Action On The Side

Action On The Side

Today, I spent the day in a cinema in Westminster, overlooking Parliament, surrounded with a bunch of filmmakers who want to make a film.

Action On The Side, from James Doherty, is taking place over the weekends in July. In the end we’ll have produced a film. Our group is planning to shoot next weekend. We’ve got a really good script outline, and I’m confident we’re going to have a great film.

Shiftwork Showreel 2013

Check out the Shiftwork Showreel. I was the 1st AD for ‘Don’t Do It’ and ‘Don’t Wash Your Hands’ – both of which are about to be submitted to film festivals.

We’re currently working on our next two productions: ‘Dead Letter’, which I am directing, and ‘The Estate Agent’, directed by Nils Lindemann, which I am Producing. More details to come.

If you like the showreel, please share it. TIA.

Shiftwork Productions

We are proud to present our showreel. This has been made by Ashley Belgrave and Nils Lindemann.
Please enjoy!

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False Murder

or DoPing my first feature

I have just finished three out of ten days of scheduled production for a feature film. We’re shooting in Hackney and Westbourne Park.

The story concept is by first-time director Swapnil Waghmare. Swapnil is Producing with Noel Wilson. The script was written by Catherine Adams, who is also starring in the film. Lead actors include Jonathan Hansler and Rob Marni.

I’m shooting on Canon 7Ds. We’re using multiple camera set ups. The performances have been amazing, we have a good crew, and we have been getting great footage. I’ll share behind the scenes stills once they’re ready.

Updates on my film projects: All I Do Is Dream

ALL I DO IS DREAM

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Pitch: A glitzy new short dance film. Recreating glamorous Hollywood films of a bygone age. A new short film set in Broadway New York about a young woman’s dream to dance.

My role: Production Manager, First Assistant Director.

I’m working with the Producer, Kira, and the Writer/Director, Andrew, of This Big Productions (https://twitter.com/ThisBigFilms)

Shooting: Late July in Ireland

Progress: We will soon be releasing a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds for the film. Expect lots of promotion for it.

Behind the scenes
Director Andrew Montague shooting our Kickstarter Video

 

We recently confirmed our Make-up Artist. We’re still looking for a Costumier.  

Online: You can check out the website (http://allidoisdream.wordpress.com) and the twitter (allidreammovie.twitter.com) and the Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/allidoisdreamfilm)

Interesting tidbit: Our Production Assistant, Luis, is a student at the Business School where I work. He has been helping us with our social media presence.

 

Editing: Reasons for a cut

Multiple Oscar winning editor extraordinaire Walter Murch (who literally wrote THE book on editing) famously said…

 

An ideal cut (for me) is the one that satisfies all the following six criteria at once:
It is true to the emotion of the moment
It advances the story
It occurs at a moment that is rhythmically interesting and “right”
It acknowledges what you might call “eye-trace” – the concern with the location and movement of the audience’s focus of interest within the frame
It respects “planarity” – the grammar of three dimensions transposed by photography to two (the questions of stage-line, etc.)
It respects the three-dimensional continuity of the actual space (where people are in the room and in relation to one another).
Or…
Emotion (51%)
Story (23%)
Rhythm (10%)
Eye-trace (7%)
Two-dimensional plane of screen (5%)
Three-dimensional space of action (4%)
Emotion, at the top of the list, is the thing that you should try to preserve at all costs. If you find you have to sacrifice certain of those six things to make a cut, sacrifice your way up, item by item, from the bottom.

WALTER MURCH, In The Blink of an Eye

Silent Films to see

I was listening to The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast for The Artist, with writer-director Michel Hazanavicius. By the way, totally subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or listen to it from the Blogger website. There are some amazing Q&As there, and Goldsmith is a great interviewer.

In response to an audience question, Hazanavicius lists the silent films that influenced him for The Artist, or that he recommended to cast and crew. They are:

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Rural Victoria

https://vimeo.com/37851530

On my way to London, I spent a week in Victoria. I went out to Rural Victoria to visit a friend. On the way home, I shot and recorded this video.

It is the first of many of these that I am making. What I do is take photographs of a location, and then record the ambient sound of that location. Hopefully you can better experience where I was.

Please to enjoy

On my way to London, I spent a week in Victoria. I went out to Rural Victoria to visit a friend. On the way home, I shot and recorded this video.

It is the first of many of these that I am making. What I do is take photographs of a location, and then record the ambient sound of that location. Hopefully you can better experience where I was.

Please to enjoy