Friday, 15 September 2017

Conductor of Earth short film

This fantasy/sci-fi short film I spent vast swathes of 2016 working on is finally online and available for you to watch! So many cool people helped make it. I can't speak highly enough of them.

And so, as Tiny Tim said: "A Merry Christmas to us all; God bless us, every one!"

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Danny Elfman scored my short films

That's a lie, of course. Rather, I made short films for Danny Elfman's music.

Two of them. It was for a competition held on earlier this year. The brief: simply make a short film with a piece from Danny Elfman's wonderful ballet score, Rabbit & Rogue, as the soundtrack. Elfman is obviously one of my favourite composers of all time, so this was an opportunity I couldn't pass by.

The two films I made were quite a challenge to produce. They were both shot over about a week, in Darwin's unpredictable wet season, with many first-time actors and an absolutely bone-thin skeleton crew. In order to make production achievable I decided not to record sound on set. So every single sound you hear in both of these films, every piece of dialogue, every footstep, was added in post. It's quite funny to think that just about everything you hear was either composed by Danny Elfman or recorded in my bedroom.

The first is a fast-paced fantasy-comedy-adventure about a boy who summons an imaginary friend.

And the second is a strange little story about someone who cannot see the real world.

Monday, 4 September 2017

The Sketch Files 3

A few years ago I made a short film comprised of a series of unconnected quirky skits and called it The Sketch Files. Last year I made a second one. And now here is the third!

Obligatory BTS shot to show that I really was there during filming and this isn't some elaborate hoax

The Sketch Files 3 continues the series by doing what every stereotypical sequel must: it's bigger, longer, darker and more complicated. Even more than the previous instalments this one really is a collection of pretty wildly contrasting scenes. I think of it as Key & Peele meets Twin Peaks, with the punchy genre-bending farce of the former and the slow, abstract absurdity of the latter. But made in Darwin, and by me of course.

Thanks to the many(!) people who helped out on this one. It was a lot of fun and kept me well amused and I hope you find it interesting.