Tuesday, 22 November 2011

At The End Of His Rope

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

Cut Price Avatar

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.