A couple of years ago I helped set up Future Filmmakers Programme with Oxford Royale Academy. You can see the first film produced 'Amidst the Flowers' elsewhere on this site. I'm delighted that this year there are more students and that once again I am helping with the shoots. Basically the excellent Bruce Windwood teaches day to day, but the premise of the course was that the students have a chance to work with pro crew to realise the scripts they have written. So that means that pro actors, sound recordist, camera and production assistants and me as director of photography. It's a chance for the students to really experience what it is like to be on (as near as possible) a pro shoot and learn some of the tricks of the trade. The students all get hands on the camera and get to direct, produce and work with actors. Last week was the practice shoot, and I may post a link to that later, but image below. Next week, full shoot, so it will be great to work with all the crew and students. Thanks to Dan for the image.
'Amidst the Flowers' was a highlight of 2016 for me. The film was written and produced by Berend, a talented Dutch filmmaking student at Oxford Royale Academy on the Future Filmmakers programme. I've been collaborating with the good people at ORA for 10 years now, looking after their media and filmmaking programmes such as Future Filmmakers and summer Film Academy. Quite simply they are a brilliant company. 'Admidst the Flowers' was a film that came from the collaboration of Berend and Bruce Windwood, who regularly teaches for ORA as well as being an independent film producer. Bruce wrote the score for the film as well. We were also ably supported by all the talent and crew who made it possible, working on reduced fees, so big thanks to them. Future Filmmakers gives students the opportunity to work with a pro crew in the great location of Yarnton Manor. If you want technical details, I shot the film with a Canon C300 and a range of Canon lenses. Lighting was Kino Flow Divas, Dados, and a Gekko LED light panel.