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There’s a Certain Shabby Nobility in Failing All By Myself

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This blog almost died for a number of reasons.  In case there’s anybody still out there, I produced a short film last year for the Digital Shorts Wales scheme, which was funded by the (now defunct) UK Film Council.

This short is called Bright Lights, and it’s now listed here on IMDb.  Directed by Hefin Rees, it’s a sweet little film about a teenage girl in the South Wales valleys, and her relationship with her Ice Cream Man Father.  We’ve started submitting it to festivals, so hopefully it will be on screens soon.  I’ll post any news here.

I’ll leave you with a photo of Catrin Faulknall as Ali, and Ian Staples as Dad, taken by our DOP Steven Davies.

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Written by Matthew Redd

February 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Why Are You Trashing My Scene?

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As anticipated, the forthcoming London Olympics will have an effect on the British film industry – Screen International is reporting that the UK Film Council is facing a $33m (£22m) cut in lottery funding over the next five years. In Wales, the Film Agency has already had a 21% cut in funding, attributed to various factors, including the London Olympics and declining sales of lottery tickets, as previously reported in Screen.

But it’s Easter, and instead of doom and gloom, here’s an egg-related piece of footage to cheer you up. I’m not an actor, and to prove it I even have an ‘E’ grade at A level Drama (though the highest grade anyone in my class received was a ‘D’ and the teacher mysteriously ‘retired’ that summer), but for some unknown reason, I was the first choice to play Derek Entwhistle, host of the Armchair Shopping Network, in Avoiding Christian Bale.

Paul has uploaded some of the footage, much of which will make it into the final cut of the film, displayed on a televsion screen in the background of a couple of scenes.

Watch it here. Feel free to laugh with me, or at me. Happy Easter.

Written by Matthew Redd

April 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Use The Short, Luke

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This is a trailer for a short film that was written and directed by Matt Freeth.

Matt and I have known each other for ten years, having met while we were both studying film at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Despite some great staff, the course didn’t really capture my imagination and while Matt went off to direct music videos, I ended up in the exhibitions sector of the film industry, which means I was an usher in a multiplex. I then launched a music business, which I’m sure I’ll mention again in future posts.

This is Matt’s first short film with a decent budget, backed by the UK Film Council’s Digital Shorts scheme. There’s no scheme like this in Wales (though that might change in the near future) and the demise of Sgrin has left It’s My Shout as the only company producing a range of shorts each year. In Wales, the Film Agency’s remit is to support features and not short film, which is intended to increase the range of feature films being developed and produced here, and ultimately foster Welsh talent. While short film is a great way to learn your trade, there’s a very limited market for the film as a product, despite the digital revolution and new channels of internet distribution.

I don’t have a problem with the Film Agency’s position on short film, and as the agency’s work continues, I’m certain its policies and work will have a lasting positive effect on the Welsh film industry. But I’m glad that short film schemes do exist in the UK, and that the talent of a close friend of mine is being nurtured by one. Check out the trailer.

Written by Matthew Redd

November 7, 2008 at 3:22 pm