New Doomsday Ready Episodes

I’ve been making a few new episodes of my comedy web-series ‘Doomsday Ready’ for YouTube. As before it’s a bit of a solo effort; I star in them and also shot and do all the editing. It’s quite a good filmmaking challenge! Here a couple of my favourite recent episodes:

Black Helicopter Attack


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Shorts On Tap Screening

Great to have one of my short films, Last Bus Home included on a selection of London based short films at the Shorts On Tap / Raindance screening on Wed 3rd May from 7pm on Brick Lane . http://shortsontap.com/short-movies/the-big-smoke/

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Doomsday Ready WINS at the London Short Film Festival 2017

Incredible news - we won the Best Low-Budget Short Film award at the BAFTA affiliated London Short Film Festival.

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Here is a clip of our acceptance speech at the awards ceremony held at the ICA.


Doomsday Ready Screening @ LSFF

We're excited to announce ‘Doomsday Ready’ has made the official selection of the 14th London Short Film Festival. We’ve also been nominated for the Best Lo-Budget Short Film.
The screening will be at the Hackney Picturehouse on the 13th January 2017. bit.ly/2gCKvew

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Santa We Hate You

I made this quick little video for a v.funny Christmas song a friend recorded. Enjoy!


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Delighted to be able to share this new Christmas short film I had the pleasure of directing and cutting for Spectrecom Films



It’s been getting some great press.

Comedy Central tweeted it was ‘the best advert of Xmas 2015’, and have this nice article on their site:

http://www.comedycentral.co.uk/pop/articles/this-deranged-christmas-ad-completely-knocks-john-lewis-off-the-number-one-spot

Adweek also covered it, describing it as ‘the year’s weirdest holiday ad’, I’m happy with that.

http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/years-weirdest-holiday-ad-campaign-will-leave-you-asking-what-fox-168048

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Once again my puppetry skills came in handy.

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'Doomsday Ready' - Trailer

Here’s a nice trailer for my new short film ‘Doomsday Ready’. The full film is currently being considered for several film festivals.



Peak District Short Film

Lately I’ve been shooting a new short film of mine out in the Peak District. The kit has included three 4k capable cameras which we comfortably managed to fit into one camera bag, so perfect for those nice locations that take a little hiking to get to.

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Formula 437 - VFX

Formula 437 was shot on a very tight budget with a super fast schedule. As such a few handy VFX really helped us make the most of what we had.
Here are some interesting before and after shots from the film.

1. Dark Corridor
What do you do when you’re filming in a busy hotel and you need to black out the corridor. You turn to extreme grading!

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2. Reception TV screen.
We kind of needed a TV screen on the wall, but there wasn’t one. Enter the track dots.

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3. Black Cab
There weren’t many black cabs nearby so the cab driving away was shot in C.London and roto’d in.

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4. Phone Screens
There are lots of handy apps out there for adding those tracking marks to phone / computer screens.


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5. News Reader
Our news reader Sophie Millett, filmed against a cheap pop-up green screen long after the main shoot.

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Simple! The only hard thing is trying to convince your cast and crew that that piece of paper on the wall with the circles will be a TV screen.
And that going down a lit corridor with torches on won’t look stupid once you’re done a bit of work on it :-)

Formula 437

I’ve recently re-gigged a short film I finished earlier in the year. Formally Bio-Killer, it’s now called Formula 437

Last Bus Home @ Raindance Film Festival

On the red carpet with my great cast (Alicia Bennett & Todd Von Joel) at the Raindance Film Festival screening of ‘Last Bus Home’.

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Last Bus Home @ Raindance Film Festival

My short ‘Last Bus Home’ will be screening at the Raindance Film Festival on 30th September @ The Vue Piccadilly Cinema. Full details here: http://raindancefestival.org/shorts-2014/last-bus-home/

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The film has been doing well lately. A couple of weeks ago it received a great response at a public screening by Shorts on Tap, who run a really cool regular showcase for filmmakers. Very encouraging to see. The film was just about the simplest (and cheapest) idea I had for a short at the time, so it’s great to see it click so well with audiences. A good reminder to keep things simple.

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Thriller Short Film - Shoot Wraps

Very excited about a new thriller short film I just wrapped principal photography on. There’s still a lot of work ahead, but it’s going to be a good one!

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Atomic Clean - Spoof TVC

I made this fun little spoof TV commercial for the ultimate bathroom cleaner.



We shot the film on the Canon 5D in RAW.

Director of Photography
Jonny Franklin

Cast:
Jessica Jay
Mark Joseph

Temporary Accommodation Review

We just got a great review in the London Film Review for our short film ‘Temporary Accommodation’.

http://www.thelondonfilmreview.com/film-review/short-film-review-temporary-accommodation/

Shot in London, Temporary Accommodation takes viewers on a journey through what can only be classified as “the big bad world”. A newly wed couple – having spent all their savings on a glamorous wedding – now find themselves in a face-off with reality. Living out of their car and struggling to make it through the day, Richard and Chloe must decide whether love truly does conquer all.
Directed by Mark Jackson, Temporary Accommodation is engaging in all the right ways. What could have easily turned into an extremely clichéd film has instead dodged the bullet to emerge as an honest portrayal of the transition into adulthood – reminding us that the transition isn’t all that smooth for some of us. Jackson has done a terrific job at balancing the film with doses of intensity and moments of comedy in exactly the right places, making it an enjoyable watch all around.
What surprised me the most about Temporary Accommodation was the sympathy I ended up feeling for this debt-ridden, seemingly helpless, couple. Within the first few seconds of being introduced to Richard, it’s easy to be repulsed by the man’s disrespectful attitude and unruly behaviour. Yet, despite being a character who is meant to be looked down upon, Robin Berry does a remarkable job of transforming Richard into a character who absorbs empathy from viewers and a character who we are eager to see emerge on top.
Siobhán McKiernan is just as powerful in her role as Richard’s increasingly impatient wife, Chloe. Despite her character being in a situation that not many of us have had to face personally, there’s something about Chloe that makes her very easy to relate to. McKiernan emits emotions of desperation and vulnerability brilliantly – and does so whilst portraying Chloe as a strong and independent character at the same time. It’s a paradox that makes Chloe’s character one of the most intriguing ones in the film.
The talent of these two actors particularly shines through in the moments when they are on different sides of the fence. As we watch them break down under the pressures that surround them, it’s difficult to conclude which one of them is in the wrong. Berry and McKiernan absorb you into each of their individual characters, leaving you with the emotions of conflict their characters feel. For a second, you might even forget that you’re just a film-watcher, and might believe yourself to be in the shoes of Richard or Chloe, struggling to keep your head above the water.
As the couple navigate the rough waters of homelessness, it’s difficult not to hope that everything works out for them in the end. However, Jackson has created a film based on reality – and we do know that reality isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. An important film that touches on an extremely relevant issue, Temporary Accommodation is a light-hearted reminder that everything does work out most of the time, but beware – it turns out that when one door opens, another one closes.
Excellent.

The Souvenir - Who's There Bloody Cuts Competition

I managed too squeeze one last short film production into 2013 with my entry in the Bloody Cuts ‘Who’s There’ horror challenge.


Returning from her trip abroad, a traveller's holiday souvenir turns out to be more then she bargained for.
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Charlie Bond.

Last Bus Home

My short film ‘Last Bus Home’, has just been accepted to be screened at the 11th London Short Film Festival. Get in there!



Starring Todd Von Joel and Alicia Bennett. Crew: 1st AC James Melrose and Sound Recordist David Sohanpal

Temporary Accommodation

Very proud of this new short film which I shot alongside my co-camera operators Vince Knight & Jonny Franklin. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3345784



The film is currently being considered for a number of film festivals, so it’s password protected. If you would like to watch it, just drop me a line

Litterbug

My new comedy short with a nice Eco message. Nature gets revenge on a destructive couple as they cause havoc in the countryside.
I shot this using the Magic Lantern RAW firmware on the Canon 5D Mark 3.