Manchester Animation Festival Q & A

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Our latest Q&A took place at the Manchester Animation Festival on the 16th November, followed by a screening of the film. Animation Director Peter Dodd joined Producer Camilla Deakin and Director Roger Mainwood to give a presentation exploring the processes that brought Raymond Briggs’ graphic novel to the screen.

The Q & A was chaired by the festival co-director Steve Henderson. Steve is an animation researcher with the animation academy at Loughborough University and is the editor of Skwigly.com the UK’s largest online animation magazine. Skwigly’s review of Ethel and Ernest is here.

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The panel from left to right: Host Steve Henderson co-director of the Manchester Animation Festival, producer Camilla Deakin from Lupus Films, Roger Mainwood director, Peter Dodd animation director.

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Photo: Manchester Animation Festival twitter feed

 

Ethel and Ernest composer Carl Davis’ ‘Maestro’ book launch

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We were at Faber Music Ltd last night for the launch of a new book about the life and career of Carl Davis.  Carl composed the wonderful score for Ethel and Ernest, which is available through Decca records. There is a section in the book about writing the score for the film.

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Carl Davis signs copies of his book ‘Maestro’ for Ethel and Ernest producer Camilla Deakin and editor Richard Overall

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Carl Davis, Camilla Deakin and Richard Overall share a joke at the signing

“Published to mark his 80th birthday, Carl Davis: Maestro by Wendy Thompson offers a unique glimpse into the life and work of this consummate all-round musician, documenting his immense impact on the many spheres of music-making he has inhabited. Davis’s fascinating life story gives an insight into the prolific composing and conducting career of one of the world’s most celebrated film and television composers.”

http://www.fabermusic.com/news/carl-davis-a-musical-polymath-at-8014092016-1

 

Screen Daily article

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Full article here:

http://www.screendaily.com/features/roger-mainwood-ethel-and-ernest/5110776.article

Recording the music at Angel Studios

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Angel Studios, London, May 16th 2016. This is a behind the scenes peek filmed during the recording of the music for ‘Ethel and Ernest’. The music for the film is composed and conducted by the internationally renowned, BAFTA winning, Carl Davis (see earlier post).
On the desk in the foreground is musical director Chris Egan, and also present are Ethel and Ernest producer Camilla Deakin, and film editor Richard Overall. Carl Davis is conducting the Chamber Orchestra of London.
Music by Carl Davis is published by Faber Music Ltd., and a soundtrack album of music from the film will become available on Decca Records.

More extensive behind the scenes filming of this recording session, including an interview with Carl Davis, will become available shortly on the Ethel and Ernest website.

 

BFI London Film Festival programme launch includes Ethel and Ernest

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At the 60th BFI London Film Festival programme launch, Festival Director Clare Stewart reflects on this year’s Festival and its focus on diversity, while BFI Chief Executive Amanda Nevill reveals the Festival’s new pop-up venue, Embankment Garden Cinema. Filmmakers including director Amma Asante (whose A United Kingdom opens the Festival), director Ben Wheatley (whose Free Fire closes the festival), I Am Not a Serial Killer director Billy O’Brien, and Ethel & Ernest producer Camilla Deakin and director Roger Mainwood choose their tips from the programme and talk about their new work.

http://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/57c9bab3d3b79

http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff

https://www.intofilm.org/news-and-views/articles/bfi-london-film-festival-programme-announced-2016

The trailer on Vimeo is here

 

Raymond Briggs visits Goldcrest

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Raymond Briggs visited Goldcrest post production studios in London today to view some of the film for the first time on a cinema size screen. He also called in on one of the sound mix sessions.

Animation director Peter Dodd was on hand too and brought along a cake baked by his wife Sally. Sally has provided delicious cakes for the crew throughout the production !

Raymond also found time to sign several copies of his Ethel and Ernest book for Lupus films production staff who have worked on the film.

Raymond Briggs at Goldcrest with Peter Dodd, Richard Overall, and Camilla Deakin

From left to right: Peter Dodd (animation director), Richard Overall (editor), Raymond Briggs, Camilla Deakin (producer), at Goldcrest 25th May 2016

Raymond Briggs signing his Ethel and Ernest book

Raymond Briggs signing his Ethel and Ernest book for members of the crew

 

Visiting Raymond for the ‘Making Of…’ documentary

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Raymond Briggs was filmed today for the ‘making of’ documentary that will accompany the release of the Ethel and Ernest film.

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Jess Bassett, the director of the ‘Making of…’ documentary, is seen here filming Raymond as he looks through one of his unpublished books ‘Into the Dangerous World’

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Raymond Briggs with Camilla Deakin, the producer of Ethel and Ernest, during the shooting of the documentary.

Into the Dangerous World by Raymond Briggs

The front cover of Raymond Briggs’ as yet unpublished book ‘Into the Dangerous World’. It was a particularly interesting discovery for us as it features a child’s eye view of the house in south west London where Raymond grew up. The same house of course that is the setting for Ethel and Ernest.

 

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