Well, nothing gets you making films faster than an amazing competition with a fast approaching deadline. Just yesterday, my amazing creator brother, Luke Cecil, informed me about the DepicT! Film Competition and that the deadline was on the 9th of July! This has left us with pretty much two weeks to make some films and get them in.
So what DepicT Film Competition is:
Basically it is open to all filmmakers to “show their stuff” in 90 seconds. It is open to “anyone, on any budget, from anywhere around the world working in any genre”.
To enter the competition it’s simple, just make a film that is:
•No longer than 90 seconds.
•Completed after September of last year.
•Of any genre of your choosing using any production techniques you want.
So the plan! Now, with the help of our talented little sister, Tegan, we are planning to film 4-6 films, edit and submit them in the next two weeks. For hours yesterday, we sat and brainstormed film ideas and possibilities and have planned to do one every two days. Filming starts on Sunday for film #1, Photographic Memory.
I have started Trapeze again. I started Static Trapeze classes for the first time in September 2010 and then Rope in about January 2011. I was able to do weekly lessons with NoFit State Circus until March last year. My university final practical piece and then Street of Crocodiles, Why Must I Be So Black and Blue, and Buttercups then took priority over my time and I had to put the classes on the back burner. I thoroughly enjoyed my classes though and am glad I finally jumped back into it.
My first lesson back was on the 28th of last month, and it was brilliant. Two lovely young girls reminded me of all the level one moves and Martha, started to refresh my memory on level two.
This time, I have decided to keep a proper designated notebook (again) to keep notes of each move so I never have to start from the bottom again. And this way, I can refresh my memory before every class.
So, needless to say, I was all ready for my lesson yesterday. What an awesome lesson too. It ended up being a one-to-one session with me and Martha. I was able to learn eight new moves, finding my new favourite, back star. I was also able to learn the first routine on the list and complete it.
I’m hurting a bit today but very excited by my progress and looking forward to the next three lessons to see if I am able to complete level two and move on. I have learnt twenty out of thirty-seven moves, so hopefully will be able to finish level two soon and then perfect them.
Yesterday, I went up to Hay-on-Wye for a day at the Hay Festival. It was brilliant as always. I do really enjoy the festival. Usually I have more tickets for events, but this time I was going to the Hay on Earth stage to support a friend of mine making a presentation at the Green Dragons Den.
I, along with my family, was fortunate enough, however, to get tickets at the How The Light Gets In festival for a very interesting talk, titled “Reinventing Film”. It’s description was:
For a century making a film has required substantial resources. Today it is possible for anyone with a mobile phone. Will this result in a long-overdue democratisation of film, unleashing marginal voices and telling untold stories? Or will the lack of quality control result in a tsunami of unwatchable projects?
The debate was held by Peter Curran, who asked the question to the guests, Time Code’s Mike Figgis, documentary maker Beeban Kidron and video artist and composer Michael Nyman. Each of them had very good points to make.
It was interesting to listen to as a filmmaker. As I rely on cheaper equipment and resources, the talk was very much focused on me. But I did find myself asking the question: What makes art? Who decides something is art? Who decides what is unwatchable projects?
I believe that after listening to everyone, and hearing from Mike Figgis on how he has just shot a film on Canon 7Ds, that it is a good thing. I believe that it is a much more democratic way for filmmaking and that now, we as filmmakers, are allowed to be complete artists. It was a brilliant talk and I learnt a lot for it. It’s amazing how the universe offers little unexpected gems as these!