The late, great and very sadly missed Carrie Fisher has been given a posthumous Emmy nomination for her part in Catastrophe (outstanding guest actress in a comedy). Working with her was initially exciting and a bit daunting (Star Wars fan since childhood) and then an absolute blast when she turned out to be one of the funnier and more idiosyncratic human beings I've ever met. She deserves it and then some.
"Candy Floss" is a Creative England backed short film I shot at the end of last year. It's about a damaged runaway girl, who finds a friend at a local funfair, but things take a nasty turn. It's now up for best short film at the London Film Festival, up against amongst others, Danny DeVito's latest directed short! It's playing on Wednesday 5th and Friday the 7th at the BFI Southbank. Friday is at my favourite screen in the world, NFT1. Good luck to all the team! Directed by Jed Hart and produced by Benedict Turnbull. Production company Haus Pictures. Shot on the ever interesting Kowa anamorphics.
Some rather good news! The 1975 - A Change of Heart, the music video I shot earlier this year is up for Best Pop Video at the UKMVAs. A big congrats goes out to Tim Mattia who directed it and Tom Birmingham who produced it, and is also up for best producer (much luck with that Tom). Fingers ever crossed
Some great news for my last feature, the Thriller "The Library Suicides"! It was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature at the Edinburgh Film Festival, an award won last year by Andrew Haig's 45 Years and previously by such directors as Derek Jarman, Shane Meadows and Pawel Pawlikowski. Congratulations to Euros Lyn, director and all the crew who worked their butts off.
Also a massive congratulations for the lead actor in the film, Catrin Stewart, who played identical twins in the film. It's a much deserved win for a incredible performance by a thoroughly professional actor, who was a pleasure to work with. Well done!
You can see a clip from the film here
Here's a teaser for the new Bastille album "Wild World". I'll let promo news do the description:
"BISON tempts Bastille's gazillion fans with this seductive 60 second teaser for the new album - presumably called Wild World if the end title card is to be believed. Starting on the eye of a girl, its soon revealed she's falling. And falling a long way, towards a watching crowd, far below.
It's intriguing, mysterious, beautifully done"
Directed by BISON, produced by Tom Birmingham@Good Egg. Shot on the Phantom Miro.
New promo out. Directed by Tim Mattia and produced by London Alley.
The 1975 - The Sound
I've been to Aberystwyth to shoot a feature in 3 weeks and survived to tell the tale. Y Llyfrgell (BFI/BBC Films/Soda Pictures/S4C/Ffilm Cymru Wales) wrapped yesterday and it was perhaps the most challenging shoot of my life but intensely rewarding. A lot of this is down to Euros Lyn who directed the National Library of Wales set thriller about two twins out to avenge the death of their mother. His experience, storytelling ability and total confidence in craft and performance were inspiring and pushed me to reach new levels in my own work. At the centre of the film was absolute head spinner of a performance by Catrin Stewart who played both twins, and played the physically gruelling parts with subtle emotional sensitivity.
And of course a big shout out to my team, without whom there is no chance I would have made it out alive. Big thanks Sam Ebrahim Riley on focus, Luke Jones 2nd AC, Llion Gethin trainee, Rogan Brown grip, Tim Jordan gaffer, Ben Manwaring best boy and Antonis Tsiakos spark. Love you guys!!!
It's been a while since updating as I've been travelling a bit. Devon, Cornwall, Japan, Taiwan and California. An interesting, if unorthodox combination! But a quick news update to say that some new work has come out.
On the music video front two vids - one for Hot Chip - Started Right directed by Rollo Jackson at Somesuch (shot on super 16). And one for Marina and the Diamonds - Blue directed by Charlotte Rutherford at Untitled. They're very different and you can see them below
Also out are a few commercial pieces - A Venus advert starring Emma Willis and a series of stings for the new Vauxhall VIVA, two of which are below. Watch and hopefully enjoy!
My Jihad - the drama I shot a few months ago has been released on iPlayer here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p02ty6s7/my-jihad-2-is-this-halal
It's a name that evokes many possibilities and as it happens this one is (as I've now adopted as the description) a Woody Allen-esque drama-comedy-rom about two young Muslims in London falling for each other. They hurdle tradition, taboos, family and friends to finally come to a marriage of the heart. Please watch and do enjoy this sweet and sharp drama-comedy
My feature, Eveyone's Going to Die, is finally out in cinemas! It's been playing at the Hackney Picturehouse, the Brixton Ritzy and the Barbican in London, plus other cinemas across the UK, The reviews have come in and some people have had some very nice things to say about the cinematography. Here are some quotes:
“stunningly crisp cinematography”
“Everyone’s Going to Die is a good looking, thoughtful film”
Saturday Review – Radio 4
“visually Opulent, cinematography is beautifully lush”
“utterly amazing cinematography headed up by first time DP Dan Stafford-Clark”
Hey You Guys
“the film is beautiful to look at”
The London Economist
“...lo-fi beauty of the cinematography”
Eye For Film
“shot with a bleached beauty by up-and-comer Dan Stafford-Clark”
Finally, the Nicki Minaj video I shot is out and about! It's a Co-DP credit
We shot the street scenes with a ridiculously quick turn around. I was in an empty studio stage in Leeds on Easter Monday and by Wednesday it had become an almost fully functional Tokyo/Harajuku street. We had bespoke neon made for us which literally arrived first thing on the shoot day, it was super tight. We shot on two Alexas with Masterprimes, one on a technocrane and one on sticks getting cutaways and beauty close ups. Hannah Lux Davis, the director, was great fun to work with, and was totally calm and confident in the eye of the storm of craziness which is a Nicki Minaj video
check it here
behind the scenes:
...'My Jihad', eps 2, 3 and 4. It's a name that evokes many possibilities and as it happens this one is (as I've now adopted as the description) a Woody Allen-esque drama-comedy-rom about two young Muslims in London falling for each other. They hurdle tradition, taboos, family and friends to finally come to a marriage of the heart. It'll be out in mid June, to coincide with Ramadan, on iPlayer so keep an eye out. I had a lovely time on it, the director Al Mackay was a pleasure to work with, and we really pushed for a visual integrity in-spite of a very fast schedule. And an especially big thanks to my crew who rocked it!
I was recently contacted by Luke Tierney at the promo/commercials blog, Word is Cheap. He wanted me to name my five favourite films. The results are here:
I have a new video out directed by the lovely Bison boys at Academy Plus http://academy-plus.com/bison
Rosie Lowe - Who's That Girl
The title says it all really. Everyone's Going to Die, my first feature, has reached the £22,000 needed to secure UK distribution. Have a look at the Kickstarter page here where there's all sorts of information. An exciting way to begin the year!
"Some Candid Observations on the Eve of the End of the World" won best short of the competition in the London Calling scheme. The award was presented by Stephen Woolley and he had praise for the cinematography amongst other things. The award was part of Film London's main shorts scheme and the film will now go on to play in the London Film Festival.
It's a sci-fi-social realism-comedy crossover about a young man fantasising about an impending alien apocalypse to avoid dealing with a more grounded issue, the fact he will be a father. It was directed by John Howlett (great job!) and produced by my good friend Cecilia Frugiuele at Parkville Pictures.
So quite a bit of news to cram in this post.
1) Disclosure - Latch has been nominated for a MMVA for best international pop video by a group
2) The documentary I filmed in Rjukan mentioned a few posts ago has gone live, and it's really good! A very charming and idiosynchratic little story, excellantly directed by Tom Barbor-Might. Please do have a watch...
3) I've just returned from Belgrade, Serbia, where I was filming a commercial for Vanish with the directing duo Nathan Camponi and Marc Ingham. They were a delight to work with and had some interesting ideas on how to make the piece feel naturalistic and fun, removed from your typical detergent ad. Belgrade was an intriguing mix of architectural styles, reflecting it's history of massive changes, and it looked fantastic on camera. The local crew were spot on. Will hopefully be able to put it up soon.
Trailers here for two new short films that I shot. Both were produced by Charlotte Walls at Matador Pictures (http://www.matadorpictures.com/)
The Brain Hack is a thriller written and directed by an old friend from my days at the London College of Printing, Joe White.
I Remember you is a comedy drama directed by another old friend and LCP alumni, Dan Castella. It was written by the talented Ian Martin who penned a number of episodes of The Thick of It and also is credited as a writer on In the Loop
Both are about to start festival runs so updates to follow.
Just wrapped on a tough but very fun Price Waterhouse Cooper internet commercial shooting with the lovely director Nathan Prince and the production company Not to Scale.
There will be 5 films in total and each one has the tagline "the world is in Beta", describing the notion that technology is improving our lives at a rapid pace, and we're only just getting started.
In each film expectations are slightly subverted so that we see what at first appears an everyday scene, only for a soon-to-be tech to be at the core of the experiences. For instance in one film we see a couple seemingly watching a youtube video on a mobile phone, whilst in bed on a sunny morning. It is revealed however that they in fact have an ultrasound app and they're using it to see their baby to be. The pieces are very simple but nicely visual in their reveals.
The shoot took place over 3 days across very varied locations, from a wind farm in Oxfordshire to a plant nursery to the top of Primrose Hill.
I enjoyed shooting with the Kowa Anamorphics onto the 4.3 Alexa. The newly rehoused Movietech set are full of personality and hopefully added an atmospheric edge to the seemingly everyday situations, that reflected the purpose of the films. Watch this space to see them!
...and ready to go.
Have just returned from Istanbul where I completed filming on a documentary about Istanbul's first popup restaurant.
Next week I'm off to the Norwegian town of Rjukan for another documentary based project. The valley town is in perpetual shadow in the Winter months, the sun never getting beyond the mountain peaks that surround it. However Martin Anderson, a local artist and lifeguard at the municipal baths, constructed a series of mirrors to reflect the sun into the town's central square and give the residents a little relief. A project based around the healing powers of light is a bit of a score for a DP so very much looking forward to it. It'll be shot on the C300 and directed by Tom Barbor-Might.