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A short film made very quickly in response to Owain Astle's 'Sleeping Rough' project on homelessness in the UK.
A good, serious, well made little film. Similar situation to house prices in Australia, which are way out of proportion to income, and beyond the reach of many now. Negative Gearing (tax concessions for investors buying properties to rent out) are partly to blame, and naturally rents go up with "values" to keep renters trapped forever. We bought a modest 2 BR in a slightly shabby suburb in 1985, worth 11 times as much now, where wages have only tripled. There is very little shelter built for the homeless, but many business design doorways so it is impossible to sleep in them- a bit like the spikes they put in to stop pigeons roosting on a ledge.
Well, normally I focus on the animation, but in this case it is the subject matter which engages my attention - which probably means the film is doing exactly what it is supposed to. Nice work!
Thanks, Nick, for your comments. If the subject matter has engaged you, then the film has succeeded! I am sorry to hear that Australia is also following the ultimately disastrous route the UK has taken.
I condensed down lots of comments into the basic premise that homelessness is just the extreme end of the housing crisis in the UK, and that this problem has been growing for many years. I saw a vendor of the Big Issue with a santa hat on, and built the film around that image. The picture of the real person is the project's business card, so it links back into the 'Sleeping Rough' project.
I am trying to use very short films to improve my animation while still doing something that might be worth watching. The puppet had very short legs, which were really difficult to move, something to pay more attention to in making. Head was super sculpey, and I was surprised how much expression it seemed to have despite not being animated.
I used Thomas Nichol's winder for the escalator, with a paper tape measure from IKEA stuck inside the escalator itself. Brilliant bit of kit! I would not be without it. I fixed the winder box to the set, and ran the toothed rack through it, with the puppet mounted on the top. But the escalator needed to go further than one rack-length - so I put my second rack in the back and continued winding.
Still having issues with flicker. This time it seems to be the connections in my (rather old) Dedolights. The one I have repaired functions well without flicker, but another one was all over the place...
I just watched your short film and I thought it was very very good. It did touch a nerve. Well done Simon... :)
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