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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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.


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We are making progress with the digital fleapit with the first stage of the box that will become the cinema now completed by Simon Dorgan of Urbi et Orbi.


Now Tarim is working on the innards and I will soon be sewing the curtains. All very exciting!

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.