Working with members of ELFM’s Next Generation project we had ten hours over five days in which to conceive, shoot and edit a music video for local artist Frankie Pidgeon. I ran the project with Ed Heaton and mentored in all areas of production from script development and storyboarding, to directing, camera work, editing and special effects.
I worked as a mentor across all areas of production from writing and directing, to camera work, sound design and editing with members of ELFM’s Next Generation, assisting them in creating a short film made with First Light money.
Prior to this film there existed a musical-radio-drama called Anything Could Happen that had been written, rehearsed, and recorded in four days but members of ELFM’s Next Generation project. A year later I was asked to make a film adaptation, using some of the same performers and some new members. Working as a producer and director (with a crew of two; Ben Davis and Ed Heaton on camera and sound) and assisted further exclusively by teenagers completely new to the film making process we had just two days in which to shoot a 40 minute musical! Eventually, and the edit took a very, very long time, we got down to 30 minutes and a cut that we were happy with that was screened in an old disused chapel in East Leeds.
The finished film is far from perfect, we encountered problem after problem during our tiny shoot, and worked far harder than we ever anticipated.. but ultimately we finished it! A 30 minute, no-budget, completely original musical from a crew of 3 and a dozen young people. It was an absolutely breathtaking, shattering and entirely wonderful experience.