December 2nd, 2019

30 Questions - Day 2

Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate

2. If You Had To Work But Didn’t Need The Money, What Would You Choose To Do?

When I was a kid, I was intrigued by puppets.  I particularly loved anything that SmallFilms (video above) made, particularly Bagpuss and The Clangers.  I also saw a live production with string puppets in the Ashcroft Theatre in Croydon in the mid seventies and was enthralled in a way that I haven't been since.  I do not find conventional theatre, opera or ballet particularly interesting, but street theatre, starring large moving animation (think The Giant Girl Marionette in London many years ago, or from my own archive, Cornwall's  own Man Engine ) evokes an emotion in me that conventional performing arts just simply doesn't.  I have a few hand and string puppets of my own and I think if I had my own modest private income that covered bills etc., I would learn puppetry properly and build an art studio which would concentrate on 3D/Stop Motion Animation and would work on my photographic and screen writing skills.  It is the reason I am drawn to Tim Burton's work, although most of his stuff is in collaboration with Henry SellickSellick (without Burton) worked on Neil Gaiman's Coraline, which is another favourite of mine.

Very much on a secondary level, I would progress further on the jewellery making and stained glass courses that I have been on and would make stuff of my own.
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Zion Sleep Syndrome Band