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Mining Wales for New Film Talent

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Tornado Films has launched The Coalface Slate, which is designed to put us in touch with new Welsh writers and directors who want to make their first feature film. We’re planning to develop a slate of projects that can be shot in Wales on low budgets, so if you’re a writer with a project, or a director looking for one, then visit the web site for more information on how to get involved.


Written by Matthew Redd

March 2, 2009 at 1:14 pm

New Year’s Revolution

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Back in the office after the Christmas break. I now have an A4 length ‘To Do List’ to contend with, but it feels good to look at all the possibilities for 2009.

2008 was a varied year for me, and I learned a lot. I started off the year a third of the way through my Cyfle traineeship, and started working at the Wales Screen Commission. Before long, I was working on Caerdydd at Fiction Factory (I wrote the English language text on the Caerdydd site among other things), then Herio’r Ddraig at Calon and on the Pleasure Park short for It’s My Shout. I also had a few weeks on a feature called ‘Ours’ with Steve Sullivan, which was frankly a disaster for me. Hopefully it wasn’t so bad for everyone else who was working on it.

I also managed another trip out to Cannes and some office work at Boom Films before completing my traineeship and taking a full-time job here at Tornado. December was spent shooting Avoiding Christian Bale (web site coming soon), my first film in a producer’s role. When I was sat in the Screen Commission pixellating dogs’ heads, I didn’t think I’d be able to say that by the end of the year.

My only real disappointment of the year was not meeting Scarlett Johansson, and of course Cardiff City losing in the FA Cup final.

My single resolution for the new year is to try and learn as much in ’09 as I did in ’08. I’m not entirely sure that it really counts as a resolution. I’m not going to bother with a crash diet or anything like that.

2009 is the year of the digital revolution. We’ll be shooting a feature on our new camera over the summer, and we’ve got lots of other plans which will be announced soon if everything works out well. Post on ‘ACB’ is already in full swing, workshops for the musical are about to start and we’ve got fingers, pies, irons and fires coming out of our ears.  Now there’s a cocktail of metaphors.

Happy New Year. Have a great 2009.

The End of the Beginning

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We’re in the final week of pre-production on ‘Avoiding Christian Bale’, the microbudget comedy that I’m co-producing alongside Vivien Muller-Rommel. I haven’t mentioned this in the blog before as I’m a strong believer in not jinxing things, but now it’s out there in the blogosphere.

It’s been a lot of work and long hours, but it’s a very exciting time to be working in this office. Everything is coming together and a lot is happening at once. Tomorrow, the small cast will be in the studio downstairs in rehearsals, various contracts should be finalised and a courier will deliver some crates of fizzy drinks from one of our kind sponsors. It’s all go.

The script was written by Paul Howard Allen, who is also directing. Paul has made a couple of shorts, including this and this, but ‘ACB’ is his first feature. It’s a big learning curve not just for Paul, but for everyone, and there’s definitely a good team spirit already. The film’s being produced through Vivien’s own company 33Story, with the support of Boomerang, but there’s a strong representation from Tornado, with Antony being the executive producer and Nia the script supervisor. See Nia’s blog post on the NFTS course she attended if that’s a job that interests you.

In case you’re wondering what the title is all about, it comes from the rhyming slang for failing university degrees that pops up in the script. The two male characters rhyme ‘fail’ with ‘Christian Bale’, and thus the title. In more Dark Knight star-related trivia, both Christian and I were born in the same quiet Welsh town.

We start shooting on Monday.

Written by Matthew Redd

November 25, 2008 at 4:10 pm

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This blog is essentially a back up of all my posts that appear here.

It’s thoughts about my work and the industry I’m working in, as well as a few personal things that might come up.  Visit the original blog and see what Antony, Nia and Sean have to say.  Hopefully it’s of interest.

Written by Matthew Redd

November 4, 2008 at 1:00 pm

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