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A Song for a Circus

Somewhere is suddenly VERY busy ... we're still trying to sort out Almanac, we're off to Newlyn to see the new Gallery there next week, we're working really hard on our show for the Northern Art Prize in Leeds (on everything from making 'honesty' tables to editing our new short film) AND we're launching the first of two Somewhere projects for Agrifashionista this week --->

A Song for a Circus is a Somewhere project I'm developing with composer Tim Olden. It's for the wonderful Arnold Circus on the Boundary Estate in East London & we're looking for musicians who live or work there to collaborate with us ...

Read more here or see our lovely new posters on the circus --->

(Thanks to Steve Ounanian for designing these with us)

Teenland - production still
A film by Jeanie Finlay

Our friends in the TV!

The musical Somewhere mastermind Tim is on TV tonight!

Well ... he's not on in person but his fantastic musical presence can be felt
throughout tonight's new documentary by Jeanie Finlay ...

Teenland - In Teenagers' Bedrooms

Four bedrooms, four teenagers, four portraits of life behind the closed bedroom door.
Teenland - takes us into the sanctuary of four British adolescents on the brink of
adulthood and explores their passions, obsessions and hopes for the future.

TV Broadcast Premiere - Wednesday 30th May 2007, 10.00pm, BBC4 60 minutes

Jeanie is also a friend of Somewhere and this is her TV premiere too, Tim's job was to create suitably teenage cover tracks for each of the programme's characters.

Many familiar faces feature in the different bands but sadly Karen & I's vocals for
Hushabye mountain hit the cutting room floor - just too creepy apparently ...

I know it's on at the same time as the Desperate Housewives Wedding but you can
all record that!

Doug Howarth
Is this the most patient man in East London?

Patient People ...

Somewhere have been out of blog action for quite some time ... engaged in tasks that demand a great deal of patience. Between us over the last 2 months Karen and I logged about 70 tapes for our new film Living with the Tudors. Whilst Karen approached the task with sporadic gusto producing funny lengthy hand-written transcripts of our own Z1 footage I tackled the monster that was the tapes shot on various formats by our DOP. My approach is undoubtedly more mundane yet exhibits slightly sick dogged determination. It is an undeniably tedious task but my God it pays off in the edit, and that sense of preparation and probably a serious personality defect on my part give me a perverse sense of satisfaction as I see the neatly logged clips and bins appearing in my Avid logging tool box.

Now though, we get to bask in the heat of full creative flow for 6 weeks of editing, whilst all around us must push their respective levels of patience beyond known boundaries. Pictured right is our fantastic editor Doug ... any man who can sit between Karen and I for hours on end as we discuss each comment from a character & flip through our (extensive!) logs for those elusive, fleeting (and at times I have to confess completely imagined ) perfect cutaways needs the patience of a Saint.

Lisa our production manager certainly proved herself on the shoot but as though that wasn't enough she's now re-lived many of the interviews as she transcribed them for us.

Undeterred by the scoring of our last film Tim Olden now gets out his collection of recorders and harpsichord samples for the score (don't panic just joking!) as Karen and I keep sending him new cuts and MP3's ...

Last but not least, blissfully uninvolved in the film to date Dorian has been plugging away at sorting out our on-line shop within the rigours of various VAT regs., again enough to push anyone's patience to the limit.

Good job I find editing more exciting than almost all other parts of 'being Somewhere'.

Tomas Bata & family
Just one of the great images from the Reminiscence Centre

Reminisce & be thrilled ...

There's two events coming up this week with 'Somewhere connections' that you might be interested in:

Wednesday (25th October) is the Open Day, at the Bata Reminiscence and Resource Centre. It will be open from 11a.m. until 4p.m. all welcome.

If you've seen Bata-ville and would like to take a closer look at East Tilbury & meet the stars of the film this is your chance! I plan to go along for a catch up with their plans for a new building and expansion of the archive.

Then on Tuesday & Wednesday this week (24th/25th) Tim Olden (who writes all the music for Somewhere productions) is 'Horror DJ' at Brendan Walker's two Thrill Laboratory evenings at the Science Museum. Book now to avoid disappointment ... a spooky night out with fish & chips, heart rate monitors and a ghost train thrown in ...

Folk Off ...

Now I am in no way saying I didn't enjoy the Museum of Sorrow 'do' (part-organised by fellow Samurai Ben Sadler) last Friday, but Circulus?! They are SO not my cup of tea ... and despite my love of 'all things re-enactment' I do not want to imagine "what it would be like if I accidentally slipped into a medieval future where I thought it was 1972". But hey, there were a lot of women in nighties in the audience who did want to!

Unlike a lot of other re-enactors I'm not averse to all things of an authenti/modern hybrid nature - Aux contraire. We have spent a lot of time recently thinking about the music for our film "Living with the Tudors" which will be just that (and thanks to Tim who'll be writing it, for the entry title and sharing my Circulus-horror on Friday night "Do you think they're all geography teachers?")

Later on the same weekend I watched "A Knights Tale" ... now that dance scene IS good.