Just to prove I'm still here, and still doing things, here's a photo of some recent film-related activity:
Sam came up to give a masterclass, and afterwards we managed to get half an hour in the recording studio where he recorded some poetry and readings which will form part of the narration for Lines of Flight. It was great to work with him at last, although a little unnerving to be directing him - however, most of what I know about directing I've learned from him, so we seemed to manage to communicate pretty well.
So, that was pretty exciting. Since then, we've got another chunk of filming done, including some great footage of, and an interview with Andy Popp, an interview with Graham Hoey about gritstone climbing, and tonight we recorded an interview with Allan Austin - his route "Western Front" (1958) at Almscliff is one of the climbs we'll have in our film. Pretty amazing, spending an evening listening to someone who was probably the leading gritstone climber of his generation in the 1950s.
We've still got some work to do, but Richard gave us a first rough edit yesterday which is a really good indication of how the film might look - we were pretty thrilled with what we've got and how its shaping up. Once I get the taster trailer tied up, I'll post it here.