Reed Short Film Competition 2014

2014 got off to an exciting start with my main project in January being a personal short film project for the 2014 Reed.co.uk Short Film Competition.

The theme this year was ‘Family Business‘ and myself, fellow filmmaker Thomas Mould and Carmel Hannant (who also stars in the film) came up with a comedy script entitled ‘Success is Relative’. We shot the whole thing in a day and I then edited the film over the space of a fortnight to meet the competition’s 22nd January deadline. The finished film is now up online and available to view!

We were proud to make the selection of 50 longlisted films for the competition but unfortunately did not make the shortlist of 12 announced in early April. Nevertheless we are still incredibly proud of what we achieved and hope you enjoy!

The stars of the film are: Andromeda Godfrey, Tom Bonington, Heather Skermer, Carmel Hannant, Matt Downton and Lucas Rushby (an 8 year old acting prodigy in my opinion!)

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‘Boss Boot Camp’ – our Reed Short Film Competition entry

We were really pleased to hear that ‘Boss Boot Camp‘ made the shortlisted 12 of the Reed Short Film Competition 2012. On Wednesday 30th May myself, Matt, Ross and James went down to the excellent Hospital Club for the awards night. Unfortunately we came close but weren’t lucky enough to win one of the three prizes on offer. We’re still really proud that the film made it to the final 12 out of 503 entries in total and we’ll come back bigger and better next year in an attempt to make it third time lucky!

Boss Boot Camp is a lighthearted action-comedy written and directed by Matt Downton and myself that explores how truly tyrannical bosses are made. It features the charismatic talent of Will Harrison-Wallace as ‘the boss’/drill sergeant and was shot over a two-day period in early March.

Our excellent cast and crew endured horrible weather, a long, exhausting weekend shoot and of course, the drill sergeant himself who is pretty terrifying at times(!) to produce a film that we’re really proud of and the first comedy I have ever attempted. There’s lots more behind-the-scenes information and photos at the Lightmill Films mini-site.

On day 1 of the shoot FXHome kindly allowed us to film the office scenes at their offices in Norwich. Later in the day we moved to The University of East Anglia (of which most of the crew and half of the cast are graduates) who allowed us to film the classroom scenes in the congregation hall. On day 2 we shot the boot camp scenes (amidst the biggest downpour of the year!) at my dad’s farm in Suffolk.

We’ll be teaming back up with many of the same people to continue making short films and other creative projects. Check back at the Lightmill Films website to see our progress and our other films.

Sheltered from the Rain: A pop-up tent provided me with some cover from the rain and I was able to shoot from a small opening in the side – Completely unplanned but an effective solution!

Umbrella: Two of our cameramen James Gorman & Ant Essberger, filming from underneath our only umbrella, in fact, Ant stayed under it all day, bless him.

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Props: Our lead actor Will using a tiny, not-so-macho umbrella to stay dry during the last few scenes.