We like it when like-minded people from the film industry pull together to help out. And we love it when people from very different corners of the industry give each other a hand. What could be less likely than the animation studio Pixar coming to the aid of British director Ken Loach, sending over nineteen rolls of edge-numbering tape for his latest film Jimmy’s Hall?
Ken Loach has never made a Hollywood movie, mostly because he’s of the opinion that big budget film-making is causing the film industry to produce poor quality films which do nothing for the education or fulfilment of the audience. He prefers to make gritty, left wing, independent films like My Name Is Joe (1998) and Kes (1969).
He and his team also have been resisting the move to digital in the film industry, preferring to stick with a steenbeck flatbed film editing suite, instead. The problem is that in the digital age, edge-numbering tape is slowly running out, with most filmmakers moving with the times. Loach sent out a plea on the internet, when it became clear they were low on the edge-numbering tape needed to synch up the film’s sound and picture together.
“We’re scratching around to find if some numbering tape still exists.”
Luckily their salvation came from an unlikely source. Pixar, the company behind classic animation hits like Toy Story, Finding Nemo and the recent Brave sent Loach 19 rolls of numbering tape, along with a drawing of the Monsters Inc characters, Mike and Sully.
The message read: “To Ken Loach and crew. Good luck from the editors at Pixar!”.
Speaking of the unexpected gesture, Loach said “We were delighted to know that Pixar is still in love with the same technology as us. We hope to get to meet them along the way. We’ve had a tinful of tape from a few other friends as well and we’re very grateful.”
Loach’s film Jimmy’s Hall is yet another human interest film which has already been shot. It follows the tale of 1930s Irish communist leader James Gralton, who re-opens a dance hall that he built in 1921 upon returning to Ireland.
Evidence of the drawing Pixar sent with the rolls, was tweeted out by Loach’s production company, Sixteen Films.
After Pixar coming to the aid of a film about an Irish communist, what unlikely pairing could we see next?