Short Films from London to Cannes

Here at last! I bring you a selection of trailers for short films at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, two of which I worked on.

Obsessively Optimistic

Run From The French

Unreal Estate

Mr King

Just for Fun – Vote for your Favourite…

LFA Showcase at the BFI

2016 London Film Academy Showcase at the British Film Institute, Southbank, London.

The format of the afternoon/evening is to sit in the plush velvety red seats and watch (in this case, 11) short films, written and created by students during the latter part of their film making course. This is followed by graduate presentations and a reception.

The reception is an oportunity to meet with others from all corners of the film industry – writers, actors, producers, etc., established as well as those, like us, who are just starting our careers.

As I’ll be working on a short film project in the new year, this illustrious gathering was a chance to sound out potential cast and crew plus meet up again with actor Henry Douthwaite (Mr. King) and comedian Tommy Rowson, (up-coming tour dates) plus many others who currently don’t have links to include here.

Review of films from the 2016 showcase.

On the night, the film with most votes was Unreal Estate, which I worked on and this may have tainted my viewpoint as the plot twist was not a fresh surprise. Great concept, though, written by Charlie Park.

Rather than review all 11 films, I’ll be selective. Mr. King (obviously) was my favourite non-comedy. And of the comedies… my award for top spot was shared jointly by Obsessively Optimistic (starring Timothy O’Hara and Andrea Vallis) and Run From The French (starring Diljohn Singh and Pat Brackenbury), both wrtten by Ilona Mitrecey.

Merry Christmas & all the best for the coming year!

Just when you think it’s all over…

Hooray, Hurrah… school’s out!!! As we attended our final day at the London Film Academy, I was invited back to develop one of my scripts and produce a short film of “Waiting for Tamara“, together with Ron Zlatkin as director.

The Academy offered to provide support in terms of equipment and facilities and suggested that some of their current students would be willing to volunteer as crew members as it’s a great opportunity for them. We are now working on finding a budget to cover other costs, such as location, cast and general expenses during the shoot.

Shout-out to Agents, Actors and Angels…
If you are able to support this project by donating your time or funding, please contact me by leaving a comment (comments are not public unless I approve them so you can leave your details). The deadline is approximately end of 2016 as we hope to start shooting in January.

I still have to assemble a few cuts from the films I’ve contributed to whilst attending the LFA and will be editing them into a new showreel of my recent work, reflecting various skills I’ve acquired in writing, directing and editing.

Meanwhile, the London Showcase will be held in November at the British Film Institute (BFI), where those of us who have passed will be presented with our diplomas. I achieved three merits, including scriptwriting and directing.

Onwards and Upwards!

LFA: First Term Completed & Visual Narratives

It’s Chriiiiiiiiiiistmaaaaaaaas! During the Autumn, we were filming short silent-ish films, known as Visual Narrative. In other words, the story had to be conveyed without relying on dialogue. The brief for the first film also called for the film to be edited in camera – using one camera, filming and editing each scene sequentially.

We worked in teams, filming over weekends in various locations near the Academy. We each directed our own scripts and it was interesting how some took much longer to complete than others. We were able to add mood music afterwards, during final editing.

Inspired by various directing styles, including Charlie Chaplin and Sergio Leone, I was most likely influenced by Edgar Wright’s filming techniques, as I wrote the first visual narrative as a comedy script just after reading a review of his work.

The second visual narrative was a complete contrast; a mystery thriller with two shots that, on reflection, remind me of Quentin Tarrantino and his ‘foot fetish’.  The rest could be considered ‘Hitchcockian’.

My (almost silent) films were well received by my peers and I plan to post them to my show reel page. At LFA, we work in teams so, as well as writing and directing my VN films, I was responsible for lighting one of the others – a thriller – and I acted in another of the films – a comedy.

Finally, towards the end of term, we had another film project which I’ll cover in the next post, in the new year.

Meanwhile, I’m going to enjoy my festive break and hope to be totally refreshed for 2016. Happy Christmas everyone!

The London Film Academy

I am continuing my film studies at the London Film Academy in the Fulham area. I’ve been there a few days so far and I’m exhausted (mainly from the long commute) but it’s interesting and I get on well with my fellow students, the majority of whom are not British but speak excellent English and have a good grasp of British humour!

When we’re a few weeks into the course, I’ll post some more about it.

I’m already considering my options after graduating. Apart from being commissioned to develop and direct my own film or landing a brilliant job with Stephen Spielberg 🙂 other ideas include taking an MA or doing something in performing arts, preferably comedy and improvisation.

Image from a series of healthy eating photographs taken for a blog post for a freelance job.