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Postby Barry » Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:14 pm

January 6th 2018

And a happy new year to you all.
We are back at work, filming, which was something to a shock to the system after a lengthy Christmas break, but yes we are filming away, until April at least, and after that I'm not quite sure. I'm hoping some teaching will come along, especially in interesting places like Venice, but above all I need to get a new film going. Of course I would love to get one of my feature scripts going, but there's one I have been involved with for nearly four years and I'm not sure we are any nearer going into production than we were four years ago. Of course I'm worried about the time left as these things just take so long. and short films, well I have a few I'd like to get going, but, put frankly, how the hell does one get a short film made these days. The climate is so different, but films do get made, somehow.
I'd love to do some more theatre, and do some cross over work. Basically, I just want to keep working, doing creative stuff that I can contribute to. The last thing I want to do is be an old duffer forever talking about how things were in days gone by. I've still got a lot to give.
I'd love to do a new book, but it would be something quite different, a look at the wider scheme of things. There are some great books about animation, but animation is not in it's own bubble. I find it hard to talk about animation and not bring in acting, theatre, ballet, opera, plays, film and so on....this seems to alarm editors.
Anyway here's to go a good new year, and one to which I can significantly contribute.
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january 20th 2018

Postby Barry » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:01 pm

Still filming away, blinded by so much green screen, which is standard now. It will be lovely to hopefully, soon, work with miniature sets again and characters sharing the same space.
I had a trip down south to the University For the Creative arts in Farnham, and that was fun. I think I talked sense and certainly was on a roll and spouted forth without pausing for breath. Some great feedback. Hopefully I have a gig in Venice again this year.
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3rd February 2018

Postby Barry » Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:49 pm

Filming, green screen blindness,gym, and a bit of culture and much writing of stuff - exhausted.
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18th February 2018

Postby Barry » Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:04 pm

I have this week been in Barcelona, teaching on the Masters in Stop Motion course at BAU. For all I saw of the city I could well have been in a suburb of Manchester - certainly, the weather for the most part, reminded me of home. Grey. But a truly international group of students, and I think we had seven languages, but thanks to a lot of pointing and some English, we got through it all. I would have loved to have given them more resources but by the end of the sessions they were producing some remarkable footage. Now I have been lucky enough to teach around the world, and have seen great courses and not so great courses, and some frankly awful courses. I would never teach full time as my need to tell stories and be behind a camera is too strong, but if I were to run a course, I would certainly take elements of all I have seen. It would be broad ranging and not just be about stop motion/animation in an isolated bubble. History would be very important, with access to films before Nightmare before Christmas, which seems to be most student's starting point. But I would talk about art in all its' forms, from sculpture, through ballet and theatre and opera, trying to get to the very basic question of why we tell stories, and why we enjoy metaphors, myths and artifice. I would include acting classes, dance classes, music classes (certainly the ability to read a score is essential). I would include all the technical knowledge of cameras, editing software, puppet making, and lighting, but I would keep coming back to the why of storytelling. Why, why, why. There would be big sessions about puppets and the cyphers they are; sessions about communication and visual storytelling, and animation every day, every single day, with puppets, objects, anything you can touch and get a performance out of. I would fill every day with inspirational ideas. Stop motion is only the peak of a very big iceberg. Some colleges aspire to all this but have their hands tied by resources and budgets, but inspiration is free.
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