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|Thursday, May 24th, 2007|
|Friday, June 16th, 2006|
|Degree result - wahey!
Got my overal degree mark on Tuesday, (though bizarrely am still waiting for the mark of my third year film) so now not only will I graduate on the 8th of July, but I’ll be doing so with a 1st!
Gasman update to follow
|Thursday, June 8th, 2006|
|Gasman Update, It's been a while!
So where are we up to? Well, by Sunday the seventh (and as far as the pitch is concerned final) draft of the screenplay will be finished and ready for reading by any external people (i.e. people who want to read and have an opinion but who don't live in Reading).
Alsdo, I believe the Website may soon be active. Alex and I are working on the written material and I'm just waiting for an emial from webmaster Tom to let me know the domain names have been registered.
Today was the first day of shooting for the pitch trailer. As i have been concernedw ith working on the actual pitch, My second Unit director, John Lynch took control of the trailer and directed. Although iwas there, constantly over steppingmy bounds and sticking my oar in. Although i am aware he is unlikely to read this i should appologise to John now, and will do so next time i see him in person. Whilst, pottering around the set today trying to find something to do, and fretting needlessly about tomorrow when i am not able to be there, i took a few snapshots of the crew at work, and some posed pics to draw later. Here are a few of the prize ones, well there's lots so here's a teaser, the rest are behind the cut:
Our other leading character, Mr John Bull playing Detective Derek O'Neil( Read more...Collapse )
|Sunday, May 28th, 2006|
|hourglass week epilogue
okay, still had tiome to knock up a new ppicture. In light of the positive feedback to the inked sketch i thought i'd try something like that again. Also experiemnted with making her costume shinier.
|Saturday, May 27th, 2006|
|hourglass week - dismal failure
Eep! oh well, that didn't work out too well did it. No new picture yesterday as i was at work from 9 till 6 then went sraight on to the cinema to watch X:3 then bed! And as I'm at work till 4 today then straight onto some pub to join Steve's Birthday crawl till we pss out it doiesn't look like there's gonna be a new pic today either. Wow, having a social life really impoacts on your doodling time. I think i'm gonna cut my losses and declare monday the start of 'O'Neil Week'. O'Neil is the third and final main character in the film and represents somethig i haven't had a lot of experience drawing, a normal person. O'Neil is a noir detective through and through. If, in the triptych nature of the story, The Houreglass represents the sterotypical, classical super hero, and The Gasman equates to the conflicted Western hero, caught between two worlds he can never truly commit to without fear of compromising himself, then O'Neil is the thouroughly human character in the world. He has no powers, no gadgets and experiences very human pains. His feet hurt, his head aches, he coughs and tries to keep himself constantly medicated. So starting monday lets try and get a pic of O'Neil up everday so i can get a handle on the character
|Thursday, May 25th, 2006|
|hourglass week update
i've been nursing the mother of all hangovers today so progress has been a little slow. I broke my graphics tablet inking over one of the previous sketchs (looks interesting, see below) then messed up the new drawing. Ergo, the new hourglass drawing for today is an extremely crazy stylised one. I'm fully aware this doesn't really work, but any comments are always welcome!
|Wednesday, May 24th, 2006|
|Hourglass Week Day 2
new pic knocked up today. Still not happy with my inablity to draw legs! comments?
|Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006|
welcome to Hourglass week here at straightsilver inc. The Hourglass is a fictional character i invented who has now become one of the major characters in the upcoming Gasman movie. To galvanise me to actually get the promo art done is shall be giving you good folks a brand new picture of her each day for 7 days. Today are just a few of the sketches and quick drawings which began to frame the character. I'll update the rest when i get home but here's a teaser for you. The characters still in development so any comments on aesthetic/costume/theme would be appreciated:
the eagle eyed amongst you might rememebr thatt his character didn't used to be a woman. here's the original male costume:
and the new feminine look
From the people who brought you cards of death and the transformers the movie drinking game™, comes the newest in alcoholic competition: Man Points
Man Points is a drinking game for men only. Each man starts the night with 10 man points. A man point is lost every time the man does something not mannish (see below), but can be regained by doing something overtly masculine (see below) up to the starting maximum of 10. Each time a man point is lost, the loser must undertake a drinking penalty set by the players at the beginning of the night. Additionally, a man point can be swapped (i.e. one player loses one whilst another player gains one) via an arm wrestle.
Activities such as:
Spontaneously breaking into ‘I’m every woman’
Complementing another man on his clothes or general appearance
Receiving a complement from another man re your clothes or general appearance
Leaving the party early
Switching to water because ‘you’ve had enough to drink’
These should be pretty easy to determine. Anything like:
Downing a pint
Cleverly groping a girl
Lifting someone above your head (preferably without their permission)
Possessing knowledge of tools
Enjoying a conversation about B&Q
Urinating in a public place whilst standing up
Well timed sexual innuendo
Man points works to a scale and you should work out your total by the end of the night
10 Manly Man. You are Chuck Norris. You are Grant Mitchell. You are your dad
5 New Man. You are Keanu Reeves. You are Robert Downey Jr. You are some faceless guy in an office
0 Transvestite. You are Dame Edna. You are them blokes off of Little Britain. You can’t decide if you really are a man or not
-5 Average Girl. You are your sister. Spiders frighten you enough to move with speed.
-10 Girly Girl. You’re Paris Hilton. You carry a little dog everywhere.
|Friday, May 19th, 2006|
|Gasman Update - Big Changes
Big changes here at StraightSilver Ltd. At the last General Meeting we took a group vote and have elected to not shoot he film in the first three weeks of Summer Vacation for £10k. It was the feeling of the group (and particularly Joe) that the potential of the group was too good to be wasted on what could only be an average independent film due to the shoestring budget and incredibly tight time scale. The new approach is to spend the time that would have been given over to preparing to shoot to conceptual development instead. Whilst we are still trying to raise the money independently on the side, we are now preparing for a number of pitches to existing film companies, with a view to them raising the new budget of £250k, us making the film (and being paid to do it, as would any actors/crew members) and them owning it.
We already have a provisional pitch meeting booked with Full Range Media who are creating a subsidiary company: Full Range Film. In Light of this, we are now heavily into development of script and conceptual issues. In addition to each separate department contributing a folder of intentions/designs to the pitch, we are shooting a 2-3 minute trailer which will hopefully be shot on professional grade equipment and will give a higher quality example of the use of light/set/drawings than my 3rd year film does. This has been pencilled in for a few weeks time and John will head it up with Alex, Steve and Ian working as the skeleton crew (and getting some good practice for their eventual roles in the final production).
Webmaster Tom is currently dug into exam hell but hopefully that will let up towards the end of the week and we’ll be able to get some form of website up. As soon as the website goes up we can put the film up on IMDb
The roles as they now stand are:
Writer/ Director: Dan Quirk
Producer (finance): Ben Davies
Producer (development): Joe Churchill (also casting director)
Production Manager: Helen Haslam
Head of Sound Department: Alex Broad
Director or Photography: Ian Martin
1st Assistant Director: Steve Parsons
Heads of Art Department: Carol Pestridge (costume), Charlie Bunker (set/location)
Costume: Bee Tregoning
Set: Mayuree Cunningham
Set: Sophie Green
Trailer Producer/writer/director: John Lynch
Webmaster: Tom Nickson
So that’s where we’re at now. Next GM is on Monday so will have an update after that as we kick into high gear to get ready for the pitch in time.
At 11.13am yesterday I handed in an essay to Liz Silvestor, secretary for the department of film and theatre at The University of Reading. The essay was entitled ‘From Batarangs to Bata-Rambo’s: Issues of Masculinity in cinema’s varying interpretations of the Batman’
At 11.14am yesterday I handed in an essay to Liz Silvestor, secretary for the department of film and theatre at The University of Reading. The essay was entitled ‘Alternative texts are often less concerned with what we see than how we see it, discuss with a range of examples to illustrate your argument from both film and theatre’. I wrote on (amongst other things) virtual theatres, The Sultans Elephant, Beckett, Decasia, Stan Brackage, Eija-Lissa Ahitla and Alan Resnais. The last words in this essay were ‘film and theatre’
These mark the last pieces of assessed work of any kind for my degree. I am now finished. I have finished my degree.
…Gasman update to follow
|Sunday, May 14th, 2006|
|How to bake a Tim Burton Film
Black and white stripes
Absent father figure
Something that should be cute and child friendly but is in fact scary as hell
Mix ingredients together in equal measures. Add Johnny Depp and stir. Bring to boil. Add Helena Bonham Carter to taste.
|Saturday, April 8th, 2006|
|Long Gasman update - productive week
It’s that time for the week again. I’m at work so its time for my weekly update on The Gasman. We had a very productive week over here at Gasman inc. First up, the minutes (and by minutes I mean important stuff that happened that I can remember that might be of some interest to somebody) of meeting 2:
We are still looking around for the most cost effective way of acquiring the equipment. Ben has explored all legitimate ways and we are now into the realms of people’s uncles who might know someone’s secretary who might rent us a camera cheaper!
A preliminary budget has been set. Although we can make the film for less on a bare minimum, we have decided to aim for a budget of £10,000. We are now in full swing to find investors and sponsors for the film.
On Joe’s recommendation we are going to be holding 2 sets of auditions. The first being an open audition in Reading during week 5 of next term. The second will be held in London and Joe is going to approach some drama schools to drum up some interest.
In light of this, and exemplary past experience, Joe has been appointed Casting Director.
Although the film is being made in association with the Don’t Push Conglomerate, to avoid any unnecessary legal issues regarding investors paying off past debts further down the line, we will be registering the company name ‘Straightsilver’ and making the film under that name.
Also this week, we have finally had some reply from the university. Firstly, we are able to use the Bob Kayley studio to film in, however, the only time it would be available to us is from the 3rd to the 21st of July. This is after Term has ended and will result in accommodation problems and further strain on the budget (we intend to supply food for those not living in Reading). However, I assure you that at no point will any one be expected to sleep on the floor, if nothing else we will provide mattresses and ask crew members to share rooms in peoples houses in Reading (heh, if filmmaking was easy everyone’d be doing it!). We are choosing to remain positive about this, however as it means that people who now commit to working on the film will likely be more seriously committed which will hopefully work towards a more professional atmosphere. Additionally, as the department is not putting on any other productions at this time, we will have the free run of Bob Kayley uninterrupted and will have access to Lisa Clark and Chris Bacon, the department technicians who will no doubt prove invaluable in constructing the set/ projection equipment etc. The university has also come through with some additional interesting information this week. Several members of the department may well be able to help us in the making/fundraising of the film. We have learned that Simone Knox is a trained Producer (and Ben and I will contact her for advice), John Gibbs used to own his own distribution company (John has also offered to aid us in looking at near finished drafts of the script to ensure its coherency etc) and Lisa Purse has the contact details of everyone who has graduated from the department and gone on to work in the entertainment industry (including Jamie Cullum, d’ya think he’s be interested in sponsoring some fellow students of his alma matta? Here’s hoping!).
Also this week (productive no?) due to a (quite frankly) Herculean effort on my part, the first drat of the script has been completed. It involved me having a grand total of 3 hours sleep in 56 hours, however the story has now been hammered out and some incredibly inconsistent (and understandably dodgy) dialogue been crafted. The main production staff are currently appraising it and giving me feedback on the story. As I said, it was written in little time but 2 weeks ahead of schedule for the 1st draft so we have plenty of time to work on dialogue together, once the story is in place. Anyone else interested in reading drafts of the script is welcome, although it would probably be more productive to wait until a more polished draft has been prepared by the writing staff.
The production staff rosta as it currently stands is as follows:
Dan Quirk – Director, Writer
Ben Davies – Producer
Helen Haslam – production design
Ian Martin – Director of Photography
Joe Churchill – Casting Director
Steve Parsons – 1st Assistant Director
John Lynch – Script supervisor/re-writer
We are currently in the market for the following positions as of this post: webmaster (for a website of the film’s production). Someone to merge the roles of the 2nd and 3rd assistant directors to work under Steve.
So, with that I guess I have updated the few of you who read this as to what the current state of play is. That only leaves me to ask if anyone has £10,000 they want to lend me?
|Saturday, April 1st, 2006|
Well, i'm at work and it's quiet for pretty much the firs ttime all day so i thought i'd take this opportunity to update everyone one where the full length gasman film is up to.
Story wise, we have decided to take the basic story from my 3rd year film (henceforth referred to as 'the short') and rework it into one of two story threads in a feature length film. Artistically, the idea is to take essentially two villain threads and interweave/compare and contrast them. the first will be that of rose and stephen, the small time crooks from the short who threatened the life of one or two people, and the seond (which will be more overtly a plot) will be the intorduction of a new pseudo supervillain who will likely threaten a neighbourhood/city etc. The idea is to contrast the two worlds of gasman, the mundane and the fantastical and i think at the moment, at the climax, gasman will have come to the realisation that his place is amongsth the mundane, protecting the little guy.
Production wise, we have submitted a proposal to the Bob Kayley Studio Theatre to use the space at the end of next term to use as the film studio. However, this is entirely at the mercy of Jonathon Bignell and Lib Taylor. We have also suggested being allowed access during the sumer vacation and in this event we would include accomadation for those involved living outside of reading in the budget. Speaking of budget, we are still unclear on this front. It is still turning out quite expensive to hire even the basic DV equipment for the time we need so Ben is on a fundraising drive to all the major film boards etc, as well as the university arts council. In light of the fact that the company Don't Push productions has already successfully applied for a grant for the university arts council (for record of a debt collector) and bearing in mind certain legal issues about future projects covering losses and deficits from previous projects, this film is being made 'in assosciation with' don't push productions (essentially its a don't push production in all but name). The dummy company we're setting up to cover the losses which could be made on the film and to apply to the university arts council is Straightsilver productions. When Ben has a better idea of budget, we'll know just how much fun we can have with the story.
I thought i'd share this email which was sent to the lettings team in my office as part of a competition to see who could invent the funniest april fools email:
Please be aware that as there was a leak in the ceiling of 2 artillery mews, the new tenants came into the office in quite a huff. Despite the fact that Nicky had already spoken to them on the phone and explained there was nothing we could do for them today with regards to tearing up the tenancy agreement and refunding their bankers drat (due to a: the fact it is Saturday and a bank transfer cannot be arranged on a Saturday and b: we are only the letting agents an that TA fisher themselves manage the property) they came into the office and demanded that I tear up the tenancy agreement. I explained that I could not and that if this was what they wanted, they would need to at least come back on Monday and speak to Claire of Nicky who would, in turn, liaise with TA fisher , the landlords, to see if an arrangement could be come to. After the fourth time I explained this, the tenant became incensed and began effing and blinding at me as well as making threatening gestures. In response, I was given little option but to break my water receptacle (that is to say the see through container in which my drinking water was residing prior to my imbibing of it) and to take a shard of said receptacle and glass the tenant in the face. My intention had been to immobilize him by causing a burst of pain, however, in the confusion my aim wavered, just as his head bobbed up and down. Regrettably, rather than simply cut and control the tenant, the shard of glass punctured his jugular and continued in such a wide sweep as to slit his throat. The tenant’s wife was obviously suitably worried and distressed by the situations (that is to say both the leak in the ceiling of the kitchen of her newly rented flat and by association the collapse of said roof, and the sudden and unexpected death of her husband). In response (I believe in part to the sight of myself standing over her husband’s body, a blood stained shard of glass in my hand) she ran out panicked into the street and collided immediately with the number 17 bus. Such was the force of the impact as to dent the load bearing part of the double Decker bus’ frame. Needless to say the new tenant’s skull was equally (if not more so) damaged. When the paramedics arrived, their only course of action was to gather up each individual tooth which had been broken clear from the jawbone by the force of the impact and scattered wholesale across the road, in the hope that when they were glued back together in a veritable dental jigsaw, that said dental jigsaw would correlate with the necessary records as to disclose the identification of the tenant’s wife (as the name which she had signed on our tenancy agreement – suranne rappe – was clearly a falsification). I myself was rushed to hospital to see to the injuries my hands sustained whilst clasping the shard of glass which would fell the angry tenant. I have spoken to the police and explained exactly what happened and they agree that I had no choice of action and am thus rightly absolved of responsibility of the tenants demise. However, I do feel responsible for the blood stain on the office carpet and will be back in first thing on Monday to clean this to the best of my ability. Therefore, in conclusion, number 2 artillery mews is back on the market.
|Friday, March 24th, 2006|
|Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
sorry. But the sequel to morrowind is everything i expected and more, not only is it as much (if not more free form) then morrowind, and not only has the combat system been so improved to be actually depndent on player skill (rather than character skill) but the character creation visuals are amazing. You can custamize everything from the length of the bridge of the nose to how grooved the filtrim is. We made a pretty credibale richard rowntree and played a quick tutorial as shaft.
Seriously, if you like RPG computer games buy Oblivion now.
tis most awesome
|Thursday, March 23rd, 2006|
|back to pseudo regular updates
finished the becektt essay.
And, in honour of some of the guys asking me to do Gasman as a full length film (and the discussions of feasability which we will go into next week) i have added a new userpic. The man himself. Thanks to Tom Boklehurst for poasing for the pic (its his credit picture in the current film).
f.y.i., looking at the possibility of doing something gasman related at the end of next term (probabley the start of or during summer) if anyone wants an acting gig, wants to (dare i say it) invest in it, or wants some technical experience. Or in fact just wants to help out in some way.
|Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006|
|Samuel Beckett - First Love
just hought i should probabley advertise this. Next Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Reading University will play host to the very first ever performance of Samuel Beckett's First Love. The piece is based on Becektt's Prose First Love and his own notes on how he would stage it as play. It is being directed by world renowned Beckett Director (and friend to the now deceased miserable old git) Walter Asmus. There are going to be a lot of important Becekttians and other academics, as well as people interested in this historic theatrical event. So come on down and don't mis out on this once in a life time oppurtunity.
we now retrun you to your regular programming
|woohoo essay distraction!!!
1. What does your Livejournal name mean? It's the name of a roleplaying character from a very short lived game of travellerr. I think Alex made it up. Also its a french company but i don't know what they make cos i don't speak french.
2. Elaborate on your default photo? Its a somewhat dodgy self portrait done in the same style as one for Alex. Its painted with Citadel Miniatures acrylics and my hair is not (nor has it ever been) white. I just think it looked good. probabley time to update it really.
3. Make up a question.
4. What's your current relationship status? painfully single
5. What EXACTLY are you wearing right now? a black sock with a grey tip, a grey sports sock, a pair of dark jeans, a black T shirt with 'Stanislavski can suck my cockski' written on it, a maroon shirt, a black plastic watch, navy boxer shorts (he colour not the armed foce) and a pair of glasses
6. What is your current problem? samuel beckett. And a cold. But mostly beckett.
7. What do you love most? movies. People. Comics. Movies.
8. What makes you most happy? Everyone's reaction to seeing Gasman the Movie on the big screen in the festival screening.
9. Are you musically inclined? nope. Tone deaf is the term i believe.
10. If you could go back in time, and change something, what would you change? I wouldn't ave spent the first term and a half of uni as a social recluse
11. If you MUST be an animal for ONE day, what would you be? A bird of some kind. one that doesn't have to flap too ahrd to fly.
12. Ever have a near death experience? i was near a guy when he got hit by a bus. Does that count?
13. Name an obvious quality you have. hmmm
14. What's the name of the song that's stuck in your head right now? 2 princes - Spin Doctors
15. Who did you cut and paste this from? Sharde
16. Name someone with the same birthday as you. Rudyard Kipling
17. Have you ever vandalized someone's private property? probabley, can't rememebr
18. Have you ever been in a fight? too many really.
19. Have you ever sung in front of a large audience? I've been in the chorus at school concerts. Thats aboutt he extent of it. See Tone-Deaf
20. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex? hair i think. Maybe body.
21. What do you usually order from Starbucks? something hot and warming, because the day i go into starbucks hell will have frozen over
24. Has anyone ever said you looked like a celebrity? a lookalike agency talen t scout asked me if iwanted to join up as jack osbourne. true story.
25. Do you still watch kiddy movies or TV shows? hell yes. I bought Bucky O'Hare on DVD for christ's sake
26. Did you have braces? only to hold my trousers up (oh yes, feel the wit!)
27. Are you comfortable with your height? yup
28. What is the most romantic thing someone has ever done for you? hmmm
29. Do you speak any other languages? no. Whywould i need to? show me a country in the world where i can't just speak my language louder and slower (possibly with much arm movement) and still be understood.
30. Do you have a crush on someone on your livejournal? no