#WorldBookDay… a discussion and short film

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In the world of social media and technology do we still find time to read a book?

A fly on the wall overheard our discussion in the office today about how we hardly ever pick up a physical book these days and lose ourselves in that wonderful place, where dusty pages and penetrating words paint a world of personal images.

Here is a selection of our favourite books and why:

 

   Ros chose The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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Since my daughter Shayla was born the only books I’ve had time to read are ten pages long…

Shayla and I love this book – it follows the journey of a caterpillar who hatches from an egg and goes about finding food to make himself strong enough to build a cocoon.

At the end he emerges as a beautiful butterfly.

It’s gorgeously illustrated too.

 

         Yvonne chose The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

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This book has always haunted me…

A beautiful bleak story set on the coast of Newfoundland where the main character Quoyle confronts his demons and the unpredictable forces of nature and society. As the story slowly unfolds he begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery.

The book is hypnotic with each chapter opening with an image and description of a fisherman’s knot. This beautiful introduction to each section acts as a metaphor for the upcoming text. Magical!

                                                    Marcel chose English is Easy, Casaba is Dead by Peter Doktorov

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I guess being brought up in Slovakia, I have an affinity to this book…

The story outlines how the mafia worked in Slovakia and is written almost like a play with an undertone of dark humor.

                                                     Richard chose Down Lambeth Way by Mary Staples

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I love this book because it depicts family life, history and relationships…

It is the first edition to a series of books set in the Lambeth area during the First World War.  There are about ten books in the series and it spans from 1914 up until the Second World War mainly focusing on the Adams Family.

The Adams family of Walworth were poor, cheerful, and above all respectable – even though they sometimes had to seek a little help from the pawnbroker. It was 1914, everyone was going to be affected, things were going to change. But whatever happened, the Adams family – gutsy, tough and cheeky – would come through.

                                              Fatmata chose Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Robert Southey

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I don’t really have a favourite book, but my five year-old daughter absolutely loves this story…

One of the most popular fairy tales in the English language it was first published anonymously in 1837.

The original tale tells of an ugly, old woman who enters the forest home of three bachelor bears whilst they are away.

What was originally a fearsome oral tale became a cosy family story with Goldilocks replacing the old woman and the three bachelor bears transformed into Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear. This later version now only has a hint of menace!

Radio 4 moments

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The other day we had the wonderful opportunity of recording the actor Tom Graham for a voiceover session.
Tom is most famous for his roll in the world’s longest running soap ‘The Archers’ on Radio 4.

For 17 years he played the character Tom Archer but in November 2014 quite suddenly got written out of the programme when a new editor was brought in. This was to the dismay of avid ‘Archers’ followers and the great British public were in an uproar which led to a twitter and media frenzy!

Anyway, all that aside, Tom was a lovely guy who was a true pro and delivered the goods with time to spare for a chat and a cuppa!

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‘Leap’ day at the British Urban Film Festival

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Our very own Director/Writer Ros Gihan-Wiliams met with actors Julia Florimo and Mark Hayden at the British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) for the screening of Leap.

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BUFF was established in 2005 and initially was formed to showcase urban independent cinema activity in the UK. Over the years the festival has gained momentum and is now supported by a board of actors, journalists, film critics and filmmakers.

BUFF Founder and Director, Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe, describes the festival as “A great shop window for filmmakers to showcase their talent and their personalities as producers and directors. It’s a great opening also for actors, actresses, cinematographers, writers, musicians and other key crew to showcase their talents and personalities to an appreciative audience”.

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BUFF 2015 was supported by Channel 4 and London Live. The 6 day event featured 27 screenings and 4 UK Premieres.

We were proud to be part of it!!!

LVP’s leap second

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Today, Tuesday 30 June, a leap second will pause clocks at midnight as the entire planet gains a second.

This leap second is designed to allow the Earth’s rotation (which is gradually slowing) to catch up with atomic clocks. The Earth’s rotation fluctuates daily and is slowing down due to a phenomenon known as “moon drag”. Without correction, civil time would slowly drift and in approximately 800 years from now the sun would be at it’s highest point at 1pm rather than midday.

To acknowledge this fascinating event we have put together 24 frames of working at London Video Productions. Each time you view Our Leap Second at LVP a different image will leap out.