PETER BELLERBY – THE GLOBEMAKER

Cabnine is an East London-based production company that produced this brief documentary for artisanal globemaking company Bellerby & Co. Globemakers. I’ve posted previously about interesting, if diminishing, creative careers – gaslight-style sign writing, tin-typing, and paper engineering, among others. Globemaking certainly fits that mold, and though short, this brief glimpse into the precise art of making globes, is fascinating.

“When I set this up,” Bellerby recalls in the doc, “I guess I did it thinking … this can’t be that difficult. It’s only going to take three or four months. But at the same time – wondering why there was only one other person in the world making handmade globes.”

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“The whole way of making anything using a sphere as it’s base, as it’s centerpiece, is fraught with different problems and issues because you’re multiplying every error by pi.”

Bellerby & Co Globemakers is one of two remaining hand-made globemakers in the world. You can see some of his work in the 2011 Martin Scorcese film Hugo, in the fantastical bookstore. That film is a trove of amazing art – but the inclusion of the globes is a real testament to the dedication of keeping with the time period. Aside from the particular art of globemaking however, this documentary is simply a great piece from Cabnine, directed by Charles Arran Busk & Jamie McGregor Smith. Great focus on storytelling, visuals–lots of great wide shots of the shop, as well as close-ups right at the moment you’d like to see one. I can’t wait to see more work from them.

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