The Fleapit Premieres at Watershed

The Fleapit premiered at The Cary Grant Comes Home For the Weekend Festival at Watershed on 11th October 2014 – its first outing with the new marquee, lights and curtains in full working order – hooray!
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The tiny cinema screened the shortlisted entries from the Cary Grant Film Challenge, short documentaries about Cary Grant’s Bristol, together with trailers for two of his most memorable performances in North by Northwest and Arsenic and Old Lace which were later projected on the much bigger screen at the Bristol Hippodrome as part of the festival gala.

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If you are interested in programming something on The Fleapit then do get in touch to discuss possibilities.


Coming Soon to a Fleapit Near You: Cary Grant Comes Home For The Weekend

The Fleapit marquee is coming along nicely – getting ready for showing some Cary Grant related material in the run up to the Cary Grant Comes Home For the Weekend Festival.

Fleapit Now Showing Cary Grant

Decorating the marquee and signage.

You get to play projectionist: you are invited to get the cinema ready by dimming the lights, opening the curtains and queuing the films, which include a selection of vintage 1950s Pearl & Dean advertising (thanks to Peter Seabrook-Harris for permissions), trailers for Arsenic and Old Lace and North by Northwest (the festival gala double bill) and a film about Archie Leach’s Pastry Fork.

Testing back-lighting by inserting iPad inside!

Testing back-lighting by inserting iPad inside!

The next stage is for Tarim to fit LED lights to the marquee and auditorium, complete the electronics, give the auditorium one final coat of paint and Bob’s your Auntie’s live-in lover. I can’t wait to see the marquee in situ on the rest of the cinema!

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Close up

Fleapit at DepicT! Reception at Encounters 2013

The Fleapit was showcased at Encounters 2013 International Short Film and Animation Festival featuring the best of DepicT! 90-second films and the 0117 Film Challenge.

Here are some pictures of delegates enjoying the installation at the DepicT! reception:




The lovely Sam Groves of Flatpack Film Festival controlling the cinema:


The Fleapit being papped:


Lego spectators:


Tarim being tinkering behind the scenes:


The Arduino circuitry innards:


Tiny Fleapit nearing completion

The tiny Fleapit is due to be revealed shortly.  Once Tarim has finished working on the curtain mechanism we can put the finishing touches on it and display it in Encounters reception at Watershed.  We’ll let you know when it’s live. Here are some photos of work in progress to whet your appetite, including me adding the fringe to the curtains, flocking the beautifully hand-carved seats (made by Simon Dorgan at Urbi et Orbi), the view through the projection booth windows and a mock up of what the curtains will look like once they’re hung.




Projection booth windows

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I couldn’t resist taking a shot of this miniature popcorn stand and little tubs of popcorn with my fingers in shot to show the actual scale.


Setting up at the Parlour Showrooms

Tarim and I were invited to install a giant version of The Fleapit in the Parlour Showrooms as part of Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival’s fringe events this year.  Here are some photos of us setting up with fringe events co-ordinator, Steve Presence and Bert and Joe from Know Alternative.



Ladies bloomers at Parlour Showroom


There’s something rather lovely about these curtains popping up in a shop window – gives a whole new meaning to window shopping.  Tarim suggested calling it Window Screen and we also had Window Jacker as a suggested title, but we decided to stick with Pop-up Fleapit as the film programme and interaction is essentially the same as the tiny version.

Up-scaling the installation to this size has been a huge learning curve, particularly in terms of the physics of back-projection, issues around scanning the QR codes in daylight and the fact that Know Alternative were tasked with setting up Encounters’ Swiss Chalet behind the screen which meant we didn’t have as long a run as we’d like.  But it’s whetted my appetite for further pop-up cinema events in shop windows so watch this space, or get in touch if you have any ideas.

I’m editing a short video documentation of the interactive curtains in action, which I’ll post here soon.

Ladies bloomers cinema curtains

Whilst making the “ladies bloomers” style cinema curtains I strung them across my mum’s kitchen. As you may already know, I’m addicted to cinema curtains.  I don’t know what the attraction is and have ruminated on it a bit here, but I just might have to find space for them at home…

Ladies bloomers cinema curtains