19 September 2013
Sometimes when things get tough, we take stock of our subconscious, searching for answers in the dreams we have...
Here it is folks! A Dream I Had is now available online. Check it out!
08 September 2013
It's been while since I posted anything on my much neglected website. If you really want to keep your finger on the Short Night pulse, please feel welcome to like our facebook page, which is usually the first source of news.
Nevertheless, I thought it was about time I dropped in on this site with a bucket of fish heads to nourish the news page lest it figures out how to access skynet and call for help.
I'll start with the big news first. A Dream I Had won the Best Short Drama prize at the Isle of Wight Film Festival last month.
(You can see some pictures from the festival here)
I adore this festival. They make you feel so welcome and more than that, they make us filmmakers feel like artists, from celebrating the work we make, to plying us with free food and gin! It's an honour to be counted amongst their winners. Long may it continue!
Elsewhere, the film was drafted in to screen at the Portobello Film Festival this weekend, which was a nice surprise.
There are one or two festivals to come but I'll be making the film available to watch very soon, so please keep your eyes peeled for updates on that. (I promise I'll update!)
In other news, I shot a quickie short film called When the Angel Woos the Clay recently, which is already available to watch online. It's a sort of concept scene for something else, an experimental, atmospheric video art piece on it's own terms. Check it out.
Believe it or not, I have another bucket of fish heads right here, but I'm gonna save that for a little bit later. Thanks for dropping by in the meantime.
13 February 2013
As soon as we've shot A Dream I Had this Sunday morning, we'll be jumping on a train over to Worcester to introduce Eventide at the Splendid Cinema film night curated by University of Worcester's Senior Film Studies lecturer Mikel Koven, who I met last year at the Worcestershire Film Festival. More details here.
13 February 2013
To celebrate the week of romance, I'll be tooling up on Sunday to film my next short film, A Dream I Had, a tragic romance about two former lovers who have a chance encounter after a long period of separation. It's pretty painful, brutal stuff for the most part and yet oddly romantic, I think! There's a massive gaspy bit in it and I can't wait for people to see it and try and deal with it! It's not as gentle as Eventide that's for damn sure. I hope you like it. It should be completed and ready to screen by the end of the month so watch this space!
12 February 2013
A little while ago I was selected to take part in a mentoring scheme run by the producers forum. Well I can now reveal who my mentor is going to be! It's Nira Park, who produced all of your favourite British television shows and movies of the past ten years, including Spaced, Black Books, Him and Her, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim and most recently Sightseers. Nira has agreed to let me pick and eat some of her brains over the course of the next year, enabling me to fulfill my potential of becoming a filthy-rich-award-laden-hot-shot-cigar-chomping-womanising-booze-soaked director...and with a bit of luck an eventual obsessive compulsive recluse, confined to a furniture-less mansion somewhere in the Hollywood Hills surrounded by rows upon rows of bottles filled with piss! Oh, and Nick Allen is bound to be there somewhere! Follow your dreams folks! Go Forward!
10 February 2013
Here's a lovely little review for 'Eventide'over at Beacon magazine...x
22 January 2013
'Eventide' has been listed as a highlight for February ahead of its UK television première on the Community Channel (who'd have thunk it?) on 4th February at 10pm.
10 January 2013
Another channel wants to broadcast Eventide! This is a new venture called 16mmtv, which launches on 16th January 2013. If you get a second, have a scout around their website. It's refreshingly informal. They have a good ethos, a good attitude and a good sense of humour...
07 Januray 2013
'Eventide' is listed in the Clermont-Ferrand 2013 Film Market catalogue, which takes place this February.
07 January 2013
Well, 2013 is barely a week old and I'm pleased to announce I'll be launching into a bit of a filming frenzy over the next two months. First, I'll be directing my next short film on the 20th January. It's called 'A Dream I Had' and is about two former lovers who have a chance encounter after over a year of no contact. I shan't say more than that for now but trust me when I say it's gonna be surprisingly brutal and not in the way you might imagine either. (Whatever it is you might be imagining you sickos!). If I've discussed it with any of you already, please keep it under your hat for now. Brutality notwithstanding, it's also laced with lots of those pesky, complicated feelings so if all goes to plan, I'd suggest you brace yourself folks!
'A Dream I Had' will star Ben Thorne (Eventide) and Aime Powell.
The music is already under way (Renaissance man Ben Cook of Anti/Type Films is on the case) so there's a damn good chance the film will be completed in time for a screening event on the 31st January. Will keep you posted on that.
After this, we'll be attacking my other short film script 'Private View' at the end of February with a little luck. That one stars David Reeves and Laura Jean Clinton.
Betwixt all of this, I'm also working on a strange little music video with local band Invitation to Love using found footage and some trickery of our own so look out for that soon too.
Loads more to come this year so fingers crossed we can weave all this bloody mindedness into something that nudges us forward a little bit more.
03 January 2013
'Eventide' has received a significant spike in online views after being selected for a couple more heavily subscribed to channels on Vimeo. The largest is this one called 'Inspirational', which has over 9,000 subscribers!
03 January 2013
'Eventide' has been invited to screen at the new season of Splendid Cinema, an independent film society run out of the Worcester Arts Workshop. Dates to follow.
02 January 2013
At the very end of 2012, I worked with Oblivion Studios by shooting some behind the scenes footage and interviews during a music video shoot for the band Sadie and the Hotheads, fronted by Oscar nominee and 'Downtown Abbey' star, Elizabeth McGovern. The Oblivion lads have since edited all the footage into a tight little behind the scenes featurette and uploaded it to their Vimeo profile alongside the music video itself, which you can watch HERE.
22 December 2012
'Eventide' has been shared by this wicked little arts website called Zealous. Take a look around sometime!
14 December 2012
'Eventide' will be broadcast on the Community Channel in February next year! It's still swimming folks!
05 November 2012
'Eventide' has won an audience commendation at the Worcestershire Film Festival! Thanks to Simon Munn ('Supermunn') and his team! Go Forward.
31 October 2012
Good evening! Here's the radio interview I took part in this morning alongside Worcestershire Film Festival organisers Simon Munn and Matt Johnson and filmmaker Ben Lewis. I was invited to discuss my short film 'Eventide' and its selection at the festival. You can hear me chattering away from 15:00. (NOTE: There is an inaccuracy in the edit. I'm actually developing a feature film under schemes with the BFI and Creative England, not the new shorts. They also cut the bit out where I said "kinky swingers parties" so that's a sound-byte you're just gonna have to wait a bit longer for I'm afraid...)
23 October 2012
Some more good news tonight! I've been selected to take part in a mentoring programme run by the producers forum, which is supported by the BFI and Creative England, in which I'll get to pick and eat the brains of an established movie producer! Great timing too, as I have recently begun developing my first feature film, called 'This Year's Pact With The Devil' with producer Rachel Emma Carter. Watch this space folks!x
14 October 2012
Good morning folks! Do you mind if I have a quick brag about something? Look what famous author Rex Pickett ('Sideways') thinks of my short film 'Eventide'! Sideways was made into one of my favourite films a few years ago and won an Oscar for its screenplay!
“A wonderfully introspective, poignantly sad, short dose of autobiographical cinema, that, at times, reminds one of Chris Marker's most personal works”
Rex Pickett, Author of 'Sideways'
For more testimonials and other information on 'Eventide', check out the OFFICIAL PAGE on this site or CLICK HERE.