March 13th 2017

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March 13th 2017

Postby Barry » Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:33 am

oh heck, where have the weeks gone....well actually they've gone through intense filming, rehearsals and performances of the Secret garden and with several talks, and a trip to Barcelona.....all of which have been great fun, but have left me little time. I must return and waffle on about the design of secret garden and the production itself.
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ReMarch 21st 2017

Postby Barry » Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:39 pm

and yes I promise, I will sit down for a whole afternoon and catch up, but now I'm recovering from a giddy and frantic and joyous four days in Venice at the Ca'Foscari short film festival. Being picked up by shiny wooden motor launch and then that trip across the lagoon to Venice was pretty special, but the whole trip was unique. The hotel and the company of the other judges were pretty special. this may not have been the biggest festival but it was certainly international, with film makers and films from all over the world. I lost track of the languages spoken, just as I lost track of myself down all the side streets. No, that's not quite true as I know my way around Venice these days, using various mask shops are landmarks - and I certainly indulged in buying masks, from the family that did the masks for Kubrick's final film and many more. Lots of pizza and pasta, and much sitting on the water buses just going with the flow. To sit in venice talking to fellow film makers, mainly live action film makers, was such a privilege. A long way from Twirlies, but my head is so full of sights and sounds, and actually not the smells, of Venice - that light, those church bells, the crumbling brickwork, the smart waiters in San Marco, the pigeons, the food, the elegant people - ah, a great few days.
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April 9th 2017

Postby Barry » Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:07 pm

Counting down the days till the end of production on twirlywoos. I shall miss this gloriously silly family and the fun they have given us, and the challenges. Some ten new episodes have just gone out, and they go so quickly, when each episode for us is a good few weeks one way or the other. But over the three years we have become less daunted by some of the technical challenges and just get on with it. Life without green screen would be very different, and the scenes where the characters appear to be running in the grass or on a beach are utterly convincing. A lovely series, with quite a following. But life after Twirlies is looking a bit bleak at the moment. For the first time in ages, I don't have a project of any sort to occupy my aging brain. I hate that and feel a slump coming on.

I did have a refreshing holiday with my sister and family down in Cornwall - the small plane trip reinforced that it felt like being abroard. Visiting the amazing Minack theatre was one thing, but the epic history and majesty and outrageous location of saint Michael's mount was breathtaking. We watched two films together - A Monster Calls, and the wonderful Hidden Figures, but I must do some research about the true story there.
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April 22nd 2017

Postby Barry » Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:59 pm

Ha, after all these years I still haven't gotten my head around organising these entries. A project for the summer perhaps, and as it happens I am going to have plenty of time. When the series finishes in just under two weeks, for the first time in ages, I am facing unemployment with absolutely no hint of a project or work. This is a bit bleak really as I have recovered from the nearly a year out of work before this series of Twirlies, and now all that's going to go out of the window. It, this career, was ever thus I guess. It's bizarre as in the studio at the moment we are working like crazy, with full crew. We still have a lot to shoot but with everyone's help we will get it done. It's taking a lot of precision organising, having the next shot ready to go straight away. Immensely satisfying when all this works. A rest will be welcome but I can't see unemployment as a rest. I have a million ideas, and numerous books are being read and things written but there's no interest or doors to be opened.

I did go to a very interesting evening of animation at the sale Waterside, called animation Unlimited, that really did show the diverse nature of this craft. I do get a bit restless with some shorts though that are just moving images or an incident. I'm so hung up on story telling and reversals and arcs and everything being there for a purpose.

I treated myself to a glorious afternoon in London watching 42 nd Street then got depressed at the sheer scale of the production and all the skill involved on stage and off. At the same time I have been ridiculously excited about Bette Midler opening as Hello Dolly on Broadway. it sounds a glorious evening and she seems to be having a ball, somewhat breaking the fourth wall that never really exists, but it's the show I have a problem with. Shallow and annoying and about so little, but I would of course sell anyone's grandmother to get to see it. And her.

I'm reviewing half a dozen animation applications - that's a bit frustrating, dishing out the possibility of work to others.
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