Thursday, 16 September 2010

Light at the end of the tunnel. Film updates

Autumn - Moscow. The dark evenings come earlier and earlier with every passing day. Coming to the end of the edit on The Japanese Garden - Landscape and Meaning. Still not entirely happy with the title. However I don't want anything to prosaic which might be misleading. Writing something which will introduce the film as a kind of announcement of release. Work has piled up behind this film including The Stanislavsky Documentary film "Stanislavsky and the Metamorphosis of Russian Theatre" and some related writing projects which I am working on. There is no other way however to make progress otherwise the quality of the film suffers if you try and rush things. Today manged to get to grips with and complete some computer graphics and effects which have been giving me difficulties. I feel like I haven't been out for days although this is not true. The feeling with this film is that I have been ensconced in a long tunnel neither looking right or left and despite the pleasure and experience I have derived from this film I really want to get it finished and move forward with other projects.

I tried to contact the Utsunumiyo Museum in  Japan with regard to selling the film "Alexander Rodchenko and the Russian Avant-garde" as part of their exhibition "Alexander Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova". Its was difficult to negotiate with them but I will ask Akira Suzuki to help with the negotiations.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

TAB Event - Aleksandr Rodchenko + Varvara Stepanova "Visions of Constructivism"

TAB Event - Aleksandr Rodchenko + Varvara Stepanova "Visions of Constructivism"

Starts in 4 days
At Utsunomiya Museum of Art
Media: Graphics, Painting
On display are 170 works by Aleksandr Rodchenko from the collection of the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.
[Image: Aleksandr Rodchenko (1924, 1965) collection of the Pushkin Museum]


From 2010-09-19 To 2010-11-07

Website (Japanese) (venue's website)


Adults ¥800, University & High School Students ¥600, Junior High and Elementary School Students ¥400

Venue Hours

From 9:30 To 17:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:On a Public Holiday Monday, the museum is open but closed on the following Tuesday.


Navitime (Japanese)
Yahoo (Japanese)


25 minutes by bus from West exit at the JR Utsunomiya station or 20 minutes by taxi from the JR Utsunomiya station.


1077 Nagaoka-cho, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi-ken 320-0004
Phone: 028-643-0100 Fax: 028-643-0895
When you visit, why not mention you found this event on Tokyo Art Beat?

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Thoughts from St Petersburg

Just returned from St Petersburg for 24 hours shooting an interview for a private client. Excellent footage. The last time I was in St Petersburg was 1993 on the film Grushko. We were there slightly longer (3-4 months) at that time. Now the whole atmosphere has changed. Much more lively and open although a lot less stressful than Moscow. Travelled up on the new high speed express railway. Fantastic experience, better than air travel. Everything went well just a shame couldn't stay longer.

Revisiting St Petersburg after all this time and essentially returning as a film maker whereas before I was working on somebody else's production, has given me food for thought. The question that is exercising me the most is marketing my films - those which are already complete and those which will be available over the coming months. For instance I am putting the finishing touches to "The Japanese Garden - Art, Landscape and Meaning". A film, which as its title suggests, will explore the artistic and philosophical meaning of Japanese gardens. As  soon as this is ready I will be straight onto another project which is also in post production "Stanislavsky and the Metamorphosis of Russian Theatre. The problem I am finding is coordination of the marketing of this material across the Internet. It really is a full time activity in itself but an absolutely key component of film making and is becoming more so. I have a number of sites and blogs etc across social networks and need to draw them together into some kind of coherent strategy or at least align them along some strategy which I actually don't have as yet.

One idea I have had for the release of "The Japanese Garden - Art, Landscape and Meaning" is to simultaneously publish an e-book in monthly instalments, recounting the 2 three month shoots in Japan which went into the making of the film. This I think will help promote the film, provide background information to the subject as well as adding an extra dimension to the whole project.