Friday, May 26, 2017

THE DEMOCRATIC SET - Utrecht

With Back to Back Theatre we made the almost 30th interation of the Democratic set film at Festival Tweetakt, Holland. So many cyclists but only one made it into the 15 second-of-fame box. 20 refugee children, one ballerina, one security guard, one hamster, several clog dancers, a knitting circle, some coloured oil projectors, the Mayor of Utrecht and a Gypsy band all made it into the film. New 'Dem Set' techniques were a newly automated camera track, live iPhone feed, and taking the back off the box exposing the beautifully festooned glasshouse in the middle of the Tweetakt hub. With great help from the Tweetakt crew this took 1 day to set up, 2 days to film and 2 days to edit. The edit on day 2 found a new beginning and several other links which focussed on the complexities of Utrecht's contemporary cultures set against the traditional.
Screened in six different venues in the festival.  What a joy to make a film in 5 days in a city of intelligence and compassion.