Hello there. I just thought i’d write a little tumblr post to tell whoever’s interested what’s going on in my life and what to expect from me in the near future.
So i’m pretty damn busy right now! Which is nice because i’ve come to realise that i’m a bit of workaholic (when it comes to things I enjoy working on). I haven’t made three short films in seven months just because i’ve been creatively charged. I’ve also made these films because I have to keep myself busy and keep creating things or else I WILL DIE. *coughs* Well, maybe not die. But, you know, feel a bit rubbish. So yes in short, i’m busy.
Last week we wrapped shooting our Ron Howard/Newform funded short film, Killed The Cat. If you don’t know what i’m talking about, basically Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have set up a company called Newform Digital. And this company’s first order of business is funding 14 filmmakers to make short films with the possibility of bigger projects in the pipeline. So along with lots of great creators, some i’m good friends with, me and my team have been working hard to create this short film. Which was a lot of fun shooting, especially because this time, I directed with my oldest friend, Alia. I’m editing it now and it’s been a very interesting and different experience. The current edit is 32 minutes and i’m happy, but with so much footage I want to take this opportunity to really experiment with the edit. I know there’s plenty of interesting things I can do with the story while editing and i’m excited to see what I come up with. I won’t reveal much, but Killed The Cat is the most surreal and complex of the films i’ve been involved in.
Now, regardless of when Killed The Cat is completed, I can’t release it until October. So in the meantime, I want to create a few other things. While I edit, i’m also currently writing another short film that I want to shoot by the end of the month. That’ll be a very natural film that celebrates life and has some comedy. The moment that film is done, I’m free to release it. I also want to create another ‘What’s The Story Here?’ thing along the lines of Diner and Many Moons. I like the idea of those shorter projects bridging the gap between the bigger ones. So my plan creating stuff wise for the next two - three months is to release a 5 minute lack of context film, a 15 minute short and our 25-30 minute Ron Howard funded film as well as some behind the scenes stuff. That’s what i’d like to do. Not promising anything. But you will see some things in the near future.
Another fun thing is that for a few days later this month or early next month (they haven’t told me yet), i’ll be jetting off to Toronto to sort out some Buffer Festival related stuff. If you don’t know what Buffer Festival is, in short, it’s a YouTube film festival. A bunch of filmmakers and creators will be screening films and so forth in cinemas for a few days. It’s gonna be a lovely experience and it’s good to see a side of YouTube that is rarely represented. Go filmmakers! So yes, that takes place in October and my plan is to screen Tick Where It Hurts, My next short and Killed The Cat followed by a Q and A hosted by Mitchell Davis. So yeah, in a few weeks i’m gonna do some interviews, photo shoots and maybe some directing all to hype up Buffer Festival. So that’s very nice and it’s incredibly humbling to be able to do these amazing things all because of the films i’m very proud of. I’m at a very happy stage in my life.
The last thing is something that hasn’t been 100% confirmed so I can’t really say anything but if it does pan out, you’ll know at the beginning of next month.
So yes, thank you for being patient with me and thank you for being so lovely and supportive of my films and endeavours. It means a great deal.