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Friday, July 21, 2017

Gum comics sneak preview

William and I are working on a relatively secret project with gum wrappers and the swamp monster. Images were leaked to the public today over facebook. Here is a glimpse...

Thursday, July 20, 2017


It's Griffin's last day in Regina. He and William shot yet another film this afternoon, this one being an extension of one of Griffin's epics. I drove them to the museum so they could shoot a scene there shortly before the museum closed.

Mostly on my niece's interest, we attended the opening night of Dunkirk on Imax film this evening. It was pretty good. The imax is very loud and visceral so nothing seems subtle. We all got opening night t-shirts at the end.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

William more prolific than I am...?

William was working on yet another film today: this one a collaboration with Griffin with Emma's help. It is a mash-up project with scriptless dialog shot against green screen. Each of the three are going to have the footage, which includes 2-3 characters played by each of them, and will edit freely and wildly.
We took a walk and found Christine and Ken's impressive new garage mural. Awesome!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

William makes a movie, Dad has a birthday

Working with increasing independence, William took up my super-8 camera, loaded it, planned a film project (along with his friends Emma and Griffin) and shot the whole thing today. Three or four shots near the end had all three of them in it so he asked me to run the camera for those. Otherwise, this one was untouched by Gerald's hands. I'm excited about it. I'll be sending it to the lab along with the rock circle film and the two "One Take" films so we'll have video versions.

Dad's birthday was Monday but he had his last clinic appointment with medication that day and that has been making him very tired so mom had us over for cake on Tuesday. Dad got worn out early but had way more energy than before and was in quite a good mood. It was a nice evening. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

cool day to catch up

Temperature dropped to mid-20s today so I started getting caught up in a bunch of things. The morning was spent helping out mom with dad. Had lunch with group at Martin's. The department got a camera donated, which is always nice. William built a wall from the three dozen pieces of Dubble Bubble gum that we opened to find two comics we'd not previously found. He's over half way through his Pud project, but that should mean that we should find new comics in half the pieces we open. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saskatoon day 3 (Sunday)

Brunched at the Underground Cafe on 20th Street before heading home. William and I played "The Game of Life", which has been changed a bit since I was a kid. It's not a great game but we had some fun. I had to use a dime in stead of a car because there was only one car and no people-pips left in the box. He chose no education or other upgrades. I was sure I would win but he did. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saskatoon day 2 (Saturday)

I got up early on Saturday and took in the pool. I love being the only person at a pool, it is very meditative. Someone else arrived at 8:30 so I left. We had lunch at a pinball diner. It costs a buck a game so it is more or less like the old days except the machines are well maintained. We popped past the book store to surprise Ed Willett as he was signing his new book.
We then drove out to Wanuskewin Heritage park were there was an opening of a new exhibit (bob cat traps from sticks) that was cool. I also went on the walking tour. Very hot out but worthwhile.

ancient bison bone
In the evening we attended Richard III at the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. It was fairly well done but I felt overall it was a bit rushed and lacking in depth that pacing may have helped with.