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Archive for May, 2014

London Bronzes

I was filming  two of John W. Mills sculptures in London last week. Both are in very central locations and attract a lot of attention from people passing by. People cross the Millennium bridge from the Tate and come across such a powerful representation of those in the Fire Service who have been killed on duty. The Women of World War II is in Whitehall and is near the Cenotaph. It stands tall and proud as the traffic and tourists pass by.

If you haven’t seen them or even if you have they’re both fantastic pieces of work and well worth visiting.

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Three Cheers, a round of applause and a clap for the Clapperboard

I’m still hanging on to our clapper board, which I bought at Stanley Productions in Wardour Street. They’ve apparently moved to Fitzrovia. Something special happens as soon as you pick up the clapperboard. It’s as if you’re transported back to some film or any film in the past. It might be one of your favourites or it might be one where you think other things should have been done. But at any rate the clapper has history. It’s still hanging on against apps, digital methods and Plural Eyes.

And I suppose that the convenience of Plural Eyes will push it now that more and more are using multiple cameras for shoots, as they’ve become increasingly more affordable. Sure makes sync all that B roll  a lot quicker.

These were from last week when we were filming at the Gibberd Gallery with artist and volunteer, Jim Montgomery, Gibberd Gallery Technical Development Manager Hannah Lee, and the Gibberd Gallery’s newest volunteer Lolita Clark.

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Buster Keaton at the Harlow Playhouse

It was amazing listening to John W. Mills talk of one of his pieces from his Hero series. We were filming John and his bronze of the legendary Buster Keaton at Harlow Playhouse. Always great when we film with John whether at his studio or on location as he has such interesting stories. We even managed to have lunch during the busy shoot. So thanks to Harlow Playhouse for helping us out there, and thanks for letting us leave our kit there while we went for lunch. Nothing worse than dragging a filming kit with lights around into a restaurant as you invariably knock something over.Image


An Obelisk without an Asterix in sight…

I was at the Gibberd Gallery yesterday filming gallery director Corrina Dunlea for our forthcoming profile film about the Gibberd Gallery, which is run by the Harlow Art Trust. The full size version of the Obelisk can be found in Broad Walk, Harlow, and stands at over seven metres tall.

We hope to be filming the full size version in the next few weeks. Of course weather permitting.Image

 


Giant Donkey Sculpture

Will be filming the next stage of the creation of a giant donkey by John W.Mills, one of the UK’s foremost creators of public art. Anyone passing through London’s Whitehall will have seen his “Women of World War II” memorial.

 

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Sculpture Town revisited

I was over in Harlow last night filming Jackie Chakravarti’s private view at the Gibberd Gallery as part of our film profiling the historic gallery which is right in the heart of Harlow, Sculpture Town. The town has not only a fantastic gallery run by Corrina Dunlea for Harlow Art Trust but also a fantastic collection of sculpture. Really looking forward to this one as the collection is not only sculpture but also a magnificent collection of  British watercolours.

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