“The Key” in the Watford Observer

June 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

We are delighted The Key received the attention of the local newspaper Watford Observer and Rosy Moorhead wrote a lovely article about the making of the Key and its participatory element.

Link to page http://goo.gl/5FFy2F

The Key on Watford Obeserver

 

PDF 500 Watford residents came together to create animation short The Key, part of Watford Live! festival (From Watford Observer)

Review in Watford Arts Forum by Grelle White

July 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

On the 4th april we had a “work in progress” Private View of the film at the Pump House in Watford, organised by Watford Live. The evening was a asuccess and we were delighted to see the Private View featured on the Watford Arts Forum, with an article by Grelle White.

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http://www.watfordareaartsforum.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/WAAF_Spring%20Summer_Magazine.pdf

http://www.watfordareaartsforum.com

Private View for production team and crew only

April 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

On the 4th april we had a “work in progress” Private View of the film at the Pump House in Watford, organised by Watford Live. Our guest list comprised those who worked both in front and behind the camera, in post-production, and some of the dozens of people who coloured in over 5700 frames to make the film possible.  We were also joined by those who helped to fund, and gave us workshop space.

We take the chance again to thanks everyone that came and supported us through the production: the participants, the volunteers, the crew ,the funders, the Major of Watford Dorothy Thornhill, the actors, friends and family. We have loved every single moment of the production and we are glad we have met and involved hundreds  & hundreds of people .

We involved almost 500 people from age 2 to 90 in the making of the film.: locals have been acting, drawing, animating, dancing, and also colouring in a staggering 5700 frames for the animation! And to top it up we had 2707 views  to date on the site, and an extra 560 readers are actually following this blog.   

The project was part of Watford Live!, with the aim of encouraging people in the town to participate in an activity which they might not have experienced before.   There are  plans to have a workshop and a screening in 2014/2015 when the film comes off the festival circuit.

The evening was a delightful success and we are looking forward to finish off the film and  send it to festivals around the world and to find out where the film will have its own world premiere.

The last frames coloured in! Thank you!

January 19, 2013 § 2 Comments

We would like to thanks everyone that, despite the snow, joined us at the WATFORD MUSEUM on the 19 January… we traced and coloured the last 500 frames!

Also we wish to thanks Watford Museum for their hospitality, Margaret Cheal and Alan Bannister from Watford Live, Stephen from Silencio, the GuidePost Trust, Amma Gyan and David O’Sullivan.

Now another month of work to finish to composite the animation, then the postproduction will start : editing, creating the sound, recording the voices, composing the music and grading the picture! The last steps…

Last chance to participate! All Free!

January 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

Last chance to participate in our marvellous collective film! If you did not manage to come down to one of our drop in sessions you still have a chance to meet and join us at Watford Museum on the 19 January from 10.30 am to 4pm. It is free and we will have cakes and tea…

We involved almost 500 people: locals have been acting, drawing, animating, dancing, and also colouring in a staggering 5000 frames for the animation! And to top it up we had 1831 views on the site, and an extra 560 readers are actually following this blog.  Thank you all for your support!

Well why not join us for a lovely relaxing morning or afternoon with family, friends… the more the merrier!( With also a sneak preview of what the animation that has been created so far!)

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Another fantastic event on the 7 JULY at WATFORD MUSEUM! THANK YOU!!!

July 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

We would like to thanks everyone that joined us at the WATFORD MUSEUM  on the 7th JULY… we  traced and coloured almost 500 frames!

Also we wish to thank  Watford Museum for their hospitality,  Margaret Cheal from Watford Live, Steven from Silencio, and  our wonderfully  professional animators & artists  Amy Jennings, Diana Garcia, Aniko Kiss, Luis Jara.

Here are some of the picture of those who participated!

NEW EVENT 7 JULY at WATFORD MUSEUM

July 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

If you did not manage to come down to one of our session you still have a chance to meet and join us at Watford Museum on the 7th July from 11am to 4pm.

Watford Museum 194 High Street Watford Herts WD17 2DT 01923 232297

http://www.watfordmuseum.org.uk/

Another wonderful event on the 19 June at West Herts College! THANK YOU!!!

June 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

We would like to thanks everyone that joined us at the WEST HERTS COLLEGE  on the 19 JUNE… we  traced and coloured almost 500 frames!

Here are some of the picture of those who participated!

Also we wish to thank West Herts College for their hospitality,  Margaret Cheal from Watford Live, Daniel Hartropp our Assistant Producer and  our wonderfully  professional animators  Amy JenningsClare Aburn, Nikolajs Pogrebickis, Josey Grant and Alexander Stanlake

Did you draw a frame with us on the 16 June? THANK YOU!!!!! and do tell us your name!

June 17, 2012 § 12 Comments

Did you join us on the 16 June to draw and colouring in the full animation? If yes THANK YOU!!!!!, and don’t be shy …add your name here in the comments for posterity!

We would like to thanks everyone that joined us at the HARLEQUIN CENTRE  on the 16 JUNE… more than 300 people  traced and coloured in almost 2000 frames! And we had almost 600 views on the blog in just a week!

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Here are some of the picture of those who participated!

Also we wish to thank Margaret Cheal and Alan Bannister from Watford Live, Erin Walsh form the Harlequin centre, our wonderful professional animators Tetelle Randrianja, Jessica Leach and Greg Woodcock.

A big thank you to the Crew for the event on 16 June at The Harlequin Centre

June 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

A huge thank you to the Harlequin Centre for their hospitality and super efficient Erin Welsh, to Watford live and West Hers college for their support and collaboration and to the core crew for their hard works and smiles : Margaret Cheal , Alan Bannister, Tetelle Randrianja, Jessica Leach and Greg Woodcock (our animators)

COME AND JOIN US TO COLOUR IN THE 5000 FRAMES!

June 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

Come and join us to draw and colour in one of the 5000 frames needed for the first ever “Collective Animated Film” by the Town of Watford.

MewLab in collaboration with Watford Live, West Herts College and the residents in the Town of Watford are creating “The Foggiest Ideal” a hand crafted short animated film.

Drop in sessions will be held on 16th June at the Harlequin Centre between 10-4pm (WD17 2UB) and on the 19th June at West herts College between 11-4pm (WD17 3EZ)


What it takes to print 5000 frames!

June 13, 2012 § 1 Comment

An amazing producer: Margaret Cheal
A wonderful reprographic expert: Alison Grant Davey
The kindness of Watford Campus Staff!
A fabulous establishment such us West Herts College!
A monster of a printing machine!
5000  punched A4 animation paper by Chromacolour
Few sharpies, 68 folders, 83 coloured stickers, two suitcases, three large coffee, a big bunch of late nights shifts, two afternoons in the printing facilities!
Lots a patience and nerves of steel!

Yes, nerves of steel!!!!

Alison Grant-Davey printing the frames for “The foggiest Ideal”

Alison Grant-Davey, Margaret Cheal and            printing the frames for “The foggiest Ideal”

Shooting Day on 12th May

May 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

We had a wonderful and intense day shooting the live action for “The Foggiest Idea”

We would like to thank the whole team:
Dylan as the character of James
Judith as the Dancer
Maya as the Mother and the Commuter
Megan, Richard and Alex as our commuters.

Margaret for the fantastic  organisation of the shoot, Laura Horn for her invaluable Ideas and Daniel for his help as First AD and continuity…

And of course Watford Live, West herts college, Sophie Cady and The town of watford.

The first step is done, do not miss the next step to help us create the next part of the film!


James and his Magnifying Glass


The Commuters


James and the Dancer

Mum and Dad



The child

Choreography Rehearsal: playing with movement

May 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

On the 3rd and 10th we had two lovely evenings sessions at West Herts College  reharsing the choreography  for  “The Foggiest Ideal” with:

Dylan as the character of James
Judith as the Dancer
Maya as the Mother and the Commuter
Megan, Richard and Alex as our commuters.
Margaret organising everything at the front desk and last but not least Laura as our choreographer !

Laura Horn (choreographer) and John Priestly (Dad)

Laura Horn (Choreographer) and  Sarah & john Priestly (the family)

Lolo ( the child)

Casting Day

April 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

On the 26 April we had a fantastic day at West Herts College  casting the roles for “The Foggiest Ideal”, we cannot thank enough everyone that came!
Margaret for organising everything at the front desk, Laura for her talents and off course all our actors.

Laura Horn (Choreographer), Kim Noce and Shaun Clark ( directors) Alex and Richard as the commuters

Alexander Williams : Storyline

April 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

The fantastic Alexander Williams kindly helped us to tidy up our script… so we are ready to shoot!

Open Casting Call to star in a short animated film

April 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

In a Town shrouded in fog a young boy searches for a lost key.

Actors will be filmed and “rotoscoped” by the residents of Watford Town to create a beautifully crafted short animated film to celebrate the Watford Live community arts festival in the summer of 2012.
The film will be sent to international Film Festivals

The cast positions are voluntary, all parts are non paid.

We are looking to fill the following roles:

James Mum                             (25-40 yr old, Female)
Commuter One                        (17-60 yr old, Male)
Commuter Two                         (17-60 yr old, Male)
Commuter Three                     (17-60 yr old, Female)
Commuter Four                        (17-60 yr old, Female)
Family Dad                              (17-40 yr old, Male)
Family Mum                            (17-40 yr old, Female)
Town Resident                        (30-40 yr old, Male)

If you think you fit the bill, please send a photograph of yourself and why you think you are suited to the character to:

thefoggiestidea@mail.com

Submission Closing Date: Saturday 21st April

Due to time constraints we can only cast a maximum of 20 people

Casting Date: Thursday 26th April 17:30-20:30
Casting Location: West Herts College (City centre campus)

The Choreographer: Laura Horn

February 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

Meet our new member of the team: Laura Horn, our amazing choreographer for “The Foggiest Idea”. Laura Horn is from Dance Digital, and she will help us casting the actors and  design  the choreography for the entire animated film.

LAURA HORN, (LOLO AND JOHN PRIESTLY)

Location for Shoot at West Herts College

January 20, 2012 § 2 Comments

We are delighted West Herts College has been extremely generous in lending us the facilities for rehearsal and the final shoot! A wonderful place right in the centre of town!

Sophie Ronson Cady

January 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

When we moved to Watford we found we had one of the loveliest most energetic, vibrant and wonderful Arts Officer: Sophie Ronson Cady! When she introduced us to the art scene in Watford we were delighted by the sheer amount of talent we encountered… and many collaborations and friendship were born!  This project would  not exists without  the help of Sophie!

Margaret Cheal : our Executive Producer

January 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

Meet our lovely and super efficient Executive producer: Margaret Cheal. She is also key member  of the team of Watford Live, and the Creative Enterprise Manager at West Herts College.

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