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I’ve got several things in post at present.

I shot an advert for clean water charity Just A Drop over the summer which we’re in the process of polishing off.  My short films POST JUMP and SELFIE are having their final touches added.  And TUBE TUBE rumbles on, with new episodes written and planned for filming before November is through.

I’ve also been very busy working for corporate clients.  I’ve directed three films for the Royal Institute’s Christmas campaign.  The British Science Festival asked me to shoot and edit a film about their annual festival, the oldest science event in the world.  And I’m working on a music video for Welsh singer-songwriter and bud Al Lewis.

Watch this space for updates when we’re done!

‘TUBE TUBE’ wins at Marseille WebFest

TUBE TUBE won the Max Linder Prize for Screenwriting at this year’s amazing Marseille WebFest, a festival of webseries held in the south of France at the gorgeous, and surprisingly high-tech, Château de la Buzine.

Marseille Webfest

There were 25 webseries from around the world competing for five awards, so we’re thrilled to have been honoured.  The jury thought our approach of filming scenes in one take, with actors working in difficult real-world locations, coupled with TUBE TUBE’s technique of seeing characters return to form one large narrative, best encapsulated the spirit of silent film legend Max Linder’s own filmmaking.

Gala Dinner at Marseille WebFest 2013

The festival was a brilliant experience, and my thanks go to Jean-Michelle and his team.  I met some hugely talented and exciting filmmakers there, as well – Mel and Andrew, Tim, Enzo, Pierre, and others – you know who you are!

New episodes of TUBE TUBE will be out this winter, and the series is currently playing at Festival Tous Ecrans, the Geneva International Film Festival, in their ‘Focus UK’ programme of screenings, alongside films by Mike Leigh and Powell & Pressburger.

Shooting ‘IMG’

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A few months ago my friend Stephen Fingleton asked me to come up with a story for a short film that could intersect his BFI-funded project ‘SLR’.  The result was ‘IMG’, which I shot at the end of May.  It stars Jasmine Brienburg (Danny Boyle’s Olympic Opening Ceremony) and Thomas Law (Edgar Wright’s WORLD’S END), and used many of the crew I had the pleasure of working with on POST JUMP, as well as some excellent new additions.

Similar to ‘SLR’, ‘IMG’ is about the darker side of the internet, and what happens when Trisha, played by Jasmine, is unwillingly exposed to it.

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We’re currently editing, and will post here when it’s available to view.

‘POST JUMP’

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I wrote and directed an entry into Sci Fi London’s 48 Hour Film Challenge. It’s called POST JUMP and stars Thomas Turgoose from THIS IS ENGLAND.

Unfortunately the organisers of the challenge didn’t choose the film for their shortlist.  Our Plan B was always to repackage the short for festivals, at a slightly longer length, so that’s what we’re doing now.  As a result we’ve taken the film down from public view.  If you’d like to see it, send me an email or leave a comment and I’ll provide you a link.

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Our crew were phenomenal, and worked for nearly 18 straight hours without anything resembling a break. Special mentions:

Chris O’Driscoll, the film’s Director of Photography, was up for the challenge as soon as I suggested it months ago. He was instrumental in securing all the equipment that makes it look so great, and for encouraging me since the beginning. He’s the nicest and most unflappable collaborator around.

Omar Kenawi and his wonderful way with words helped secure each of the cast members, who all agreed to give their time without knowing precisely what we were going to shoot.

Alan Tang volunteered only as editor, but ended up working as Digital Imaging Technician on shoot, too. The edit was epic: from 12pm Sunday to 6am Monday, without a pause for anything more than a cigarette, Alan set up, cut and tidied the whole project, while coordinating a colourist and composer and about a hundred editing machines and servers. He refuses any thanks, and will probably hate me for writing this.

And everyone else. Tommo, Nick, Tristan for being ready to go at a moment’s notice; Pawel, George, Rory and Mike for hoofing lights and camera up three flights, and then from room to room; Mike for being the perfect 1st; Rob and Vytautas for being the world’s most attentive sound crew; Hannah for dressing sets and actors – neither of which were her actual job; Kunal for designing and building The Device, and for being on hand all day; Ed for being everything else, and then some, without even being asked; Belgin for interpreting my nonsensical colour whims and Blair, for taking our overtired overrunning with such amused understanding, and somehow managing to pull a custom score and mix out of the hat.

Sorry for the gush, but they really were great. Hire them.

Watch ‘Popcorn’ now

Here’s our latest ‘TUBE TUBE‘ episode, starring Anni Paul and Karl Wilson:

Freelance

I went full time as a director in January and spent these last three months doing paid corporate jobs, all of which have been really great fun.   This site is for my fictional work, and there’ll be more of that to come next week when we shoot our first Tube Tube of 2013.

After that, I’m collaborating with my friend Stephen Fingleton on a project called IMG’,  a short film that intersects his BFI-funded project ‘SLR.  ‘IMG’ stars Jasmine Breinburg, who was lead in a section of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, and will shoot over Easter.

Then, I’ve put together a team for this year’s Sci-Fi London 48 Hour Film challenge.  On the weekend of the 6th and 7th of April you’ll find us frantically pulling together a short, and I’ll post it here when we’re done.

Watch ‘THE END’ now

We’ve come to the end of ‘TUBE TUBE‘s Back2Work storyline.  Watch THE END now, starring Alistair Scott and Timothy Knightley:

‘The Civil Servant’ is released

Here’s a link to our penultimate ‘Back2Work’ episode of TUBE TUBE, starring the amazing Ian Smith and Khyan Mansley:

 

TUBE TUBE releases ‘The Client’

We’ve just released our fifth Back2Work episode:

I rather like this one, mainly because of the performances of our two leads, Mario Demetriou and Todd Von Joel.

We’ve been a little bit delayed in our Back2Work schedule, but we’re now back on track.  The final two episodes that make up this story are shot and ready to go, both due to be released before Christmas.

‘The Source’ is released

Here’s our fourth ‘TUBE TUBE‘ episode, starring Ian Smith and Tristan Bernays:

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