The five films I directed for Coppafeel with JWT last summer have gone live and got a great response, including a nice little write up on David Reviews. Lovely films, lovely team.
I self-shot this little documentary for Camden Community Law Centre earlier in the month, and the producer cut this film. CCLC is an amazing organisation that offers pro-bono legal advice for people who wouldn't otherwise be able to get help with things like immigration, housing and disability benefits claims. Big thank you to Alan Walsh for bringing me onboard this project.
On March 8th, The Young Creative Council launched a database of female creative talent to celebrate International Women's Day.
Badass.Gal was set up to showcase 365 creative women over the course of a year, including young talent from any creative background.
Danny Pallett, a creative at DigitasLBi and a member of the Young Creative Council, said: "In a world where only 29% of the creative department are female, and only 12% of creative directors are female (in London alone), it's this generation of talent which will help bring up those numbers, and we don't doubt that they will."
Just wrapped on an epic studio shoot for Coppafeel! A breast cancer charity that was set up to raise awareness in younger people. This was so much fun, but it was a miracle that we made it out alive - 162 shots in two days... I hate a challenge. We had a damn fine first AD and an almost all female crew, most of whom took one for the team and got their tits out for a good cause. It's the first time I've directed topless... and hopefully won't be the last. Very freeing.
Two years ago, Joanna and I shot a mini-doc for the Guardian about the strange world of Speech and Debate, an extra-curricular high school activity which is essentially competitive acting, where the young people competing at a national level can win scholarships to universities. We've just finished shooting the follow up feature length version in the Bronx, and then at the National Championships in Florida and it was a wild ride! Big thanks to everyone involved - can't wait to have a first cut to show you.
It's official! I am now represented (on a non-exclusive basis) by Corin West at Lemonade Reps.
It's great to be represented by such an illustrious team and alongside such amazing directing talent.
You can find Corin's details on my 'Contact' page.
To new directions!
It's always very nice when a little personal project gets some love from a reviewer. Thanks David Reviews! You can also check out the trailer for the film below too.
Last year I directed a series of short films for Jewellery Designer Bear Brooksbank which launched today at a screening at the W Hotel in Leicester Square.
My approach to the film was to mine as much beauty and personality out of the one day shoot as was humanly possible. Bringing on an incredibly talented and experienced Director of Photography Dean Grey, (the only male crew member - lucky him) and the most creative (not to mention nicest) hair and makeup artist in the business, Mary Cuffe, this tiny crew used sleek tracking shots and classical compositions, drawing inspiration from the old masters, to create a very high end film on a low budget.
This is a voiceover lead film, with Bear Brooksbank talking about her work, ethos, and collections. Her unscripted reflections are illustrated with a behind the scenes look into her world - her studio, her notebooks, a consultation with a client. We move into a more impressionistic photoshoot sequence, where each collection is given a different personality, all relating subtly to female empowerment and a contemporary take on traditional ideas and aesthetics.
In the final collection, Bear’s earliest, our model Dionne takes control of the viewer’s gaze as she turns the camera on us to underline that her role is not passive. In some of the shorter versions of the 3 minute hero film, we use only the photoshoot footage Byron’s ‘She Walks In Beauty’ for the voiceover, read by Myanna Buring, (Twilight Saga; Kill List; Ripper Street) along with a haunting soundtrack. The trailer below gives a taste of the look and mood of the films.
We got very lucky with the light on this shoot for Scottish Labour - it was freezing but the sun came out to give us some beautiful shots in this film introducing the key policies and background of Scottish Labour's new Leader, Richard Leonard.