Carthy, a Kingston University graphics student has used his camera to tell the story of the endangered art form of subway dancing in New York City. Carthy is originally from Drogheda, Ireland and he arrived in the United States with his camera in March of this year with the intention of documenting the declining subculture which is currently being clamped down. The result of his s trip is the seven-minute film 1050.6(c), which takes its name from the section of the New York City Transit Rules of Conduct which prohibits performers from dancing within the subway cars. I met with Scott to ask him about his about his passion for film-making, his desire to represent these dancers and what his future holds. You're a rising star in the film world Scott, how do you feel about all this success? The response to 1050.6© has been great. The aim was never primarily to get myself recognition, although this has been a huge bonus and was always something I hoped to achieve along the way. The main focus of the film was to open a discussion about this new laws implementation, and give the dancers a voice different to that of the media and the authorities. I wanted to use film as a way of telling their story, getting deeper to the core of what this dancing is as opposed to brushing over it as the media have been doing to get their quick story. I’m extremely happy with the response to the film, as it seems to have been viewed by quite a broad audience from different countries. This was always the aim, to show what the locals are fed up with to other viewers who have never seen it before, giving them a chance to reignite this interest in the dancers one last time before it potentially disappears. You’re a graphic design student, so how did you get involved with film and how has it helped you develop as a film-maker? The Graphic Design course at Kingston University is very broad in its ways of teaching as well as the students interests. It’s not the type of course to discourage anyone wanting to pursure different fields of design, art or whatever else. The course itself gives a range of briefs throughout the three years, delving into typography, book design and other traditional graphic design as expected, as well as a lot of conceptual work, film briefs, photography and much more. It gives you the chance to explore many areas so by the end you have an idea of which direction you would like to go with your career. It’s all about problem solving and communicating. How did the idea come about to study the dancers in New York?
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