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:

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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.

A Slice of Death

A short film in one take: In order to get a promotion at work, a grumpy employee attempts to defeat his competition through a sloppy and overly complicated murder plot.

An example of a film that didn’t work out. You can get away with making a number of mistakes in a film, but not if those mistakes prevent you from getting across what you are trying to say. This was an attempt at a murder mystery in one take, but the end result was sadly incoherent.

This was coursework for an MA at UEL. The brief had been to make a film in one take, without any editing or post production. They called it Slice of Life.

My concept was to film a real-time murder mystery taking place during a party in a flat. The camera would pan between three rooms, where we would witness characters conspiring with each other and begin to understand the motive before seeing the repercussions of the murder plot. To be honest, I don’t think it was such a bad concept.

The problems lay in the execution. It was a rushed production and so actors did not know their lines, equipment had not been tested and the script could have done with some rewriting. The end result includes mumbled lines, misplaced props, equipment noise, camera shakes…overall it’s like a rough draft for what might have been a decent student film.

But still, it’s a good learning opportunity and did receive merit.

 

Home Sweet Home

A friend of mine was completing an MA in filmmaking at the University of East London and invited me to work on her films. I came up with a short story for her and helped her to film it. This was filmed in Kentish Town in 2010.

I believe we shot it on MiniDV using a Sony HVR-Z1E. Don’t ask me why, but although the camera shoots in 1080i, it has a switch to quickly set the camera to Standard Definition too. Sadly we had that swiched on for the film (with the exception of a few pick-up shots) and so this film does not look as good as it could have done.

Honorary Service

Sewering is a German doctor. In World War II, he is alleged to have participated in transferring 900 Handicapped Catholic children into a camp where they were killed. In 2008, the German Federation of Internal Medicine awarded Sewering the Gunther-Budelmann medal for services to the nation’s health system, its highest honor.

A friend of mine was completing an MA in Film Studies at the University of East London. As her first piece of coursework, she had to complete a five minute film that would be a “profile” of a person. She sought my help in the writing process.

I’d initially considered making a mockumentary about Dracula, but then when I was curious to read about episodes of Doctor Who that had been dubbed into German, I stumbled across an article about an elderly German doctor who had apparently been responsible for the deaths of thousands of children during the Second World War. But much later in his life, he’d received an award for his positive contributions to the nation’s health system.

This short film uses a fictional situation to very briefly bring together these two contrasting aspects of Sewering’s life.

We were lucky enough to find Robert Rowe, a German speaking actor, through Casting Call Pro. The other cast members are film students. The film went on to receive Distinction.

The Photographer

I studied Film and Video: Theory and Practice at the University of East London (UEL). During the first year, we had to create a 90 second film that made use of stereo and widescreen. At the time, not everyone worked in a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Together with my flatmates in Finchley Road, I used the 90 seconds to create a trailer for a non-existant French film about a photographer who develops an obsession with potatoes.

This was shot on MiniDV using Sony DCR TRV27E in 2006 and edited using Ulead Media Studio 6. The music is by Joe Hisaishi and comes from the film Howl’s Moving Castle.