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WarHorse

Posted in Miscellaneous on May 18, 2010 by Mick Le Mare

War Horse is a thrilling and spectacular production based on the celebrated novel by Michael Morpurgo.
The First World War is the backdrop for this tale of bravery, loyalty, and the extraordinary bond between a young recruit and his horse.
Actors, working with astonishing life-sized puppets by the internationally renowned Handspring Puppet Company, take audiences on an unforgettable journey through history.

I am lucky enough to have tickets to see this at the National Theatre on the South Bank this saturday. I am very excited by it. Steven Spielberg is said to be in production talks about making it into a film and this fascinates me even more. I shall let you know more about it and my thoughts once I have been.

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Final letter to self

Posted in Miscellaneous on May 18, 2010 by Mick Le Mare

Dear Mick

Thank-you for your letter, I am pleased to say that having read the letter you sent me about 8 months ago an awful lot of it came true. Unfortunately I am having to write back to you before the Cricket season has really started in earnest, before the World Cup starts and before Glastonbury all of which you mentioned in your letter so I am still hoping for a successful summer in those departments.

As you mentioned in your letter the most important thing is that I am being enthused by my course. In your letter you explain that you would like to think that by now I would have work totally written and produced by me. Well I am pleased to inform you that I do, plus an awful lot more.

I have learnt new skills, met some great and fascinating people and really enjoyed my first year. I was not expecting to have the Coventry Conversations at my disposal, an excellent series of conversations taking place right in my faculty that boasts a large and very diverse line up including very senior producers, writers, directors and movers and shakers from all walks of life. I look forward to next year’s series as well as continuing to enjoy this year’s (It’s the head of the production team for the BBC Election coverage tomorrow)

I have found the entire year totally absorbing, it has at many times been very challenging, working long hours to get the desired outcome, especially with television production and documentary making. It is totally rewarding in the end though and the more you put in the more you get out. I really feel I have put in as much as I can and more by getting involved in other extra curricular activities such as title sequence production (see the post ‘Threat’ on this blog) and filming a climate change conference for some local businessmen.

I absolutely can not wait for next year to begin, there are so many fascinating areas of production that I want to immerse myself deeper into, especially documentary, television production and short film. I would also like to get more involved in radio. I have a few friends who have shows running live on the University airwaves and I would like to get more heavily involved in that.

Now I am off to have a great summer and anticipate next year with great enthusiasm.

Yours, obviously,

Mick

iMapMyRun on the iPhone

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , on March 23, 2010 by Mick Le Mare

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have recently acquired an iPhone and although I knew it was an extraordinarily capable piece of equipment I had no idea just how powerful and adaptable it really was. We have been learning about convergence on my course and I wanted to quickly blog about an application that brilliantly illustrates the concept of the ‘mashup’. A mashup is a combination of different forms of technology coming together to create a new device or application. You will see here what I mean –

iMapMyRun is a free, downloadable application for the iPhone that does something that fifteen years ago would have been unthinkable. Once opened iMapMyRun locates exactly where you are in the world using the iPhone’s inbuilt GPS –

All you have to do is start your run…and finish your run. That is it. It records every detail for you, distance, route, time, average speed, weather conditions, calories burned etc etc. One can also set the application to update you through the headphones on your speed, average speed and distance. All the information gathered is then beautifully organised and recorded for you and can be accessed with absolute ease.

A list of routes with a summary of each. If each is opened a map and more info are displayed


Straight after a run your route is clearly mapped out for you

The summer is here

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags on March 12, 2010 by Mick Le Mare

The summer arrived today. Whilst enjoying the glorious sunshine we heard the most summery of sounds – the ice cream man. We rushed out.

Banksy’s Urban Cinema

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , on February 23, 2010 by Mick Le Mare

Take a look at the cinema Banksy’s film will be screened in. He has called it the Lambeth Palace. Isn’t it wonderful?!

BBC to reveal unseen Henry Moore Footage

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , on February 23, 2010 by Mick Le Mare

Footage of one of Britain’s most famous and important artists, Henry Moore, is to be screened at the Tate during their huge Henry Moore retrospective starting tomorrow. The BBC archive is an amazing collection of information and for these films to be reconditioned and screened is a major breakthrough for the BBC and the Tate. The BBC has been digitising all the footage of Henry Moore ready for the exhibition and it promises an amazing insight into how the sculptor worked from start to finish, I look forward to visiting the exhibition.

Giacometti sells for 65 Million

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , on February 4, 2010 by Mick Le Mare

An Alberto Giacometti sculpture has sold for over £65m in auction at Sotheby’s. It is the most expensive work ever sold at auction. I love Giacometti’s work and have always admired it, my favourite being ‘Quatre figurines sur base’(below) at the Tate Modern on the South Bank.

The art world is such a difficult place to understand, £65m is such an awful lot of money and how can almost anything be worth such a figure? I can understand the value of something being pushed up by rarity, and it is said that this is one of the very few Giacomettis ever sold at auction, but it is so hard to comprehend that someone will part with such a sum for a piece of art to be held in a private collection. Works such as this should be in public galleries for everybody to see, he is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century and it is a shame this won’t be available to the public.