Posts filed under 'Docu-Animation'
Filmmaker-in-Residence is on the road. a very long and winding road.
First stop was Montreal, to finish the sound mix on Drawing from Life, the film about the group therapy for recurrent suicide attempters. I don’t think I’ll ever hear it sound so good again - the sound theatre at the NFB is incredible.
Ottawa was a three-day thing, teaching a session on Interventionist and Participatory Media at the fantastic SIFT school, now 28-years in the running. Had an awesome group of engaged and passionate participants. Drawing from Life was a hit, methinks. It really was one of the first screenings outside of the field. And it was received very, very well, so I am getting really excited to release it to the bigger world. I also shed a tear as Sarah Polley accepted the first ever Anthony Minghella Memorial Award.
Now I’ve just arrived at the Novacello monastery in Italy, where I’ll be mentoring and presenting FIR to a ESoDoc, a collection of mid-career media-makers from all over europe. I”ll have a day or two in Venice workshopping a friend’s script, and then it’s off to NYC to pick-up the Webby statue on behalf of the FIR team and Subject Matter.
Whirlwind or what. I’ll post photos of this magical monastery in the mountains soon.
June 3rd, 2008
Those nine weeks sure went fast!
We’ve finished our summer session with the Seneca animation team, and last Monday, we came together to review some of the scenes. It’s the first time I’ve actually seen the scenes within the timeline of the entire roughcut film, and it’s really exciting.
It’s been tough work for all of us, trying to find the right tone and balance for the animation and how it would work with live action. For me, it’s been like Jazz, a delicate relationship between the ‘real’ and the ‘illustrated’.
“I’ve learned how to see the whole instead of just the part I’m working on in a film,” said Andrew. Dianna said she has a whole new understanding of documentary: “It’s so much work to make a coherent story!”
Branden, our FIR guru in all things technical, joined us to shoot some “making of” scenes for the DVD too. We’re hoping to finish up the film throughout September, and we’re working on a new chapter to tell the story of the film for our website. I don’t want to give away too much from the film, but here’s a few snaps (courtesy of photog Soos) from our day.
J-Yu with his train tracks scene
How does a dragon become a drum set?
How will the tornado look?
Gerry, me and Ben with the feathers
And there was Pizza.
September 4th, 2007
Fimmaker-in-Residence is spreading its documentary wings into the world of animation.
The idea came months ago when I had just begun shooting a new documentary, and the subjects, over and over again, all spoke in a highly visual language to describe their inner worlds. So Gerry and I started thinking how we could get beyond the my-dinner-with-andré syndrome and to illustrate this inner world, without resorting to the tiresome documentary b-roll approach. We wanted to riff on this visual language and lift the film to another level. Like break out into musical, or animation genres. Thankfully, animation won out.
Now, we’re working with Seneca College (not the first time NFB has done this!), collaborating with programme head Mark Jones and a team of animation students over the summer.
This morning, we held our first workshop. I showed 10 minutes of a rough cut, and then the team had an hour to sketch out and discuss animation ideas.
What’s so cool is that the animation is being conceived early in the editing process, not as an afterthought, so the animators’ ideas and vision also help inform how we will cut, structure and shape the final film out of over 35 hours of raw documentary footage.
The students are brilliant at visualizing metaphors and metamorphosis. They have the gift of creating “the illusion of life” as one of the students so aptly described it.
It’s the first time I’ve ever tread into the animation world, but Gerry, the FIR producer, is an old hand at this. He’s close to finishing a 3-hour docu-animation extravaganza, called THE DARK YEARS.
I’ll try and post snippets and excerpts from our project here as the summer progresses….
June 16th, 2007