They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.
But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another’s throats.
Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don’t have any kids yourself.
A new recruit to The Gift cause …
Okay so in regards to the short that this blog is supposedly about (!), progress is leisurely, but progress never the less.
I’m currently ‘refining’ the edit a little, with the benefit of not having looked at it for a month or three I’ve made some little improvements here and there, nothing drastic, but hopefully for the better.
Audio wise, once the edit is locked in around a weeks time, I’m handing it over to Atticsound up the coast a bit in Brighton. I met Attic’s Anna at a short film seminar a few weeks back and she’s now on board to mix the audio and provide foley, and it’s all got that little bit more exciting.
FX wise Daffy’s doing well on the pylons, with birds to follow, all of the above being aimed at a completion around the end of May in order to have a week or so to get it off to the London Film Festival, which (fingers, toes and nuts crossed) would be a terrific way to launch it if they go for it. The odds are against it, but I’m as happy as I can be without doing an entire reshoot! … so you never know.
Without wanting to get all maudlin about how much better other people’s work always seems, Grant’s stuff is always, without exception, amazing. His work’s beautifully and sparingly designed, light on its toes in terms of pacing, genuinely funny, and never fails to surprise…. a quality that’s often super hard to pull off, but which he does so with annoying regularity.
The trailer below is really nicely put together. With overlaying techniques that don’t surface in the full length version, and a tone that’s largely unrepresentative of the film itself, it pretty much works as a stand alone piece. After the break below I’ve also included links to a couple of his other clips.
With the likes of Grant and David O’Reilly chomping at the bit, imagine what British animation could be like if these guys were given features and decent funding, instead of awful awful awful awful crap like “Valiant”, for which I refuse to even provide an IMDB link.
Fortunately for us all, despite his prodigious talent, Grant Orchard is also tremendously ugly and rather tedious company.
Just had a meeting with Screen South to pitch a feature script that went … surprisingly well!
Surprising in that they actually read it and had some things to say that were really nice, and some that I instinctively winced at, but in retrospect may actually be really interesting. I did go in there pretty wired from unrelated arguments, brimming with cynicism, and in hinesight I could have probably done with reining in the level of ‘startled’ in my reaction to the fact they’d bothered to have a look at it, but other than that I’m chuffed. I did put on my new white shirt, which I’d ironed especially, so I like to think that also had something to do with it.
Unfortunately, it means little in regards to funding at this stage, but some of the concerns I had were quelled, and they were pretty complementary about some other stuff (it’s so bloody hard to be simultaneously candid and secretive!) so all in all it was well worth it.
Now off to meet up with Grant Orchard (who would be heavily involved with the feature idea) so he can show me his new short film ‘A Morning Stroll’ which I’m VERY excited about, and then some pints with friends,
which is nice.
(incidentally the picture above is in no way a reflection on the meeting, it’s from an archive of reference images for the feature script. Working title ‘The Joy of Sex’)
(or ‘Danny’s a Monster’ …. I can’t decide which I dislike least)
(… feel free to let me know your preference)
The UK Film Council hands over the reins …
I have to say, despite my inital anger at the squishing of the Film Council, the clarity of the BFI hosted funding application is a thing to behold … nowt fancy, just one place to register and apply, as opposed to numerous ever-so-cleverly titled subdivisions of the same body of funding, allocated according to your age, sex, filming format and/or number of your working limbs and what colour they are. I’m sure the same discriminations apply, but at least they’re not shouting about it.