New Updated Showreel

My 2 minute showreel has been finely honed down to 1 minute especially for those busy employers for whom I need to make a fast and favourable first impression so here it is.

Intro from Mr King: (Henry  Douthwaite) “Rise and shine!”
Viktor (Steve Mace) “Who the ‘heck’ are you?”

For readers enjoying a leisurely break and able to watch the full two minute showreel, I offer up a little more detail below.

The showreel opens with a clip from Mr King (which was shown at the Cannes film festival last year) leading to an introduction to me. We are then launched into clips from a few short films of various genres.

Lunchtime

Filmed as a visual narrative, I wrote this gentle comedy as a tribute to Charlie Chaplin and Sergio Leone. I also directed the shoot and edited ‘in camera’ which means that it had to be shot in sequence (the unedited version was then given a grade by tutors and I later edited the film fully in my own time). The Chaplin tributes were filmed in colour, then later edited to black and white; the Leone shots were also colour-edited to have a more ‘western’ feel (those clips are not featured in the 1 minute showreel shown above – see the full 2 minute showreel).

Mr King

As First Assistant Director I was also responsible for casting, and the three main actors were first class in this gritty film of high stakes and violent criminals. I was tasked with rewriting the dialogue throughout the script to make it flow better.

Do Not Open

A noir/suspense visual narrative exercise. I was particularly pleased with my shadow shot in this clip. It was conceived, written and shot as an homage to Alfred Hitchcock. I wanted to see if I could achieve the feeling of suspense in a short, two-minute film.

Regret

I wrote and directed Regret, based on an idea I had a couple of years before. It was an unusual project for me as it contained no trace of comedy. Excellent acting from Marie and Lucy and the finished project was well received by my peers.

Followed

Another visual narrative, written and directed by a fellow student who asked me to be his cameraman & cinematographer. My favourite shot here is the brief glimpse of a menacing figure through the doorway – did you notice him?

Regret, Mr King and Lunchtime

I just enjoyed the way this closing trio of clips sums up the mix of genres in a few seconds. I hope you’ve enjoyed watching. Do leave a comment, preferably nice!

Fin.

 

 

Opportunities in Film & Video

Recently, I’ve seen a couple of opportunities that are of interest: Dialogue Editor & Short Film Writer, which I’ve applied for. And… just in case any prospective employers/colleagues are checking out my blog, my filmography is below 😉

For these applications, I needed to select (1) a script where I’ve re-written most of the dialogue (Mr.King), (2) a dialogue-heavy short film script that I’ve written (Regret), plus (3) another short film script to demonstrate my versatility as a writer. Choosing the ‘best’ ones which are to be read by potential producers/directors was not easy.

Working titles of short scripts not yet filmed are: Tamara; Much Adieu; Greatest Hits; Confidence Trick. My roles in completed film shorts to date are in the list below:

  • Director
    • Regret (drama)
    • Psychosis (noir, thriller)
    • Resting (comedy)
  • First Assistant Director
    • Mr King (thriller)
    • Shame (drama)
  • Casting Director
    • Mr King (noir, thriller)
    • Good Boy (drama)
    • The Last Text (psychological thriller)
    • The Art of Trying (comedy)
    • Resting (comedy)
  • Scriptwriter
    • Regret (drama)
    • Resting (comedy)
    • Psychosis (noir, thriller)
  • Dialogue Editor
    • Mr King (thriller)
  • Editor
    • The End of a Nightmare (thriller) 1st editor
    • Resting (comedy) 1st editor
    • Unreal Estate (dark comedy) 2nd editor & trailer editor
    • The Art of Trying (comedy) 2nd editor
  • Other roles
    • Unreal Estate (gaffer)
    • In a Time Lapse (focus puller)
    • Misplaced (sound)
    • Resting (camera, cinematographer)

Additionally, a company that I occasionally freelance for has invited me to direct and edit a series of business messages for one of their clients’ websites.


Meanwhile, on the film-watching front, I’ve been re-visiting Lord of the Rings and, on TV, I’m looking forward to seeing the Netflix series, Altered Carbon. I hope I won’t be disappointed!


The featured image is of Marie Everett, playing the lead character in Regret.

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All the best for 2018!

Mr King & the ‘Festival de Cannes’

Our short film, Mr King, has been accepted for a catalogue entry at Festival Corner at the Cannes Film Festival, as can be seen in the header image, above.

From an original script by Ron Zlatkin, the film was directed by Thomas Draviczki and co-stars Steve Mace, Henry Douthwaite (in the title role) and Mateo Rufino Cano. As First Assistant Director (1stAD), I was responsible for casting.

I noticed that the theme composition has been uploaded by Flórián Siró so here it is for you to enjoy.

à bientôt!

4-minute Film Project

Following on from the previous post (2-minute Film Project) where I mentioned this project, I’ll now go into more detail. The film is called “Mr King” and was filmed over a long weekend, from Saturday 5th to Monday 7th March, 2016.

The script was submitted by Ron Zlatkin (Dutch), then Tamas (Thomas) Draviczki (Hungarian) won the pitch to direct it. As 1stAD, I was responsible for casting and we advertised, via various channels, for actors to apply for one of the three main roles by submitting their CV and showreel. There were more than 40 applications which were shortlisted to ten, then those actors were provided with a page from the script and invited to audition for their chosen role.

The standard was high and the three actors who were offered and accepted were excellent! (Keep in touch, guys!) They are:

The script needed improvement. I was asked to edit the script and also added some dialogue (hopefully, I’ll be credited 🙂 )* and the shoot went very smoothly. I went straight from this film to working on two others… then a few days off to recharge!

Here’s an excerpt from the edited script:

VIKTOR
“I don’t care… I’m dead anyway
so… just get on with it.”

Viktor closes his eyes and leans back on the chair as he
accepts his fate. Mr King Pulls the trigger three times.

MR KING
“Well, credit where it’s due, you
are very dedicated to this guy. Or
is there more than one? Who are
they? The club owners? They run out
of money? Or maybe the associations
are jealous that I make more money
than they do? Guess I’ll never
know… Oh. Silly me. I forgot the
bullet. What am I like?”

Mr King and Carter laugh. Manuel only smiles.
Viktor looks at Mr King in shock.

Editing begins next week. As usual, as soon as we get the green light to publish, I’ll let you know.


*Unfortunately, I’ve been told that it’s not Academy policy  😦 so I remain uncredited again.