Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Adam Buxton - Party Pom Pom

Directed by Dougal Wilson. One day I'll make something as awesome as this!

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Dogs and post prod...

My two new favourite pictures on the internets!


Friday, 24 August 2012

Friday 24th Aug - Filmmaking Updates

So there has been a lot of exciting stuff happening for us recently that I haven't got round to blogging.

Rog and my Gingerbread film was shortlisted for the Film4 Scene Stealer competition. The results were released today, sadly we didn't win but getting shortlisted was good enough for us as the standard of entries was really high. The winner was a very deserving one, a very unique recreation of a This Is England scene. Unfortunately youtube won't let me embed it but you can have a look at all the winners and runner ups over on the Film4 blog:

Secondly, I bought a new camera lens! Woop! (I'll have to post test shots at some point). It's a super wide angle Tokina 11-16mm and it came in very handy for the next thing I'm about to talk about. Yes...another film competition!

Last weekend Rog and I entered a competition by Still Motion called 'Big Shorts'. The brief was to create a 60 second film using a supplied track along with the strict use of ambient/natural sounds to enhance your story. Here is what we produced:

Last night winners were announced but because StillMotion are based somewhere over in America the live link announcing it was at 2am and I slept right through it! So I have no idea how we've done or if we've won anything at all. But either way we've had a lot of fun making these short films recently and will continue to do so :)

If you'd like to read more about how we made out latest short you can read an article over on Rog's blog.

Also feel free to leave comments/feedback/ask questions on any of our films or on here.

Love Casey


Friday, 17 August 2012

Friday, 10 August 2012

Swimmer Shaved

Fascinating and beautifully directed.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Out out

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Absolutely love this remix!

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Our Film4 Scene Stealers entry!

Mine and Roger Shafi's spin on Danny Boyle's '127 Hours' for the Film4 Scene Stealers competition. See the post below for behind the scenes pictures!

Film4 Scene Stealers competition - Behind the scenes!

After finally deciding to do a recreation of the scene in '127 Hours' over a Saturday afternoon coffee, we went about sourcing materials and props. The cakes you see in the video are actually all fake. We spotted them in Livs Stil Cookshop and although they weren't for sale, the lady very kindly let us borrow them. The rest of the day was spent trying to model the perfect gingerbread man. No easy task! Initially the over ambitious plan was to use clay and coat it crushed gingernuts. This failed miserably as the PVA created a sticky gum like texture that would slip off along with numerous crumbs. (He also looked a bit like a fish finger!) We had the same problem when it came to icing facial features onto our gingerbread man so in the end we stuck with just the modelling clay, some white tack for eyes and a bit of pen and nail varnish!
We filmed all day Sunday round a friend's house, blacking out the windows on one of the nicest days of the year so that we could have consistent lighting. :( Being amateur filmmakers, you have to do your best to make do with a small budget. Rog made a very good DIY softbox using cardboard and paper and I have to say I was very impressed it didn't catch on fire! We used a Canon 5D and a demo of iStopmotion to capture photographs. Unfortunately we didn't realise until after that it only allowed us to capture SD images. But hey ho, it didn't look toooo bad.

Filming took around 8 HOURS for roughly 25 seconds of stopmotion. Countless gingerbread changes and touch ups as well as lens changes and camera angles. (Clay dries out very quickly under hot lights.) Editing was done in Final Cut Pro and music was made by Steven Beeston on his iphone! Rog and Ste also recorded some extra sound effects into a mic by breaking sticks (arm break) and munching biscuits (gingerbread man death). I had clay stuck in my teeth for ages when I ate him at the end!

There are definitely a few bits I'd like to improve on but for a week effort, from conception to final edit, I think we did a pretty good job!

baby hedgehog

Loook he's dreaming!

Chocolate hedgehog gremlins