It’s been a real journey over the last year since successfully securing a grant for aerial filming equipment. The process of learning to fly a large multirotor is considerably less complicated than the process of achieving accreditation with EuroUSC and the Civil Aviation Authority to conduct commercial aerial work!
But now we’re proud to present our first aerial showreel, showcasing some of the beautiful landscapes of the Valleys, much of it within a ten minute drive of our office! I’m certainly very grateful to live in such a ‘lush’ corner of the world!
Are you interested in getting a quote for aerial filming? Get in touch with us.
Have you produced an aerial reel? We’d love to see it, so post it in the comments below.
In this heart-pounding follow-up to the multi-award-mentioning VLOG episode 1, Joe talks candidly about entering his short film ‘Two Fat Fadies’ into film festivals, and our intrepid duo come up with an entirely original metaphor.
So…you’ve poured all your blood, sweat, tears and inter-personal skills into making your film – what’s next?
Well one of the next steps could be to find some film festivals to submit your film to.
I’m currently in the process of submitting our short film ‘Two Fat Ladies’ into some festivals and here’s some good advice I’ve received that’s helped me along the way:
- Set an overall budget of what you want to spend including both submission fees and travel/accommodation of the festival location.
- Look at some festival submission sites such as reelport, FilmFreeway and Withoutabox (there are others out there but I found these the most useful)
- Have a look through each website and note what festivals you’d like to submit to, the cost and deadline for each.
- Subscribe to the site(s) and fill in the info – this is the time consuming part and you’ll need things like an online link to the film (password protected), synopsis, cast/crew names, budget of film, trailer, production photos and other bits and bobs.
- Once your profile is complete you’re able to submit. I’m targeting fairly local festivals as well as ones where I can stay with friends/family to keep costs down and some festivals are free to submit to, which is great.
- Make sure you find out how established the festival is – this generally relates to how long it’s been going, judges and venue. You don’t want to travel hundreds of miles only to be disappointed.
There’s arguments for and against submitting to festivals due to time, cost and overall benefits. Ultimately, we all want to find an audience for our films and continue to make films.
I’ve heard that being shortlisted/winning can potentially help your profile as a film maker and boost your reputation. Also, attending festivals means you’re likely to meet other like minded people and contacts.
If you’re prepared with a synopsis/treatment/ideas for next projects then you never who know you’ll end up chatting to – this can open up further opportunities.
Feel free to comment with any top tips you have!
In the first episode of this critically acclaimed surrealist-docu-drama, Andy shares some exciting news about a film competition with Joe. Meanwhile, in a trip down memory lane, our two young(ish) heroes recall past glories with their trailer for Roots, and share a few choice morsels of truth relating to STORY.
Following winning the Pitch competition last month, we’ve put the Only Child concept trailer in for the March edition of Chapter Moviemaker. It’ll hopefully provide a good opportunity to raise some interest and talk a bit about plans for filming in the summer, as well as getting others on board.
Chapter Moviemaker is a monthly event at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, where filmmakers can have their short films shown on the big screen. It’s a great atmosphere with plenty of good Q&A banter from Tom Betts, as well as plenty of time to chat/network afterwards. It provided a good opportunity to screen Escape back in January.
When editing documentary-style projects with interviews, we tend to first cut down our original rushes to sequences containing select highlights, from which we assemble a first cut.
A major timesaver in this assembly process is using double decker timelines in Premiere Pro. Read More
As part of getting a high quality file of our short film Two Fat Ladies to festivals, I’ve been navigating the perils and pitfalls of uploading to Vimeo. Until fibre optic arrives in the Valleys I’m stuck with a pretty humbling 0.5 mbps upload speed. And on top of that, uploading severely chokes simultaneous downloading on our line…
So when, after 36 hours of uploading a 6.7GB ProRes LT file to Vimeo via the web interface, the upload terminated at 96% I was ready to throw myself through the velux skylight and plummet to the concrete below. Read More
It was great to hear that Two Fat Ladies has been shortlisted for the Brian Hibbard prize at the Cardiff Independent Film Festival! Two Fat Ladies is about June, a lady with Tourette’s who has always longed to be a bingo caller. It was shot in October 2013 but post-production was only completed recently.