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ZOMBIE CHRISTMAS

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Another amazing poster by Jake for my video for Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler’s Christmas single Zombie Christmas!

THE WANDERERS – UPDATE

Hey guys, there’s been a lot of speculation and rumour in the press over the last few days about the film and especially the involvement of some of the musicians.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to give everyone a quick update and explain some of the finer details at this stage.

The original music to be performed by The Wanderers in the film has been written by Tim Wheeler (Ash), Emmy The Great (Austenland) and Graham Coxon (Blur). Tim and Emma have written the music and lyrics with Tim producing the songs. I approached Graham to write the lead guitar parts on the tracks and we are working on these at the moment.

The whole thing is a collaboration between three musicians whom I admire greatly and who have been incredibly generous with their time and talent. I consciously approached these people as I have a clear idea of what I want the band to sound like.

We’ve talked about this in depth and the mixture of Tim’s production and song writing ability alongside Emma’s witty, charming and at times affecting approach to the material and Graham’s unique guitar work is a dream combination for me. Having heard the initial demos of the tracks, I’m ridiculously excited to hear the finished articles and begin rehearsals with The Wanderers.

With the above in mind it’s particularly important that everyone is recognised for their role within the film’s original music. Contrary to reports, Graham is not writing the songs on his own and no deals have been signed on the music side as yet. Currently we are firming up financing and preparing to shoot within the year.

Aside from this, Bill Milner is attached to play the lead in the film and we will announce further casting shortly.

Here’s all I can tell you about the story at the moment:

Britain. Summer holidays. 1996. We follow JONNY BOWEN (16) as he encounters relationships and sex for the first time and his band The Wanderers as they strive to become the next big Brit Pop sensation.

There are a number of other exciting developments on production, casting and the music side of things but I can’t say anymore at the moment I’m afraid.

Thanks to everyone that has been so passionate and supportive about this project from day one and I can’t wait for you all to see and hear what we’re up to!

The Wanderers is being produced by Michael Berliner and 2AM Films and is being supported by the BFI.

JESS//JIM POSTER BY JAKE SNELLIN

MAKING JESS//JIM (in 24 hours)

At the beginning of September I was asked by my agent if I might be interested in making a short film in 24 hours. Initially I was worried because it was immediately before flying out to shoot the Cloud Control video (below) and I didn’t want to take on too much in such a short space of time. Then more details started to filter through. Production would be overseen by Kevin Spacey, the film would be shot by Danny Cohen B.S.C and would also feature Toby Kebbell. It was an opportunity I couldn’t refuse.

There was absolutely no prep allowed so a few days after I got the call I turned up at a hotel in Waterloo and met Alice Birch, our brilliant writer and Michelle Craig, a good friend of mine and producer on this project. After a whistle stop tour of Waterloo courtesy of Mr Spacey, we then met with several actors from Old Vic New Voices, all of whom were told to bring a special item and to reveal a special skill. We then had to build these characteristics or props into the script.

We had four hours to think of an idea and write the script. Luckily me and Alice were on the same page from the start. We both wanted to do something simple, humorous and touching and having already seen the actors, we had a springboard to write characters quickly. We decided on the idea of two people that feel slightly lost in a big city but are able to connect in some way. We wanted to make a film about friendship primarily.

By the time the 4 hours were up we had a pretty good structure, strong characterisation and some nice pieces of dialogue. Aside from this I really wanted Toby to play a kind of stoner flatmate character as I hadn’t seen him do that much comedy and I knew he was capable of it.  We worked in one of the special props to add to this (an enormous courgette).

After the writing process and casting the actors, we then went straight to a production meeting at a restaurant across the road. It was here I got to meet Danny (DOP) for the first time, only an hour or so before we started shooting. We talked about keeping things achievable and lightweight in the beginning to give us more time later on. Choices like keeping dressing times to a minimum and keeping the camera handheld and portable were things that enabled us to focus on performances and getting stuff shot quickly as any time we lost we’d have to also lose in the edit later on.

We then headed to the location and started shooting, Michelle and Elliot (Production Manager) had managed to get a great house location at extremely short notice. A lot of the rooms were already dressed in a really interesting way which made life much easier in terms of shooting quickly and efficiently. After the interior/exterior stuff here, we headed over to the Southbank to shoot another scene before returning to the residential street where we started; to catch dusk. At around 7am me and Michelle jumped in a cab to go see Johnny Rayner (Editor) who had begun working on the synced rushes.

The fatigue was starting to set in a bit, especially as at the beginning of the process I’d been quite ill with the flu. Bizarrely though, as the night went on and with a plethora of remedies coursing through my body, I started to feel better and better. By the time we’d started cutting I was totally excited and adrenalised. Thanks to everyone on twitter who suggested remedies that morning.

After some time we were told that the 24 hours was up and we’d literally just laid down the last shot in the sequence. To speed things up and help Johnny out I’d designed the title cards separately as we went along so they were ready straight away but it was still a huge challenge to get the film into shape.

Despite working quickly, we still had to jump in another cab with the film to get it to the Old Vic on time for the premiere. In the end we got there and the film was received with laughs and cheers and applause which was a surreal but lovely feeling to experience after being severely sleep deprived and exhausted.

After the manic pandemonium of those 24 hours we subsequently graded the film and it is finally out for all to see over on my website.

A  monumental thank you to Michelle Craig, Johnny Rayner, Speade, Alice Birch, Edwin Metternich, Framestore, Kevin Spacey, Blair Mowat, Danny Cohen and his stellar team, The Old Vic, all the cast and crew and everyone else that worked on making this happen in 24 short hours.

RESHUFFLE & AUSTIN, TEXTAS

Hey dudes.

Lot’s going down at the moment, just thought I’d stop by and let you know I’ve had a reshuffle with the blog.

This site is now my standalone blog/newsfeed. For my most recent work and other information please go to my new website here or click on the WEBSITE link over on the right.

CHEERS MATE

On a side note, here’s what happens if you text in the cinema in Austin Texas: (Now you get the ‘Textas’ thing don’t you, I was reaching a bit I’ll admit but I think it works on some level).

And here are my feelings on that matter which I broadcasted on Twitter earlier today. Text in front of me. I dare you.



Mixtape and Charlie in double bill at RACKED

Mixtape and Charlie are both screening tomorrow night at one of my favourite hang outs, The Book Club in Shoreditch (Everywhere should have a Ping Pong table) as part of the Racked Film Fair.

The night promises to show great shorts and to encourage discussion and debate on contemporary issues and themes in British film and the industry. Basically sounds WELL GOOD.

You can always play Golden Axe downstairs afterwards. (I know right?! Golden Axe and Ping Pong).

For more info go here or to the Racked Facebook Page.

LATERZ

Web Chat Revisited…

First of all thanks to everyone for all their great questions during the VMS live web chat and sorry I couldn’t answer all of them but unfortunately we ran out of time.

It was real fun for me dealing with questions machine gunning in from Facebook and Twitter. Especially when they ranged from the ridiculous, courtesy of the always HILARE @mtstirling, to the very interesting and enlightening from everyone else.

You can have a look at my answers over here if you think they might help or find advice on facial hair maintenance here if you’re that way inclined.

CIAO FOR NOW