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.
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
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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/
Follow the boys on twitter here: @cozgreenop @leeapsey @green13 @thefilmlabel @MikeFury
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.
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”
Our Podcast Hosts and Filmmakers Giles Alderson (The Dare), Dan Richardson (Retribution) and Andrew Rodger (World of Darkness) sit down to chat about the Five Things they Wish they Known Before Making their first Feature Films.
They chat about who you know and if that could be Ridley Scott!
How less is more and how you should make yourself useful on set regardless of your role.
How you should try and enjoy it and be in the moment.
how having a solid script is essential before getting to set and how vital it is to get feedback.
They talk film-making tricks and tips and what is important on set. Why you should have the best art direction and costume designer you can.
Having responsibility as a leader on set and don’t be afraid to ask or to answer any questions.
How you as a filmmaker have the power to make positive change in the people you hire and work with in the industry and so much more.
Filmmaker Deborah Haywood joins Giles Alderson (The Dare) and guest host Julian Kostov (Another Mothers Son) to chat about her brilliant debut feature film Pin Cushion and how making shorts was the best way to prep for the mammoth task of making a feature.
We chat about the new Martson’s Beer Town Film Festival in Burton and we talk in-depth about going from shorts to feature films and how it can really be a calling card. From making her first short Lady Margaret with Michael Sorcha to winning awards and getting noticed for her short film Sis and ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ for Rankin presents. Being involved with i-features and the BFI and how important it is to stick to your gut when writing your feature films.
We also chat about her screenwriting process, being strong on set and bold with casting, being bullied and feeling vulnerable, leading on set but being scared, and building relationships on set with the crew.
And importantly, Directing with love and having the right collaborative team and producer is so key.
Oh and actor Robert Maaser (M.I.5, The Dare) makes a surprise appearance.
Part two of our podcast with director Ben Caron (The Crown, Wallander) chatting in-depth all things The Crown, from casting to being on set and directing the TV show. Creating a great atmosphere and getting stuck in working with actors Claire Foy, Vanessa Kirby, Matthew Goode and Stephen Dillane. How large sets are no different to indies, just more mouths to feed. Some great and essential tips for when you are on set and his wonderful technique when ‘auditioning’ for the directors chair.
Directors Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Christian James (Stalled) host.
Follow Ben on Instagram @benjamincaron Or see his work at www.benjamincaron.co.uk/
Watch The Crown sizzle reel: https://vimeo.com/182783018
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Part 2 of our chat with film-maker, actor, fight choreographer Joey Ansah. He chats more Bourne director Paul Greengrass and his on set process. How Joey made Street Fighter Legacy and then raised the money and directed the feature film Street Fighter: Assassins Fist.
He talks about pitching & marketing you projects and understanding the studio system. How you should go out and make something and creating something from nothing.
Watch Street Fighter : Legacy here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vouZso0xJuU
BUY Street Fighter Assassins Fist here:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Street-Fighter-Assassins-Fist-Blu-ray/dp/B00M1XB23S
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Recorded at Just Voices Studios in London www.justvoicesagency.com
Director, Actor, Martial Artist and Fight Choreographer Joey Ansah joins Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Dan Richardson (Retribution) to chat about his film-making journey from watching Christian Bale and Chris Nolan on the set of Batman Begins, his stunt work and his action heroes and his casting for and acting alongside Matt Damon in Bourne Ultimatum, getting notes from director Paul Greengrass, fight choreography and trying to actually hit Matt Damon in the face.
This is Part 1. Part 2 will be out Friday
WATCH the BOURNE fight here Joey V’s Matt Damon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2ujCIlUshc
STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSINS FIST Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6dt0sCTGnI
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Jack Tarling, producer of this years BAFTA nominated and BIFA winning excellent British film God’s Own Country sits down with Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Christian James (Fanged Up) to chat making the film, How they got the money. Casting. Awards, How the BFI were involved and his next film Await Further Instructions.
Buy God’s Own Country here: https://store.hmv.com/film-tv/dvd/god-s-own-country
Follow Jack @ShudderFilms www.shudderfilms.co.uk – Follow God’s Own Country on Twitter here @gocfilm
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