Cassandra Lee Hamilton

Posted Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Winner of the best Non-EU short film at Ecu, Cassandra Lee Hamilton is also much much smaller than me which does mean that this looks a bit like she’s talking to a giant. I think it’s the sleeve of my coat more than anything… Anyway, fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell a talented filmmaker who, shooting on 35 at 23, is clearly doing something right… And in case, like me, you’re interested in girl front US punk, here’s the band she drums in…

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Hungry and Choking.

Posted Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Here is an interview I did with Klaus Pas director of film “Last Supper For Malthus” at the opening night of ECU… …and here is the trailer for his film… All of which goes to show how disarmingly chirpy the Swiss can be when predicting the end of the world. The destruction of the world’s resources and the collapse of all civilisation has been on my mind ever since last week when I took a trip to Norwich. Though I

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Reaching Rosie

Posted Monday, March 22nd, 2010

British filmmaker Jessica Morris won an award at the European Independent Film Festival with her documentary “Reachie Rosie”. Here she is talking to me about the film and the festival… And here is a trailer for Reaching Rosie.

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Pete Schlatter.

Posted Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Along with Thomas Browne, another person I met at Ecu who seems to have benefited from a change in career is Pete Schlatter. Pete is now one of the key players behind the G-Tech range of hard drives but in previous lives he has worked in most areas of film production. It’s about now I should declare an interest. The only reason I was at the European Independent Film Festival in the first place was because G-Tech were sponsoring the

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Tom Browne.

Posted Saturday, March 20th, 2010

I’m writing this on Thursday in the middle of my third three hour train journey in the space of a week. Today the ungodly hour sets my destination for Norwich rather than Paris, which at least gives you a glimpse of the bracing variety of March. One of the delights of my Paris trip was finally getting to meet Thomas Browne an actor turned director who’s controversial film “Spunkbubble” was screening at the European Independent Film Festival. I’d actually been

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Load The Canon.

Posted Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

This is the follow on of the previous entry which, because of the way the internet works, is of course published below. I split them up to make it easier to digest and because they are clearly two halves of a single point so it’s up to you, you can either scroll drown and read the first one first or start here and do your own private version of Memento… Perhaps now the vanilla version of the NPA has crumbled

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Hallo 24/25p – Goodbye NPA.

Posted Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Having stuck around a day more in Paris after the end of The European Independent Film Festival so that I could mooch around Le Jardin Luxembourg and find out that Lucien Freud is just as much of a fan of dogs as I am, I arrived home yesterday to find a small cross over in film culture had occurred. Tuesday marked the release by Canon of a firmware update enabling the 5D Mark II to shoot in both 24 and

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Small Dogs.

Posted Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Obviously the first thing my girlfriend and I did in Paris after checking in was to go to Mamie Gateux for lunch. This was not exactly what I was supposed to do but it is an impossibility even to imagine doing anything else. A couple of years ago we lived here and did up a flat for a friend and Mamie was the nearest cake shop we could find. It was also easily the best. Half French, half Japanese it

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Scott Hillier

Posted Monday, March 8th, 2010

Lastly here’s ÉCU President, Scott Hillier, Director of Photography on the Academy award-winning film Twin Towers… Can’t see the video? Click here – http://shootingpeople.org/blog/category/bensblog/2010/03/scott-hillier/

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Rupert Murray

Posted Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Shooting People’s very own Rupert Murray sharing his thoughts on documentary making as part of a brief series of bite sized masterclasses… Can’t see the video – click here: http://shootingpeople.org/blog/category/bensblog/2010/03/rupert-murray/

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