Quite some time ago I went over to China to help ZN Animation with a show that teaches local children, quite literally how to survive. It covered virtually every subject that an S&P lawyer would prefer you ignore, like blood due to knives, scissors. And death due to poison, electrocution, and earthquakes. Also issues with talking to strangers, sticking your hands in an open fan, in an open coal fire, spitting, nose picking, burying your poo if there’s no toilet around. Etc. I just learned that it actually got made (and somehow past network lawyers) and is now on the air. Here’s hoping it saves some lives.
Studio Ponoc post!
In this day and age of emails and online everything, there’s hardly any post. But today came a package from Studio Ponoc with the blu-ray to Mary and the Witch’s Flower, AND a lovely hand written thank you note for our work on their very first feature. #class #oldskool. #StudioPonoc
Cast & Crew (family & friends) of English Dub team for Big Bad Fox Screening - Aug 3rd 2018
Thanks STUDIOCANAL for treating the English dub team of The Big Bad Fox to a wonderful private screening. A good time was had by all, (including friends and family who didn't know what to expect) and only I know the three lines I wish we could retake, but good lordy we pulled it off in record time. Thanks to all involved. And biggest thanks of course, to Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert, the directors of the film. It was a privilege and an honour to work on such a gorgeous, smart, outrageously funny film. We did our very best to look after their 'Pauline'. Those that see the film will know what I mean.
Occasionally writers actually crawl out of their cave and meet actors. Shortly after this was taken she became ridiculously famous and I went back to my cave.
It's a brilliant film, by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert. And we got a brilliant cast to match. Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie, Adrian Edmonson, Bill Bailey, Phill Jupitus, Justin Edwards and Giles New as the Big Bad Fox! In Cinemas in the UK from August 3rd, and in the USA nationwide from October.
Working on a film that is already in production but just needs some TLC of the plot here and there. This is what it looks like when blocking out a film. Strangely if the cards go up to the end leaf, the film tends to be bang on time. If the cards go over, the film is over length. If the cards fall short, the film is under. Therefore I can never get another kitchen table. Ever.
The English adaptation of Mary was wonderfully received. Here we are at the cast and crew preview having a shameless selfie with our Mary, the very talented Ruby Barnhill.
I've had an agent in LA ever since I started in this business. This is him. He still looks younger than me, because he lives in LA. I've often thought about moving there, but a lovely wife and adorable children, and quite frankly better weather keep me in London. But now thanks to Skype, Norwegian Air and a place in my friend's basement in Beachwood Canyon, working with LA studios has never been easier. It also helps that I have dual citizenship.
Before we go into the studio to record with the actors, first we have to figure out if what they're going to say will actually fit the lip synch. Rather than waste time with an educated guess, we do a 'scratch' record of every single line, with me and Lyn and here... John Paul Sutherland lends his dulcet tones to the Mary & The Witch's Flower dub.
I recently was directing real live actors on a real live stage for BAFTA's Rocliffe new writing showcase. Three new writer's are chosen to have an excerpt of their work performed live in front of Industry Pros. We have a couple of weeks to prepare art and music, but then just half a day to rehearse with the actors and then the show goes on.
We're in the studio recording a promo song for a new eOne series called Ricky Zoom. Can't wait to see it after it's animated. They say you should either always work with family or never work with family. If you're nephew has a voice like mine does, I'm going with always.
All the actors were a joy to work with. I just found these on my phone. The charming Kathy Bates, and the charming but somewhat taller than me, Geena Davis.
As nobody will ever be scrolling all the way down here, I may as well give a thankful shout out to Hershey. He is my dog, my frisbee playing companion, and my morning commute.
When I'm directing, I have an office to go to, but when I'm writing I work dangerously close to couches, a TV and a fridge. So I need to trick my brain into thinking I've gone somewhere else, as opposed to falling out of bed and remaining in my pj's.
So I get dressed, walk the dog, play frisbee with the crazy pooch, and by the time I get home, it will feel as if I just did a commute to some other fictional place of work. A place with no fridge or couch just there in the next room. Of course not. I just commuted. Didn't you see me leave the house?
Ever since I could hold a crayon...
I've been holding crayons. Drawing, writing, and eating them. Nothing has changed really. To quote my father, I'm simply "A child who eventually turned pro."