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3 July 2018
Rock.Paper.Scissors UPDATE!

Back in April we posted news about son-in-law Ben;s short film 'Rock.Paper.Scissors' being submitted for possible selection to be part of Impact50's feature film project.

Ben tells us that he is:

'Delighted to be able to update you that Rock.Paper.Scissors has been picked to go through to the final film! I'm thrilled for the whole team. It's among some really fantastic films from all over the world.

There will now be a phase 2 with other films to be added so I may even try to get in another script ...though unlikely we will be able to produce it as it's been a huge, but awesome, task to do the current one. We have also tightened up the edit which can be seen via the links above and below.'

See the latest edit, read comments from others or submit your own comment via this link: Rock.Paper.Scissors, Ben Marshall


19 April 2018
Thomas and Tanya, Tanya and Thomas wedding. [the tTs]

A quick first post about the wedding until I can gather a few more pics from other folk who were there as well. Expect a full write up in the Family and Friends section in due course.

Thanks to Gregor for these, which define the day well I think.

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  They pledge their troth.


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  In the company of their family and friends.


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  With ts parents.


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  With ts parents.


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  Happiness.


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  With all the [mixed up] parents.


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  Everyone else...almost including Gregor.


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  The ordeal of [bio-degradable] petal confetti.


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  In the evening, the communal firepit.


17 April 2018
Rock.Paper.Scissors

Son-in-law Ben writes dramatic scripts and has recently had his short script, Rock.Paper.Scissors, chosen as a winner for the Impact feature film competition.

He had hoped that someone would come forward to produce it for him but when no one did he decided to do it himself. He enlisted help from film-makers James Skinner (Director, of skinnerfilms.co.uk) and Rob Campbell (Director of Photography, of ccsvideo.co.uk.) with Alex Cornish (alexcornish.com) composing and playing the music. For actors, he turned to his own family with his daughters Maya and Janey and their Uncle Ant providing the cast and his house and other locations nearby in Sheffield the set.

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  The film crew.

Ben tells us that Impact provided the project premise of the screenplay which is that a meteor is about to hit earth and the president has just announced there are only two hours left to humanity. The project has just secured the Whitehouse/Oval office permission to shoot the opening scenes there. The rest of the film is handed over to the winning scripts and film-makers. The idea is not to make a sci-fi action films but to stimulate the production of short films which cover the last moments as humanity is snuffed out. Not all entries are bleak, there are some lighter scripts. The main producers then pick the final films they want to be part of the final feature. ' Fingers crossed we get picked!' says Ben.

There are loads of other short films on the site, from 2 to 4 minutes, and generally made by established film producers. It's a global competition so entries from LA to Russia. 'I feel privileged and proud to have my film entered with them.' says Ben, 'We had very little to no budget and I'm very proud of all involved, in particular the girls who you will see were put through it. Janey admitted she was half acting and half terrified by the end - the perfect result.'

Use this link to see the film, outtakes, plot notes and make comments or go straight to the film from the link below.. The idea is that films are given feedback (good, bad...hopefully constructive) so film makers can go back re-edit and re-submit before the final deadline at the end June. So this is still just the current edit.

Best watched on a big screen and headphone even better. Tut tut if you watch on you phone!

Spoiler alert
Here are some behind the scene shots from the filming of Rock.Paper.Scissors

The premise of the film is that two young sisters discover that there is one thing possibly worse than finding out the world may end. Having to wake up and tell it to their drunk and angry father.

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  Tell it to their drunk and angry father.

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  Too late.

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  Rock.paper.scissors.

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  Setting up the final scene.

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  The earth is about to end.

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  As the cosmic leaf blower takes its part.




30 March 2018
Frog spawn

Been watching the pond here at 'The Grove' for the past couple of weeks and there has been quite a bit of activity involving much croaking and splashing but not much else. Well finally we got a couple of blobs of frog spawn a week ago that was promptly frozen solid by 'The Beast from The East' a popular euphemism for the series of cold snaps we have experienced in March. Paradoxically, these appear to have been caused by global warming making the Arctic warmer than usual and funnelling cold air from Eastern Europe our way.

At least the frogs seem to have been wise to this as the original blob has now been joined by four more now that the weather has improved a bit. Though what I took to be cherry blossom petals cascading across the lawn this afternoon actually proved to be errant snowflakes, now thankfully melted.

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  The neglected garden pond, a surprise find.

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  Not neglected by the frogs though


8 March 2018
International Women's Day


To celebrate International Women's Day, theBloG has gone purple a colour associated with efforts to achieve gender equality and is the mPantone color of the year, though they call it violet.

Continuing the same theme, see the link below to a film produced by niece Jane Shirley at Aspect Film and Video.

mJane tells us that:
"For International Women’s Day we teamed up with mWiper & True to drink beer and highlight the incredible female talent in the brewing industry!

Directed by the amazing Katie Freestone, produced by myself, edited and animated by Hannah Squires and Chloe Collewet (celebrating the female talent in my own industry). Big shout out to DP Tom German for some beautiful camera work, and Jack Lilley and Camilla Buchanan for focus and lighting."


mWiper & True tell us that:
"We brewed XX, a new limited edition Gooseberry Wheat Beer, for release on International Women's Day 2018. The creation of this beer - from recipe development, brewing and packaging to sales and promotion - was entirely the work of the women in our team. The beer celebrates the fact that women brew, promote, distribute, drink, critique and enjoy beer. It was brewed with the addition of the botancials meadowsweet and heather as a nod to the provenance of women in beer history. "

Watch the video to find out why this brew is named with only two XXs and not the more usual triple XXXs normally associated with a special brew.



Links for this post:

mWiper and True Introducing XX on Vimeo
mAspect Film and Video on Vimeo
mVimeo on Vimeo
m m International Women's Day 2 links
mPantone color of the year
mJane Shirley
m m Aspect Film and Video 2 links
mKatie Freestone
mChloe Collewet
m m Tom German 2 links
m m Jack Lilley 2 links
mWiper & True




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