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The making of
SACRED AND PROFANE
by John Gannaway

As We have a friend, Jean, who lives in the centre of Wells in Somerset and she invited us to stay for a few days. She lives only a minute's walk from the Bishop's Palace and she told us there was an exhibition that we must see, of sculptures by Philip Jackson. Fortunately for us the exhibition had been so popular that it had been extended for an extra month, and this was the last week. The weather on the day was perfect and as Jean and Joan walked round the gardens I got busy with my camera filming the sculptures.

 

Gale Force Nun
Guided Missal
The Bishop's Palace Gardens were an excellent setting for Philip Jackson’s fascinating creations. There were very few other visitors and we spent a long time wandering round enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. At the time I had not really formed any idea of how I would handle the results, except that I wanted to take the opportunity to record this intriguing exhibition. As I filmed the exhibits I tried to capture the live atmosphere of the gardens into which these fascinating sculptures had been placed and the fascination grew.
Because it was the very last week, the Bishop’s Palace organisers did not have any programmes or much literature available. When I returned and got to work on my film, I initially thought that I would make a short film of about six or eight minutes long. But I quickly realised, as I worked on editing my film that I wanted to know more of the background behind the creative inspiration to these sculptures. Friend Jean had attended a presentation by Philip Jackson when the exhibition had opened and she had told me a little about his talk. Needing to know more, I contacted his studio by email to try and get more literature. I later had a telephone conversation with his secretary and as a result she told me that Philip had said that he would be pleased to spend a half-an hour with me at his studio to talk about Sacred and Profane.
Mask One

As I found out later, what a scoop! So, as arranged, I duly arrived at his studio in Midhurst, cheekily taking my camera as well, as I thought it would be the easiest way to record his conversation. I took a DVD copy of the short film I had already produced which I played to him and explained that I needed to know more. After he had watched the film I asked him if he would talk me through his creative process as I played the film to him again a second time. I think this worked perfectly from my point of view because as he spoke about his creative inspiration he referred specifically to some of the images that he was viewing. On returning to my studio I was very keen to get started on revising and re-editing my film. The result of course would be that my 9 minute film would be a lot longer, but so much more interesting. With Philip's referral to an image that was on screen, I could time it exactly. I referred to having a ‘scoop'. When I entered ‘Sacred and Profane’ for the Surrey Film Festival competition I was pleased to receive a Commendation Certificate. But the nice thing was the comment from David Longley, who presented the Festival Competition results at the Electric Theatre in Guildford, that he was quite envious that I had been able to make this film about Philip Jackson’s work because he lives in the next village to Philip and has been unable to make any inroads into making contactor even a film about him.

 

SECOND TAKE February 2008

John Gannaway's cinematic fortunes are definitely on the up and up. Following on from his success at the Surrey Film & Video Festival where SACRED AND PROFANE gained a
Certificate of Commendation, he has just learned through the post that the same film has earned him a Three Star Award from the British International Amateur Film Festival. At the
time of writing the award has not yet been presented as the event takes place in Harrogate 17th - 20th April 2008 at The Cairn Hotel. John and Barbara Gollop are journeying up to attend the festival - so we hope to see full report in our next issue. In the meantime I am
sure you will all join in on congratulating John on his latest success. SECOND TAKE APRIL 2008

 

PROGRAMME REVIEW
NONSUCH REVIVAL
THE MAKING OF SACRED AND PROFANE
A DAY TRIP TO CHICHESTER
SUCCESS ON A PLATE
BIAFF 2006 - A MEMBER'S VIEW
THE SURREY FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL 2005
THE FUTURE IS RED
COURT SHORTS
TIME OUT
We came, We shot, We chomped
BOB'S BASIC EDITING GUIDE
My Introduction to the Wonder ful World of DV!
Grandeur of the Granada
FILMS ARE LIKE ELEPHANTS
How 305 Sqaudron was made
THE BIG FIVE "O"
MUSIC COPYRIGHT
NORTH V SOUTH 2008
HOT CHESTNUTS
WIDER AND WIDER
FALLEN ANGELS
EARLY CINE RAMBLINGS
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