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Artist and Filmmaker Gary Thomas looks at the relationship between art and film, why it's sometimes uncomfortable, and how he deals with his own 'strands', (including disability), both personally and professionally. He'll also be writing about his own work as well as developing other projects, including films about the Olympics.

End of Year Round Up

27 December 2012

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Gary Thomas in the local Paper

I thought I’d blog about how 2012 has gone for me. It’s sometimes confusing being a creative person, as the ‘personal’ and the ‘professional’ easily gets mixed up. My ideas, which are sometimes personal, become something I want to write about, then make work from. Anyway, this is a run down of what I achieved this year, and there have been a lot of ‘firsts’ for me. In January I ran a 7 week workshop at The Orpheus Centre, teaching filmmaking, and...

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State of The Arts Conference, 14th Feb 2012 (Blog1)

16 February 2012

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I was selected as one of 50 bursary winners to attend the State of The Arts Conference in Manchester, on 14th February. You can read the twitter stream by looking up the hashtag #SOTA12 and podcasts will be available soon. OK. Lets start with the really obvious thing, that shouldn’t have been obvious at all. Throughout the conference, even on the film, there were no subtitles, and no BSL Interpreters. What were ACE thinking? Has it been like this for the past three years? This was my...

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My 2011

2 January 2012

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Screen image of iCal Calendar for April 2011

  Happy New Year! I thought I’d start this year by recapping last year. Why do I think last year was so good when I had a family bereavement in January & I was assaulted by 2 'youths' in August? I think, at least for the past year, I've been feeling pretty well, and simply didn't want to let things get in the way of what I was doing -  possibly because I had such a terrible 2010. The other reasons are work & funding.  I've done more this year than I ever have,...

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The Dog & The Palace, Phase 2

24 November 2011

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A young actor playing with a dog and a dog statue

Hooray! Let me say that again. Hooray!! The Dog & The Palace, my split screen film installation inspired by a dream I had way back in 2009 (complete with original alternate ending) has received a second lot of arts council funding so it can be completed. This means that come January, it’ll be full on finding locations, finding a Queen look a like, and finding a handful of Paralympic / Olympic athletes who’ll agree to take part in the film. And maybe a small crowd too....

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Save the Date! - 31st October 2012

14 November 2011

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Storyboard with 12 pink index cards filled with writing pinned on it

 So, that’s it then… Well at least I’ve sent the form off to book the room, now I have to write the thing! Good Lord. What am I on about? I’m on about the 31st October 2012. That’s right, when everybody’s absolutely stuffed with anything to do with the Olympics and Paralympics (except for my short film of course, which will be playing for many years after ;) 31st October 2012 is when you can all come to the lovely Dorking Halls and hear the first ever...

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Gary Thomas' Project The Dog & The Palace Film & Workshops wins Inspire Mark

21 June 2011

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A statue of the Dog on the steps of a palace, sitting on a cushion.

Gary Thomas' new project The Dog & The Palace Film and Workshops has been granted the Inspire Mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire Programme. The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Dog & The Palace is about a young boy who is so inspired by watching the 2012 Olympic Games on TV that he decides to write to The Queen of England to say 'Thank You'. He sends...

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Full 'stream' ahead

11 June 2011

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Gary Thomas in the local paper

I've been thinking I need to do a new blog post for sometime now so here it is. I've had a very busy time preparing and then 'doing' upstream, which was a major experience for me and one that I've been more than happy to be a part of. There was so much work I wanted to do in preparation for it that (along with everything else) for two or three weeks beforehand I felt like I didn't even have time to piss (I'm writing that cos I actually thought that a few times in the run up to it!) So things...

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Gary Thomas takes his film script forward after some successful pitching...

12 April 2011

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The Script, marked up

My brain is all mushy right now and I don't think I could be any more tired unless I was actually giving birth. I'm not, so that's fine. Anyway, I'm this way because rather than JUST doing loads of prep for the film shoot on Wednesday & Thursday I also went to a comedy writing festival on Saturday and a producers talk on Sunday in London. I stayed overnight in a hotel in Finchley (of all places!) and I got to practice pitch my feature film script to two of the biggest names in indie film...

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Pulling it all together

3 April 2011

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Go Team Gary! I didn't write that, a friend put it at the end of an email and it does seem rather apt at the moment. You see, things are moving way faster than I could have imagined, and that's what needs to happen right now because time is indeed of the essence. How did this happen? I hear you cry. Even if you didn't I'll tell you anyway. I asked a friend I've known for a relatively short time (Christine Wilkinson) if she would write an application to ACE for R&D...

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PR Sweetie!

25 March 2011

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Photo of Gary Thomas wearing jeans and a light blue jumper

Everyone needs PR even if we're not sure what we're doing or how to do it. If you're an artist its crucial to get your success' out there and let people know about it. Here is a 'Press release' that I sent to a few people and am putting it here to tell even more people about my journey in the Arts. Gary Thomas has been selected for UPSTREAM, a major showcase of deaf & disabled artists in the South East. Work will be show as part of the Brighton Festival, 24th - 26th May 2011. A development...

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Embracing 'Interference'

14 March 2011

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stilll from Friends TV show

I've recently subscribed to Chris Brogan's blog posts email, which contains useful information and suggestions on what to write about. The recent email is all about confidence, and suggests writing a post on where I'm headed, so here it is. Er.... Who knows? Really, I mean I think about where I'm heading a lot, and as much as I like having plans, things conspire to interfere. Now, sometimes what happens when 'things' interfere with plans is WAY more interesting than the original plan. And...

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Gary Thomas on what we can learn from 'everyone else'

13 February 2011

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A cartoon image of a red carpet leading up stairs

I've been talking to a couple of people recently about ambitions. Okay, mainly my ambitions, but certainly ambitions. You see, I want to aim quite high, so at a recent arts meeting in London (more to be revealed eventually!) I stated in a sort of unsure voice in a room full of disabled artists - “I want to be mainstream”. And then, after a pause: “I want to be nominated for the Turner Prize.” Yep. That's what I said. And now I've written it down. Shit me. Silly isn't it?...

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