The Western Light Film Project Starts Up
BookShorts Literacy Program continues the 2012-2013 season of productions with The Western Light film project, inspired by Susan Swan’s novel to be released August 29 this year.
The concept for the film piece centres around a dove grey fedora, which resonates on all kinds of literal, figurative and narrative levels, both in the novel, in Susan Swan’s life, and therefore in the film. We’re having one made specially for Susan. The grey beginnings-of-a-hat form on the left in this picture is the starting for any fedora, just a simple form in the colour and material desired. Then its placed on the wooden block to give it its distinctive shape.
The simple grey form on the left will be custom made – with our chosen navy grosgrain ribbon and feathers, which will be a subtle and tasteful spray of peacock blue and pheasant-like mottled white and brown – to resemble the fedora on the right. However, ours will be made authentic to the period of the story/film, 1959, so it will have a wider, wireless brim like the men wore at the time.
Susan Swan confers with Lilliput Hats owner/designer Karyn Gingras on the details of Susan’s authentic, custom-made fedora.
Karyn is overseeing the making of the dove grey fedora that will be central to the BookShorts film adaptation of The Western Light; Susan will also incorporate the prop into her live event performances taking place throughout the Fall 2012 to celebrate the novel’s publication.
Next up – finding the perfect shoot location.