THE SKETCHER

2009

ALEXANDER PEACOCK

RUNNING TIME: 14 MINS

 

An aspiring artist breaks up with his partner and giving himself one last chance, starts afresh in Italy.

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BACKGROUND

This was the first film Peacock made outside of Scotland. He utilised two upcoming holidays to craft a personal story about an artist struggling to find inspiration. The film was written and filmed to be his debut feature film with a length of around ninety minutes but was cut down dramatically during the editing phase at the suggestion of Iain Anderson after viewing the rough cut before beginning work on his musical score. The film continued to be trimmed until entire scenes and plotlines were dropped in favour of a lean story. Voiceover was written and recorded to help fill in the gaps caused by the rigorous editing.

DIRECTOR NOTES

Although it’s imperfect, especially in the scenes involving my character with any other, this film still moves me the most of my work. The music at the ending is so gentle and sad. I think the voiceover could have been vastly improved but I’ve never been great at writing dialogue. Nothing important is missing from the original cut of the film, just scenes of my character reading tarot cards daily to himself to determine his future and arguing a lot more with his girlfriend. I ended up making a loose sequel to this film with 1A: A Sketcher Learns to Paint.

CAST

The Man: Alexander Peacock
The Girlfriend: Kate Wilson
The Strange Girl: Katy Normand

CREW

Director: Alexander Peacock
Music: Iain Anderson