woah! amazing! you’re all so gifted
DEATH AT DALGARNO STUDIOS
WHAT!? wow Jesus this is lovely again
IS THAT MY NAME
a fantastic creative drawing/animation of ‘be quiet’ from my film, stray dog. Well done person
hey Bertie, I really admire your film making style and stories, do you have any advice for an amateur film maker from your experiences shooting your last 3? I'm about to set off on completing my first full short film
Hello sir, thank you! I mean, the usual I guess. Enjoy it, experiment, discover your style etc. One thing in particular is allow lots of time for setting up! As in, setting up shots and lighting etc. I had no idea how long it took which really messed with the time-table when shooting Stray Dog. Also, make-up. Hair and make-up took surprisingly long. But yeah, just enjoy it man! Send it to me when its done:)
do you think that the short films that you've been making will take you to bigger things?
I mean they already are! Since making films i’ve spoken at Bafta, been in contact with some producers and some other stuff i’m not at liberty to say. Being sixteen and making films has brought so much more to my life and i’m so thankful for that. I want to direct features one day, and it took Ridley Scott 15 years to get to the position i’m in now so i’m feeling pretty good. I never ever want to stop making films and I don’t think I ever will :)
Hello Bertie! I'd just like to say that your short films are incredible! You have so much talent, and I honestly cannot wait to see what other shorts you have to share. Whilst you may only be 16 years young, you have the literary capacity of an adult (which is a wonderful thing, of course). You also have quite a refined taste in art (I love scrolling through your tumblr and seeing such a beautiful range of pieces you like). Keep up the brilliant work! P.S. I'm sorry for rambling on for so long!
Hello! Thanks very much. I love receiving responses like this. Makes it all worth it. I think I still need to work a few kinks out of my scriptwriting, but for my age I think i’m doing pretty good. And yeah, I try to look at as much art as possible. There’s something so straightforward and beautiful about a painting, ya know?
In the nicest way possible, why are all your films colour graded in the same way? I very much enjoyed Stray Dog, but they all look quite retro/vintage without the topic of the film being that. Thanks!
Hi, i’m sorry but you’re…erm…wrong. Each of my films has a different palette. Stray dog is full of yellows, greens, browns. 56 is full of browns, reds, creams, greys. And dalgarno is full of blues, oranges and neon lights. They’re all pretty different when it comes to colour. As for the vintage vibe, are you saying a film has to be some kind of historical study to have a right to incorporate a vintage colour grade? Cos that’s silly. All of my films aren’t set in modern day settings. No phones, computers etc. They’re not specifically retro, but certainly not modern. I appreciate old colours and old stuff! Nebraska is in black and white. And that’s fine. It’s not supposed to be ‘vintage’ it’s just as It’s merely a design choice that a lot of people like! But I appreciate your response.
Hello Bertie! Just a quick hello to say I'm very excited for Delgarno studios and have been very impressed with your recent short films (not just for a 16 year old for anyone) I'm sixteen myself and I admire your initiative, and ability to achieve so much and grow so quickly! You seem like a cool guy to speak to and get a coffee with. I was wondering where you get your visual inspiration from, is it purely from film or every day or galleries or whatever? I'm a fan of the Saatchi myself :)
Hi! thanks very much. I think i’ve got a long way to come but i’m proud of what i’ve made so far! And thanks, I’m excited to release it. As for inspiration, I guess I get it from everywhere. Colours in the street, angles in films, art in galleries and tumblr. Everywhere! Stray Dog (despite me denying it) is totally based on a real life event (minus the time travel and imaginary subconscious). 56 came to me when walking along that red bridge that featured in it. Death at Dalgarno came to me when I heard they were building a news set! So yeah, not much of an answer. But I guess inspiration comes from everywhere
hi bertie. I know you've mentioned Wes Anderson films in the past and i was wondering: did you enjoy Grand Budapest? I thought it was one of his worst. That's definitely saying something considering how much I love Ralph Fiennes.
Hi! Yes I went to a preview of Grand Budapest and adored it! I loved so many aspects of it but mainly appreciated that (in my opinion) it was the first time his camera angles and compositions made total sense, being a film that highlights storytelling and dramatisation. Very fascinated as to why you didn’t like it! Do tell…