The Witch of Wilmslow Road- Screening

The film I directed as my graduate project starring Emilie Degioanni and Umer Farooq will be screening in Manchester on the 11th of September as part of Scalarama- Directed by Women month in Gullivers NQ at 7:15pm thanks to Film Vault Manchester.

Facebook Event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/446978798804388/

and you can find out more here: http://filmvaultxl.wixsite.com/filmvaultpresents/news

I hope to see you there! The event is FREE!

Grad Film Update- “Soul”

I recently finished production on one of Grad films Soul on which I was the Producer. The film is currently in the post-production stage.

Soul is an exploration of a support group for people who believe they have lost their souls. “Every morning at 9am a group gather on an urban wasteland – they are all connected by an emptiness in their lives – a lack of a human soul. Together they try to find meaning in their blank existence. However, their world is thrown into chaos by a jogger.” 

You can follow the project on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Soul-972150816195370/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoulFilmMCR

and I will post more updates here also!

Sybil

Here is my latest short film Sybil which I wrote, directed and edited. It is based on an old English folktale called “Bearnshaw tower and Lady Sybil”. This is the first fiction film I have written and directed. I was inspired to make this when I saw The Tale of the Princess Kaguya at the cornerhouse a few months ago, which is based on the oldest Japanese folktale in known history.  I went home and did some research into the lesser known English folklore. I came across the story of Lady Sybil and adapted it into an original, modern story. The film ended up being quite experimental. The main themes in Sybil are that of escape, fantasy and entrapment. It was important for me when writing to not give the protagonist dialogue, I wanted to give a more key focus on the sound design and visual aspects of the film which is something I really wanted to try. I did some research into how I wanted to add in the more fantasy style elements to the film visually, such as using the projector, lighting and a rotating star light for children. I was inspired by a youtube video showing how light and colour changed perceptions and shape of the human face and wanted to experiment with that.

To be honest, the film did not turn out the way I wanted due to mistakes, time and equipment failures but we did our best!

“Sybil”- Short Work Update.

I am currently working on a short fiction film with the working title “Sybil”. I went to Lyme Park in Stockport earlier today to do some test & preliminary shots for the film which we are shooting next week.sybilblogupdate copy

The film is based on an old English folktale called “Bearnshaw tower and Lady Sybil”. I look forward to sharing it with you!

Short Work Update:

I haven’t really blogged about my own work in a while, I’m currently working on a project about my sister, her gender identity and her relationship to myself and our mum. I hope for it to be a short documentary centered around my family. I’m making it as part of a University module about personal exploration.

 “My Sister” is it’s working title, I may change this later on as the project progresses. I went home this weekend to begin filming.

Plymouth Short Film Festival

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win day tickets from the ArtsCentre for the first ever Plymouth Short Film Festival. It was founded by Plymouth University Media Arts graduates William Jenkins and Ben Hancock to promote local talent.plym

There were four categories spread out over the day which consisted of:

  • Best South West Film
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Student Film
  • Best Fiction Film

At the end of each category you voted on a slip of paper for whichever short film you considered to be the best.  Unfortunately I was only able to attend the Documentary and Student categories due to other commitments but the work I saw was amazing. A lot of the films shown were in other languages so it was good to see the festival get attention internationally. I was completely blown away by the standard of work shown particularly in the Student category. It has really motivated and inspired me in my own work.

A stand out film for me was “Born to be Mild” by Andy Oxley (which can currently be watched here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01xj6kb) which is about the “Dull Men’s Club” who participate in activities such as admiring roundabouts, collecting bricks and taking photographs of post boxes.

I hope this becomes an annual event  as the festival  was thoroughly enjoyable and is a great place to showcase short films in Plymouth.

Find out more here:

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