My short documentary about Vocab Dance's unique project exploring gang culture on Britain's housing estates has been voted into the Final of the Film of the Month competition for July 2015. In the first round Shooting People's members who are predominantly made up of independent filmmakers and actors vote for their favourite film. The top 5 films then go through to the final round - with votes being reset, The final top 3 films after the second round of voting then are sent the judge, who this month is Asif Kapadia, the BAFTA winning director of Amy and Senna. He will then choose his overall winner.
See the leaderboard here:
The Siemens film "Leon's London" can be seen here:
Congratulations to Eastern Edge Film Fund short "STOP" which was recently voted by Shooting People members into the final of the Film of the Month competition.
Judge of the month, actor David Oyelowo said:
“Beautifully performed & nicely shot, this film satisfyingly & impressively plumbs deep emotional depths in a very short time”
From such an acclaimed actor, it was a real honour for him to watch the film and particularly to compliment the performances.
Director Paul Murphy said: "Having the opportunity for David Oyelowo to watch and comment on STOP was really important for me. STOP is an actor's film....I'm very happy an A list actor got to watch two A list performances”
More about the competition here:
These photos were taken at the Bristol Blood Bank - which is the largest in the world. I had never seen so much blood! It handles 850,000 donations a year. We spent the day there shooting a taster film for Channel 4 produced by Mandrake Films. Fortunately, I don't have to wear these overalls and hat on every shoot!
These are photos from a shoot I did for BBC iWonder with Samira Ahmed at the beautiful Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking. This place has an incredible history. Built in 1889, it is the first purpose-built mosque in the UK. We also shot at the nearby Brookwood Military Cemetery which was also a great location. It was first opened in 1854 and at one time was the largest cemetery in the world. Approximately 250,000 people have been laid to rest within its beautiful grounds, including many foreign soldiers from around the globe who fought side by side with the British. The films were produced by Mosaic Films and can be viewed on the BBC iWonder website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z373wmn
Here are some pics from a shoot I did earlier this year with Michael Monroe from the Finnish hard rock band Hanoi Rocks which had great success in the 1980s. Michael was an absolute gentleman, and all round lovely guy. The interview with Michael will feature in a documentary about Gun N' Roses being made for BBC Four, directed by Jon Brewer & produced by Cardinal Releasing.
An exciting but full-on time was had by us all at the North London Collegiate School in Jeju, South Korea. I travelled to the beautiful island of Jeju, South Korea with 3 UCA Farnham film students. In the 10 days we were there, we had to shoot, edit and screen a 10 minute documentary about the NLCS Jeju Arts Festival. Simultaneously, we delivered a 48 hour film project to 450 students at the school. All the films were made on mobile devices and submitted to our jury. Winners were chosen in several categories, and prizes were given out in a prestigious award ceremony.The Mobile Motion Film Festival also sponsored a special award. In the spare morning we had whilst we were there, we went to the beach to shoot a spontaneous dance film with students from the school and choreographer and guest artist Claire Benson.