LAURI ACHTE

I’ve been collaborating with Lauri Achte for the music and sound design for Give Trip A Break. He just sent me the final version and it is awesome! I’m so impressed with what he’s done and how much it adds to the film. We talked about working together on the next part because it makes such a difference to give sound to the film. He’s doing all sorts of other interesting projects and the music in the film is brilliant. Can’t wait to show everyone!

Check out his work https://soundcloud.com/kuplasound

Heroes

Thanks for being Awesome! These are some of the people who inspired Give Trip A Break. Yeah, that is Sabrina The Teenage Witch next to NOFX. Makes sens to me!

LIVE JAZZ

Yesterday evening was the live recording of the soundtrack. Richard Ford had composed a theme for Parties which was the starting point for the music then he led the other musicians through to make the music a free jazz experiment all the way to the end with a great finish! I was so pleased to be able to watch them record it. I really enjoyed soaking up the music, and it gave me confidence about the finished product. i think with this soundtrack the whole animation will come together and be more entertaining! I’m really excited about the finished product now.

They were a really talented bunch of musicians and really nice guys. So great to meet some musicians I’m so grateful that Richard could get them all together. I just listened to it with the animation, it sounds so cool!

Chema Banuls  –  Tenor sax

Enzo Bellomo – piano

Mateus Alves – Bass

Matt Thurtell –  drums

 

(live at the Royal College of Music. Thanks guys!)

Music

This week swell as cracking on with the animation we had a meeting with Richard Ford from the Royal College of Music. He’s going to be collaborating with us on this film, which is really exciting! He immediately picked up the sort of mood we want to capture for in the film. I think with him on board the film will really take shape!

(visual development for the jazz meltdown when the cats go out on the town!)

Special Thanks

Now it’s done I’d like to sing a few people’s praises of all the people who were really helpful. Even though it was a micro short so many people offered me advice that was indispensable:

Shelley Page for setting a brief that I could really get excited about, and for recommending I look at Barry Purves’ Screenplay right at the beginning as well as the other great short animations she showed us!

Steve was a huge help at every stage, from the first storyboard to the last few days when he said “it’s finished, move on to the next project.”

Birgitta for her encouragement of the idea at the beginning and for setting the essay that made me take the time to properly research Kabuki and Bunraku.

Laura Stevens for the music she composed especially for this film. She was a dream to collaborate with!

Carlos (my mentor) encouraged me to take a risk and try out stop-motion. I was still wondering if I should animate it in Flash, but after he said that I had the confidence to go with the puppets.

Darryl’s advice was so brilliant, and he made time to talk to me about stop-motion. He was so passionate on the subject and gave me so much valuable information each time we spoke.

Amber for giving advice and encouragement and inspiration on everything from technical details to making the Arial puppet more beautiful.

My sister who watched and critiqued every version of my animation that I sent to her in New York, and my parents who listened to me go on about Kabuki for three months.

Ioli who engaged with my idea from the pre-production stage and gave me some great advice on the choreography and on the puppets themselves.

Maki Utsunomiya who gave me all the beautiful Japanese fabrics that I made the costumes out of.

Mahra for the wire and mesh.

Steve in the film and video department was so accommodating and put up with me and my puppets day after day.

Bea Hendry at the RSC for her reminder to focus on the characters not get to wrapped up in the set-design.

The Bard, for all his verse and prose.

And finally the stranger in the lift of Covent Garden tube station who I overheard talking about an exhibition on Kabuki that subsequently inspired my film. Thank you!

Royal College of Music

Yesterday the students from the Royal College of Music came and played us some really brilliant music that they composed for films. I’ve been in touch with the gifted Laura Stevens and she’s working on a piece for my animation. I’m really excited to see what she comes up with. It’s so great to have some original music composed for our films!

Here’s a link to Laura’s website: http://www.laurastevenscomposes.blogspot.co.uk/

She has composed some really beautiful music, I’m so glad she agreed to do some for me too!

More from Kurosawa

 

On Sunday I listened to lots of music to find the right mood for the rough cut. I’ve settled on Toru Takemitsu’s soundtrack for Kurosawa’s Ran. I had been listening to Takemitsu’s Rain Spell at the beginning of the project and now his music has come back to my ear. I don’t mean to sound prosaic when referencing Kurosawa in this Japanese inspired project but his oeuvre is so rich and often seems appropriate! I think it will be helpful to borrow some music just until we collaborate with the Royal College of Music students, something I am really looking forward to!