Interview number 10

Still10-OfficeDynamicsVideo: Office Dynamics
Director: Nick Snow
Dailymotion account: TheShortsShow

1. Give a short pitch of your video “Office Dynamics.”
Office Dynamics is a comprehensive guide to conflict resolution in today’s modern office environment.

2. What was your inspiration for this project?
The inspiration for the sketch was the thought that everyone in the professional world is always so passive-aggressive when it comes to conflicts. I thought it would be a funny contrast to see savage, primal forms of battle in a highly civilized environment like an office.

3. What’s your best story from this shoot?
The only story I have from the shoot is that when we arrived at the location, there were workers doing construction in the next office and it was completely ruining our sound. We had to time our takes to be during their narrow rests from drilling. Somehow it worked out.

4. What’s next? Do you have anything in the pipe you’d like to talk about?
The next big project we are working on is a new web series called Diamond Galaxy, which we have actually pitched to Dailymotion’s MotionMaker Fund. It’s based on a short film we made through the Shorts Show which will be released on Dailymotion very soon. The series would follow these two ruthlessly evil movie producers from LA, Price Galaxy and Terry Diamond, who lose all their money when their big new film flops. To redeem themselves, they must go to NY to produce an indie film from scratch.

5. What was the last Dailymotion video (that wasn’t yours…) that you enjoyed?
Dailymotion has featured some great web series. Two that I really enjoyed were Bumbloods and Nice Guy.

Interview number 11

Still11-AllConsumingLoveManInACatVideo: All Consuming Love (Man In A Cat)
Director: Ian Ravenscroft & Louis Hudson
Dailymotion account: DiceProductions

1. Give a short pitch of your video “All Consuming Love (Man In A Cat)”
It’s about a tiny man who lives inside a cat and becomes obsessed with the cat’s new owner. When the man finds out a woman his own size has been watching everything from afar he realises he doesn’t need to be alone anymore.

2. What was your inspiration for this project?
We’re obsessed with grizzled loners. I’m particularly obsessed with the psychology of misunderstood people. People do weird stuff but there was a reason there once that made sense at the time. When I was 16 I drew a picture of a man with a holdall punching the inside of cat. He was really pissed off at being in there.

3. What’s your best story from this shoot?
I got shingles and forgot how to make sentences by the end of the film. Animation isn’t much fun.

Apart from all of the incredible people we got to work with and become friends with, the most interesting thing about the film was that I had never met a single animator from the film. Everything was done online. One animator, Barbara Benas, was in Brooklyn, NY. Most people were spread all over the UK. I still meet the occasional person who worked on it for the first time.

4. What’s next? Do you have anything in the pipe you’d like to talk about?
We’re doing loads of pitches. All sorts of things from kids animations to live action online series. We’ll also have a short film appearing on Channel 4 as part of Random Acts in the summer. I’m drawing a lot of dead people and work with some lifetime heroes, so it’s going to be as fun as animation can be.

5. What was the last Dailymotion video (that wasn’t yours…) that you enjoyed?
You’ve still got the Sexy category right? Hmmm. The BFI Films collection is a great idea. I watched Caravaggio recently which was cool. 

Interview number 12

Still12-IHateKittiesVideo: I Hate Kitties
Director: Pamela Reed & Matthew Rader
Dailymotion account: ReedAndRader

1. Give a short pitch of your video “I Hate Kitties”
“I Hate Kitties” is a short film inspired by video games.  We are cat lovers, but this film represents those moments where they destroy your favorite sweater or wake you up very early every single morning.

2. What was your inspiration for this project?
We love cats but even the most hardcore kitty lover can be annoyed by their devious antics sometimes.  We made this video for those times when your beloved cats (we have four) get on your nerves and you just want to scream, enter an imaginary video game world and go ballistic on them.

3. What’s your best story from this shoot?
It’s always fun to explain to the team you are working with what is going to happen in post production.  On green screen they don’t get to see cats flying out of the screen.

4. What’s next? Do you have anything in the pipe you’d like to talk about?
We are working on multiple editorial and advertising jobs right now.  We just completed a fun gif story for The Creators Project. 

5. What was the last Dailymotion video (that wasn’t yours…) that you enjoyed?
We went to Dailymotion quite a bit during CES for coverage of the new goodies. soldierknowsbest always has great info and reviews.

Interview number 13

Video: Lennon’s Poster
Director: Joe Fellows & Nick Esdaile
Dailymotion account: MakeProductions

1. Give a short pitch of your video “Lennon’s Poster” (1-3 short sentences)
A short film following the recreation of the Pablo Fanque circus poster that inspired John Lennon to write ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite’ for the Beatles album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. Using the traditional methods of wood engraving and letterpress printing, Peter Dean and his team of experts bring to life Lennon’s poster.

2. What was your inspiration for this project?
We heard about this interesting english gentlemen wanting to authentically recreate the antique poster that inspired John Lennon to write “Being for the benefit of Mr Kite”, and we thought it would make a great short film. From a creative perspective what really interested us was the The craftsmanship of the engraver and the letterpress, but also who isn’t a Beatles fan?

3. What’s your best story from this shoot?
During the shoot we became friendly with Andy English who is a very respected wood engraver. He enjoyed the filming process and said he appreciated our craft as much as we appreciated his. He then gave us a signed print of his favourite wood engraving with a personalised message on the back, which now hangs above my desk.

4. What’s next? Do you have anything in the pipe you’d like to talk about?
Yes, I have another short film produced by Make Productions. Its called ‘The Arborist’ it follows a passionate Arborist up into the canopy of a special tree and we find out what drives him to carry out his dangerous work. Coming soon: this.

5. What was the last Dailymotion video (that wasn’t yours…) that you enjoyed?
A funny sketch called Film Kiss.