Thursday, 29 December 2011
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
I'd got in touch again with Rob Prosser a few years after we'd made a previous film together, and he was a big help in bringing 'ROPE' to fruition. Rob never overplayed his acting ( which was exactly what was needed ). We arrived on Stockton beach. Just Rob and I – no crew, and just a rough idea of the script ( no story board this time ). We pretty much winged it, however when you look at the finished film it all flows very nicely. It was also the most fun I've had making a short film in some time - we had a lot of laughs. Ian Huish helped again with images of Sperm whales and a Japanese Submarine. Prior to Ian's assistance I'd asked a librarian for help and he said he was going to brag to his mates that he'd helped a film maker with a request for sperm....
The music was recorded some time ago by Mark Salter ( or Merewether Fats as he is known ). Harmonica music is an unusual choice, however Marks music works brilliantly - it adds so much. And you can tell he's a virtuoso...
Thursday, 17 November 2011
I’m going to post about this Film before I actually upload it to YouTube. I will aim to upload it in the next few days, so check back soon.
This film is a fairly obvious one joke story. An overgrown section of bush and palm trees at Swansea Heads Newcastle, stood in nicely for a distant jungle planet. The Avatar is played by Josh Garraway who used his tallness to great effect. His "I'm suffocating" facial expressions were a treat. Renee Mondy featured as part of the film crew. You'll notice Renee in many of my films - she always does a great job.
Ian Huish as the director rounds out the cast. We had a fun afternoon filming it then Ian applied himself to the special effects turning Josh blue, the burning meteor and the opening credits plus the delicate white floating creatures at the end. Ian certainly is an ace up Crimean Pictures' sleeve. The music is by Mick Rippon who is a very fine musician who has provided both Ian and I on many of our projects.
Thursday, 13 October 2011
The film featured Nancy Tarren, who plays Mrs Ada Wilson and does the voice over in the 'air conditioner' scene. Nancy has had a long career in rep theatre and commercials and T.V. drama. Her performance was spot on- especially when you consider it was all shot under in camera conditions( meaning at the end of the day I only had one take of each scene available...) Gerry Mason plays the radio jock on the street talkin 'chooks!' He's very bubbly and compliments Nancy's performance nicely. Gerry also appears in THE HAMMERS, which I'll be posting eventually.
'Young Ada' is played by Angie Fall. Angie's timing with Lucy ( the chook) was critical to the selling of our joke and I think she handles it very well. Lucy ( the chook ) is my pet silky hen. She was always a very friendly and approachable bird. Amazingly, she did her section in only one take! And I can assure you we were all holding our breath! Plus her flapping looks terrific and could plausibly have a very cooling effect...
The costumes were by Wilma Reynolds and Angie's outfit looked especially good in sepia. The drawings featured are by Steve Ezzy - a talented artist friend of mine. The music is basically chop stix and was created by Jason Paris - a huge talent who has collaborated with me on a number of my films. It added just the right tone to our film with Jason's screwball vocals. Music is so important to a film...
Our sound edit was done by Nigel Kentish - a good man to have on your side if you're in the middle of a hectic 24 hour film making competition!
Our crew were Carolyn Starr, Renee Mondy and Danny Diagostino
I just think it's a crazy idea to turn a chicken into an air conditioner!
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
This is the CRIMEAN PICTURES logo.
It was drawn by Rod Williams about 13 years ago. I love the way that Rod has captured the dusty old fashioned feel in his drawing. It was our intent to have the logo look like it could have been from the 30's or 40's.
Crimean Pictures is named after my friend John Crimean. John and I plus Larry Millican and David Mossman made films together as far back as 1980. When you hear the word 'CRIMEAN' you immediately think of the Crimean war, or something very dusty and old - exactly what I wanted.
For my film THE HAMMERS, we filmed a group of actors performing the 'punch' action in our logo with a prop silent camera, a director with a bull horn and the crew wearing pork pie hats....
One day I hope to reshoot this scene again as a Claymation.... Roll em!