Voice Recordings

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We have just completed four days of voice recordings at Goldcrest ( http://www.goldcrestfilms.com/films/post ) and managed to get some superb performances from a stellar cast of leading British actors. Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent played the lead roles as Ethel and Ernest. Mark Appleby at Goldcrest ( http://www.alchemea.com/alchemeahalloffame/mark-appleby-adr-mixer-technician-goldcrest-post ) was our ADR Mixer. Thanks Mark !

Raymond gets a first view of character sheets for the film

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Animation director Peter Dodd shows Raymond Briggs the character sheets that he has been working on. He was thrilled with the progress being made.

Peter reported: …he viewed the model sheets of his parents and seemed genuinely over the moon “yes that’s bang on” he said.” And of the ones of Raymond himself? “That really looks like me” he said of his moustachioed self, but commented on his regret at ever having grown one.

Peter Dodd and Raymond Briggs_17th February 2015 Raymond Briggs and animation director Peter Dodd_February 17th 2015

A visit to one of our co-production partners…

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A trip to Luxembourg today to visit one of our co-production partners,  STUDIO 352 http://www.studio352.lu

It was great to catch up again with CEO Stephan Roelant and production manager Fabien Renelli, and to meet the talented team that will be working on the Ethel and Ernest film.

In the photos below art director Robin Shaw from Lupus films, is in discussion with Studio 352 head of backgrounds Pascal Gerard, and head of layouts Denis Lambert. (click on images to enlarge)

Robin and Pascal discuss backgrounds at Studio 352_February 12th 2015Robin with the Studio 352 Layout and Background team_February 12th 2015

Pascal and Robin discuss backgrounds_Studio 352_Feb 12th 2015Robin and Pascal discuss backgrounds and layout_Feb 12th 2015

Pre-production continues ahead of a busy 2015 for the production team!

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This is one of the sketches that Raymond Briggs has done for the Ethel and Ernest design team. It shows how the coat stand in the hallway looked.  The hallway is a part of the house that isn’t seen in the book but it will feature in the film, so getting these details as authentic as possible is important.

hallway dresser sketch provided by Raymond Briggs

Raymond Briggs Guardian interview December 2014

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Raymond Briggs talks to the Guardian about his book Father Christmas (first published in 1973).

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2014/dec/16/how-i-made-father-christmas-by-raymond-briggs

“I set it in my parents’ house in Wimbledon Park, London, and I’d have Father Christmas washing at the sink, like my father used to do. My dad appears in the book, too. In one scene, he meets Father Christmas and says: “Still at it, mate?” I suppose I saw parallels between Father Christmas’s job and my father’s job as a milkman.”

Raymond Briggs films are on again over Christmas 2014. The times are as follows:

Father Christmas – Ch 4 8:20 am Christmas Day

The Snowman* – Ch 4 7:30pm Tuesday 23rd December (repeated Christmas Day at 12:45pm) and on E4 at 5:OOpm

The Snowman and the Snowdog – Ch 4 7:55pm Wednesday 24th December (repeated Christmas Day at 1:20pm)

(*The Snowman was first broadcast in 1982 and has been shown on Ch 4 every year since then, except one).

A special connection…

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Peter Dodd, animation director on Ethel and Ernest, has a very particular connection to this project. His father, like Ernest, also worked as a Co-op milkman. Peter is working on model sheets of the main characters at the moment. This drawing, that he did when he was a boy, is of his father doing his milk round.

Drawing by a young Peter Dodd of his father who worked as a C-op milkman

Getting ready…

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As the Ethel and Ernest animated feature gears up to start,  pre-production testing continues.

Here Raymond Briggs is seen viewing a line test of some animation with producer Camilla Deakin of Lupus Films.

Photo taken on May 14th 2014.

Raymond Briggs viewing a test of Ethel and Ernest with producer Camilla Deacon_May 14th 2014

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