If you follow me you know I am passionate about creating the best art I can all the time. My primary medium is motion picture and I want to share my new project Inferno with you. A project we have been working on for over a year.
Inferno is a feature length adaptation of Dante’s Inferno. One of the critical element of this feature is a series of custom built masks which are central to the over all look of the film. This picture details the design process from early concept to final paint.
We have launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help us finish this project and it is LIVE RIGHT NOW. If you think this is awesome, if you want us to be able to keep making more stuff like this then I respectfully request that you support us on KS. Pledges start as low at $10. $10, that is less than a meal out with your friends!
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker tackles his toughest test as German is welcomed at St John's Synagogue || World Cup winner does not shirk his nation’s past as he is welcomed at St John’s Wood Synagogue and answers questions from Jewish fans:
Until he came to London, to play for Arsenal, Per Mertesacker had never before met a Jewish person. Then, one Friday night, when the new signing was living in Hampstead, his neighbour invited him and his wife round for a Shabbat meal. This was some cultural summit meeting. And it was, the giant German centre-back recalled, rather awkward when he was expected to contribute to the musical section of the evening. But the welcome was so effusive – and the food so delicious – he overcame his nerves and soon settled in.
Later that night, however, in conversation around the dinner table, he discovered that his new neighbours also had German heritage. So, he politely inquired whether they spoke the language. No, he was told. On their arrival in England, escaping the Nazis, their grandparents had forbidden German ever being spoken in the house. It was, he recalled, a chastening moment. “We have a responsibility for our history,” Mertesacker suggested. “We – the new generation of Germans – have to show everybody that we are honest, that we do not shy away from it and that we will teach our kids to do things properly.”
Mertesacker was revealing his Friday-night dining experience during a fundraising event at the St John’s Wood Synagogue in north London on Wednesday night. A charitable soul who runs his own foundation in his home town of Hanover, targeting disadvantaged youngsters, he was, it turned out, the first former member of the German army ever to set foot in the place. Not that he had borne arms during his year of compulsory national service.
“I told them I was too big to fit in a tank,” he explained. “So, I took the social option, I worked in a hospital for people with mental illness.” Questioned by the London-based German journalist Raphael Honigstein in the synagogue’s social hall, in flawless English Mertesacker talked about his relationship with his country’s past. To a large and almost exclusively Jewish audience, he explained that he had, as a schoolboy, visited Auschwitz.
“You have to face it,” he said of the Holocaust. “In that place you got an imagination of what happened. Of course, you can never understand it. But you come away thinking that what we did in the past must never, ever happen again.”
Just turned 30, Mertesacker has several more years to look forward to as a top-flight defender. But when he does retire, one thing is sure, he could walk into a job in the diplomatic corps. In a place with every justification to be suspicious of a young German, he gave a masterclass in the subtle breaking down of barriers.
After sitting through a short fundraising film detailing the work of the synagogue’s youth wing, called Tribe, he was asked how he might ever top the experience of winning the World Cup last July. Scarcely missing a beat, he said: “Easy. Next year I fancy going on the Tribe summer camp.” At which point, the hall erupted in cheers.
Indeed, what was evident in the synagogue was the enormous power sport – and football in particular – has to bring people together. Here was a substantial crowd, many of whom had relatives murdered in the Holocaust, welcoming a representative of the nation that devastated their families with a warmth that was remarkable. Why? Largely because he plays for the football team many of them support. Even the rabbi confessed that he was “a religious Gooner”. By which he meant he worshipped frequently at the altar of the Arsenal.
Thus it was that when Honigstein invited questions from the floor, nobody was anxious to quiz Mertesacker on what his views were on the state of Israel or to ask him what his grandfather did in the war. Nobody sought to blame him for what had been done in a previous German generation’s name.
What they wanted to know was something much more pressing: do Arsenal ever actually practise defending corners? And why does the Arsenal manager insist on playing people out of position? And what was the best shirt he ever swapped? To which the answers were yes, it’s only because there’s an injury crisis and “opponents aren’t that much interested in my shirt”. Though at the World Cup semi-final he had swapped his top with Fred.
“He retired after that game,” he said of the Brazilian centre-forward. “He went out on a low.”
And when one man asked a lengthy question about Arsenal’s tactical shortcomings, he replied, to great applause, “You’d make a good manager. Maybe you can come to the dressing room and tell us how to do it.”
This was a German who would always be welcome to Shabbat.
I’m directing a short film for my final semester at university. It’s about a young woman called Anna, who is on the Autism Spectrum.
We have some production costs which are necessary to make the film. The minimum cost at the moment is looking to be about $400NZD, which is more than my producer and I can pay out of our own pockets. I know a lot of you lovely people already gave a lot of your hard-earned money to Lovely Little Losers, and we are all so grateful about that. However, this film is a production I’m doing on my own, and even if you can fund me $1, that would mean the world to me. Please check out the kickstarter page for more information on how to support us, and what your money will be going towards.
If you want more information about the script or my approach for this film, please let me know. I feel very passionately about telling Anna’s story as genuinely and as truthfully as possible. I don’t want to paint her as a victim, and I don’t want it to be farcical in any way.
Thank you x
(also yes I know my name is spelt wrong on the page but it can’t be changed now because the kickstarter has begun fml)
I'm not as financially stable as I would like to be, but I really have a passion for writing. I have script that I would like it to be made into a short film. I want to shop it to producers,but I'm afraid that they won't even look at it, if I do not have a lot funds. Any advice?
Well, thankfully, funds can come from a lot of places, and some people even consider it part of the producers jobs to help you get funds.
I say start to shop it around, be reasonable on who you shop it to, and be aware that yes, some won’t even look at it.
But some might, and they might go “hey, I know a person who’s wanting to invest in films like this, lets also run it by them.” or go “hey, this is open for some really awesome product placement that would EASILY get us all the money” and then you’ll be able to go.