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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

Bata-ville screening this Tuesday evening!

The Royal Institute of British Architects is hosting a screening of Bata-ville: We are not afraid of the future tomorrow evening at 6:30 PM. Be sure to come check it out!

Nice New Website

I've lost track of how many websites we've now built with our long term collaborator Dorian (now useful arts) but I really enjoyed myself today sitting together putting the last tweeks to the first iteration of our Jaywick Escapes film site. 

The new addition to our working process now is Dorian's little daughter ... it's hard to focus on html when someone so cute is trying to lure you into reading the hungry catapillar! 

You can see the new site here ... we're very excited to have it live.

All go at Abbey Gardens

The 2012 garden season at Abbey Gardens has begun and we are off to a FANTASTIC start ... we heard last week that the Friends Group have been successful in securing on-going funding from the Tudor Trust for the next three years. It's wonderful news to know the garden club sessions will continue and Hamish will be able to stay as our Garden Club Leader. Here are the times for this years sessions: 

Tuesdays 1pm-4pm  
Thursdays 4pm-7pm  
Saturdays 10am-3pm

The other big news this year is of course our entry for the first time into the almighty NGS yellow book - you can see our page on the NGS site here, I think we brush up nicely for the honour.

As well as the NGS open day we have a full calendar for activities at Abbey Gardens throughout the seasons. This year the events team are ahead of the game with this nice downloadable pdf calendar

AND as if all this isn't enough FOAG are also now on facebook and twitter - love us up here, listen to little tweets from an urban oasis here.