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Documentary about dog mess left in plastic bags

Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 07:01PM
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What a strange phenomenon it is, to find dog mess preserved in plastic bags and hung conspicuously in front of you, when enjoying a walk in the countryside.

I decided to make a short documentary on the issue one afternoon at Ashclyst Forest and interviewed a few obliging dog owners.

New short film - Pass Her By

Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 09:20AM
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The story was initially conceived after a phone call with my parent's who live in a house which is surrounded by vast forestry commission woodland. We started thinking about making a short about a unknown homeless character entering the property from the forest. The short would be about the initial conflict between the intimidating trespasser and the apparently vulnerable housewife.

As conversations about the story developed, between myself and a good friend of mine Tom Bates, who has very creative story writing abilities, the character of the house-wife started to develop. She would be in a rather lonely relationship, who's husband left early for work each morning, and she would be left to tend to the house by herself each day. This opened up the potential for the trespasser to fill a need for a new person in her life, after the initial confrontation.

It was then that I realised the trespasser could actually have been created by the house-wife, as a figment of her imagination, as a result of this loneliness and the absence of her husband.

I decided to tell the story as if the trespasser is a real character for the main part, and introduce the idea that he is a figment of the house-wife’s imagination as a twist in the final shot.

I shot the film on location at my parent's house in Ross on Wye. It was by a happy coincidence that it snowed just before our scheduled shoot, which luckily didn't melt too much over the course of filming!

I used a Sony EX3 with stock lens along with a Glidetrack and B-Hague jib. I edited in Final Cut Pro, audio mix in Soundtrack, and colour correction in Apple Color

Short film featuring Badgers, a Green Woodpecker, a Nuthatch, a Robin and my Parents!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 01:43PM
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Over the weekend before last, I shot a short film in the magnificent garden at my parent‚Äôs new house using our new Sony EX3. They have a very active badger sett and the garden is teaming with wildlife. The badgers came right up to the house in the evening and, oblivious to the automatic flood light, I could film them from just a few feet away. 

I had great fun practising with our new camera, a Sony EX3, which I used on our 17' crane as well as with the excellent Adaptimax adaptor and a Nikon 70-300mm lens for getting up close to the birds. When used with the Adaptimax, the lens will have a crop factor of 5.4 so it's like using a 1620mm lens which is quite amazing. Looking forward to getting a 50-500mm Sigma eventually though. 

The amount of wildlife my parents have in their garden is amazing. I managed to get some reasonable shots of a Green woodpecker, a juvenile Nuthatch and a Robin which are in the film. 

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