Anyway, we wanted to keep the momentum going. With my foot problems, we had to stay in the studio, so we shot more of me demonstrating how I created various characters from my books.
We began by re-shooting bits of the earliest film: Drawing a Cat, because it was too difficult to see parts of it, especially the initial stages of me demonstrating (we hadn't bought our fancy lights at that point). I decided to demo something slightly different though this time round, to make it a new film too, so instead of the singing kitten from the first film, from Baby Goes Baaaaa! I drew the kitten from Baby Can Bounce!, sharing an ice-cream with a cute spider:
It takes AGES. I really understand now why film sets are so boring! It's mostly about getting the lighting set up. It's amazing how incredibly dark a very bright room can look, plus there are all sorts of issues with me getting silhouetted against windows, reflections off the books, or sunlight going in and out. We generally have to have the blinds down and then re-light the room artificially, to keep it constant.
Then there's noise. All phones have to be disabled to stop someone calling in the middle of the shot; the computer has to be completely off (too much fan-noise); all windows have to be closed (even when we are frying under the lights!) in case of background noise... it's a right performance. Would you believe it, we had just got set up when a neighbour had a contractor round to pump out their drains - it held up play for over an hour!
The final spanner-in-the-works is me. I like to do my talking off-the-cuff, so it sounds as fresh and natural as possible. That means it often needs a fair few takes before I stop fluffing it, or saying something that sounds completely idiotic.
It was funny: above the desk in the photo at the top, everything looks pretty normal but, down below, we had to lash my bad foot to the cross-beam of the drawing desk with one of John's belts, because I still had to keep it elevated. It is even packed in ice, wrapped in the tea-towel:
As well as the kitten demo, we also shot films of me drawing all three bears from Bears on the Stairs:
John is working on the editing now, why I am getting on with The Jungle Grumble. I will of course let you know when they are ready for viewing. In the meantime, you can see all our films to date on my YouTube channel.