Here’s some exciting news for local Filmmakers. Bokeh Yeah! is soon to launch another round of theTimeline Poem Film Challenge and are looking for DSLR filmmakers to get on board. This year, we have teamed up with Carcanet Press, Flapjack Press and Commonword who will be offering a wide range of works to choose from by published poets they are working with. The final screening of the films will be at at HOME in February 2016 will be in conjunction with The Manchester Literature Festival and there is an opportunity to win a £300 cash prize.
All the poems submitted have been previously published in print so this is a fabulous opportunity to create a film for your slate. Previous films created with Bokeh Yeah! have been chosen to screen at international film festivals, including those specifically featuring poem films. We will again be promoting films created for this challenge to those festivals.
How can I get involved? If you’re asking yourself this question, well I have some good news for you. On Tuesday 7th July Bokeh Yeah! will be holding a ‘Meet the Publishers’ event. CarcanetPress, Flapjack Press and Commonword will be at this session to introduce themselves and explain about the choice of poems on offer. The meeting will take place at MadLab (36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN) on Tuesday July 7 from 7pm. We will present some of the poems here for you to have sneak preview of before our official launch on 4th August ( same time, same place).
Please note that as Bokeh Yeah! is an unfunded community organisation there is no budget for these films but there is a cash prize of £300 for the winning film, which will be judged by an independent panel of film and literature specialists. These will be confirmed nearer to the final screening event. This prize will be equally shared between the winning filmmaker and poet.
Working with Stuart Alexander Rees on his film Sea of Dreams then led to me working with Sarah Sayeed, who is a wonderfully talented musician and actor, and now director. Stuart was happy with the work I’d done on his film and recommended me to Sarah who was looking for an editor. Sarah and I worked together over 3 four hour sessions on this piece, she had a fairly clear vision of what she wanted to achieve and was really organised which was enormously helpful in getting the piece together. I feel that this is the best work I have done for someone else so far.
In 2013 I started attending Filmonik Kabarets. If you’re keen to get into making film (in any capacity), think you have skills you’d like to develop in this area or already working in film and TV this is a great place to meet and work with like minded people, test your skills and ideas, try new things you’ve not had the opportunity to do before and try new things you’ve not even considered in a very short space of time (4 days is usual). Filmonik has allowed me to start directing and writing for short film and edit other people’s films. Stuart Alexander Rees was one of the first people that I edited for. The film is a short poem film which was wholly created at the summer 2013 kabaret. It was really interesting for me to sit with a director and bring their ideas to life.
Well hello folks, I must apologise as I seem to have been away for some time, but there’s been a good reason for it. I’ve actually been working on making a music video over the summer for Invertor who are one of the Single Cell Collective acts ( if you click on the link click on a T Shirt to find out more about them). Their song “Don’t Make Any Sudden Movements” was released on the Six Rivers album in 2009, so it’s not a new song, but I was looking for a song which would fit with an idea I had about civil liberties and Public Space Protection Orders, some new form of anti-social behaviour order. I wanted to take the idea that these new powers could potentially affect anyone, and my fictional Public Space Protection Officers would actually be from a private security firm which police themselves. The plot of the film centres around a picnic that goes horribly wrong, down to the intervention of Public Space Protection Officers. The idea was inspired by a number of stories I read about these new powers being used, particularly the story about homeless guys having their belongings confiscated by police for sleeping rough – here’s a story from the Independent about it. The idea had been buzzing around in my head for a couple of months when I had the opportunity to make a music video as part of the Bokeh Yeah! Single Cell Music Video Challenge and so it went from there. This is the second short film I have directed, and it was actually a brilliant experience, I couldn’t have asked for better cast or crew and everybody had lots of fun making it. There will a public screening of my film, and others which have been created for this challenge at The Three Minute Theatre on Thursday 10th October from 7pm with musical accompaniment from some of the Single Cell artistes. Come and have a look! 🙂
I was recently the photographer on the film shoot for “Gorilla” a short film directed by Jack Bottomley and produced by Matoke Productions, which is being submitted for Virgin Media Shorts 2013. Here’s a selection of the photos I took. Keep your eyes peeled for the film, not long now!
I’m proud to announce that here’s another chance to watch Upon a Crocus Cloth – a film by Adele Myers that I got to be a Sound Recordist on. Here’s the trailer. If you fancy seeing the whole thing it’s been chosen for the next Filmed Up screening (amongst some very good company !!) at The Cornerhouse on 7th June. For more details check out the website here : http://www.cornerhouse.org/film/film-events/filmed-up-june-2013
A short film I wrote, directed and edited at Filmonik Gorilla Kabaret on Easter weekend 2013 with 1st AD Soile Mottisenkangas featuring original music developed with singer/actress Alyson Pendleton.
Directing this film was something of a personal breakthrough for me as I’ve been wanting to make a creative film for ages, the main experience I developed prior to this had been in factual community reporting. I also got the chance to experiment with building a soundscape for this piece too. It couldn’t have happened without the Filmonik Kabaret – would encourage anyone interested in filmmaking to get involved. Happy to say it’s now been screened publicly three times, once at Filmonik, then at Kino Shorts (where I took part in a Q&A) then at The Penny Theatre event which inspired the film in the first place. I’ve kind of been edging towards creative film production by attending Bokeh Yeah, a DSLR filmmaking group, through which I got the opportunity to take the first step by being the sound recordist for Upon a Crocus Cloth. We’re set to start our next film challenge soon at Bokeh Yeah which will be the production of music videos.
About the film
Jenny’s Lament is Victorian Millworker’s tale filmed on location by Sanna Larmola of Into Productions at Quarry Bank and Chapeltown mills. The film was inspired by a North West Film Archive project called Workers of Manchester Past and Present. This is a non-commercial not for profit production.
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