March 19th 2009
And this was certainly a day and a half. Kept awake for most of the night with a very noisy gentleman next door with very fluid catarrh problems, however I ignored that as best I could, and headed round lucca after breakfast, into the Amphitheatre. Well it's a piazza that is amphitheatre shaped, and very impressive as a space. The architecture is simple but colourful.
And then my screening, with a good sized audience of teenagers and adults, being terribly responsive. I'm afraid I watched it all with my eyes shut, willing the 70 minutes to go by. I can't watch the films now. I'm worried that having done the dVD the colour is too saturated now, and that's the way it will stay. I would like to tone things down, but there we go. Anyway after some of the films we've watched recently, these are so raw and simple, just puppets behaving badly in front of a camera. No layers of CG. I was cringing actually and felt almost sick, and yet, and yet, teh response is amazing, still. Perhaps it is the craft element that is still visible and still enjoyed. one of the jury actually cried at the end of Screen Play. Maybe I will not have to watch them for a good few years soon, as I just sit there hating all that is wrong with them, and hating the fact that perhaps I think they are alright which makes me frustrated that I am not doing such films now...and believe me there are a million in my head. But a great response, which did touch me - it confused me, but tittouched me.
Another good meal and then I had to rush to do my workshop, and now this really was a first. I animated a complete scene in front of a packed auditorium. The festival had provided me with a yellow clay character that was beautifully made, but heavy and without an arm armature, and I'm afraid I didn't use it. I wouldn't have been able to make it stand up as they had provided me with a thick wooden table top, very low down. This with 60 people watching every frame, and me ahving to do a running commentary and with questions coming back is probably the most inappropriate way to do an aniamtion shoot. Cameras everywhere, which sort of confused was I was able to see on the monitor, as the big screen was showing me in action. And yet, well something fun happened. i did a very simple scene with a puppet I had brought, of the character reacting to the sun rising and pointing at it. No wieght, no sense of character, no rhythm, no nothing, and it was terrible, and I felt awful doing it, but then I had to do it for real, with the puppet as good as jsut standing by himself. chatting away made it quite hard to concentrate, and trying to explain some of the more bizarre tricks all rather complicated it. So I was very nervous to final screen the ten second shot. fisrt time we saw it it was played at 12 frames a second and looked ok, but second time at the proper rate it was rather fun, with some nice dynamics and decent animation. And the audience loved beign part of the process. I felt much relieved, but absolutely knackered, and came back to the hotel, opting out of any organised activity for the rest of the day. I did have a snooze before goign to see Momix at the theatre, whcih perked me up no end, and got me so excited, but then depressed that I'm not beign similarly creative. It's all there in my head, but I can't find the outlet and i will go bang soon.
An exhilerating day, but have I moved forward on the board at all. I fear not. I've certainly not passed Go nor collected Ã‚Â£200.