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The making of

'A Visit To The Moon's'

As was mentioned in my film, Joan and I have known Bryan and Cicely for over 50 years. We first met when we were students at Southampton School of Art. He was ex-RAF whilst I still had to do my two year's National Service. Bryan had stayed on in the RAF for extra time so that when he left he could keep his retiring Alsatian guard dog, 'Killie'.

Bryan Moon
Bryan Moon
He was one of a group of senior students who were mostly ex-service and his love of animals, particularly dogs at that time, led to a spare time interest giving dog handling displays at shows. On the odd occasion Joan and I got talked in to helping make up the number of dog handlers, even though we had no experience. After completing Art School and National Service I spent a year at Vickers Supermarine at Hursley near Southampton, working in the technical illustration and publicity department where Bryan also worked. I left after about a year to join an advertising agency in London but Bryan embarked on a career in the aircraft and airline business with success as a member of the British and American Society of Aviation Artists.
His career took him and his family to the USA but we met up on the odd occasion when he was in the UK. After his retirement he embarked on a very successful venture in his art especially his animal 'whimsicals'. His pastel paintings of World War 2 aircraft subjects were always well researched and this led him into one of his most important current interests, that of tracking down the aircraft crash sites left from the war. His operation is called MIA (Missing In Action) Hunters.
A Whimsical

This interest and fascination has taken him and Cicely to many parts of the world. It was his recounts and stories of their adventures and expeditions that fascinated me. So when we were invited to go and visit them in Minneapolis I thought I could not miss the opportunity to try and put a film together. However I did not want to make too much of an intrusion into our short holiday time with them or into their life style, so broached the subject gently. I was pleased when Bryan said he would talk to me 'on camera'. With some knowledge of his stories I arranged each shooting virtually off the cuff but to a rough idea of an overall plan. Of course I was very fortunate to have a very experienced presenter and speaker in a very good location. There were virtually no retakes and editing was relatively easy. Fortunately when given the time to browse around Bryan's studio I had taken the opportunity to film the close-ups and cutaways that I thought I might need. I am quite pleased with the final film which has been approved by Bryan. There are one or two places where I would have liked to produce the film differently, given the opportunity, but to shoot more material it would have meant a long trip to do so. The film was entered for our club Non Holiday Competition and the Surrey Film Festival, interestingly the judge's comments and observations were slightly different but both quite complimentary.

John Gannaway

UNBELIEVABLE! That's about sums it up really. "Unbelievable," to quote Barbara Gollop in her summary of the Surrey Film & Video Festival this year. To this I must wholly agree. No it wasn't anything to do with any of the content of the films shown that day. Why on earth John Gannaway's superb film "A VISIT TO THE MOONS", never got a certificate of merit is beyond any comprehension - and Barbara and I are not alone in saying that. To my mind this film is a real credit to John and would not look out of place slotted into a BBC programme. It runs to just over 20 very absorbing and interesting minutes and covers the many and diverse interests of a fascinating man. John is too modest to mention it here but "A VISIT TO THE MOONS" won our Non-Holiday Competition and was voted Film Of The Year by our members. Norman Bull

SECOND TAKE October 2006

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by Diggy Mottram

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by John Gannaway