Jameson First Shot: The one film competition you must enter this year

Posted Friday, October 16th, 2015

Dear Shooters and ALL writer/directors in the UK, Jameson First Shot film competition for 2016 is now officially OPEN. We’ve been saying it for years and years… this is by far the best film competition out there and we’re determined to see UK­-based filmmakers triumph. What to do?! Send in a stonking short script. Make it the very best you can. Get selected as one of three winners. Receive a phone call from Kevin Spacey! Answer that phone call, ok?

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Q&A with Motion Director Sarah Perry

Posted Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Sarah Perry is a Shooting People member, whose work spans from motion capture directing, creature work and movement/acting coaching. Sarah’s recent credits include Jupiter Ascending, and this summer’s biggest blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. How did you get into your line of work? From an early age, I was always fascinated with movement in its many forms. I studied dance and drama at university and then went on to study acting at drama school. I was always fascinated in my

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Surviving Actors

Posted Friday, January 17th, 2014

Surviving Actors is a convention created for actors, by actors. It takes place annually in Manchester and London, with the aim to help actors with every aspect of their professional careers. I’ve been quizzing the Surviving Actors Managing Director, Lianne Robertson on how Surviving Actors was set up and what the convention is all about. As an actor yourself, what influenced you to start Surviving Actors? My colleague Felicity Jackson back in 2009, also an actor at the time, founded

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Making the Short Film ‘VIGILANTE’ by Benedict Sanderson

Posted Friday, November 1st, 2013

Director Benedict Sanderson has just completed his short film ‘Vigilante’ which he cast and crewed over Shooting People. Vigilante is based on the 2011 riots and was filmed in just 5 days on a budget of 10k. We caught up with Ben to find out how he got the film from start to finish: Three days after the 2011 UK riots, I had an idea for a short film. It was inspired by newspaper accounts of shopkeepers who had defended their stores

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Q&A with John Weaver on Acting and Short Films

Posted Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Up and coming actor John Weaver has starred in two Film of the Month winning films, this April’s  ‘When the Dust Settles’ and 2011’s ‘Hive’, which also bagged a Vimeo ‘staff pick’. Here he explains why short films are integral to actors just starting out and how getting involved in short films helped kickstart his career. Q. Many of the first opportunities in film for actors are on shorts, and often actors look at working on shorts as a good

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Short Names.

Posted Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Can a short film from a first time writer director attract big name cast? Ben Moura tells me how he’s ended up working with Emilia Fox…

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Talking up a Riot by Kate Hardie

Posted Friday, July 26th, 2013

I was speaking on a bill that included Tony Benn, Owen Jones and a socialist women’s choir – what the hell was going on? Had my lefty mothers dreams come true? Had I at last jacked in the ninnying around on film sets and put my loud and angry tendencies to use for more worthy causes? No. It was not all my marxist mum’s christmases come at once! (I still do the ninnying). Through a series of odd connections and

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Casting A Shadow.

Posted Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Nina Forever stars Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Cian Barry, Abigail Hardingham, Elizabeth Elvin, David Troughton and Sean Verey. Finding this diverse cast was a strenuous and stressful four month process. My thoughts on it from the start of the project are here but Harriet Fleuriot caught up with Casting Director Emily Tilelli to get her view… Can you tell us what your role is on the film? My role is to take the directors vision for the films characters and to suggest,

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Rehearsal as Foundation

Posted Friday, April 5th, 2013

When a script is finished and you sit back and announce, “done” nodding in jubilation (and relief), there’s a brief moment when you think forward. Someone’s going to be saying these words; a morphing, 3-dimensional breathing person that can only exist because you’ve written them. And first impressions count. [Photo by Lenka Rayn H – www.lenkaraynh.com] Rehearsals are crucial to get the momentum going on your film (or anything performance based to be precise). We can’t simply expect actors to

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Jennifer Lawrence was the best thing about the 2013 Oscars

Posted Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

She fell over, not a good move on it’s own but the recovery impeccable http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAmUw3lMX-s Then, she turned this interview into a stand up routine http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ACQpZW-eTg Then, she met Jack Nicholson.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJmhsJ5T5L  

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