Observations from a performer and creator who likes bunny rabbits and Abyssinian cat antics, vintage attire, craft-y finds, health and fitness, snooker and AFC. Follow me @ladybunnyjk

Here are some pics from behind the scenes at the recent Mikill Pane video “Cut back FFWD” featuring Little Bear.

Really pleased with the make-up on this one. Great to do two contrasting looks and really bring out Little Bears beautiful features.



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Here is a little video I made on a flip camera for the song ” Angel plantation”……

*Free download at: http://soundcloud.com/goldenrabbit
This first Golden Rabbit video, set on the Great Central Railway and Swithland Reservoir, is a tale of two halves. Caught between the light and dark shades of two realms colliding, will the lost love guide her home or leave her to roam the wilds forever?

Directors: Joanna Koolman and Timo Chesney
Music and sound effects: Golden Rabbit
Camera: Timo Chesney, Pete Bradley, Alison Darksus
Edit and SFX: Timo Chesney and Joanna Koolman
Actor: Pete Bradley
MU/Hair/Wardrobe: Joanna Koolman
With special thanks to the Great Central Railway (GCR)

The making of “Poohsticks” video: Part 1

As my first ‘proper’ video, I wanted “Poohsticks” to be an introduction to the Golden Rabbit world, to show my roots and what was at the core of my creation.

I was born in Loughborough (371 Park Road to be precise), Leicestershire and spent most of my life there before chasing dreams down to London eight years ago.
The Great Central Railway was a favourite haunt as a child and we went there often to watch the steam trains.

This is me and my brother (2nd and 3rd from the right) with his friends…..

and messing about on the trains……

This and my fathers love of antiques has left a fond spot in my heart for the by-gone era and, seeing as “Poohsticks” was originally written on a train up to Manchester (when I lived in Nottingham), I started to conjure up a concept for the video.

It would be a tale of two halves, the light and the dark shades of two plains colliding. The residue of a love lossed, hanging around for eternity, like a sticky web to be caught in.

The other location I had in mind was Swithland reservoir. With it’s vast waters, gothic towers and viaduct arches where the steam trains pass over (this would link the two worlds together), it was a stark contrast to the quaint station with it’s brightly coloured decoration. I had cycled a round this place so many times, spent lazy summer days picnicking and pretending to be in Europe somewhere (such was the essence of the place), I knew it well.

I wanted to find a director from back home because I thought they would have a better connection with what I was trying to do. I put out the feelers with some old contacts and the first person to respond was Timo Chesney from Nottingham (adding another connection to the story). We emailed a few times and spoke on the phone but instantly, I felt he was on my wave-length and understood what I was trying to convey. He actually did an amazing job of deciphering my loose 2D vision and turned it into a living entity of it’s own.

Two weeks later, we shot the video.

See it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEtX1YvXWbY&feature=g-upl

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Part Two coming soon……..x

The making of “Poohsticks” video part 3:

…….Seeing as this was England and shot on location, the weather could have been a lot worse, but we could have done with a bit more sun.
Luckily, when we had finished our train scenes and drove up to the Kinchley Lane Bridge, she made a brief appearance. Just in time for the “rabbit ears” transformation!

We only had one shot at most of the train scenes because of the timetable, so, once the train had passed under the bridge, we jumped back in the car to get to the other side of the reservoir in time for the last train of the day.

I was disappointed to see how low the water line was at first. It is a vast amount of water when it’s full, which looks impressive but it was also sad to see it in a such sorry state of affairs.
However, once I realised what the shrinking shoreline meant in practical terms for us, our filming took on a whole new adventure……

For a start, it meant we could get closer to the viaduct where the train crosses for the shots with the lace ‘sunbrella’ (as I like to call it)……….

Some of the shoots accessories.

It was about an eight minute trek over the soft mud, sand and stones around the reservoir’s edge. Timo and Pete headed off first to find the best spot whilst I scrambled around in the back of the car, changing into the black vintage dress and altering hair and make-up. 

The last train had already left Birstall station and was on it’s way back to us, so time was pressing. If we missed this one, we had missed the only chance to get a very important shot, the one tying the two halves of the story together.

Being a bit of an adventurer (tomboy tendencies?), I had no trouble getting over the 5.5ft high railings and stone wall, even in a delicate dress  (good job I’d packed some flat ballet pumps though!) I told Alison I’d see her there and then pegged it through the scrubs and nettles, out onto the open damp plains to find the boys.

I was so thrilled on my way to meet them, as I saw some quite surreal piles of rocks, huge clam shells washed up onto shore and beautiful red rushes en route. All unexpected treasures for us to play with later.

We actually made it in good time and had to wait for a few minutes for the train to come. As this was the last train shot, it was good to have a few moments to rehearse the angles and to also release some of the pressure the trains schedules had held upon us all day. 

After the sunbrella scene, we got a call from Alison (baring in mind around half an hour had passed and there was no sign of her) saying that she had got stuck and was going to wait with the car.
The power of three was creating magic though, so we continued on our quest.

See the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEtX1YvXWbY&feature=g-upl

and get your free download here: http://soundcloud.com/goldenrabbit

Final part coming soon……..x

The making of “Poohsticks” video part 4:

…..The origami rabbits fitted perfectly in the clam shells we found on the shore’s edge. As if they were tailor -made. As I paddled into the water to release them, I was a little bit freaked out by the black tar like mud that had me sinking deeper than I liked! Probably a good thing as it stopped my urges to go in too deep.

We then moved back to where the wilds had grown up in the new, uncovered soil. It was like a gorgeous English meadow. The light of the late afternoon was amazing as we shot through the red rushes. We found out afterwards that it may have been wild Japanese knot weed, not a good thing apparently as it spreads quickly and causes damage. Bad things have a habit of looking good on the outside though, don’t they?:0/

The day was drawing in on us so we found our way back to the car. We made sure Alison was ok before saying our goodbyes to her, as she had a prior engagement, then we headed off to our final location at the other end of the water.

Once again, we couldn’t believe our luck as we stumbled across the dried up overflow under the bridge. And how fortuitous that someone else had found it before us and had kindly spray painted gold hearts on to the walls and also sprayed some empty glass bottles for me to take home as a momento. I’m a sucker for those. Momentos AND bottles in fact.

It was another fine example of how going with the flow (or, overflow in this case) brought us so much luck and added so much more to the story than we could have ever imagined.

The acoustics were amazing so we filmed a little a cappella between the takes…..


It was next to the Gothic water tower, a.k.a: my mysterious-man’s-mysterious-dwelling, where we shot the final scenes. I loved the padlock and ancient cobwebs in the doorway - which perfectly sealed the confusion of where he had disappeared to.

The whole day, I had felt like Zelda finding the hidden treasure chests and lifting the prize up in the air - whoop!!!

It was 8pm by the time we rapped up and headed of into the sunset….. to the nearby Old Bulls Head pub in Woodhouse Eaves - one of my family’s regular haunts and a benefit to shooting in a place you know well :0)

As we ate dinner, we were exhausted, but there was some sort of resonating energy we had unleashed that day that filled us with awe. A rather jam packed and hectic shoot was turned into an absolute pleasure and fun adventure! Everything had fallen into place and maybe as a reward for our thorough forward planning, for being on the same wave length or just for letting the magic guide us, gifts were laid out before us to make our story easier to tell.

I truly didn’t want to leave the wonderland behind. I eventually caught a late, modern day train back to Landan town, buzzing on our natural high and reminiscing all the way. “Poohsticks” was written on a train all those years ago, and it’s story finally ended on that train home.

See the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEtX1YvXWbY&feature=g-upl

and get your free song download here: http://soundcloud.com/goldenrabbit