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.


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:


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.



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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.

Fleapit at Encounters

We’re very excited that the Digital Fleapit has been invited to exhibit at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in September alongside other pervasive media screen-based projects – including another project I’m involved in with Tim Kindberg and Hazel Grian, the Nth Screen. The miniature cinema will be programmed with suitably tiny movies – a range of the best 90-second DepicT! entries over the last few years, together with 3-minute films from this year’s 0117 Film Challenge.