Tag Archive | silent movies

Why Not Use Words?

There is something really odd about a character that doesn’t talk. Silence holds a unique tension. Stillness is the same. They create a wonderful expectancy. Think of being in any situation with a group of people, one of whom never speaks. What would you think of that person? I not against talking. I’m definitely not against […]

Slapstick Festival 2013 – Peter Lord and Nick Park in Conversation

A packed cinema in the Bristol Watershed was a perfect setting for this very modest evening with the two giants of British animation. Peter Lord lead most of the evening in authoritative style, with regular contributions from the charmingly self-effacing Nick Park. There was no intention of a lecture-style through-line to the evening, but throughout the […]

How to Make a Film on Your Own (or How to Keep a Beard Too Long)

A few years ago, I decided I was going to make a film. Being fairly optimistic, I turned up with just a camera and costume – and a beard that I wasn’t terribly keen on. I had my shooting list for the first day which covered three scenes of about 2 minutes each. Easily done […]

Performer Analysis: Chaplin (or A Kick Up My Backside!)

I had been feeling rather pleased with myself. I had worked out that I’d performed thousands of live shows to over half a million people; I felt that I had a developed a high level of understanding of the process of clowning and visual comedy; and I had just finished making four short slapstick films, which […]

The New Slapstick Film NOW AVAILABLE!

Things have been manic getting the first New Slapstick films through post-production. We are so pleased with the results. And here’s a sneak peek… You can download each episode for just £1.99 Or, if you’re in the UK,you can get the luxuriously packaged DVD! (A perfect stocking filler!) While the proper website is being created, […]

The Celestial Light of the Silver Screen

Since 2006, the well known UK comedian Paul Merton has shared his enthusiasm for silent comedy in books and television programmes. I love Merton’s delight for the genre – and he has made it fashionable with a previously skeptical audience. A few years ago, I went to see Paul Merton talk. I was expecting an […]