Rachel and a Bus Adventure Blog 35~Yoyo and Gravity

April 30, 2010 by  
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Yoyo and Rachel discuss gravity over donuts before Rachel leaves for Kansas City.  Yoyo and gravity go together like… well, like yo yos and gravity!

FULL SERIES

Rachel and a Bus Adventure Blog 09~Stop Sawing the Table

March 2, 2010 by  
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Rachel meets one of her animation inspirations, Richard Condie.


Best of the Fest!

December 4, 2009 by  
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“Nagasaki Circus”

The short Bravo!FACT, NFB, BookShorts film directed by Rachel Peters, written by Martin Ewen, puppetted by Lee Zimmerman and composed by Becky Booker

recently made the “Best of the Fest” by audience choice, at the Hamilton Film Festival, in Hamilton Ontario.

Congratulations to all involved!

Rachel’s Friends

January 12, 2009 by  
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Links to friends Rachel loves to brag about:

PERFORMERS

Musician, Larry Norman (1947-2008)

Robert Nelson is “The Butterfly Man”

Lurk, the cynical stilt-waking mime

Lee Zimmerman, The Puppet Guy

Aerial Angels

Musician, Bob Wiseman

Pianist, Becky Booker

Musician, Dave Thompson

Musicians, McKenna

Musician, Jacob Moon

Ken Abell and Oblique Magazine

Comedian, Dave Coulier

The Kratt Brothers

FILMMAKERS and ANIMATORS

Animation filmmaker, John F. Weldon

BookShorts Inc

The National Film Board of Canada

Squeeze Animation

Chuck Gammage

VISUAL ARTS

Lampwork by Elly Peters

The art of Scott Ireland

Carole Peters, Pyrographer

Monster Factory

Gerry Zeldin, Painter

AUTHORS

Paul Quarrington (1953 – 2010)

RACHEL IS A FAN OF

Beryl Productions

Lyle Lovett

Stephen Fry

C.S. Lewis

Stuart McLean

Philip Yancey


Behind the Scenes of “Nagasaki Circus”

January 5, 2009 by  
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Fresh and hot off the youtube!

Watch the story of how the film “Nagasaki Circus” came to be.
Get glimpses of the marionette filming process and hear Martin Ewen’s take on life as a cynical, stilt-walking mime.

Photo Gallery

December 24, 2008 by  
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Click on the photo once for it to fill the screen, and again in the bottom right-hand corner for its full, high-resolution size.

SELFIE!

Light Monkey Photography –
lightmonkey.ca

Faunus - digileg faun

Faunus – digileg faun project. Costume by Rachel Peters

Faunus in the City

Faunus in the City

faunus

faunus – unique stilt-walking performance piece

Photo by Evan Young

Photo by Evan Young

Photo by Evan Young

Photo by Evan Young

Photo by Quade Hermann

Photo by Quade Hermann

Rachel and Lurk at the TO Busker Fest

Rachel and Lurk at the TO Busker Fest

Rachel on the set of "Nagasaki Circus"

Rachel on the set of “Nagasaki Circus”

Rachel and Lee, Filming

Rachel and Lee, Filming

The Cuppa Coffee Broadcast Crew during our shoot with Lewis Black, 2007

The Cuppa Coffee Broadcast Crew during our shoot with Lewis Black, 2007 – Photo courtesy of Cuppa Coffee

fire eating show – stage and street (with audience volunteer)

On the street with Sharon "From Canada" Mahoney

Chalking cartoons of Sharon “From Canada” Mahoney

Busking at Toronto Busker Fest

I thought it was one of those "put your face in this place" novelty things... you know... BE the hockey player's crotch.

I thought it was one of those “put your face in this place” novelty cut-outs… you know… BE the hockey player’s crotch.

Angry Baby

Happy Baby

Nagasaki Circus is a Wrap! …and I aint talkin’ a chicken caesar wrap!

October 4, 2008 by  
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I’ve spent the last year creating 6 minutes of film entitled “Nagasaki Circus”.
My longest work yet (I am a commercial maker) was written by a cynical, stilt-walking mime named Martin “Lurk” Ewen.
Martin, a mime, turned out to be one of the most articulate human beings I’ve ever encountered (innately poetic, no?) and upon reading his short story of the same name, I couldn’t help but want to try to do it justice in film.
The story sat in my mind for close to a year, searching for a style and a medium worthy of its surreal nature, and then I discovered Lee Zimmerman and his hypnotic marionette show.
I believe Lee was the piece of the puzzle that brought us all together.  We all knew each other from the variety performance community, which created a great dynamic.  In variety performance, there’s about a half-a-degree of separation from everyone else.  I love my hippy world.  I’m glad it was able to successfully cross over into my other hippy world.
Eventually the project was taken on by executive producer, Judith Keenan and Bookshorts and we ended up with funding and encouragement from Bravo!FACT as well as the National Film Board of Canada.
This was my second film with the National Film Board’s involvement and I hope it’s the sign of a long lasting relationship.

The final piece is now touring with the Moving Stories Film Festival and will be submitting to other film festivals shortly.  Bravo!FACT has graciously let us hold off on airing the film until the summer of 2009 so that we can get the most out of our festival endeavors.

To read more about “Nagasaki Circus”, see what The Moving Stories Film Festival has to say in their press release.

Also, be sure to take a look at the Moving Stories tour schedule to see when it might be passing throughyour area!

Update: Watch “Nagasaki Circus”.