I recently wrapped on the entirely unique short film, Sarah Chong is Going to Kill Herself. The film was directed by Ella Jones, written by Elaine Gracie and produced by Alexandra Blue alongside Creative England, Big Talk and Baby Cow as part of the Funny Girls Scheme. The film is a surreal workplace fantasy in which a maltreated receptionist decides to take matters into her own hands. Hands which may well contain grenades. Attached is a gallery of images with BTS stills and frames from the film as well as some insight into how we shot it and the visual approach. Read more…
I am very happy to share the news that ‘Out of Sight‘ has been officially selected for the Sundance Film Festival 2015, where it will have its world premiere. I shot the film in February 2014 alongside director, Nick Rowland. The film was made during our time at the NFTS and is the first piece shot on digital as part of the course, after a year working solely with celluloid. The festival takes place at the end of January, where Out of Sight will be playing 4 times in the International Narrative Shorts category. Sundance state that,
The 2015 Short Film program is comprised of 60 short films selected from 8,061 submissions.
Along with several other core crew members, I will be in Utah during the festival to represent the film.
I’m working with director, Eva Riley on our National Film and Television School graduation film, Patriot. Attached are a gallery of images from our numerous scouts in the Kent countryside. Read more…
These competitions are as fun as they are gruelling. In April, I worked with a great team who are becoming a really solid crew (most of the same lot as the Hansel and Gretel shoot) to enter another 48 hour film competition. The same rules applied as with the 48 hour challenge in Exeter, but this one had much more at stake: a feature film development deal. For me, it meant lighting without a gaffer, using a steadicam and shooting a science fiction film on a £0 budget while making sure it looked convincing, all for the first time. Here’s how it panned out. Read more…
Last week saw an overwhelming amount of cakes, pies, chocolate and…maggots. 2012 couldn’t have got off to a better start as I got the opportunity to shoot a wonderful, short adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. Below I have included some raw frame grabs from the rushes and production photos.
I’m really looking forward to 2012 for all sorts of reasons. I’ll be making the leap into freelancing full time in April and moving to London, which means a lot more camera assisting, as well as aiming to meet competition and application deadlines for my own films. To hit the ground running at the very start of the year, I’ll be shooting an adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. The last few weeks have been spent on and off location, preparing for the shoot which will take place from the 4th – 8th of January. At the bottom of this post, I’ve included some stills from lighting tests.
We got some great news the other night – our film, Autumn Leaves, won Best Film at the 2 Short Nights film festival, in the 48 hour category!
It was a genuine surprise to have won. We went into it with the intention to win, but we really had no idea what the competition was like and were fully aware that the finished product was not graded, had a tonne of continuity issues, was missing a lot of fairly important shots that helped the story make sense (we were forced to lose the ‘less important’ shots as we neared the deadline), and that a lot of other things about it were generally very scrappy – so it truly was a very, very welcome surprise. Everyone worked their arses off over the weekend and all things considered, it’s a piece of work everyone involved should be thoroughly proud of. Unfortunately only one of our team could make it down to the festival for the screening, but at least there was one of us present to accept the award! Pete did a sterling job on the stills of the weekend. I’ve included some of them in this post, and the rest you can take a look through on his website.
Rather than run through details about the shoot and bore you all, here are some quick, punchy little things that made the weekend so chaotic, funny, productive and brilliant in equal measure. Stills and anecdotes after the jump.
I’ve just heard the very exciting news that Photossociation, one of the short films I recently co-directed and shot, has been short-listed to be screened at Two Short Nights Film Festival 2011.
The film is being shown alongside a wide selection of other short films on December the 1st during the 5.30pm screening. Click here for a full list of the films and screening times. Tickets are only £2.50 so if you’re free and live in or around Exeter, definitely come and check it out. There’s bound to be some brilliant films in the mix as they received a lot of films this year and had to whittle down a shortlist of the ones they wanted to screen.
If you’re too impatient or can’t make the screening, you can also read the blurb, scroll through some stills and watch Photossociation here.
I have a friend from university who writes a really brilliant blog, where she sometimes interviews people. The articles are broad but all have the same focus on the passion or ‘wonder’ that people invest in their interests and/or work. Knowing that I’m quite keen on cameras and that, she asked to interview me.
I talk a bit about some of the cinematographers, photographers and film makers I’m interested in and inspired by, how I approach film making and my plans for the future. As with the blog, I try to offer some helpful advice along the way too. As ever, I hope you enjoy!
I urge you to read the other interviews too, as they’re all excellent.
The weekend just passed saw the start of filming for the Silicon Gun video, which went very well overall. Some things worked, some things were abandoned and some things taught us how not to do it next time! One of the main things when filming something quite complicated like this is to go through the trial and error motions and learn from the mistakes you make. I firmly believe we’ve now got that out of our system!
We had a day of planning and some quick test shots on Saturday which gave us the rushes we needed to make some important decisions that evening for the next day. We decided to shoot the whole thing on a 17mm lens so it’s nice and wide, which makes the whole piece a lot more dynamic and interesting. We also realised that having a large external monitor was absolutely critical, so Ali’s car boot quickly became our mobile video village, which worked perfectly.