The Fairground Booth “In Production”

Working almost everyday on The Fairground Booth mostly with After Effects programme. Have completed several “fragments” of “animation” which seem to be working OK as well as writing more parts of the book and script almost simultaneously.
As background, reading The Nutcracker by Hoffman which reveals more and more some of the underlying sources for The Fairground Booth but moreover Petrushka. Either way it reveals the common cultural understandings and ideas which informed the silver age, symbolism and Russian culture at that time and gradually found their way into theatrical productions like The Fairground Booth and Petrushka. Ideas are coming all the time, images working their way through and appearing before my eyes as I look at material, photographs, paintings from the period. Refining and extending my knowledge of After effects which will stand me in good stead for further work on this film.
The Apocalypse part of the film is taking shape well with certain brush strokes I will add a little later. At the moment rendering and re rendering the harlequin sequence from Benois painting of Harlequin on stage. Beautifully painted and within the painting itself beautifully lit so that I don’t need to add anything.

Piper, John; Portland Foreshore; Southampton City Art Gallery;

Just saw an article by Jonathan Jones in the guardian about the artist John Piper. A British artist who according to Jones struggled in the 30s to make much sense of abstract art and modernism but later found his way during the second world war. From my point of view some of his paintings are good examples of what I have been trying to achieve in animating some of the drawings from that period (20s and 30s) especially his attempts at a type of collage which is not bad technically at any rate. Some of the brush strokes are like transparent washes broad and speckled as if  painted with water on a wax surface with different planes and surfaces superimposed over each other. For this reason he is an interesting British painter. It is understandable why British critics are wary  or not enamored of his work because they are I think generally not enamored of abstract art unless it is Picasso or Mondrian who have a powerful and succinct vision.

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