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From the glorious arias of La Boheme last weekend to squintywitch's astonishing account of nightshift in a hospital, art is everywhere. Knackered though I am, it excites and inspires me.

The workchums referred to in my earlier post have just won an MTV award for their ten minute film on knife crime. Here it is;


I am especially pleased for Genius Love Puppy who wants to use his prize money to film a fascinating subject about which he would prefer me to keep quiet. He'd better go for it though, or I will!

Congratulations will be in order the next time I have to haul my sorry carcass into the studio, i.e, this morning. I have been avoiding one colleague because he wants my critique on the film, and though I am very impressed, I wouldn't call it flawless. Now that he has his award and is in no fragile place, I feel more free to poke little holes, less the maiden aunt, more the maiden aunt's umbrella. And I find myself wondering: Could I do as well? Could I do better? I would love to try, though my last adventure with a camera ended with me taking a reel of photographs having forgotten to remove the lens cap. Who decided to make it transparent? Curse their folly!

No, I have to accept I have no photographic gift whatso-bleeding-ever. It's good to remind myself that there's story, Jim, but not as we know it, and learning new ways of telling keeps the brain fresh.

I will bear this in mind as I hit 7.30 am and my third cup of coffee.


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Feb. 19th, 2009 08:09 am (UTC)
Maybe you don't have a talent for photography (or maybe the lens cap was a statement, dahling) but don't let that keep you from telling your stories...video can be quite different. And in the unlikely situation that your gifts aren't in photography/video, get someone else to shoot it and be the scriptwriter, director etc. I have absolute faith that you'd be able to visualise and communicate your stories so they could be told in a visual medium!
Feb. 19th, 2009 08:16 am (UTC)
You are lovely, and thank you for having such faith in me.

The story about the lens cap was entirely true, alas. Studying media arts at Chippenham college after leaving school, I took off the black cover over the lens, but there was another thing underneath it, transparent, I don't even know what it was for, but if you didn't take it off you could just forget photo results.

My rubbishness has never really abated since then...

Feb. 19th, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
I second the comment from thru_her_lens as in all streams of creativity there are different roles because people have different talents. As a published writer, you obviously know how to tell/create a story, thus either writing/directing or performing in the story sound well within your capabilities.

The talented camera man is behind the camera because that is where his innate abilities lie, there is no point asking him to write the script or create the sound scape because that's not what he does, he creates visually. And same for you, just because you might be rubbish at one aspect of production, doesn't mean you couldn't possibly work in the medium.

And I think many of us have been foolish and klutz like regarding lense caps and other such things, it's just one of the events of life that give us funny stories to tell and meant to teach us not to be complacent. Sometimes the learning just takes a while! *grin*

Just because you have other talented people around you, doesn't mean your own talent is diminished or meaningless, it's just another challenge to rise to. If you can imagine it, if you can dream it, if you can desire it, then you can do it. It's all a matter of manifestation of will, and I know you know how to do that.

Deep breath, and go get 'em!
Feb. 20th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
Oh you are so inspiring! Thank you, lovely one!

I agree that other people's talents can only inspire one, I think creativity breeds more of itself in differing forms, though the other night, a loving friend told me in no uncertain terms that 'the Novel is Dead!' and that I should look beyond that art form in future. But that's crazy. How can it be dead if I like it?;-)

Manifestation of will, strange isn't it, I've always regarded myself as somewhat lacking that ability. Guess it's all about focus really.

Edited at 2009-02-20 07:29 am (UTC)
Feb. 19th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Debs, you are awesomely talented all by your own self. We all have our gifts. (Says the woman whose only gifts are uber glam frocks - and gritty urban reality)

Watched Genius Love Puppy's Movie, and it really touched me. Is there any way I could get to show it to the kids from the Community Centre?

Would Love Puppy like to do something with Clasford Stirling MBE, footballing maestro, card carrying local hero, and the least obedient employee I have ever had? Or has he done that stuff now? Gritty stuff to film I haz, and I'm all about trying to engage our kids with film and meeja stuff.
Feb. 20th, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
Thanks for the kind thing you say. I think making beautiful frocks plus facing gritty reality are awesome talents. I could aspire to make a movie, but I could never aspire to what you do.

I will be seeing GLP and other colleagues very soon, and will ask them for you. I can't imagine a problem unless the sponsors of the competition have some issue and that seems unlikely. My gut says the film-makers themselves would be very ready to help, they are idealistic peeps, and mean ever so well.

Remind me of the name of the community centre and who your employers are, is it Islington Borough? if you don't like to say here, send me a private mail, I'll get back to you asap!
Feb. 20th, 2009 09:36 am (UTC)
Broadwater Farm Community Centre in the LB Haringey.
Feb. 20th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
Right my dear Raven!

Had a chat with one of the boys so they are prepped to hear from you; He recommended you reach them at contact@innwfilm.com rather than the Papermannequin address below, though they check both. So why send it there? I have no idea.

You could talk to them about your local hero idea too!
I hope this is of use to you.


Edited at 2009-02-20 12:53 pm (UTC)
Feb. 20th, 2009 07:58 am (UTC)
Wait a moment, I'm being a fool!

I've just checked my schedule and I'm not in the studio more than twice this week. If you are feeling shy, of course I'll mention it when I see them, but it's going to be faster to contact them direct via contact@papermannequin.com.

Mention if you like that you know me and saw the link on my page etc, and carry it on from there. They are very friendly guys and I think you'll like them:-)
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