Petrichor

Recently, I had the amazing honour to be asked by the wonderful Cameron Moon if I’d be interested in directing his short script entitled Petrichor.

Working with Cameron and forming a lifelong friendship with such a loving and creative soul on previous projects, I sprang at the chance to do it and have felt incredibly honoured that Cameron would trust me to help bring his beautiful script to life.

We filmed in Birmingham City Centre this past Sunday, January 27th. It was great because it allowed both myself and Kaushy to work directly behind the cameras again (our GH4s), something we’ve both been wanting to do a lot more of in the coming year, so it was fantastic to play with natural lighting (and planning for any LEDs to employ to light up any other additional areas maybe), and we got some haunting performances from both Cameron (who also starred), as well as Paula Mur, an exceptionally talented actress.

Some of the main inspirations for the film was the opening sequence of Last Tango in Paris, as well as Lost in Translation (which is what attracted and excited me the most initially), albeit with Cameron’s own unique touch thematically.

It also allowed me to play around with framing compositions inspired by my own love of similar ones from Michael Mann, a favourite director of mine, and whose work has influenced me visually in past films such as Sustain and Sunshine, and many more.

On the day also, we were joined by Kevin Totts who took the above images while we were shooting and I’m sure you will agree, they are simply gorgeous. Artwork in the film was offered by the stunningly talented Barbara Witkowska, while the score will be provided by the equally talented Dom Mason.

I hope when it is released after the festival run or if you see it on there somewhere, you will see what were all trying to achieve, something delicate, something full of hope as well as dashing it with a sprinkle of kindness. Something the world seemingly lacks a lot of these days.

Thank you Cameron x

Filming Petrichor

Wonderful weekend directing/DOP the fabulous Cameron and Paula from his delightful and poignant script in Birmingham City Centre. Here’s a cheeky (and non spoiler) look at the shot list on one of the many Starbuck breaks we took to keep warm.

Thank you for trusting myself and Kaushy to help bring your creative ideas to screen and to Kevin for helping us too. I will do my very best for you to make it perfect Cameron.

You can find out more at Hazel Tree Pictures

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New Sustain Posters!

So amazed by these posters we’ve had created for SUSTAIN by the amazing Joseph on Fiverr!  – So here they are in their full glory!

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Landscape (UK British Quad) Poster

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Theatrical (UK One Sheet) Poster

And yep, the second trailer for Sustain will be dropping very soon over the next few weeks!  And here’s a shot of Laura Evenson as Kara Marshdale from it…being watched by someone sinister.

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More details soon! I really cannot wait for everyone to see our film. Thank you to everyone who has supported us from the very start. As filmmakers, it means so very much to us. x

 

Get Ready for SNARL

Werewolves are just a myth right? 🐺 SNARL is now in preproduction from director L.J Stark Greenwood and stars Jay Podmore, Charlie Clarke, Jack Knight and Troy Dennison. It has been written and will be produced by myself with executive producer duties falling onto Pat The Bull Films and BrumTown Films. 

This past weekend, the cast met up for the first time to go through the script with director L.J. while also doing costume tests as well as other preparation.

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You can also check out the cast talking about the film below in our new promo!

The film is expected late 2019. Keep checking back for updates! Because there are lots more to come before we start filming this Easter 2019!

ADVENT (Christmas 2020)

Next script/project announced for Christmas 2020 (yes we think that far ahead!) 🎄🎅
Three stories. All on Christmas Eve. All Through The Night. 🎄

Going back to the anthology format that we’ve worked with before, Advent will present three stories, all set on Christmas eve and all dealing with different characters, all trying to survive within their own lives. Some will make you laugh while some will make you think and appreciate what you have in your lives at such a celebrated time around the world.

ADVENT is scheduled for release Christmas 2020, and will be produced by Kaush Patel, while I will serve as co-producer.

More details to come later in the year and 1st draft of the script is expected at the end of February! Cannot wait!

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Jay Podmore joins SNARL

Lots of things going on behind the scenes of this film we’re prepping to shoot early next year and now we can announce a new addition to the cast!

Next up joining the SNARL cast alongside Charlie Clarke and Jack Knight is the equally amazing Jay Podmore, who will be playing Elijah, in this eerie new Werewolf tale from director L. J. Stark Greenwood, which starts shooting in April 2019.

Stark comments; “Jay is a fantastic actor and having seen him already in our previous effort, Sustain and just how commanding he is in that, he was just a natural choice to pursue for the role of Elijah and I cannot wait to see what he does with this highly conflicted character through his stunning on-screen talents as well as how he bounces off Charlie and Jack’s characters! It’s going to be amazing!”

SNARL is being directed by L.J. with a script by Dave Hastings who also produces. Will Bradshaw is director of photography while Kaushy Patel is on executive producer duties with Troy Dennison providing special make up and creature FX with Alex Bourne.

The film is expected late 2019. Keep checking back for updates!

You Are My Sunshine Block 2 Welcomes New Cast

Last Saturday, we had the pleasure of completing our first readthrough of the scenes that will bring the modern day versions of Tom and Joe to the screen. This part of the film will run parallel to the scenes we shot this past summer and show how the events of the 1970s, the drama and the conflict, still have repercussions today in a highly emotive way.

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Starring Charles O’Neill as Joe, Ernest Vernon as Tom and Rosemary Manjunath as Ethel, this block also welcomes Jonathan Butler to the narrative as John, Ethel’s son and Joe’s nephew, who becomes a metaphorical bridge between generations.

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The read through was a fantastic success and we discussed certain scenes afterwards, discussing how we can do them to make the film the best it can be. As well as this, we

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showed two of the completed scenes from the summer shoot that showed how Jack and Steve had played the characters, noting little mannersisms that could be brought through into their modern day counterparts by Charles and Ernest.

A fantastic and successful day! Lots more prepping to come!

 

And updates!

Sustain has locked!

We’ve been working so hard on Sustain all year in the edit, so it was truly a wonderful moment when our amazing editor Sam and myself finally got it visually locked down this past weekend. All the differing shots, scenes, temp music, months of doing little insert shots that have blended in with the rest of the original shoot is just a joy to finally see! We even made a little video to mark the occassion!

PSX_20181028_150958.jpgOf course, this is by no means the end, we still have sound mix and scoring to do now, as well as beginning to ramp up promotion again. You’ll be seeing stuff appear over the next few weeks of course, but this was a magical moment and I wanted to share it.