APRIL 2010

APRIL 2010

Postby Barry » Sat Apr 03, 2010 4:26 pm

April 3rd 2010

The snow still won't give up, and have caused drama and chaos, but thankfully not in Manchester.

Hurrah for a week where I haven't had to travel much - oh what am I talking about I started with a fun session in Birmingham (with some extraordinary feedback - thanks guys) a,nd then had a long trip to London. I've mostly been concentrating on Feather/Plume. We have signed off the puppet sculpts which is a bit of a relief. I'm also changing what amounts to a quarter of the script. One of the producers was perplexed, which is an interesting word, and at first i was a little edgy at recieiving any new ideas when I am so near to filming and so familiar with every frame, but actually I did listen, and I did take onboard the suggestion that perhaps one chunk wasn't workign dramatically. I listened to the suggestions and that ran with it, introducing a totally new element that does make sense of everything now. So you see I do listen, but then that really prompts me to question and see how I can make it better. And it is better. But I think that is enough now, as I've got some real hard work ahead.

We got the wings for the puppet. They are not as large as we had hoped, but I guess doves come in a pretty limited range of sizes. The next up would be a goose or a seagull - don't tempt me. However the shame and texture is simply breathtaking. What a piece of work is a wing. You'll be glad to know that the donor met his end peacefully, and not for this purpose. I don't think any of us would have been comfortable with that. But what a beautiful set of wings.

Saw another lovely new short film - the Astronomer's Son. I must write about this elsewhere, but very moving and imaginative.

I'm overwhelmed a bit by requests for me to help write articles for students and such - I will get round to everything, it might just take me a while.....unlike some companies who don't even bother. Really no excuse there.
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Re: APRIL 2010

Postby Barry » Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:36 pm

april 12th 2010

Sorry just a quick entry this week as the week has raced by and I am just heading off on a big trip, but last week was good, with progress on the puppets, and reworkign the animatic for Feather. Also other things seem to be lurking nicely. It looks as if I might never do a feature but if the short films keep coming that will be good.
And oh the second book is out there now, and seems to be being enjoyed.
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Re: APRIL 2010 - NFTS

Postby Barry » Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:00 pm

April 16th 2010

Wow what an intense week - yes i have been co-running a course of pixillation at the NFTS, but also I have been trying to keep up with all the other projects, with grabbed phone calls or the wifi area in the service station which smells of stale burgers and stale people. Jusggling so many projects has been stressful to say the least, but the course has been great fun. Using students from cineamatography, design and animation we started to discuss the ideas for four short pixillated films on tuesday morning, and just hours ago, we have dismantled the huge complex sets and lighting. One film was Shirley Valentine meets Dali, another was Alan Bennett meets Day of the Triffids, then there was Casino meets Speelbound, and finally Metropolis meets Hostel - all very different, but it was hugely satisfying to see the ideas developing, the sets coming up, and props appearing from nowhere, and then the poor pixillated actor suffering long hours in difficult positions. All were lit and designed most strikingly. Great fun, But the hotel is a strange thing - a real twilight zine, with so many sordid encounters going on in the car park. Being away from home and being so busy does make life difficult as there is so much that needs doing at the moment. Still, all jolly good. All this and volcanos erupting and causing chaos. So a weekend ahead of....more workshops.
But oh the recption of the new book has been fantastic, happily.
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Re: APRIL 2010

Postby Barry » Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:09 pm

April 24th 2010
I've just got home after two weeks on the road, and i am shattered, and overwhelemed by stuff to do, but it has been a great two weeks. We finsihed the Character of Place workshop at the NFTS, and whilst I got a little ratty (sorry guys) that the new technologies were making actually screening the film nigh on impossible. Simply too many options these days. Too many different formats. However the finished films - perhaps you saw how I described the first four films last week, well this week we had one combining Disaster Movie with origami, a voyeuristic nightmare, 2001 meets Pret a Porter, and finally tea light lit greek myths, and all of them magnificent achievements actually. That they could have been made in such a short time is quite extraordinary. Each film had such vibrant imagery. I still want to refine the pixillation but no-one can fault the achievement. And all the students were fantastic and hard working. I think I could engineer the course to be actually more helpful but I'm sure that would be seen as interferring with something that has been going on for many years. It doesn't seem to reflect professional studio practice though.

I was glad to leave my odd existence of sitting at my laptop in Macdonalds at the service station hotel, which was the only place with a decent wifi reception, and even that was a little erratic, no doubt depending on the quantity of McFlurries or even the voclanic ash.

A million other activities going on with the workshop last week, and sunday lunch with Vicky, and another day with Glenn and Nigel immersing ourselves in Shakespeare and panto dames. And then there's Feather and the real feathers- I'm feeling frustrated that I am not there every day watching, but I do have to earn money, and perhaps it's best I'm away whilst they simply get on with it. Then there's Pyotr Ilyich and Georges Melies all demanding my attention.

But barely home to pay the bills and change suitcases before heading off again, this time further afield, to Estonia.

Phew.
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Re: APRIL 2010

Postby Barry » Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:52 pm

April 30th 2010

And so, that was April, and a pretty tough exhausting, but stimulating one. And I've been involved with a flood of animation; students, amateurs and professional. Inspite of doing a lot of many talks for free and such I think I earnt the minimum wage, or just above, which is an achievement these days, but not enough to make a difference to the overdraft - funnily enough the overdraft seems to fluctuate around my Aladdin wage the whole time.

And I have done a lot of travelling around the UK, and overseas to Tallinn. This time last week I had just got back from the two weeks at the NFTS and I'm already looking forward to going down again, with a whole new set of exercises. Funny the NFTS - my first experience there many years ago, was not a good one, but it has certainly changed, and I love the attitude of the students, who clearly want to be professionals, and not just there as they are keeping out of the rain, as I find at some colleges. I feel at home there and would like to do more, and it sort of thrilled me to see my name listed as a tutor.

Of the projects, well I have been pretty snowed under with them all but have made huge advances in most of them. Some Ijust have not been able to give any time and they are floundering, but really I can't work harder or longer hours than i am doing at the moment. The trip to Estonia nearly didn't happen, due to the voclanic ash, but I got there and back without incident. I was very excited to revisit the NUKU studios - so satisfying to see a stop motion studio in full production with several projects. My retrospective turned in a bit of a fun theatrical evening, as I shared the stage with Mart Sanders, a true all rounder and big TV personality. Great fun, and the films looked good and I could bear to watch them now. I so want to do something as big as Rigoletto again.

Feather is racing along and the puppets within sight of being finished....well not really but they at least look like puppets. And the issues with the wings have been resolved, and a pair of duck wings saw me being overwhelmed by emotion. They are so beautiful, and once again Nature does it best. They have more flexibility than i had hoped for....very exciting.

All this travelling- will I ever get to properly work in the UK again? There is work, and even work in Manchester, but my name does seem to be up for any of that. Maybe it's just short films for me now, but that's ok.

And the book is getting some great responses, and i'm now selling it through this site, thanks to Peter.
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Re: APRIL 2010

Postby Peter » Fri May 07, 2010 2:18 pm

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