Is It Just Me

Or has this goose got a tattoo of Jar Jar Binks on its back?

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Playing Paparazzi

Driving out yesterday I noticed a giveaway sign that there was some filming going on in town somewhere. I followed the signs and came across the film unit near my old school and pulled over to ask what they were filming. They were filming scenes for a new series of Last Tango in Halifax. It’s not something I’ve watched but my wife enjoys it and I thought I might get a few interesting photographs. The series tells the story of an older couple who lost touch in their teens but find love again in their 70’s through social media and is based on the story of the writers mother.

The crew were shooting driving scenes and were circling the local playing fields with the main characters in an open top car on the back of a film truck.  The male lead is played by Derek Jacobi who I watched as a kid in I Claudius and the female lead by Anne Reid who I loved as one of Victoria Woods superb Dinnerladies.

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It was tricky to get any great shots because of how the car was mounted on the truck and the reflection off a protective screen and the car windows. However it was fascinating to see how the shots were filmed.

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I did get a couple of Derek Jacobi pretending to drive.

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And a proper paparazzi type shot of Anne Reid being offered a snack in her car after the shots were completed. I did feel a bit guilty though encroaching on her even from a distance.

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Website Tweak

I’ve had a quick change on the website updating photo’s and adding some new bits. I’m currently framing up pictures for an exhibition I’ve been asked to do at my local pub. Great excuse to pop in have a beer and a look at some wildlife photography. As it’s on for October I’ll be changing the pictures each week to keep it fresh and hopefully will encourage people to come back. So if you’re in Yorkshire in October please pop along to The Standard of Freedom in Skircoat Green Halifax and have a look. And for people who like trivia its the only pub in the world called that!! Visit the website HERE

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A Tour Through My Art Collection 12

We’re getting close to the end of the tour now with just a few more to go.

This was an early purchase for the collection and again was bought from the London Gallery Art You Grew Up With.

I was going to steal this picture and I’m sure I would have got away with it if it hadn’t been for those pesky kids !!!!!

Scooby Doo is currently on display in the living room.

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This is definitely one of my favourites, Top Cat and his crew.

Based on the Bilko TV series, Top Cat was an alley cat who always had a money making scheme on the go. Constantly outfoxing the local policeman Officer Dibble TC lived in a garbage can with built in TV and used the police phone to set up his deals.

This picture features the whole gang and is currently on display on the stairs.

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For anyone growing up in the UK through the 70’s then Roobarb would have been a feature of every late afternoon. A short five minute cartoon in a very wibbly wobbly style featuring a green dog called Roobarb and his sarcastic pink cat neighbour Custard.
Roobarb was an inventor and an adventurer who built moon rockets and submarines watched by a flock of twitchy birds whilst Custard mocked from the garden fence. It was voiced by comic actor Richard Briers and its thick marker pen style made it cult viewing over the years.
Currently on display in the living room.

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For those of you who have followed my gallery tour you’ll know there’s some more Wallace and Grommit to come. So here are three storyboard images from the second and probably still the best of their movies The Wrong Trousers.
These storyboards are from the original sketches Aardman used for mapping out the movie. They feature Feathers McGraw as well as our plasticine heroes and two are from the memorable train chase.
Currently on display in the hall.

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Another today from the Huckleberry Hound school of animation. Ladies and Gentlemen Snagglepuss.

Snagglepuss is a pink well dressed mountain lion (?) who is similar in mannerisms to the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz. He first appeared on the The Quick Draw McGraw show and then became a regular on the Yogi Bear show. This is another original hand painted cel and is currently on display on the stairs.

As you can probably tell I’m a big fan of these multi position set up cels used by the animators to create lots of different poses. You get a lot of the character for your money.

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Next up is another Southern Gentleman and my favourite blue dog. Mr Huckleberry Hound. Never one of the Main Street cartoon characters and not one of the slapstick types, just a gentle all round nice guy.
Most of his short films consisted of Huck trying to perform jobs in different fields, ranging from policeman to dogcatcher, with results that backfired, yet usually coming out on top, either through slow persistence or sheer luck.
This is an original hand painted cel signed by the artist.
Currently on display on the stairs.

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