Make it rain
Make it rain
Make it rain
Make it rain
Make it rain
Make it rain
Make it rain
Make it rain

Make it rain

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This was my partners’ mums’ favourite film and one that we watch each Christmas since she passed so it is an incredibly special piece and one that I wanted to do justice to. What I have done is to portray a damming indictment of the Hollywood film industry at the time through the chosen title. Cut throat approaches, the pressure on actors and actresses to deliver and earn others money whilst conveying an almost derogatory request directed at the actors and actresses. There was bad feeling and unrest within the cast of the original film where Gene Kelly scalded Reynolds for not being good enough in her dance scenes, there was also unrest with those who had previously been stars of the silent movies. I also saw it as an opportunity to create a ghost like quality for those lost in/to Hollywood. FYI the tone of this piece was driven through listening to System of a down - Lost in Hollywood, a dark song with great lines. Rather than simply try and recreate the iconic street and lamppost scene I have created a similar setting but a much darker version, where a gritty backstreet would exist just a short drive from the bright lights of Hollywood. The rain has stopped for now and a large puddle overlays the cobbles, the iconic lamppost is there with Gene Kelly depicted in twinkling lights, a large splash exists yet no one is there to create it, to further support the ghost-like quality. Genes’ iconic sports car is parked up on the street whilst a public payphone receiver hangs down, as if someone had to make a panicked call or possibly didn’t end too well. A sign hangs over the scene ‘Reynolds Dance School’ a nod to the above where she was slated. What I wanted to do was to suggest but not dictate, to make you think what is going on, to create your own story from what exists in the scene, all with a dark undertone running rife. I wanted to create a striking, beautiful piece that embraces everything that is wonderful about black and white art. To complete the original piece, my partner has put a tiny silver kiss next to her mums’ initials on the base of the lamp.