It has been a fascinating process filming British sculptor John W. Mills’ “Kicking Donkey” sculpture through its various stages of development. Kingstreetimages was making a film about John’s long and distinguished career as a sculptor while he was creating the sculpture of the donkey in the studio. And during that process we were commissioned to make a film about the donkey’s progress, and ultimately its journey to its site in Guernsey.
It has been incredible to see how such a large piece of work is created and disassembled ready for transportation to Pangolin Editions foundry in Chalford, Gloucestershire. We’ve filmed the foundry’s technicians creating latex and fiberglass moulds. And recently we were back filming at the West Country foundry nr Stroud while sections of the donkey were being produced in wax before runners and risers were added ready for bronze casting.
We will be returning to Pangolin Editions soon to film the finishing and patination of “Kicking Donkey” before it heads across the English Channel to the island of Guernsey where a site is being prepared.
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Well John’s donkey has certainly grown. It is amazing to see the size and scale of the work. We’ve been busy working on our John W. Mills film as well as some other projects that are now in post. And isn’t it incredible that those blue skies only ever appear when you’re in the edit suite.
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.
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.
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.