Art For Art’s Sake

Tomorrow I’m off to Screen East to see if they might give me some money towards a print based on this rough edit.

Glad they could pencil me in for an hour to tell me they aren’t funding short films unless they’re shot on digital video. What the freak is that all about? “Too expensive” and “Short films only benefit the director” were two of the choice phrases. Oh, they could be part of a slate of films which include features???

Looks like I made the right–and only–decision to fund my own work on celluloid in order to learn what it can do. Digital film–an oxymoron for the 21st century.

Yes, it was well worth spending six hours on the road to get up to Screen East’s headquarters and back again. No, really. Especially that bit sat in a traffic jam for an hour, moving forward one mile only to find the A11 was blocked by an accident and there was a diversion. A thirty-two mile diversion. No. No.

Still, managed to get two very good ideas for running a training course for other directors and spent an hour sat in my car editing The Car on the laptop. I’ve now seen more Norfolk scenary than I ever realised I would. And it’s amazing how many radio plays the BBC puts on the air during the afternoon…

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Today has been spent adding music for which I’ll never be allowed the rights. Or rather, which I’d never be able to afford. Shame. ‘They Did A Bad Bad Thing’ and ‘Gone Daddy Gone’ are just *too* perfect. The Violent Femmes track even changes to a marching drum tempo in exactly the right place.

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