Support a Sober hero

Working with my team at Macmillan Cancer Support, I shot and edited this short film. The aim was to show some love and support for the wonderful sober heroes who are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support this month.

This was a really good fun project, which I shot a Sony FS7 in about half a day. It features Macmillan staff: Bob, Liam and Emma (voiceover). The video has been pretty successful online, having around 30,000 organic views in the first 24hrs of being published and nearly 100,000 views over the first weekend.

For this project we are trialling oversized titles, specifically aimed at enhancing engagement with a social media audience, likely to be watching on phones or tablets, potentially without sound.

Here’s a little snippet of the action, behind the scenes…

BTS with sad bottle #lonely #sadbottle #shoot #fs7

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Crew lunch #beerbottle #bench #lonely #soberoctober

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Learning to Breathe at Raindance

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I’m chuffed to announce that feature film Learning to Breathe, which I shot with director Dan Turner in Tobago in 2014, has been screened as a part of the Official Selection at Raindance Film Festival 2016.

Here’s me, Dan Turner and Alice Walker-Mitchell (Production Manager, Pizza Lover and woman of many talents) on the red carpet. It’s a great festival, championing independent film from all around the world, and we were proud to have the film screen alongside some other great pieces of work.

To recap, you can see the official trailer for the film here:

Learning to Breathe Official Trailer from Dan Turner on Vimeo.

Totaljobs: Take Aim, Hire.

Whilst working as a Junior Creative at Casual Films, I developed and scripted this fairy tale inspired concept, with a twist… and a little nod to Roald Dahl, of course! The client loved it and increased their budget in order to ensure that it was super slick.

The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers. She whips a pistol from her knickers.

(Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes)

Showreel 2015

My current showreel of my personal projects and work at Elstree UTC.

At the moment I am working on a series of documentary shorts about A.S. Neill’s Summerhill School and a film about a sailor/daredevil explorer who recently celebrated his 100th birthday.

Elstree UTC provides education for 14-19 year olds specialising in creative arts, film and music. My team and I have established Elstree UTC Productions, which works as a model film production company in which the students work on live industry projects. I lead a wide range of projects, guiding students in film production both creatively and technically, as well as managing production schedules and liaising with clients. These are some of the projects that I have taken a lead on:

MOBO Live Series (artists include Stormzy, Blizzard, Scorcher, Krishane & Melissa Steel)
Mandem on the Wall – Press Launch & Pre Launch Party
All This Noise ‘Seven Billion Like You’ (Music Video)
Brain Injury is BIG – Charity Promotional Video
Crouch End for Margot / Delete Blood Cancer UK Promotional Video
Baker Dearing Educational Trust – Promotional Video
The Royal Navy – Young Engineers Project

Music with thanks to…
“Gaslamp Funworks” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Marbles at Arch1 Film Festival

Marbles at Arch1 Film Festival

‘Marbles’ was screened at the quirky Arch1 Festival, held in an underground venue, in December 2014 to a very warm reception. Following the screening I joined other filmmakers for a Q&A session. It was a lovely, festive event. Lots of Christmas jumpers being worn and good chats about creative projects. Marbles will be screened again at Arch1 in the Spring as a part of the festival’s awards screening.

“Located in the heart of East London, the Arch Film Festival was founded with the purpose of establishing a home for upcoming filmmakers to showcase their work. Once a month a diverse array of filmmakers and film enthusiasts come together to celebrate the art and influence of cinema in the unique and exciting atmosphere of Arch1. Festival events include screenings, Q&A’s with filmmakers and conversations with prominent members of the film community.

Arch1 Film Festival was founded by Robert Clarke, owner of Arch1, and Tom Stock, director of A Mean Reds Production and founder of the annual Red Minies Short Film Festival. The need to showcase new talent brought these two creative minds together resulting in Arch1 Film Festival. Don’t just watch cinema; be part of it.”

Arch1

Digital Sputnik Launch & Optikinetics Visuals

Digital Sputnik DS LED Launch & Visuals by Optikinetics from The Elstree UTC on Vimeo.

In January 2014 Elstree UTC held the UK launch for Digital Sputnik’s DS LED lighting system. We were lucky enough to have visuals by Neil rice and Optikinetics which totally transformed our project space. I shot and put together a short video with music by Sam Lewis-Wall who also works there.

Elstree UTC Visit from Jordu Schell

At the moment I’m working at Elstree UTC, a specialist creative arts educational institution, running film projects with 14-19 year olds. You can read more about the UTC on the website here: http://elstreeutc.co.uk

Recently we’ve worked on some super exciting things. We had a visit from Jordu Schell, sculptor who created creatures for films such as ‘Avatar’ and ‘Men in Black’ who came in and did a 4 hour live sculpt. We live streamed this from our website as well as filming the process. Here’s a video that we put together of the sculpt.

Jordu Schell 1 Min Time-lapse Sculpturing from The Elstree UTC on Vimeo.

 

 

Shackleton Banjos Kickstarter Project

In 2013 I produced and directed a video for an exciting new project – Shackleton Banjos. The project aim was to bring banjo making back to England and for their banjo, the Shackleton to be the first affordable banjo made in England for 60 years.

This was shot over a three days, including shoots with banjo players and with members of  The Great British Banjo Company. It was a great shoot and something which I am very proud to have been involved in. The project raised just over £48,000 on Kickstarter – £18,000 over the target amount!

You can see the Kickstarter campaign page and video here.