A fascination with the visual arts has been constant in Scott Hill’s life. He started making pop music video compilations as soon as he could afford a second video recorder, carefully curating selected performances from Top of the Pops and any other music programme that could be found, copying tape-to-tape. Music programmes were scarce and to be treasured during the eighties. Scott used his ZX Spectrum to generate graphics and titles for his compilations. Cutting edge.
Scott dreamed of owning a video camera and making his own original videos. He had to make do with weekend rentals, and borrowing from friends. He seized any opportunity, making video-grams for relatives scattered across the globe; borrowing footage of friends getting ready for nights out on holiday, editing and over-dubbing until he’d fashioned pop music videos of his own. Some of that footage is still around, and some of it can be found in the videos here.
Making the promotional video for his first original recording – I Who Having Nothing – was a personal highlight of Scott’s, and remains so to this day. That video can be found here too.
A ninety minute video which sees DJs Lighthouse Keith and daHousewife take each other on in a battle for the dance floor. Who will win?
Starting a family has given Scott the best excuse to regularly record what is going on around him.
The Drag Within
There is a drag-queen within all of us, deeper in some than others, and sometimes scary.
I Who Have Nothing
Made one Saturday afternoon, alone in Scott’s Cardiff home, this video nicely reflects the theme in his cover of Shirley Bassey’s song.
Out Of Time
Paul Davies and Mark Bowler were Cardiff band Out Of Time for a while in the early nineties. Scott had the pleasure of producing two short promotional films for them.
This film was shot in Cardiff’s Victoria Park on a home cine camera in the early 80s.
South Africa Shorts
Scott produced two short films for family living in South Africa in 1992. They were video-grams really, but Scott wanted to go beyond the straight-to-camera style.
A close friend of Scott’s brought a VHS cassette full of footage back from his Gran Canarian holiday. Scott spent the next few days editing and over-dubbing the best bits.
The footage in these two short films is mainly from the first time Scott got his hands on a VHS camcorder in July 1988