Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Congratulations to Giles & Sylvia!

I travelled to the small town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch on 3rd Feb for the wedding of Giles, my good friend from Uni, to the lovely Sylvia. Nobody seems to know that Ashby-de-la-Zouche exists or, if they've read Adrian Mole, that it's a real place! It is in fact a wonderful English market town and I saw it on a perfectly sunny day with not a cloud in the sky. Giles is somewhat bashful about having his picture taken, so I hope he didn't mind me excitedly snapping away!

It was also good to meet my flatmate from Bournemouth Dr Henry Bush who now teaches the BA Animation Students at the University with his girlfriend Helen. Emma Vane, at the bottom is a wonderful actress who's performance in "The Tolstoy Tales" with The Humble Theatre Company has just been acclaimed by The Stage.

If anyone would like to have a look at my wedding photographs from the happy day, you can do so here.

Goole Silent Movie Launch

After months of planning we held the very first workshop on Sunday 25th Feb for The Goole Silent Movie Project - the day of the Oscars. A superb group of young people joined us for the first day of what is going to be a really exciting filmmaking journey. The Sunday Film Club has also started and it is the first time I've had a chance to see a lot of silent films on the big screen. Seeing them in a room full of people laughing and enjoying them together was awesome! I've set up Film Club links on the blog so you can find out more about the films, directors and actors featured. Producer/director Peter M Kershaw and myself went to London yesterday for the First Light Movie Awards to see some of the very best of films made by young people - a real inspiration - before visiting various film processing studios for the project.

For anyone interested in joining, the good news is it's not to late. We are still looking for young talented actors, filmmakers, writers and artists. Check out the blog, come along to The Gate Theatre on Sunday for 2pm to register and have a go.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Want to be a star?

OK, well following on nicely from the last post, we start the long awaited Goole Silent Movie Project STARTS THIS SUNDAY 25 FEB!

We are still looking forActors, Film-makers, Writers, Animators, Prop set and Costume Designers, Researchers and Musicians aged 13 -20 to join this exciting project. We have an team of film-makers to work with you to help develop your skills and ideas in the form of myself, Writer/Director Peter M Kershaw of Duchy Parade Films, Theatre director and actor Madeleine Frost. We sat around last night, cunningly planning the day, and endulging ourselves with a night of classic Silent Films.

The project is FREE and will involve regular weekly sessions Join us from 2pm at The Gate Theatre. So if you are interested and would like to find out more, come and join us this Goole this Sunday. or check out the blog.

He a star! (...well he was a day ago)

I love surprises.
Well I'm looking forward to working with Dave Flemming and the guys and gals at York Hospitals and Arts Action York on an exciting project soon but what I never realised is Dave has a double life and is secretly an indie rock star! To quote Dave, "At Last! I did it! I have a number 1!" His Band, 'The Erratics' have gone crashing in at number 1 in Channel 4s 'Unsigned' Charts. Well, they had. I've just got round to checking it out. At the time of writing they have vanished, such is the fickle and fast changing world of the unsigned charts. However I rather feel Dave 'Lennie Lazerbeam' Flemming has been around long enough not let stardom, however fleeting, get to him! So check them out and vote them back to no1!
Dave says "Keep and old rocker smiling in his old muso days... Still Got it.... well got something... actually I think it might be arthritis..." Nice one Dave.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Half term fun!

Well, I'm off this morning to one of my favourite places - the brilliant Animation Station in Barbary, with two workshops for 8-13 year olds, "Wild Wonders" and "Destination Imagination". I went to the Animation Station for the first time last Summer and it's great to be going back. I'm touring with these workshop this year and if anyone wants further details, just drop me a line. Then I'm sprinting over to Goole on Friday for the Goole Silent Movie open day. Sounds like a packed half term!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

I'm back!

Sorry for the long silence. I've had some problems getting into my blog since moving over to the new blogger. But I'm in now! Way to much to update on a sinlgle posting, so I'll do that over the next few days.

Lots of exciting things around the corner - but none more exciting that The Goole Silent Movie Project. I've teamed up with Goole Town Council, Producer/Director Peter M Kershaw of Duchy Parade Films and theatre practitioner Madeliene Frost to offer young people aged 13-20 in Yorkshire the change to make a silent film based in Goole.

Goole Silent Movie will empower young people with researching, writing, acting, directing, animation, filming and editing skills to create a silent movie. We are running a drop in day over Feb half term on Friday 17th Feb at Goole Museum. We launch the project at the Gate Theatre on 25th Feburary. For more information check out the Goole Silent Movie blog.