September 2014

I'm just completing the pick-ups on Billy the Kid (mainly a series of elaborate aerial shots!), after an amazing principle shoot in August. 

We turned the Cotswolds into a prairie/western frontier (proof below), and had 40 odd cast and crew living at my parents for one heady summer week (That’s one very big I.O.U. to my mum and dad). Like the very best shoots, at times it felt as much like a holiday as a film production - and I can't thank everyone enough for their time and expertise. It was an amazing collaboration. 

More to come on Billy soon. 

July 2014 - Bafta Q&A

I had a Q&A this week at BAFTA with The London short film festival's Philip Ilson (who incidentally picked JR for BFI London Film Festival - my hero). It was an ace experience, and a real pleasure to talk about JR's production and themes. 

I'm also now just a few weeks away from the shoot for Billy the Kid. We've just cast our Billy - the prodigiously talented John Bell, star of The Hobbit. John's a hell of an actor (his credits are more extensive than plenty of actors 4 times his age), so I'm really looking forward to working with him. 

Still crowdfunding too! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/billy-the-kid

June 2014 - Adidas

This May and June I shot a couple of ads for Adidas, for their 'boost' campaign. Very enjoyable filming experiences, particularly as we got to use our bike dolly on Millennium bridge!

Prep is now well underway for 'Billy the Kid', my BFI/Creative England short that we're shooting this July. Casting is in full swing, and we've found our Billy - the hugely talented John Bell, who's currently starring in 'The Hobbit' trilogy. 

We're crowdfunding too: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/billy-the-kid

March 2014 - Best noms and set builds.

This March I shot another short film, currently entitled Inside Out, with the brilliant Jack Guinness and Douglas Rankine. We built a set at Box Studio - a non-functioning (mercifully) bathroom, that I'm really proud of. In the edit now, and it's really coming together. 

Jasmine’s Revolution has been nominated for BEST SHORT FILM at Norwich film Festival, which is really exciting. It certainly calls for another road trip up North. That might need to then head West, as JR has also been officially selected at Fastnet! 

There was some Fine Art production too, for the company I’m starting with the multi-talented Laura Gill. More on that soon. 

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February 2014 - Its about here that the year usually starts.

In January, Jasmine’s Revolution was part of the London short film festival (the screening at the Curzon in Soho was ace - it’s a really great festival). JR also received an award of merit from The Accolade Film Festival in California.

Now in Feb, I’ve just managed to secure funding from Creative England ishorts scheme for one of my short films. ‘Billy the Kid’ is a 15-minute comedy drama that we’re shooting this summer. It’s going to be very exciting to develop the project with them.

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December 2013 - More festivals, cows and sparks.

Jasmine's Revolution continues it's festival run in earnest this december. There have been official selections at Kerry (Ireland), Cornwall and Purbeck film festivals. 3380 miles away in Canada, JR has also won it's first award - 'Best Green Film,' at the Orillia Film Festival!

December also saw Hamish Anderson and I escape to the Cotswolds to begin a made-by-hand series on the brightest and best independent businesses in the Cotswolds. We kicked off with cows and a sculptor (not at the same time). Films coming soon. 

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November 2013 - Cork Film Festival

This month, Jasmine's Revolution was an official selection at the 58th Cork Film Festival, another biggie on the back of BFI London. JR is now part of the British Council's shorts support scheme and they very generously provided funding for DP (and partner in crime) Hamish Anderson and I to travel out there. Our brief was to represent JR and the interests of the British film industry in general. Needless to say we completed our mission, with no little gusto and fanfare. 

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October 2013 - Jasmine's Revolution premieres at the 57th BFI London Film Festival

This October, Jasmine's Revolution had it's world premiere at the 57th BFI London Film Festival. It was an action packed week, full of merriment and mirth. Highlights included: dusting off my embarrassingly underused tux to represent JR at the opening and closing galas; Two screenings of JR at BFI southbank (my favourite place in London), the latter of which our actress Alice and her mum attended; Making loadsa brill filmmakery friends, and having a name badge that read "Sam Johnson: Director".

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