On the radiooooooooooo

I was on BBC Radio Shropshire, talking about my job at Media Trust, managing Community Newswire: https://audioboo.fm/boos/2371598-community-newswire-connecting-charities-and-the-media

Here’s the Lionel Messi cat video, for after: 



From Guitars to the Stars

From the latest issue of Film & Festivals magazine:

For some successful feature film directors, the music video has provided a useful training ground. For creating a mood, a visual signature or crafting a short, soundtracked story, there is no better medium. The director doesn’t need to worry about getting a script together, auditioning (let’s just use the band, that’s what the fans want to look at) or even making much sense. Yet, if the director does a good job, the video will play back in listeners’ minds every time they catch a bit of the song – just think of Blur’s Coffee & TV (1999), with that adorable little milk carton on a mission to find the missing Graham Coxon. You see?

Working with an act that’s about to become big – or is already there – can also introduce an existing fan base to the director’s work. Cast your mind back to 1999 and Fatboy Slim’s single, Praise You, the one with the amateur dance troupe giving an impromptu show in an anonymous shopping mall. The song hit number one in the UK charts, and the video, directed by (and featuring) then-rising star Spike Jonze, deserved its three MTV Video Music Awards, and made its director hugely famous.

The added advantage of making a music video is that it can really help the director to get noticed by powerful people, for instance, when Drew Barrymore scouted out McG to direct Charlie’s Angels (2000). Similarly, Björk’s admiration of Michel Gondry’s videos for his formed-in-school band, Oui Oui, led him on the path to the successful career he now enjoys.

Here’s a look at five directors have made the leap from music videos to feature films:

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Johanna Basford, winner of 4Talent Wildcard award

From Issue 10 of 4Talent magazine

Johanna won the award for setting up and running her own creative design business (ceramics, materials and wallpaper) by the tender age of 23. Congratulations! Seriously impressive, and she was lots of fun to interview.

Click here for Johanna’s site

Jannica Honey took the photo

It’s up here too.

Johanna's photo
Johanna interview
Johanna interview

An oldie but a goodie: Out of this world


Can Vicki Psarias and her team knock out a film in 48 hours? Suchandrika Chakrabarti joins her on Sci-Fi-London 48-hour Film Challenge.

Time flies…

During a hectic day of filming a five minute thriller for the Sci-Fi-London 48-hour Film Challenge, a director asks an actor, “Can we get a few grunts from you? Can you just get that grunting? Okay, now how about some heavy breathing? And where’s Zombie Number Two? We need you!”

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