March 2014 Archives

Crocodile Post in good progress


With the offline signed off, we've been excited to progress the post on Crocodile with


the infinitely talented Jean-Clement Sorét at MPC grading, Doug Haywood on sound design and Tara Creme on music. Once the grading is finished we'll be heading over to Glassworks to finish the VFX and deliver the finished film....

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Cross Channel Film Lab



Gaëlle, Chris and I are back from the Cross Channel Film Lab in Brignogan this week where we spent a fascinating week of lectures, presentations, and workshops in preparation for our 3D test shoot for La Fille De L'Estuaire, the feature project Gaëlle has been developing with Le Groupe Ouest.

It was quite a long trip to get there, we spent pretty much all day on the Eurostar, the TGV & TER trains to get there, which gave us time to work in the trains, meet with Nathalie Algazi (French producer on Once Upon A Time in the South project), drop off screeners for Cannes submissions in Paris and prepare for the next day's presentations.


We got there quite late, and our house was lovely but had no internet. Chris and Gaëlle settled into the café du port down the road and worked until the café closed.


The workshops the next day kicked off with the presentations of the 4 projects selected to participate in 2014 which are: DOME (France - VFX) writer-director Luis Briceno, producer Jérémy Rochigneux; LA FILLE DE L'ESTUAIRE (UK - Stereo 3D) writer-director Gaëlle Denis, co-writer: Chris Andrews & producer Ohna Falby; THE INCREDIBLE VOYAGE OF DULLWICH-ON-SEA (UK - VFX) director Jamie Stone, writer Joe Barton, producer Bec Cubitt; TRO FAÑCH (France - Stereo 3D) writer-director Giil Taws, co-writer Christophe Briand.


The week was filled with lectures, presentations, screenings, workshops, recces and prep work for the test shoots that need to take place in three weeks. Joséphine Derobe (3D stéréographe) who worked on Wenders' Pina amongst many other things, showed us all sorts of work she has been involved in and with the help of all the other speakers and mentors, presented research results which go to underpin the idea that 3D is better suited to slower, more reflective auteur films than to big budget action movies. The question really is though, whether this medium can be used at affordable budgets, as of course 3D or no 3D, slow moving auteur films don't usually attract big budgets!

The projects were also overseen with the help of the 4 project script consultants, 2 from the UK: Pippa Best and Mary Davies and 2 from France: Antoine Le Bos and Yann Apperry. We also had the opportunity to hear from and discuss areas such as sound and music with amazingly talented composer and sound technicians. As well as start recceing for our test shoots. Basically we had a great time out there. It has been a great opportunity for us to think of this film in another dimension and after our tests (when we hope to be reunited with our Crocodile DP David Ungaro!) Chris and Gaëlle can sit together and see how this element will transform our script.

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Nisi Masa 2014


It was once again time for the Nisi Masa short film pitches, once again set within Luxembourg's Discovery Film Festival. This meant we had the additional pleasure of watching Spike Jonze's HER and listening to Luc Dardenne in interview talking about how he (& his absent brother) write and rewrite their films.


Out of an exciting clutch of short film projects, three clear winners emerged (as they must!): From the UK was Benjamin Bee with his coming of age comedy project "Wheels", Vilja Autiokyro from Finland with her quirky scandi-sexy comedy "Motor Oil" and Daina Oniunas-Pusic with her horror-western project "Beast Of Burden" about an old lady and her even older mother.

It was also great getting a chance to watch an ex Nisi Masa alumni's film. We were shown The Queen Of England Stole My Parents which was one of the projects from last year which had an amazing Kickstarter campaign, unearthing a rich and generous Sheik donor (our dream come true). It was a modern allegorical fairy tale made by a Lithuanian team: director Ernestas Jankauskas and producers Justinas Pocius, Jurga Jutaite and Monika Sakalauskaite from a production company called Dansu. We also got a chance to watch Nisi Masa's own Jérôme Nunes's pacy psychological drama short film Relapse in which we were all delighted to see he also makes an appearance. We are now really looking forward to next year when we get to watch three more completed shorts from last year & the year before: Una Gunjak's The Chicken - whose pitch made Emily Kyriakides & me cry, Eicke Bettinge's Chain (from Maribor pitch 2012) and Mike Forshaw's Saturday (from Luxembourg 2013) who also made his film thanks to a kickass Kickstarter campaign. Can't wait.

Otherwise it was great getting a chance to meet & hang out with the filmmakers, the Nisi Masa team and the European producers. The weekend ended with festivities at a little Luxembourg club called the dungeon or the crypt or something like that - perfect spot for a power nap.

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