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Look what just arrived at Somewhere HQ - 500 sticks of Jaywick Escapes rock - nice! 


How very exciting to be part of the lovely East End Film Festival - and you can book tickets here for this special screening followed by directors Q & A:

Genesis Cinema
93 – 95 Mile End Road,
Whitechapel, London E1 6LA
Box Office: 0207 780 2000
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It's all go at Somewhere HQ ... posters, postcards, press releases you name it we're working on it - with the lovely Matt from modern activity.

A little boost this morning as the East End Film Festival programme went live featuring Jaywick Escapes. So for all those Londoners who've been asking us what we're working on for the last three years now you can finally see the results! Packed house please ... 

A New Floating Cinema

We're pleased to say that today the competition was launched to design the new floating cinema! Karen and I are really excited to be working with UP projects again to select the team who'll work with us - creating a new boat to take the project forward into 2013, past the Olympics (!) and beyond ...

The competition is being managed by the Architecture Foundation and all the details are here.

Somewhere in Finland

This weekend we are lucky guests of the Finnish Institute, who have revisted our 2002 live webcast project TV swansong in a smart new publication - and as part of Helsinki's Pixelache (what a name -)) with input from digital diva Sarah Cook, we find ourselves having a little talk and book launch.

And just maybe a sauna too.

World Premiere

At last we're super pleased to announce that our third feature doc. Jaywick Escapes will have its premiere screening at the fantastic Sheffield Doc / Fest this year on the 13th and 14th of June. We're looking forward to seeing old friends and new faces there and to our long running work in Jaywick reaching an international audience for the first time.

Details of screenings all on the Doc / Fest website here.

Jaywick Designer ... ?

We're looking for an experienced designer to work with us developing the print materials and DVD design for our new film Jaywick Escapes ... if this could be you read on! 

JAYWICK ESCAPES - film design publicity brief

Jaywick Escapes is the third independent feature documentary by artist / directors Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope (Somewhere). This summer the film premieres in the UK at a prestigious festival before a planned DVD release.
Somewhere is now recruiting an inspired designer or design practice to manage and deliver a distinctive visual identity for the film as it reaches distribution and outreach stages. The film website has been designed by theusefularts and the designer will be expected to liaise with the directors and web designer on ensuring a holistic treatment across the online and print media.

For the film synopsis and trailer visit:
For examples of Somewhere's other films: &

Graphic identity
DVD package: disc & cover artwork, insert
Electronic Press Kit layout
Graphic document templates (INDD) for use on correspondance, education, media etc
Large format film poster (modifiable INDD file & printed for 2012 film festivals)
Promotional card for film festivals
Branded giveway for film festivals – current thinking is seaside rock

£1000.00 Fee
Deliverables budget £2300.00 inc. DVD production (edition 1000) TBC

Expressions of Interest May 10th (12 noon)
Interview (Skype or live) May 15th
Initial design meeting May 21st
Graphic ID May 25th
Posters / promo cards / giveaways delivered by June 6th
DVD – TBC, circa late summer 2012

To Apply:
Send your CV and a short email outlining why you would like to work on the project, your previous relevant
experience plus a link to a selection of online examples of your work to view.
Send us the link here by 12 noon on May 10th

Vision Quest (Photo Nick David)

Vision Quest

Somewhere really recommends getting over to Elephant and Castle this week for your last chance to see the wonderful 'Vision Quest' film in person. It's by our good friend and fellow-samurai Marcus Coates, working with the fantastic Micahel Smythe of Nomad. They are, it seems, a great collaboration - I'm sure the film will go far but how much better to see it in the actual location ...

Tickets and info here

Fruit Wall pain barrier

It's that time of year again when I undergo my own personal hell (completely self inflicted) that is finishing the Abbey Gardens plant database so we can switch it to a new season ...

Switch makes it sound easy - it is not - "You wouldn't let it lie" I chant to myself as I try to come up with a sensible 'out' date for the inevitable plants that have slipped through my already neurotic net.

Today I enjoyed some respite from the keyboard at the actual garden photographing missing entries. I thought I'd share this image of the 'fruit wall' 3 seasons in and it's looking mighty impressive ... makes all that record keeping worthwhile! 

The wisdom of Jennifer Fox

I visited Nina and I's alma mater Edinburgh College of Art last week, to attend a masterclass hosted by the Scottish Documentary Institute.

The event was led by inspirational American film-maker Jennifer Fox whose work includes 'Beirut' and 'Flying:Confessions of a Free Woman' and 'My Reincarnation'. Over a thirty year independent career Jennifer had spent at times up to twenty years on some projects! 

I made a few notes that I'd like to share as they are indeed jewels of wisdom:

  • Locate your story purpose and stick to it
  • Plot is a 'coathanger' for the thesis or 'story purpose'
  • A shooting scene is a 'unified field' including you, the subject/s, any bystanders and all crew - ensure that you control all of it
  • Time always works - if you film anything over enough time, a narrative will emerge
  • An interview can be a scene if it's special enough