Volume

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Oh dear, mumbling films! When you want to watch a movie on the TV, but you have to put the volume up high to catch what they are saying. You know its high when the adverts come on and blast your ear drums!

I don’t know why the broadcaster can’t adjust the volume at their end? Is it not possible?

Old Christmas films don’t tend to have this problem, it’s modern ones. Is it because it’s recorded digitally?

Film : Humanus

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Just got back from seeing a film we were in as extras. It was actually shown at a proper cinema which was great. The cast, writers, singers and crew are members of Inter theatre a community theatre company. This is a group of disabled actors who have come together to make a feature film. Featuring Nello (Neil Baldwin) who was portrayed by Toby Jones in Marvellous, a film about his life. It was funny, included a tragic romance, singing, zombies the waiting room for heaven and hell and horrific murders. Directed by Steve Mitchell, it is ground breaking because it stars and includes many people who are disabled but who show just how they can be involved in things like this. It may have a premiere in London (fingers crossed) and also may get put on one of the streaming networks.

Wish it luck x.

Wrap party

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I don’t know what I wanted to look like, but I think it went with the horror film theme for the film Humanus.

I enjoyed it, it was quirky, with lots of ideas. You canĀ  tell its made by an amateur group, but it’s charming. Set in a world where people go to a waiting room when they die, and something is causing headless corpses. It was fun to be in ans to see. It might even get a release on TV…

Extras

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For a laugh earlier in the year me and my hubby agreed to be extras in a local film. We didn’t do much except go into a building for a seance and then come out and drive away. I don’t even know if we will still be in it, we might be on the cutting room floor! But at least we get to see the premiere! I’ve got to go and get some face paint as it’s fancy dress. I’m glad, I don’t want to be recognised. Hopefully it will be a bit if fun…. And the TV people are coming. I might go and hide in a corner!

What are you watching?

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I’m trying to watch (and understand) a 1957 film by Ingmar Bergmann called ‘The Seventh Seal’.

It’s in Swedish with English subtitles. The language sounds complex and ancient. It’s in black and white. A Knight comes back from the crusades and finds plague. Then he plays chess with Death and Death gives him time to get his life in order. Well that’s what it appears to be about but I’m not sure. What I might do is look it up on Google, but that seems wrong. I shall continue to watch it. Its beautifully photographed and very interesting and very strange.

Spode patterns

I’m working towards the exhibition at Spode and I’ve been experimenting with the photos I took a few days ago. Using the Layout app on my phone.

The thing is, I know I can’t reproduce these as paintings, so it’s good to use photographs to experiment with the images I took. There was a film by Andrei Tarkovsky I saw years ago. I think it was called Stalker, the industrial archeology of Spode reminds me of that. Almost post apocalyptic….

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Watching 2001 a Space Odyssey.

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I haven’t seen 2001 for about 10 years but it hasn’t lost its magic. If you have never seen it then it’s worth having a look. It’s a classic science fiction film set in 2001. It was made in the 1960s but it has quite good predictions of how things would work in the future.

It starts at the dawn of man and charts what happens when a enigmatic black obilisk appears on Earth. The film then fasts forward to a future where humans have made a discovery on the moon and follows an expedition to Jupiter.

I did read the original book by Arthur C Clarke and the following sequels. I think in the original story they travel to Saturn, but the destination was changed in the film and the subsequent books.

I won’t post any spoilers about what happens. But it is very good, although modern audiences might find it a bit slow. The one thing I do like is that the space sequences are silent except for music in the first sequence. Sound cannot propagate in a vacuum as there are no molecules to transmit it. Hence although you would hear rockets in earth’s atmosphere you wouldn’t in outer space.

The director was Stanley Kubrick who also directed A clockwork orange and other classic films. I think they are showing it because its the anniversary of Kubruck death.

The start of the film shows the moon in silhouette with Earth and then the sun curving beyond. That’s what I’ve tried to draw here.

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