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CAUTION: … Work in progress …

Exciting (ish) wee something to (hopefully) accompany the (eventual) screening of The Gift (possibly) – a short I’m making with fellow Hastinger Scott Garrett.

 

http://vimeo.com/35882828

UPDATE:

We’ve got Matt Berry (see below) recording a monologue for us today, cracking stuff.

 

Posted: February 23rd, 2012
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Teaser

http://vimeo.com/24001572

Posted: May 20th, 2011
at 9:49am by Griff

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All Hail Yuri Norstein!

Excerpts from Norstein‘s as yet unfinished ‘The Overcoat’, which he’s been filming, off an on, since 1981. Utterly, utterly exquisite.

Posted: May 12th, 2011
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Blinky™

http://vimeo.com/21216091

Blinky is a very beautiful looking short by Oscar nominee Ruairi Robinson.

The original trailer HERE is actually far more sinister and effective than the full length short, which added nothing the trailer hadn’t already covered more intriguingly and succinctly – but both are visually immaculate, and Blinky’s a work of art. Ruairi Robinson was touted as a director for Akira at one point, and is clearly headed for big things the talentless son of a bitch.

 

Posted: March 21st, 2011
at 7:18pm by Griff

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Music/Score …

In addition to the music of Gareth Dickson … I’ve just secured usage of a number of tracks by Max Richter, many thanks to Simon Ballard at Mute / FatCat Records. This is a good thing and you can read about why here, Mr Richter’s a pretty talented fella to say the least.

I’ve been trying to work with him since I got him to pitch on a commercial some years back, and while I’m merely pilfering from his ready made back catalogue for this, (he’s an increasingly busy man with bigger films than this to score) the tracks are bloody beautiful stuff and should give the scenes proper clout.

Posted: September 6th, 2010
at 2:12pm by Griff

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Getting there …

Completed the first cut of the penultimate scene last night. Apologies i can’t post it here, I would be quite happy to post work in progress which’d make this blog far more worthwhile, but it’d likely impact on my ability to get it into festivals further down the line (they often demand exclusivity in some cases, at least in regards to web screening) so rough cuts and ‘makings of’ will most likely be posted to the blog after the finished films aired somewhere. Plus of course it’d be a big ol’spoiler.

The scene actually works great, very pleasantly surprised to say the least … it’s a pivotal scene, clearly, but its also quite subtle, but it actually has the tension and gravitas that I was very worried it lacked right up until last night. It’s amazing what cutting can add – it’s a hugely underrated element of filmmaking.

Anyhows, I need to wrap up the very end and then go back to the start soon and run over everything again, the middle has had very little attention spent on it, so still some way to go but very chuffed for once. Yup yup!

Posted: September 2nd, 2010
at 9:01am by Griff

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Making conversation

Editing dialogue is super hard, but really, really rewarding (if and when it works).

Shooting with one camera as we did, and with a script that was open to a degree of improvisation means I’m now assembling one conversation from maybe ten variations on that dialogue. Phrases are given different emphasis, read in differing orders, overlap the other characters dialogue, or are missed out entirely from some takes – and while piecing this together to make a coherent chat is a lovely thing to do when it works, it’s an exhausting process to get right once you factor in continuity and the fact that maybe the best reading of one line is shot from the back of the head, or the best close up was paired with a flat reading.

Watching Shutter Island the other day there’s a scene where DiCaprio is talking to a guy through prison bars, from his side we see the inmate against the bars, head cocked, arm trailing over his own head with his fingers dangling down by his ear … the reverse shows him head straight clinging to the bars … it could be argued that thats not the film to chose to pick apart as theres a ton of intentional editorial glitches and tricks that are intrinsic to the plot reveal, but it didn’t seem so for that scene and its details like that that wind me right up and pull me out of a film. I understand why it happens, even more so given what i’m currently doing – I see that sometimes there’s simply no option and the plot has to override something as tiny as continuity of actions or positions (whoever decided to make a two hour primetime programme chronicling these errors as if some hilarious blooper reel wants flensing – ‘in this apparently Oscar winning classic scene you can see Bogart is reading page 12 of the book but in the next scene he’s on page 11!! AHAHAHAH!’ … ‘ here Orson Wells is clutching his fedora with clenched fists, wheras just two seconds later… he has relaxed his left hand a little!! TEE HEE HEE! Orson, you are a knob! HO HO HO!’ )

Anyways, essentially its a case of hacking out whats cack and hoping the rest sits together, and I have no idea whether what I’m working on today is particularly good – but I’m at last genuinely enjoying the process, so fuck it – I’m good with that for now!

Posted: August 31st, 2010
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… peek #1

Posted: June 29th, 2010
at 12:47pm by Griff

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Incidentally …

The whole thing was shot on a Canon 5D mk2 courtesy of the very accommodating  Shift4. Beautiful little camera, though its hard to spot in the mountain once everything’s been bolted and glued and strapped on. It’s not without problems, and by all accounts needs some work to graduate to a proper dedicated piece of film kit, but for a production of this scale it was fantastic. Mental considering its price.

In regards to where it goes from here, we’ve got some extra shots and pick ups to shoot in a week or so, just non dialogue sequences we couldn’t squeeze in, and shots of a Marabou Stork at Eagle Heights which’ll be dictated to a degree by the rough cut edit – hence us shooting that a little later.

So first up is a rough edit – then pick ups and extra shooting – then sound mixing – post production effects – a grade – and titles … these’ll be tricking along over the next few weeks and I’ll update as and when I’ve woken up from my post coital stupor!

Posted: June 29th, 2010
at 12:27pm by Griff

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Location scouting

Broomhill wreck

Posted: June 9th, 2010
at 7:30am by Griff

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