It wasn't as sunny as it has been recently, so I went to look round the remaining part of the ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) I hadn't yet looked at. Along the way I discovered a 'gingerbread village' which was raising money for The Last Wish Foundation. It was pretty impressive, especially the gingerbread version of Luna Park and the Footy Stadium.
The last part of the 'Screen Worlds' exhibition was a lot more fun than the first part (the first part was interesting, just the bit today was a lot more interactive). There were lots of video games you could play on (I found a booth tucked away in a corner so nobody could overlook how terrible I was at playing TY the Tasmanian Tiger), plus a booth you could film a fighting sequence in and it would simulate a 'The Matrix' scene, a screen you could make shadow puppets behind and it would add extra effects to and a dark room with lighting effects to make it look like you were in fog. The bit I want to particularly go back for, accompanied by a friend I could make a video with, is a backdrop you can film a short clip and pay $15 to make into a flip book, which I think would be a cool souvenir.
In another gallery, there was a temporary exhibition on the making of 'The Lost Thing' animation, from a book by Shaun Tan. It's a story of a boy who finds a thing that doesn't seem to belong anywhere. He can't find its owner, so takes it home with him, but his parents don't want it in the house, so he sneaks it into the shed. He sees an advert about where to take such things, but when he gets there it's a really dull and dark government office, and the caretaker says it's not the best place for it and gives him a business card with a symbol on it, which he follows until he finds a whole world of lost things. The pictures in the book are amazing to look at, so you can imagine what the film is like, especially in the scene where you see all the weird and wonderful creatures in the world for lost things.
Up one floor from the galleries is a room with loads of sofas and TV's where there is a massive range of films and TV episodes you can watch. There were quite a few things I felt inspired to watch after looking round the 'Screen Worlds' exhibition that was on there, including Rabbit Proof Fence, but I only wanted something relatively short so watched an episode of Skippy the Kangaroo, in which Skippy helped the ranger find two hikers who had got lost in the bush and one had got bitten by a snake.
Whilst I was watching this, Vicki rang and asked me what had happened yesterday. She reassured me not to worry and that they weren't going to accept my money. Later on she texted me to check I was Ok and said they love having me work for them... such a nice boss!
Yann (just to remind you who Yann is, him and Greg lived here before but they went away for a friend's wedding) came back today, and so we celebrated his return, until they all started talking French amongst themselves, so I went to bed. Mia taught me a way we can talk to each other without them understanding- repeating every syllable of what you want to say with a specific letter at the front, e.g. New York City is New Few York Fork Cit Fit y Fy (I hadn't got a clue what she was saying before she explained it to me so it does work).