I’m part of a team of improv friends who regularly take part in an annual New Zealand 48hr film competition. This year’s event was cancelled, but then the organisers did a big “wait, hey” and decided to run a version where everyone is confined to filming in their own houses. Starting point is a random genre (we got SciFi) and some elements that need to be included, the result has to be between 1 minute and 3 minutes long. It was, as always, silly stressful mostly fun. After some distributed filming, shonkily edited together with some bad sci-fi effects, we ended up with a 2 1/2 minutes of weird fly-point of view story. The “flycam” view totally justifies the shaky camera work. The actual film can’t be shared anywhere until after the judging in a couple of weeks (there are over 2,000 entries to be officially watched!), but here’s the poster, reusing an old macro photo of mine.
May has been a silly/busy/creative month
- Taking part in my first non-student art exhibition
- Being ‘creative lead’ for a comedy festival improv show
- Making a 7-minute movie in a 48 hour film festival – as camera person, gorilla, director and editor.
All these projects were shared with good friends – I am lucky to know so many crazy-creative and lovely people.
At the ‘Art by Funny People’ exhibition, at Thistle Hall, I especially enjoyed encouraging people to try on my masks (which were exhibited with a “please touch” notice). A mask on a wall is, at best, only a half-finished artwork. I am always fascinated by the way the same mask looks weirdly different on different people. Young blokes were particularly drawn to the newest mask, a very heavily bearded man, but keeness to try on a different gender was another characteristic quirk of interaction with the masks.
During the show another masked character (persona? entity?), Toothfish, visited the gallery and viewed the masks. A reviewer visited too, commenting that “Ali Little’s masks have a distinct palette and style, and a pleasing interactive display. They ask to be used. ” My first art review!
The Comedy Festival show All-Star Gorilla was a revival of the traditional Keith Johnstone format – one that the Wellington Improvisation Troupe hold the local licence for, deliberately going back to doing the show by the book. We had a lot of fun directing each other in favourite games, and taking turns being the eponymous gorilla. Meeting the public in costume when handing out flyers to promote the show, was an interesting experience. Instead of the usual eyes-slide-past reaction, when maybe one in ten people will take a flyer, people actively approached Dru, boldly or shyly, to take flyers and pose for photographs. Continue reading