Rome 2016: Art, Friendship and Charlie

Looking back at a great week in Rome, with Cathy Spensley, DC Spensley, Rubaiyat Shatner and his cousin David .
Occasion was the showing of DC Spensley‘s virtual world artwork and living ecosystem ‘ARS PLASTICA‘ ,  in Pineta’s unique gallery Pied à Terre 37788.  Pied à Terre is owned by Laura Rossi and Paolo Monti.
We stayed in an AirBNB loft, that felt like home.

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The lazy susan on the table (she served us all week), Cathy playing the piano, DC projecting his art and Fellini movies on the wall, Rubaiyat and David at the table doing their nerd stuff and appreciating our food 🙂 and Laura and Paolo Monti helping us out with grappa and limoncello and all of us partying . Huge pans of fresh tomato soup. The image of Paolo climbing the ladder and sitting in the window will always stay with me. Yes, we still have it, we know how to live !!!! New friendships were made, for live. And we met Charlie.

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Tony Dyson, my personal memorial tribute.

In memory of Anthony John Dyson (1947 – 2016)
Best known for being R2-D2s ‘Dad’.

His website is gone, but archived here.
His facebook page.

Update:

Tony was honoured at the BAFTA 2017 ceremony.  The British Academy of Film and Television Arts gave credits to the man that created R2D2 for Star Wars, and one of my own photographs was used for this. (with permission, of course!). Aired on BBC television on February 12, 2017. He would have loved this!

In memory of Tony Dyson

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Special Effects Designer
13 April 1947 to 3 March 2016

A British special effects designer and expert in robotics, Dyson’s first film job came designing the jetpacks for Moonraker (1979). He was best known for the R2-D2 robots for Star Wars (1977), which included remote control versions, stunt versions, and models that could seat performer Kenny Baker.

I worked with Tony since 2011, we met online in Second Life, and he agreed to be head of jury for the 48 Hour Film Project Machinima. We soon started creating machinima together, which he called ‘real time animation’. In 2013 we met in Malta, and I quit my day-job to work full-time on producing animated shorts and e-books with Tony. We met again in Finland for the Robotics conference, and later in Gozo, Xlendi, where we rented an office together.

Tony was more than a tutor, he was my inspiration and best friend. There are plenty of stories to tell about him, and our projects, but today I will share a personal memory.

Today, March 7th, 2016 – just 6 days before his 69th birthday – his ashes will be spread in Gozo.

To honor Tony, and the bond we had, I am sharing the only photograph that shows both of us together (I took hundreds of photo’s of Tony) and a poem he wrote for me, years ago.

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Dawn has gone
Dusk is upon us once again
Swallows are resting
Bats are hunting
The Night Angels prepare our spirits for flight

Only our soul knows the true journey ahead
Only our soul knows our deepest desires
So listen to my voice and see my dreams unfold
For I will be heard above life’s din
I am mortal of flesh and bone and will have my time before I die
To see the colors of the rainbow up high

Touch me not with gold so bright,
Touch me not with ebony so dark
Touch me not with marble so cold
Touch me not with hands so eager
But touch my heart with love and truth and I will be yours for ever, Chantal.

AJD

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