DIY Films has now completed 2 films since August last year. ONE LIFE STAND is 99% complete and EDMUNDS is half way through post. We're deliberating on scripts for the next shoot(s).On the filmmaking front, we're putting the final touches to ONE-LIFE STAND, EDMUNDS and MONKEY BARS. MARIGOLDS requires a few extra shots.
ONE-LIFE STAND was filmed over two weekends with a budget of £300. The script was chosen in part as it was simple and contained: two actors in a bedroom. During their conversation they refer to events outside. I suggested we should film these? Despite the extra work and risk this would entail for a new team, we filmed them. Here is the result:
We filmed MARIGOLDS last year, set on top of a high rise. It tells the story of Trevor, caught in flagrant delicto who escapes onto a ledge only to meet a suicidal woman. We need to complete the final edit and grading. I need also to have a go at editing myself. I found Da Vinci resolve tricky to use so I'm going to try Hit Film.
I've helped on some other shoots too including Glen Pearson's CAMERAWOMAN. We also shot my film MONKEY BARS about a mother and daughter sharing their pain in a playground. Dave James who did half of the camera work is going to edit.
My first short film, Count to Three, was filmed in 2017 and first shown in March 2018. It tells the story of two men in a room. With guns. It was played as an audio drama on BBC Bristol (1 hour 16 minutes) in March 2019 and won a few awards (1st for Comedy and runner up in the Frome 5-Minute Festival, 2nd in the Penny Cup and 3rd in the Teign Cup).
It was directed by Graham Egarr and assisted by myself. The Bristol Film and Video Society all helped on the night. Jane Andrews did the edit.
The judges of The Frome 5-Minute Festival said, "This was a great Film Noir, very well told and acted with believable characters. Very good dialogue between the two actors and good use of close-ups to give the film impact. The judges thought the film was excellent and deserved a well earned second overall prize in the five minute festival. very well done."