Ep 48 HOW TO MAKE A MICRO BUDGET INDIE FILM, WIN AWARDS & GET A CINEMA RELEASE with the team behind ‘Guardians’

Director Mark AC Brown and actor David Whitney talk about how they made their new quite brilliant indie film Guardians.

How Mark made a film for his degree but it was a great experiment and not to be seen again. How he wrote a feature script for Nu Image but the ‘Expendables’ ruined it and how it is best to write something to make yourself for free or on a micro budget. What do have available to you ?

How when making an indie film, continuity is not as important as the story. How the establishing scene of a character is so important. But don’t waste time on drone shots. Then get the most amount of permissions you can get. And if not shoot anyway

Suzanne Smith – their DoP was a runner on a Brainehound (their production company) short and worked her way up. Made short film Beard with David and Mark and proved herself as a brilliant DoP and How having great all rounders like Fred Fournier and Joe Starrs as editor and 1st AD respectively is vital as is keeping your ‘team’ from your shorts/music videos and bringing them with you.

With low budget you have to juggle and Workaround people schedules and how ‘Withnails’ – Richard E Grant’s marvelous book was an inspiration (and The Wah Wah Diaries)

When you are supposed to be doing he scene in 4 shots but end up doing it in one but it’s one of the best moments in the film so don’t have to stick to your shot lists.

Tried to plan it but played the moment when it came to it.

Why post can take so long when you are asking for favours on a micro budget film

How they learned from other filmmakers and how they distributed their films – Ben Cookson, Fizz and Ginger’s Two Down and James Rumsey’s Drunk on love.

Mark wanted to have a cinema run so choose Our Screen to have a theatrical release. Then the release got extended as it sold out for the second night.

And how they opened a festival in a double bill with recent horror film IT.

Links

The Film: http://www.guardiansfilm.co.uk/
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq25LXWmsps&t=10s
Twitter https://twitter.com/guardiansbhf
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/guardiansfilm/
Mark AC Brown http://www.markacbrown.com/ Twitter : https://twitter.com/Brainehowndfilm
David Whitney http://www.davidwhitney.org/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DWhitney

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Ep 47 HOW TO MAKE AN INDIE FILM AT A MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH THE TEAM BEHIND ACCESS ALL AREAS

Oliver Veysey (The Railway Man) and Bryn Higgins (Black Mirror / Electricity) join host Giles Alderson (The Dare) to chat about their latest film Access All Areas which was shot at Bestival music festival and stars Ella Purnell, Jordan Stephens, Georgie Henley, Jason Flemying and Phil Daniels.

For one of his first jobs in film we learn how Oliver, while working as Robert de Niro’s assistant on Starfish had to make the best Martini or risk being fired. How he got a assistant job at Working Title after cold calling every film company he could.

Bryn talks about his background in documentaries and how they are a great way into feature films. How and why he made Unconditional – an LGBTQ movie and from there made the brilliant Electricity starring Anges Deyn
His process of working with actors “The camera photographs thoughts so if you think it right, you are there”. And how he would rather have a floor plan rather than story board.
Making sure to block the scenes with the DOP in the room.

Oliver’s experience producing The Railway man and how having a great mentor (in his case, Andy Patterson) is the best training a producer can have. How it took 14 years to get it made. Even with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman on board there was still no guarantee the film would go ahead.

Filming at a music festival. Noise levels, crowds, performing live to track on the real stage and other issues of filming at a festival full of mud, blood and kids
How learning from making the Bourne Ultimatum helped shoot the crowd scenes in AAA and trying not to pick a toilet where people are having sex in, also helps.

Links

Access All Areas Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqHGryajEgQ

Buy the film https://www.amazon.co.uk/Access-All-Areas-Ella-Purnell/dp/B076JJ675W

Follow the team @AAAthefilm www.aaathefilm.com @olivervesey

 

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Ep 46 Part 2 HOW TO MAKE INDIE HORROR FILMS with Dark Beacon’s Coz Greenop, Lee Apsey and Nick Sadler

Part 2 of our chat with the Dark Beacon film team on How to Make Indie Horror Films and Get Investors & Distributors on board. Coz Greenop, Lee Apsey and The Film Label’s Nick Sadler join host Giles Alderson (The Dare) to talk about their latest indie films Dark Beacon and House Red. Part 1 is available here: https://goo.gl/q4UYjL

On this episode we chat working with kids, are storyboards useful, finding creative moments in a small space, getting coverage and how learning to edit is very useful as a director.

As a Producer it is sometimes a good thing to just do the ground work and let the director get on with it.

We chat distribution and Sales with Nick who talks Film Label and First Flights and how getting press and print promotion is difficult these days but if you fly/bring out a journalist for an on set visit they will likely do you a piece.
How Coz got Kubrik’s DoP Doug Milsome on board his latest feature and how amazing it is to see your film on set when it came from an idea you had one day.

Dark Beacon Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHlgEcGl6I4

Buy Dark Beacon here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Beacon-April-Pearson/dp/B079VXRJLD

First Flights https://www.goldfinchstudios.co.uk/other-companies/first-flights/

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Ep 45 Part1. HOW TO MAKE INDIE HORROR FILMS & GET INVESTORS INTERESTED IN YOU with Dark Beacon’s Coz Greenop, Lee Apsey and Nick Sadler with host Giles Alderson

Part 1 of How to Make Indie Horror Films and Get Investors & Distributors on Board Your Film with Coz Greenop, Lee Apsey and The Film Label’s Nick Sadler who join Giles Alderson (The Dare) to talk about their latest indie film Dark Beacon starring April Pearson, Jon Campling and Toby Osmond. Part 2 is out on Friday.

They talk about how finding out your debut feature film is renamed from Wandering Rose to Demon Baby by the distributors with neither a Demon or a Baby in it.

How they went to Cannes with 50 DVD’s in a rucksack. Sleeping on floors and trying to sell you film
and finding the indie community is vital but attending events, listening to podcasts and actually going out and making a film is the best advice you can get.

How they threw a party in Cannes and got investors to come along. Gave away caps and t-shirts with their logo Green13 and becoming one of the top 3 villa parties in Cannes which created a buzz and made the film Dark Beacon actually happen as they could also show investors their last project and how it earned money.
Getting locations and filming in Jersey. Casting – April Pearson, Lynne Anne Rodgers , Toby Osmond and Jon Campling

Screenwriting. Working well as a team and how they gender flipped between drafts to female leads. Having to re-write on set at low budget level by thinking on your feet.
And how filming is like an event company. All prepped for one day. Over and over again.

Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHlgEcGl6I4

Buy Dark Beacon here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Beacon-April-Pearson/dp/B079VXRJLD

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Ep 44 ANDY NYMAN – MAKING ‘GHOST STORIES’ & FILMMAKING with Giles Alderson, Andrew Rodger and Christian James

Actor (Severance, The Crown) and Director Andy Nyman drops by to chat about his debut as a director on his feature film Ghost Stories. Based on his stage play of the same name, he co wrote and directed with Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentlemen) to make a haunting and chilling ghost story (or two).

He chats about his acting background, how seeing Richard Dreyfus in Jaws as a curly haired Jewish guy made him think he could also be in films, made him want to act and go into filmmaking. Working with Rian Johnson and being in Star Wars.With Darren Brown and Ben Caron (on The Crown)

As a director and in filmmaking how to do different takes and to have great to have options in the edit. Do it until your happy with it.
Important to picking the right team around you. Who would help you. Including Ole Burkeland (The Crown) as his DoP collaboration & Clare Jones as his producer. (Field in England).

With Ghost Stories how he wanted to make a piece of cinema shot well and old school and not shaky cam .
How he got got the cast with an A list star in MARTIN Freeman. Casting. Being over the moon to get his cast. Paul Whitehouse and Alex Lawther.

Don’t play it cool, share the love and communicate with you crew and eventually your audience
Know and love every second of your script. Be ready and prepped for when it all falls apart.
Look at films that inspire you. Those filmmakers film are filled with personality.
“If you’re making an independent film, make the film that would want to see, that would excite you to see it”

Ghost Stories is available in UK cinemas from April 6th. Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En5-S3djB44

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