I'm really proud to say the PIECES screened last month at the 27th Leeds International Film Festival. Thank you to everyone up in Leeds for a fantastic event and all the support.
Leave to Remain will premiere at Rich Mix on 11th October 2013. Click here for the film's page on the BFI website.
Meanwhile Pieces premiere's on the 17th October 2013 at the BFI on the Southbank. The film is part of the 'Love Will Conquer All' selection of shorts, more details here.
Last weekend we were in the studio with Alt-J. These words from the team...Thank you is too small a word to describe the gratitude to Alt J for scoring our soundtrack. This picture shows where the beautiful strings were being recorded. Right to left is Joe (singer) Charlie (the producer magician) and Bruce looking a bit serious (the maker of the movie)
We are still in post production and hope to have a finished film soon. Then to get it in front of an audience!
If you haven't seen Steven Soderbergh's State of Cinema presentation at this years San Francisco International Film Festival then you should. It is an insightful, funny and sometime disheartening piece about the film industry in the States, in particular the studio system. For any young producer like myself its a must watch, to understand what exactly you are up against in the market when developing your own films.
Click here for the transcript.
Another day and another exciting production to tell you about. Wingbeat Pictures are collaborating with the amazing director Jack Weatherley. We met Jack at the BFI London Film Festival in 2011 where both our films where premiering. A year later, some black coffee and a few pints later we are planning to go into production at the end of January 2013 on Jack's latest short film - 'Pieces'.
More news will follow about our collaborators in the meantime check out the trailer to Jack's brilliant previous short STRAIGHT WAY LOST.
Here's something that the great Tom Collis put together with Toby's interview from the Radio and Tom's behind the scenes footage.
I'm delighted to announce that just before Christmas 2012 we wrapped on our feature 'Leave to Remain'. Thank you to all the amazing cast and crew. It was hard slog though an amazing journey. The big news was that the great Toby Jones joined the cast of young actors we trained.
We also had some great press coverage with one of the coolest being on Empire Online. Thank you to Empire for giving us a shout out.
There'll be some hot news within the next few weeks.
On 'Leave to Remain' we are working with the talented people at Buzzbnk and have set up a fundraising page for our film. If you fancy having your name on the credits of a professional feature film or walking the red carpet at the international premier then visit our Buzzbnk page and please donate!
Great news!! The feature film 'Leave to Remain' that Indefinite Films asked me produce alongside the brilliant Kate Cook is going into production. We start filming in November this year and are currently recruiting our cast engaging with refugee centres, college and youth theatres. The film is directed by BAFTA winner Bruce Goodison.
In the meantime check out this video by Bruce about the film.
To say I am excited is an under statement. I am pleased to announce that Rosanne Flynn's short film 'Meconium' that I produced with Johnny Lewsley has been accepted by the 55th BFI London Film Festival and will be premiering at the National Film Theatre Screen 1 on the 24th October. The NFT 1, one of the best and biggest screens in the country. It will be amazing and incredible to see it in such a prestigious venue.
Congratulations to all the cast and crew many of whom I am hoping can join us on the night. And a big thank you to Film London and the BFI London Film Festival for screening the film as part of the prestigious London Calling showing.
The first time the Wingbeat logo will be on the National Film Theatre's screen, and I hope not the last.
Art of the Title is an awesome site dedicated to how amazing creative teams put together the title sequences. It looks at the old greats as well as the current moments of genius. It is full of great interviews, brilliant videos and inspiring views.
Check it out now!
The Academy starts this August in collaboration with the Oval House theatre and then we hope to start shooting the feature film in September / October this year. We've set up crowd fudning page with the lovely people from Buzzbnk. Please click on the link below, donate and be aprt of this amazing project.
You can find more details about the film on this websites production page.
I have just found out that the latest short film I co-produced, 'Meconium', is up for Film London's Best of Boroughs Award, the Bob's, after being selected by the panel of the North London Film Fund. We get an evening at BAFTA, see the film screened in the Princess Anne Theatre and get a chance to win a cash prize! I'll post the voting details once everything is out.
Here's a link to last years BoB films.
I'm chuffed to report that Wingbeat Pictures has been chosen to take part in this years Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab. It is an amazing scheme. A whole host ot networking events and 1 to 1 sessions are organised specifically for you to meet with leading industry lights.
You can check out more at their website - EIFF Talent Lab
Check out this teaser for the new short film from Park Chan-wook shot on an iPhone.
The film was reportedly made for $130,000 and was totally shot on the iPhone 4. I haven't seen the film yet but the Wall Street Journal reported:
"The short is a fantastical tale that begins with a middle-aged man fishing one afternoon and then, hours later at night, catches the body of a woman. The panicked man tries to undo the intertwined fishing line, but he gets more and more entangled. He faints, then wakes up to find himself in the white clothes that the woman was wearing. The movie’s point of view then shifts to the woman and it becomes a tale of life and death from a traditional Korean point of view.
The quality of the cinematography is quite good, except for a little shakiness in the beginning. And the fact that the screen is coarse works to the film’s advantage, especially on the night scenes given its life-and-death theme."
When announcing the film last week Park Chan-wook told reporters:
“The new technology creates strange effects because it is new and because it is a medium the audience is used to,” Park told reporters Monday. ”There are some good points of making a movie with the iPhone as there are many people around the world who like to play and have fun with them. Compared to other movie cameras, the iPhone was good because it is light and small and because anyone can use it,” he said.
As soon as I know when and where its out in the UK I'll let you know.
Check out this trailer for Terrence Malick new film 'The Tree of Life'. It looks like it could be another great movie from one of the masters.