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Yes, That Kevin Smith: Film of the Month

Posted March 2nd, 2015 by Kelie Petterssen

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Iconic writer, director, producer and podcaster Kevin Smith is gracing us with his presence and acerbic feedback this month as Film of the Month patron.

Kevin made his iconic film debut at Sundance with ‘Clerks‘ (1994), filmed at the convenience store where he worked outside of working hours. Other films in the shared canon of the View Askewniverse include ‘Chasing Amy’, ‘Dogma’, ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’ and most recently he has released the horror flicks ‘Red State’ and the Gumtree-inspired ‘Tusk’.

Also an avid podcaster, Kevin hosts several shows under the banner of his podcast network Smodcast. He’s currently preparing ‘Yoga Hosers’ and ‘Clerks III’.

If you have a short which you think Kevin will love, log in and submit your film. If you’re not a member and dying to get in on the action, sign up. We don’t bite…

 

A Contemporary Take on Film Editing

Posted February 2nd, 2015 by Kelie Petterssen

UPDATE: Past the deadline? DON’T PANIC! Due to popular demand, Pond 5’s Public Domain Project creative challenge has been extended by a week. The deadline is now March 9th, so you have a whole other week to email kelie@shootingpeople.org with your name and link to your submission.

Don’t worry, you won’t  have to get your hands on a Steenbeck for this editing challenge.

Pond5 is launching their new ‘Public Domain Project’ and it’s pretty snazzy. A library of royalty free content designed specifically for media makers, including over 10,000 video clips, 65,000 photos, endless sound recordings and 3D models.

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With Shooting People and Soho Editors, Pond5 are granting four filmmakers with copious amounts of credit for their site and places on some of London’s most elite editing courses.

Sign up to Pond 5 for free and create a 1-2 minute film that tells a compelling tale of ‘Journeys and Hidden Treasures’ using any of the free clips available to download and any of these 50 free music tracks. Then, upload your film to a video platform, (ie:Youtube or Vimeo) and email kelie@shootingpeople.org with the link and your details.

The Pond 5 youtube channel gives you a snapshot of the media you can explore…

The 4 winners are in for a treat:

- Top prize is $2000 Pond5 credit to spend on stock footage and a GoPro camera.
- 2nd – $500 credit and one of any Soho Editor’s 3 day courses of your choice.
- 3rd – Soho Editor’s free 12 month license to take the ‘Inside The Edit – The Creative Editing Course’.
- 4th – $500 Pond5 credit.

The Deadline is 9th March, so start piecing together your journey jigsaw for an opportunity to delve deeper into what Pond5 have to offer & learn more about editing from a reputable organisation.

Learn a bit more about Pond5 & Soho Editors…

Pond5

Pond5 is the world’s most vibrant marketplace for media makers, offering the Web’s largest collection of royalty-free stock video footage, as well as millions of photos, illustrations, music tracks, sound effects, Adobe After Effects project templates, and 3D models. Disrupting the traditional stock agency m odel with an open, dynamic marketplace, Pond5 invites media makers from all over the world to submit their own content and set their own prices. Contributing artists earn 50% on each sale—significantly higher than traditional players.
Submissions are curated by the Pond5 team, and made available for immediate preview, purchase and download. All content is licensed under a simple royalty-free license that provides customers lifetime, worldwide usage rights across all media.

 

Soho Editors

Soho Editors are Europe’s premier talent and training provider to the creative media industry. For over 18 years Soho Editors have been supporting professional creative organisations and individuals to realise their full potential.

 

Inside The Edit

Inside The Edit is the world’s first creative editing course. This highly specialised training program has been developed over three years by a prime time editing team working at the very highest level of television. The Creative Editing Course goes way beyond basic editing theory. You will learn hundreds of structural, journalistic and creative techniques used in documentary and entertainment television. From the fundamentals to the highly advanced. No other course provides you with professional level theory, raw footage to practice on and a guided tour through the creative editing process.

 

Film of the Month: January’s Finest

Posted January 27th, 2015 by Kelie Petterssen

This month’s patron is American Screenwriter and Director, Desiree Akhavan. Best known for her web series ‘The Slope’ and more recently, her 2014 feature film debut ‘Appropriate Behaviour’. She won the Grand Jury Prize for Appropriate Behaviour at the San Diego Asian Film Festival.

This month’s top 10 continue the comedy streak, with some quite notable short filmmakers in the running. Voting ends midnight on Saturday, so make sure you take a look because members would appreciate your feedback.

1. Moments – Chris Cronin

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 Moment’s is a love letter to all those Disney classics that used the power of dance to express powerful emotions that couldn’t be described simply with words. With the collaborative team that created ‘Sophie’s Fortune’ it didn’t take long to hit the ground running with orchestrating such a large concept. Set to the backdrop of a modern romanticised London and utilising talent from the West Ends ‘A Chorus Line’ we were able to, in a short period of time, create large scale dance-set pieces in some of the most beautiful yet hidden locations in the centre of London. – Chris Cronin

Chris is a multi-award winning director who founded Genesis Flux in 2009. His first professional film, ANTE, garnered international acclaim, accruing overwhelmingly positive reviews and taking two international awards for best thriller and best short. Since then he has directed the action/adventure epic Sophie’s Fortune has had an amazing response upon release leading to three awards at Portsmouth International Film Festival including Best Comedy, Best Director at Filmstock Film Festival along with many others.

In 2015 he has already won Best Director for the 48FilmProject for ‘Unkillable’ and was invited to attend the awards at the Directors Guild in Los Angeles.

2. Ben Aston – Russian Roulette & Dinner and a Movie

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Ben has two films in the top 10 (popular guy)

If Ben were better at it he’d still be doing puppet shows with his grandmother, instead he now makes movie-films and dreams of the day he can make his glorious return to marionette theatre. His shorts have played at Sundance, BFI LFF, Fantastic Fest and the nicer parts of the internet.

3. Hidir Ergonul – Oven

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 I recently started Film School in London and this was the film we created as our first assignment. The concept was relatively easy to come up with, however making it come alive was hard, like how on earth are we going to show animals coming a live in a oven. We planned for 3 straight days on how we can put a camera and something to blow feathers that would fit into a oven without it appearing on camera. Luckily I was working with a great team and we come up with something that actually worked, which was simply a GoPro, blow dryer, tubing and a lot of duct tape. Props to George Ellsworth for making it happen. – Hidir Ergonul

4. Michael Garrett – Cave Unicycling

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My sister and I work making promo videos for small businesses, but every now and then the opportunity for a fun project comes along and we have to take a little time off from real work and invest in it. This one was in the form of a gloriously red-haired, unicycling cave-enthusiast friend of mine. We saw a photo of him on facebook on his unicycle, in a cave, and my big sis said “there has to be a documentary about this ludicrous sport”, or something along those lines. A few months later we were in the caves of Wales, breaking all of our camera equipment in the damp and mud. The film that resulted from this adventure went on to win the “KMF Short Film Award” and was shown on Channel 4’s “Love and Adventure” programme. – Michael Garrett

5. Liam Sanderson – Challenging Behaviour

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The first day at a new school is never going to be easy. Miranda is the new girl who is quick to realise some of the students are mysteriously going missing. Suspicious Miranda soon uncovers a conspiracy leading all the way to the top… Is the school’s new head teacher behind the disappearances?

Challenging Behaviour was a summer film school project at Wales High school in Sheffield. The cast is made up entirely of actors from the school and a dedicated team of students helped with various production duties behind the scenes. Liam Sanderson supervises Media Production at Wales High School in Sheffield. He makes short films in his spare time.

6. Tom Coombe – Delayed

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I have a strong passion for story telling through interesting and complex characters. I love to work with actors and bring together a storyline which gives audiences an emotive reaction. As a writer and director, short film is a fantastic way for me to express my ideas, through the screen, in the the hope that I can connect with people watching. I’m happy with the way ‘Delayed’ portrays honesty and like to think it gives audiences the chance to decide for themselves what happens to the characters once the film ends. I’m very pleased I’ve entered ‘Delayed’ into Shooting Peoples Film of the month as its given me the chance to connect with many talented people and view some other fantastic work. – Tom Coombe

6. Lily Smith – Days

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Days is a short film about grief based on the real-life experiences of writer/director Lily Smith when she lost her father four years ago. Through a series of bizarre vignettes and candid talking heads, Lily explores some of the stranger sides of grief and loss, bypasses a pretty intense Gazza obsession, and arrives at an uplifting, positive dance party-themed resolution with her feelings. 

Lily Smith is a writer and a director of music videos and short films based in London. She writes about funny things and sad things but is best when she’s writing about funny-sad things.
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7. Michael James Dean – Part Two: Breaking Boundaries
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Breaking Boundaries was Part Two in a series of short films following Artist Bananajims, a young exciting artist. The series follows jim as he creates a new unique piece of art. The series focuses on the process Bananajim takes and explores his feelings about Art in themodern age. In Breaking Boundaries Jim inks and colours his artwork.

Michael James Dean has been a filmmaker for over 4 years having studied as an acting and appearing in various projects on stage and in front of the camera. In 2011 Michael founded Posh Dinosaur Productions an Independent Film Company creating new, unique films. Through the company Michael has produce, written and Directed short films from comedy to factual and has continued to move from strength to strength using his experience as an actor Michael creates dynamic and interesting films that focus on the heart of the story.

8. Paul Craig – Another Secret

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A family torn between Love, Race and Religion. Tensions are boiling. The divide between traditional and modern values are tested. Esther brings the truth to the Friday night Sabbath meal.

Give these guys your feedback. They’re doing great things and would love to hear your thoughts on their latest projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catch Up at Shooters in the Pub

Posted January 25th, 2015 by Xenia

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Hi Everyone,

This February 9th we’ll be meeting up at The Arts Theatre Club 50 Frith Street, London, W1D 4SQ from 6.30pm onwards.

Come along for some networking drinks, free nibbles and to catch up with the new Shooting People team Anna Bogutskaya (Partnership & Membership Manager) and Kelie Petterssen (Content Editor).

They’ll be at the event to talk to you about what Shooting People has to offer this year, as well as to answer any questions you might have about the organisation and to find out what you would like to see Shooting People doing more of.

Shooters in the Pub is a free monthly networking event that is open to anyone interested in or working in film, and is regularly attended by a mixture of film creatives: actors, writers, directors and more. Shooters in the Pub takes place in London and at various venues across the UK, to find out when your next local meetup will be keep an eye on the Shooting People calendar. You can let us know if you’re coming along by joining the Shooters in the Pub London event group here.

See you there,

Xenia

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‘Shooters in the pub is a great way to meet others who are trying to make it in the film industry and share ideas, as well as colloborate. I always leave the event with an optimistic attitude and a good number of business cards.’ – M.K. Ceesay, Director at ZigZagZig.

‘What I love is the opportunity to meet so many directors and filmmakers – in a relaxed environment. I enjoy swapping stories and tips with other actors but what I find most helpful is being able to meet the people who can actually cast me in their projects.’ – Diana Atkins, Actor

Save The Curzon Soho.

Posted January 13th, 2015 by Ben

Very glad to see that Lawrence Jones’ campaign to save the Curzon Soho is gathering pace and has nearly hit the target of 20,000 signatures. I’m sure you’ve already signed the petition but in case you haven’t here’s the link https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-curzon-soho

And if you haven’t – why not? If you’re reading this blog you must have some sort of love for independent cinema and the Curzon Soho is the very beating heart of the UK independent theatrical scene.

Yes London is blessed with an extraordinary number of extraordinary cinemas, there can be few cities where so many venues compete to bring you such a diverse range of films. However it is the very diversity of the capital’s cinema culture which is so essential when it comes to making the broader case for independent film production. It is not enough that London has other art-house venues, what London proves is that there is a vibrant competitive market for alternative visions. Any voice lost from that blissful cacophony lessens the argument we all should be making.

So I don’t care if you’ve never been to the Curzon Soho, if you’re an independent filmmaker or would like to be an independent filmmaker you should sign this petition and share this petition and help protect the micro culture that one day will see people paying good money to see your crazy beautiful ideas.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-curzon-soho

And if the only reason you’ve not signed the petition is because you don’t think online petitions work then – ah get over yourself. Even if it does nothing at all it’ll take you less time to sign it than to flick through your Facebook spam and significantly less time than it’s taken you to get to this point in this blog post so really – you know – sort your online priorities out.

Screen Daily: Support grows for ‘under threat’ Curzon Soho.

BBC London: The interview with a fellow 38 Degrees member Nadine Shah starts at 1:44:40.

Time Out: Sign the petition to protect the Curzon Soho.

BAFTA Season: SP’s Sensations

Posted January 12th, 2015 by Kelie Petterssen

With the BAFTAs around the corner on February 8th, SP have been looking who in the community could potentially snatch up awards in each category. To no surprise at all, members are dotted all over the nomination list all across the filmmaking spectrum.

Outstanding Debut by British Writer, Director or Producer.

Andrew de Lotbiniere is up for this award as Producer of ‘Kajaki: The True Story.KajakiA suspenseful recreation of a horrific event that took place during the Afghan war; the film follows a small unit of soldiers. One of the patrol sets off a land mine, causing devastating effects, initiating a desperate rescue mission.

Best Editing

Jinx Godfrey has been nominated for this award for his work on ‘The Theory Of Everything‘ – The life of Stephen Hawking through university, his discovery of ALS and an insight into his life with Jane Wilde. Theory of everything

Best Documentary

There is no stopping these three who have been shortlisted for the Oscar’s Documentary Category and won a BIFA award:

VirungaOrlando van Einsiedel – Oscar Shortlisted.

20,000 Days on EarthIain Forsyth & Jane Pollard - BIFA Directional Debut Award.
CITIZENFOUR - Britdoc UK distribution headed by member Luke Moody – Oscar Shortlisted.

Best British Short Film

Oscar Sharp, Tiernan Hanby & Campbell Beaton wrote, directed and produced The Karman Line – a story about a mother who gets a rare condition and gradually starts to rise in the air.the karman lineThis magical/surrealistic tale also won Best British Short at BIFA.

Emotional Fusebox – produced and directed by members Michael Berliner and Rachael Turnnard is also up for this award.

Best British Short Animation

Monkey Love Experiments‘ – Directors and Writers Ainslie Henderson and Will Anderson are the only members in the animation category.

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There you have it, some fierce competition at BAFTA this year – and some major achievements by SP members. Some interesting people to be inspired by and keep in mind for future collaborations. You never know what might be around the corner…

 

Short Is Sweet.

Posted January 11th, 2015 by Ben

This is not a small world. If it were then we would accost all the people we’ve never met with the phrase “I don’t know who you are and I’ve never thought about you, what an amazingly big world it is”. We don’t do this because the world is big and we’d get nothing done.

10 years ago Chris Blaine, Adam Brown and I screened a short film in our mobile cinema called “The Orange Tree” by Simon Kent. It remains one of my all time favourites and is built around a lovely performance by Justin Edwards as a lonely man whose life is changed when he buys a small fruit tree.

At one point he’s eating a microwaved lasagne meal and casually does a thoughtful reflexive hand gesture as he chews. It’s an odd thing to fixate on but all three of us separately remarked upon it as a beautiful piece of observation. It’s a throwaway gesture but somehow really speaks of his loneliness and need to share.

I’ve noticed it’s a gesture I’ve often copied when eating on my own, something I was reminded of as I found my fingers flexing whilst I stood at London Bridge tube station eating a donut on the last Saturday before Christmas. I hadn’t thought about Simon’s film for some time and suddenly this tiny gem came back to me and despite the raging shoving torrent of christmas shoppers and the ache of my cracked rib I realised I was extraordinarily happy.

Minutes later, heading for the exit at Bond Street, I noticed that stood in front of me on the escalator was the actor Justin Edwards. He had headphones on it seemed rude and confusing to disturb him with this small but delightful piece of coincidence. So I thought I’d disturb you with it instead.

This is not a small world and that’s what makes brief random moments like this all the more delightful. More importantly, retelling this story reminds me that whatever you are creating, however short your film, however small your audience, however shoved to the back of a drawer the notes are, never under estimate the power of your art to echo into the lives of strangers and bring joy to people you don’t see.

The Orange Tree from The Blatant Creation of Art on Vimeo.

A Rare Opportunity: Jameson First Shot

Posted January 6th, 2015 by Sarah Chorley

At Jameson First Shot, three filmmakers will have the awesome opportunity to have their scripts turned into short films by Kevin Spacey’s Trigger Street Productions, and to direct Oscar winner Adrien Brody in the lead role.

The winning shorts will also be premiered in LA with the team in attendance. We think it’s a great opportunity – and we’re helping Jameson First Shot to find UK filmmakers to use the competition as a great step on the ladder in their careers.

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London Short Film Festival are helping to recruit filmmakers too, and the ever knowledgeable Philip Ilson has shared his thoughts on the importance of short films and taking advantage of all the opportunities that come your way, by hook or by crook!

“Every person that has made a film in the history of film ever has made a short film. The first ever films were shorts (before the standard approximately 90 to 100 minutes became the norm in Hollywood and internationally from the twenties onwards). We are bombarded with shorts continuously, from adverts to promos to on-line virals, and short artist film works are exhibited in gallery spaces the world over. And then there is the more traditional accepted idea of a short film: A short drama that plays at film festivals and gets new talent noticed by the accepted film industry. In the general scheme of things, within the cinematic medium, shorts are incredibly important. Without them, the filmmakers that make it into our cinemas and onto our TVs and laptops, wouldn’t exist. But with this saturation of the moving image, on all these different platforms, how does talent get noticed? Of course, we hope that the good talent can rise to the top, but even talented filmmakers have to put themselves out there, or they will get lost.

The Jameson First Shot film competition recognises this, and can really help talented filmmakers come through and get noticed. It was set up by Kevin Spacey in partnership with Dana Brunetti of Trigger Street Productions with the knowledge that for the wealth of filmmaking talent there is out there, getting a first shot in the industry is notoriously difficult. And it’s important for filmmakers to want to develop; I meet so many who are very driven, with their eyes and hearts set on BAFTAs and other awards, and on a respected festival circuit. I also enjoy meeting the ones who don’t have that traditional career vision, but are making excellent work. Maybe they are filmmakers who have a different outlook, looking more towards gallery work, or maybe they are filmmakers who just enjoy doing it for themselves. Sometimes this work can be the more creatively interesting, as there’s no remit in place to play the game. Sometimes, these filmmakers can be the ones that do break through; I feel that filmmakers like David Lynch and Jonathan Glazer, and groundbreaking European filmmakers from Godard to Tarkovsy, from Antonioni to the Dardenne Brothers, have always thought about their work rather than how they are going to get ahead in the industry. And of course, these are the filmmakers who have become part of the cinematic canon of film history, who broke the mould, whom we constantly go back to and study.

This isn’t to say that every short filmmaker is a potential Godard, but for me, I get very excited by those filmmakers who are pushing the envelope, which is really hard at a time in history when ‘everything has been done’. When programming for LSFF, I am always amazed at how many times I do get blown away by a new short, particularly when I’m watching thousands of short films a year. What excites me is giving those filmmakers a chance to screen at a reputable Festival in a reputable cinema venue, especially if it’s filmmaker who hasn’t played the circuit, who seems to have come from nowhere. At Jameson First Shot, this idea can be developed to actually offer such filmmakers a chance to go to that next level, to make something high profile with a reputable production company and filmmaking team. Jameson First Shot is a way to bypass the more traditional routes of career development that relies on the slog of making contacts and networking yourself into the ground.

At Jameson First Shot, three winners will have an opportunity to have their scripts turned into short films and to direct Adrien Brody in the lead role. The winning shorts will be premiered in LA with the team in attendance. Full details can be found at jamesonfirstshot.com

-Philip Ilson, Creative Director, London Short Film Festival

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Film of the Month December Shortlist

Posted December 23rd, 2014 by Kelie Petterssen

A variety of films made the leader board this month, all racing for the opportunity to be seen by the UK’s leading documentary distributor Dogwoof. The Act of Killing and Blackfish are only two of the sensational features Dogwoof have on their resume.

We caught up with the lucky ten on the shortlist for a little bit about themselves and their films. Round 2 voting is now well underway. SP, take a vote and decide who deserves to win.

A Tragedy – Elisa Scubla

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Elisa is a freelance scriptwriter/director. Originally from Udine, Italy. She had her first short screened at the Cinema Massimo in Turin. After moving to London, she achieved a degree in Film & Broadcast Production with her film “A Tragedy”, based on William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”. She is currently pursuing a Master degree in Screenwriting for TV and Film and working on her first feature screenplay.

ANTIPODES – Flavio Filho

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A depiction of a moment in two lives. Chloe and Robert arrive in a cafe, and share with us passages about life and love. Until we realise what’s the real situation.

Flavio is a Brazilian-born, London-based Director and Cinematographer, and Senior Digital Designer for Top NMA Agencies. He was accepted for the Master of Fine Arts on Filmmaking at The London Film School in 2011.
In 2012, Flavio wrote, directed, produced, photographed and edited his first short film Antipodes, Official Selection in the 2012 Cornwall Film Festival in UK.

Table Manners – Rebecca Manley

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Her latest short and is currently on the festival circuit. In 2014 the film screened at Pictoplasma (Berlin), Shuffle festival (London), Pleine La Bobine (Clermont-Ferrand), the Puppets on Film festival (NYC) run by the Jim Henson Foundation & TriForce Festival held at Bafta (London). Rebecca was also nominated in the ‘Best Director’ category at Underwire 2014. The film is soon to screen at the London Short Film festival 2015 (it’s first Bafta qualifier) and at PLAY in Lisbon.
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Rebecca is a versatile director working across animation and live action. She has written and directed a number of short films, which have been screened at both national and international festivals. Her short film Breaking the Mould won the DepicT! Audience Award at Encounters 2008 (the UK’s best-known short film festival), her graduation film Waiting for Dogot won Best Animated Short Film at Kino Fest 2002 and her beautiful, sand on glass, short The Girl & the Horse was screened at the National Gallery London in conjunction with the Stubbs and the Horse exhibition. Rebecca’s short promotional film, FIFA 20 Centres, created in partnership with Comic Relief and exec. Producer Richard Curtis, was screened at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto as part of the opening ceremony for the FIFA World Cup 2010.
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EXIT – Daniel Zimbler
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At a country manor in Colchester, a parlour trick becomes a bewitching – and one of the guests gets his dark desire.Starring Julian Glover and Ed Coleman. 

Wins: Short of the Week Nov 2014, “Best International Short Film” at the Paris International Fantastic Film Festival, Audience Award at Court Metrange Film Festival; 
Official Selection: Palm Springs Shorfest, Fantastic Fest, Raindance Film
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 Daniel Zimbler is a writer-director working in film and TV across genres. Zimbler’s short films have garnered numerous wins on the festival circuit. His latest creation is the award-winning Broadway comedy web-series UNDERSTUDIES starring Richard Kind (Spin City, A Serious Man), David Rasche (Veep, Bored to Death), Tony/Emmy-winner Elizabeth Ashley. Check out the trailer and become a friend of the series here:  www.facebook.com/UnderstudiesTheShow
Zimbler is currently directing the half-hour TV comedy series “Those Who Can’t” for the South African national broadcaster (SABC), to be aired in 2015.
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Someone to come Home to – Peter Edward Dexter
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A bunch of friends came together at short notice to make this film for a 48 hr challenge.  We had a composer working  away in Rochester and e mailing sounds and team working away in Clapham doing their  ‘stuff’    We knew we wanted to base our effort around the actress  and another actor somehow and also to use external  locations as much as possible. As it transpired we lost our editor and camera person at the last moment but we carried on.   The film was  created to work with a given theme which was the word ‘Fear’   and we had a weekend to do this and no budget. We wanted something that surprised and was also quite dark but also fun.  We are very pleased with the result.
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Leathermarket – Jessica Bishopp
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The gentrified area of Bermondsey, South London is rapidly changing, ‘Leathermarket’, a documentary short film, brings personal stories of local history to a new audience, using archive footage of London from the 1920s through to the 1960s. Members of the Leathermarket JMB Local History Group discuss memories of their streets of the past; from the last marriage in the bombed Trinity Church before they locked the doors to the public forever, to playing on the bomb-sites after the Second World War; focusing on the collective living memory of the community and their streets in Bermondsey.
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Jessica has lived and worked in New York, The Netherlands and London. In 2012 she was shortlisted for the Creative Enterprise Award for Ethical and Social Enterprise and recently she won the Creative Conscience Award 2014 and the IdeasTap Graduate Award for Digital Design.
Jessica Bishopp was born in South East England. She recently graduated from BA (Hons) Design for Interaction and Moving Image, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Experimenting with a wide range of media, including film, installation, photography and design Jessica’s work has universal themes embedded in daily lives and thoughts; studying basic human interactions and habits, exposing the magic in the mundane. Confessional and intimate, her work intends to facilitate and document conversation, relying on outside interaction.
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Adante – Gavin Carver
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Andante is the story of a musician who heads into the Wallowa mountains of Eastern Oregon on a mission to share her passion, find inspiration and take her companion to 3000 metres. This short documentary which includes the music of Bach and Elgar as well as an original improvised composition follows her journey.
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Gavin has worked in a range of capacities in live and recorded arts over the past 30 years: set and lighting design for theatre; creator of site specific performances and mixed media events; lecturer in theatre and performance; and filmmaker. Principally a documentarist my subjects tend to be artists or activists who engage one way or another with the natural world and wild places.
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Musca – Stefan Parker
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Musca was inspired by a small incident when a fly landed on his book whilst reading on holiday in Cornwall. Ironically, the film was officially selected into the Cornwall Film Festival earlier this year.
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Stefan Parker has been producing and directing short films over the last few years and is a recent graduate with an MA in Filmmaking. He is the director and founder of Short Pictures, an independent production company specializing in short film content. www.shortpictures.co.uk.
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Also in the Shortlist we have:
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Rockstars and Flying Cars – Nick Currey
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Zak is 13 and he has haemophilia. His daily routine is a bit different from that of most teenagers. Whereas other children might just need to brush their teeth in the morning, every day Zak has to give himself an injection. In this video, Zak and his family give an insight into what living with haemophilia is really like — the ups and the downs, the misconceptions and the realities. We also hear about the options that might be available in the future for Zak and others with haemophilia if cutting-edge research from University College London leads to a cure.
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Tightrope – Ballet Boyz
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A visually concentrated piece shot in India as part of Random Acts for Channel 4.
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And there you have it, the final top 10. There are only 8 days to go, so make sure you check out these films and cast your votes.

PULSAR: Inside the shoot

Posted December 15th, 2014 by Kelie Petterssen

Enter the pitch winner and Shooting People member, Aurora Fearnley is currently filming PULSAR, a contemporary interpretation of the biblical story of Jonah, in Huddersfield. Enter the Pitch want to keep members updated with the progress of the shoot – there might even be a learning curve or two in there somewhere.

PULSAR First Day – Friday 11th December

At North Light Film Studios in Huddersfield – the start of a five-day shoot for the winner of the Pitch film competition for 2013. Winning writer/director Aurora Fearnley has arrived on set, showing maturity and presence, and gratitude to an amazing crew who have worked tirelessly to get the set ready. With a modest budget, it is not easy to come up with the interior of a futuristic spacecraft, but that is what they have done. It has all come together remarkably well – makeup and wardrobe have done a great job combining the look of deep-sea mining and space environments.

The production is aiming for a very high standard, and Aurora is delighted with the cohesion and dedication of the cast and crew. The cast, led by David Gyasi in the role of Jonah, is exceeding all expectations. The challenge of reflecting the message of the Biblical story of Jonah in a contemporary sci-fi film without losing sight of the sense of the original is considerable, but that is what the Pitch is all about. For Producers Luke Walton and Jackie Sheppard, this is the sixth Pitch-winning short to be produced in as many years, and a particularly ambitious one.

At the end of the first day, everyone is tired, but pleased with progress. Looking forward to a second day of shooting with lots of special effects and stunts.

For more on the concept of the Pitch competition, see the Pitch website www.enterthepitch.com, and follow the Pitch on Twitter @enter_the_pitch

 

PULSAR second day – Saturday 12 December 2014

The second day of the shoot has been a really high-pressure day of big dramatic studio scenes, with great visual effects. The hard work of birthday girl 1 AD Abbe Robinson and the crew is giving strong support to a brilliant cast, who deliver almost faultless performances, take after take. The cast forms a tight ensemble, a credit to the skills of JenkinsMcShane Casting.

The industrial steam-punk style of the set heightens the dramatic impact of the scenes shot so far – the crew have taken great care with set design and lighting to maintain consistency of appearance of the workaday spacecraft that is the setting for much of the film – and it works superbly! Makeup and costumes complement the look and feel of the setting perfectly. Producer Luke Walton comments ‘Having such skilled professionals on the job makes it possible to aim really high on a tough shoot like this one’. Director Aurora is delighted with the results so far.

The focus will change for days 3 and 4 of the shoot – with a change in the programme to accommodate the fickle British weather. Day 3 will be a technical day of VFX, aliens and warriors, and preparation for an outdoor shoot on day 4.

Take a look at The Examiner’s photo gallery here.

 

PULSAR third day – Sunday 13 December 2014

VFX day. The first day for Pulsar using the green screen to capture one of the fierce inhabitants of the devastated and war-torn planet Nineveh. Very aggressive acting and poses from Andrew Squires in superb makeup and really cool Ninevite warrior costume. Definitely the right guy to have on your side if you’re threatened – if there’s trouble, call a Ninevite.

Following Andrew’s tour de force, we were back to the Orka spacecraft, with lead actor David Gyasi showing great form in tortured condition for the start of the film. A consummate professional delivering exactly what you would expect from an A-list actor like David. The film opens with the stuff of nightmares – and having just watched the Ninevite warrior, we’re not surprised anyone might have them!

Another full day with great coverage, setting us up for Day 4, shooting outside at Pule Hill Quarry on the Marsden Moor Estate. Filming outside, on the Yorkshire Moors in December is not for the faint-hearted.

 

PULSAR fourth day – Monday 14 December 2014

 

Outdoor shoot at Pule Hill Quarry on the Marsden Moor Estate, an elevated location on the Yorkshire moors. The crew and cast arrived in swirling, freezing mist, and endured rain, sleet and high winds, and what felt like incredibly low temperatures. What else could we expect from the Yorkshire moors in December?

Marsden Moor Estate is owned by the National Trust, and is an ecologically-significant area of moorland with a wealth of industrial archaeological remains important to Yorkshire’s heritage – these factors meant no vehicular access to the Quarry. All equipment and props had to be carried on foot from a layby on the nearest road, a walk which might normally take 15 minutes, but under these conditions took somewhat longer.

The out-of-this-world setting is ideal for a sci-fi movie. However, the challenges in December proved extreme. Props and lighting suffered from the wind; the crew and cast suffered from the cold and the wind-chill. David Gyasi (Interstellar) spent much of the shoot lying on the rain-soaked moor for his role of Jonah, without any complaint. Both he and Polly Walton gave exemplary performances under these adverse conditions.

What are the lessons learned from the experience? Shoot in June!

 

PULSAR final day – Tuesday 16 December 2014

Back to the studio for some more green screen shots – a female Ninevite warrior every bit as fearsome as her male counterpart, and some very tricky scenes with leading man David Gyasi, involving complex futuristic props produced on a small budget, and running water. Shooting to a 5-day timescale is always a challenge, compounded on this final day by the turnaround time between takes – if a scene had to be re-shot, the props and costumes would need to be dried out and restored to their original state. The potential for things to go wrong is enormous. It is to the credit of the crew (maybe with just a little bit of luck) that the trickiest scenes were nailed in one take.

As with the outdoor scenes, David Gyasi remained stoic and able to deliver an outstanding performance, whilst being soaked and frozen.

The VFX artists have already started work on The CGI additions, and things are looking good!

Shooting a complex sci-fi film like this one, and with only 4 days in the studio and one on location, requires teamwork, professionalism, and good fortune. The art department created a steampunk-style spacecraft interior and escape capsule on a very tight schedule with limited resources, makeup and wardrobe created original looks for the spacecraft crew and alien warriors, the rest of the crew worked tirelessly to make all aspects of the project a success. And the cast – they were absolutely amazing, delivering moving performances in scene after scene.

Now that we’ve wrapped, and PULSAR enters post-production, watch this blog for a description of progress, and pictures.