Memories Of A Film Shoot – The Good, The Bad And The Tennis

  It’s a week after the shoot and my film - The Good, The Bad And The Tennis - is in the home straight. It is about three years since my last film and the nerves preceding this shoot seemed to have helped enormously. Never have I planned so well for a shoot. Even though I knew the script and what I wanted to see - I did write it after all - having decided to use non-actors in all the roles, I knew I had to be able to get my ideas across clearly.

A bit of a trickle…..

So the campaign is up and running (check it out here) and the initial enthusiasm has faltered. Not for the project, that remains as resolute as ever, but for the whole crowdfunding kerfuffle. I want to make films. I like making films; the writing, the casting, pulling the crew together, directing actors, working out scenes,…

The dream continues.

My next film is planned for Jan/Feb 2015. It had been slated for the end of November 2014, but an impending knee operation put paid to that. With a free fortnight to fill whilst I got over the op, I took the time to put together a funding project. Up until now I had financed…

two plus two is…

Another short film review this week - Two plus Two (2+2=5) - is a film by a Turkish filmmaker, Babak Anvari. Set in a classroom, it shows how dictatorship is created and enforced, crushing dissent and rejecting all argument. A powerful and captivating film, Two plus Two was originally shot in colour, with no musical…

Oh Anna….

Anna Akana - https://www.youtube.com/user/AnnaAkana/featured - is an Asian actress, comedienne, and filmmaker with a channel on YouTube that has - including me - over one million subscribers. Her viewing figures are approaching the hundred million mark and she puts out opinionated and entertaining content on a regular basis. Her monologues to camera, generally interspersed with snappy, comedic,…

Interesting all at the Ball

'A red ball bounces past a cafe and a couple folks’ houses and then goes to the beach.' As descriptions of a film go, this probably is one of the least accurate and least likely to make you stop and watch, given it is a pretty bland premise. That would be a mistake. A short…

What about the rules?

For your fledgling scriptwriter, filmmaker, auteur, there are certain precepts that are recommended. Try and avoid voiceover; don't film conversations flat on; don't be static. For the director, Ivan Barge and screenwriter, Matthew Harris, these loosely defined rules were obviously missed. In their seven minute short film, "Snooze Time" they happily ignore all those rules,…

That time of year.

With 2013 drawing to a close - my second short goes live 31/12/13 'WebSights' - the time for reflection is upon most of us. With this being a film blog and that being the dream I am pursuing, I have been reflecting on my fledgling career as a would be filmmaker. I don't know if…