London Lift-Off Film Festival Online 2018

Death and Penelope is now screening as part of the Online London Lift-Off Film Festival 2018.

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For £10, it can be accessed along with the full official selection for this year’s online festival.

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Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival Online 2018

Death and Penelope is available as part of the Amsterdam Lift-Off Online Film Festival until Oct 7th. Rental of the entire Festival collection costs £10 and includes ~130 shorts.

London Rolling Film Festival

Sokku Monsuta will be screening at London Rolling Film Festival on the afternoon of May 27th 2018, as part of the Official Selection.

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Free tickets are available from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-rolling-film-festival-ix-tickets-45484825337?invite=&err=29&referrer=&discount=&affiliate=&eventpassword=

East End Film Festival 2018

I’m pleased to announce that Death and Penelope has been selected to screen at the East End Film Festival.

Death and Penelope is a short film that I co-directed with Rahman Noor Chowdhury and it stars Bayley Freer and Owl Young.

The screening will take place on the 22nd April at 4pm at Rio Cinema in Dalston.

Tickets can be purchased here: http://riocinema.org.uk/RioCinema.dll/WhatsOn?Film=10544600

 

Death and Penelope

Pre-Production Poster for Death and PenelopePenelope is the author of a series of somewhat unsuccessful self-help books. She is suffering from a bad case of writer’s block as she writes one last book after having been diagnosed with a terminal illness. She struggles to focus, particularly as Death (the Grim Reaper) has moved in with her and takes to watching loud television and nagging her to hurry up. However, Death gradually begins to show a softer side and becomes a subject for Penelope to test her self-help methods on by teaching him to become more personable.

I originally wrote Death and Penelope for Jameson First Shot to the theme “the great and/or unexpected things that can happen when you fear less and invite life in”. Winning the competition would have meant Kevin Spacey producing and Maggie Gyllenhaal playing the lead role. I didn’t make it to the shortlist and so I worked on it some more and produced it myself.

Penelope
Bayley Freer

Death
Owl Young

Ralph
Robert Rowe

Woman in Green
Cindy-Jane Armbruster

Director
Rahman Noor Chowdhury and Glen Delahaye

Producer/Writer
Glen Delahaye

DP
Kamil Iwanowicz

Editing
Leonard Oguntade

Original score
Ross Allchurch

Production Designer
Sorcha Bloom Dunphy

Make Up
Hattie Leviston

Sound
Jillian Speed

Sokku Monsuta

A short film about jazz music and language exchange in London.

Starring Leonard Oguntade and Misa.

The film is part of the Official Selection for the 9th Edition of London Rolling Film Festival.

 

靴下物語 (Sock Story)

A one and a half minute fantasy short, combining live action footage and stop-motion animation.

This was produced on a micro budget (mostly consisting of my travel expenses when going to pick up the camera I was borrowing). The resources used were:

  • blue-tac
  • a stripy sock
  • an aspiring composer
  • a Japanese person
  • armature wire
  • a borrowed Panasonic GH3
  • a 14mm lens and a borrowed 20mm lens
  • an M42 lens adapter and a vintage 50mm Pentacon lens
  • a sturdy borrowed Ravelli tripod
  • a box of Shreddies
  • masking tape
  • a borrowed Rode VideoMic Pro
  • a PC with Sony Vegas Pro 13, Paint Shop Pro 7 and MonkeyJam

I shot several animation/live action tests as well, which can be seen here:

Girlfriend vs Boyfriend

vsThe execution of a woman’s elaborate plan to take revenge on her boyfriend.

This was my first project to be shot on a DLSR. We used a Canon 70d. The lighting was accomplished using Halogen worklights purchased from Homebase and a couple of plastic table cloths from Poundland, which were used to diffuse the light.

Overall the production cost £210. I screened it at Kino London in May 2015 and then submitted it to four film festivals. It was selected by Screen Stockport Festival in October 2015, which was sponsored by IMDb.

This was my first film to qualify for listing on IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5097636/

The poster was designed by a fiverr user, using an illustration by Mariella Delahaye.