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

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!

SNARL Synopsis & Cast Announced!

Earlier this past year, I wrote about how I was working with our stunning Art Director L.J. Stark Greenwood on a film idea she wanted to direct. All about Werewolves.

So even though we’ve been working very hard on You Are My Sunshine, this has been busying itself in the background too.

And now we can reveal a few more details as well as the official Synopsis.

Snarl (2019)

England. 1934. A young man, Elijah, has been captured and accused of being a werewolf by Clyde, a self famed bounty hunter from a nearby village.

As Elijah is brutally tortured in a vain attempt to get him to confess, he suddenly finds himself secretly released by two villagers, Faye and her younger brother Benjamin, who believe he is innocent.

As they attempt to help the young man flee through the woods, all the while pursued by the maniacal Clyde, the night time forest suddenly reveals that some legends are not myth at all.

Starring Jay Podmore (Sustain), and reuniting Charlie Clarke with Jack Knight fresh from Sunshine, the film will be directed by L.J. with special FX by both Troy Dennison and Alex Bourne while Will Bradshaw is back as Director of Photography with Suki Sandhar on camera support. Kaushy Patel is on exec producer duties while I’m in the producing chair as well as writing the script.

We really cannot wait to film this in 2019 and see L.J direct the hell out of this wonderful cast and crew! Until then, here’s the official teaser poster!

Snarl Poster Theatrical 2018

You Are My Sunshine Interview

Recently, WCR Presenter Jason Forrest sat down with both young Joe and Tom themselves aka Jack Knight and Steve Salt, to discuss how they are gearing up ready to start filming You Are My Sunshine in the summer! The complete video interview is below, and there may be a little surprise in there as well, so keep watching till the end!

Thanks to Jason as well as the lads themselves for coming together to make the interview a reality!

GRID Begins Filming Next Week

Next week sees the second short film I will be directing over the August month (holidays, what holidays), and I am very excited to be bringing this particular project to life. However while producing any film is lots of fun, I think this short, along with the Pete & Aaron segment from ‘Checking In’, will be one of the most difficult to make, as I have a very strong personal connection to the themes and characters we are going to present. Having lost a friend to AIDS a very long time ago, I will be very conscious of what we are attempting to do, that we are treating the subject and characters with the respect they deserve, while at the same time hoping that my friend, wherever he is now, and who also wanted to “just make movies” himself,¬† approves of what we will be producing next week on set.

Speaking of ‘on set’, wow, you have some amazing actors to look forward to seeing in GRID. First up is Steve Salt, whom I met through HOSD, and my goodness, he is just one of the best actors I’ve ever had the pleasure to see perform and know as a friend. After Screaming Death, I knew I wanted to work with Steve again, and after presenting the script to him months ago, we met up and discussed the project and I was so happy he agreed! (It won’t be the last time we work together too, I’ve already nabbed him for a future feature film after Sustain too!). Steve has been working on the character of Daniel for the past few months and I am certain he will break your heart in the film.

Grid Cast copy

Next up is the stunning Charlie Clarke, who again, I met through HOSD (she appears in Troy Dennison’s segment, The Lady In Grey as Jenny). Charlie will be playing Angie, the nurse, a loving young lady who happens to come across Daniel when he needs someone the most. Charlie was the perfect actress to ask to bring Angie to life, and her determination to the character is second to none and as with Steve, she was pull on your heartstrngs. I cannot wait to work with her!

Finally, the last member of the cast is the marvellous Ernest Vernon who I have worked with multiple times (and he always comes back, even when we’ve had him being harrassed by manaics on Halloween). Ernest is playing Doctor Andrews, and provides the context for the film’s overall storyline. The character is a kind man, fighting prejudice in a time when the AIDS virus was on its initial rampage, and no-one knew how to handle it. Fortunately, some Doctors were not deterred and put all their energies into making the lives of their patients as comfortable as possible. Andrews is dedicated to those wonderful souls and Ernest will bring him to life beautifully. I know it.

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I will keep updating you all next week once the filming is over (we have a 2-day window), so watch this space! And if you’re wondering, why call it GRID…? – Gay-related immune deficiency (GRID) was the name first proposed in 1982 to describe an “unexpected cluster of cases” of what is now known as AIDS.”