Litfest 2010 blog: Day Four - Manga, Kubrick and a world premiere
THE day started with an unusual form of literature in the shape of a Manga Convention, in the Quayside building on the University of Huddersfield campus.
Manga fans of all ages enjoyed a day of engaging in activities such as a Manga and anime quiz and challenging each other on computer consoles, from local supplier Team Consoles.
Attendees came dressed in their favourite cosplay outfit, which included characters such as Hetalia, Kiba and Alice in Wonderland, they were later awarded prizes for their efforts.
Also attendees had the chance to enter into an art competition which was later judged by the Manga Management most senior members.
Featuring at the convention were suppliers The Strip who stock Japanese comics and are situated in the Byram Arcade, Huddersfield, The real toy shop which is an online store that sells Manga figurines, also selling figurines was the Halifax based store Collect @ and Caldergraphics supplied all the materials needed to create a manga masterpiece.
Some of the comments from the day included "It’s a land of fun" and "very epic"
Over in Milton building Tim Moss ran the Film and Adaptation workshop in association with Northern Student Scriptwriters Conference featuring industry figure Paul Walsh.
I hear they had a really great buffet, unfortunately I didn’t get chance to catch up with the activities over in the Milton Building so other than the buffet I don’t have much to report.
Again importantly I wasn’t over in Phipps when sleeping beauty kicked off, so don’t have much to say about this until tomorrow and I have had chance to catch up with my colleague so hopefully will write back with more.
The final event of the day was an adaptation event that opened with an introduction from Ra Page of Comma Film, he introduced The Pleasures of War, a short film about sex and war, the film invited viewers to speculate on the natures of sexuality and brutality.
Following this Sara Maitland opened by talking about the difference of collaborating with men and women and how she once received a phone call from the late Stanley Kubrick who had never worked with a women before and had suggested she could add something to a script which he wanted to challenge the limits of femininity and masculinity.
The first world premiere of the specially commission adaptation of Sara Maitland's acclaimed short story ‘Moss Witch’ which was directed and turned into a 2D animation by Lisa Risbec.
Moss Witch also recently became runner up in the BBC Short Story Award. One of the questions posed from the audience included "What do you think you gain/lose adapting a story into a short film?" Sara replied that "inevitably you lose detail, but what Moss Witch in particularly gained was the colour green".
When the film finished it received a rapturous applause and all guests seemed very pleased, although did not fill any comment forms in.