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May 27, 2017

Spritelight has been immortalised in a logo!

The enigmatic mind of graphic designer Andrew Wilson, has given life to the Spritelight creature, which I have decided to call the Cinelüff. Isn’t he just the most adorable thing you have ever seen? Running around with his un...

May 25, 2017

   The first time I came across this quote, I was eleven. It was in the first Tomb Raider movie and I memorised it instantly. The words were so simple, but the ideas behind them felt so big and inspiring, even at that age. Though it could have been that Lara Croft was...

June 11, 2016

Right. Reshoots. Blergh. Ok, so how to avoid these? If there was a secret formula I’m sure the likes of Rogue One would know it, but they didn’t. Sometimes it is an obvious mistake like an equipment malfunction or a continuity error or a blip on screen. That is fine an...

May 1, 2016

So, day 5 was an interesting one. Lots of setups for short scenes that will make up a montage. I used blankets to blackout my living room and we replayed a certain scene from Madagascar 3 like 8 times to get a flashing ‘watching-film’ effect across our actors – apparen...

April 17, 2016

The emotional spectrum of making a film is like a long relationship condensed into a few seconds. As if you had photographed every important moment over ten years only to realise that at 25fps it makes just ten seconds. So far I have been exhilarated and curious and tr...

April 12, 2016

The third day was pretty epic. Starting early we travelled out to Overtoun House in Dumbartonshire, home to the famous dog suicide bridge of the world - yes, you read that right - DOG suicide. I actually had a dog as the third character in the original screenplay, but...

April 3, 2016

Well this one will be short. Had our first shoot indoors at my flat and spent the morning in a small room with closed doors and windows, 3 redheads, a haze machine and 6 crew, with the leading lady under some heavy blankets in bed. I shouldn't have been surprised that,...

March 27, 2016

Saturday, March 26th, will henceforth be a national holiday in my calendar, as the first day on set. Not sure why, but I decided to start with one of the outdoor locations - a small public park - as well as one of the longest and most important scenes in the film. Here...

January 30, 2016

Casting was an interesting fake-it-til-you-make-it experience. I hired a small space in the dodgiest industrial neighbourhood and I asked perfect strangers, who all met me on Facebook, to come along and perform in front of camera - it is a wonder anyone showed up.

I lef...

December 6, 2015

Preparing for the busy season at work, I thought I would be really proactive and get in touch with some universities and colleges to find actors. I prepared all of the important aspects of my film onto one sheet, thinking the more concise information I list, the more p...

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