These are a few words I wrote yesterday whilst with Amanda McCormack at Appledore Primary school. Her project has involved the investigation of the pupils local history through interviews and archival photographs. The pupils then dressed up and created tableaux's of the old scenes in the pictures.
Whilst I was with them yesterday they were being filmed and interviewed about the process with their own artwork 'green screened' behind. Whilst they were busy I wrote this.
tiltle - Quiet on Set
Appledore pupils with fidgets boiling
A torrent of ticks belays the impossibility of stillness
All made the harder as the quiet is demanded
Every shuffle squeak and squark gets branded
Caught on VT captured on film
Every noise and twitch baked in this kiln
Director calls 'Quiet on set'
Camera runs speed
Action filming is on
Then questions short and answers long
Of old Appledore deeds, careers and occupations
Gardeners, shop keepers and life boat stations
Pupils storyboard all these vocals
Memory of their tales through the lens
Connecting points spanning time tying ends
Nodes running back through to the local past
Which the pupils have re-lived as historic cast
Costumes, clothes, hats, wigs
Bloodlines caught on camera rigs.