The Freelancer

Freelance filmmaker with experience in Japan and the UK. Follow me as I navigate the labyrinth that is the British Film and Media Industry.

Here it is… my Japanese film Shizuka, just in time for Easter! A huge 
ありがとうございますto everyone involved, thanks for the hard work and inspiration! 
Remember to “like” it on Vimeo if you like it in RL, and please share with your friends! https://vimeo.com/92402314

 I’ve decided to release my short Japanese film Shizuka online at the same time as applying to festivals. It seems that, unless you’re gunning for the major festivals, most don’t mind if your short is already available online. Which means that, instead of having to hide your film away for a year while waiting to hear if it has even been accepted into the festivals, you can create interest immediately.

So Shizuka will officially be online tomorrow, a nice Easter treat for indie film fans! Keep an eye on my vimeo page: 

https://vimeo.com/beccaculverhouse

Blast from the past: What were you doing during the 2012 Olympics?

Me, I shot this using a brand new 5DMkIII, and the day after production wrapped I went into quarantine as part of a medical trial to pay for the camera. Good times.

millika:

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia by night

"When the night comes, the starry sky reflects on its surface like in a mirror, and you have the feeling of being in space."

that is insane

(Source: tsumetaiyozora, via aslanta)

Joanna Hogg: 'With each film, I go further into my dreams'

I’ve suddenly started hearing about Joanna Hogg everywhere, am very keen to watch her films (though a little nervous as it sounds a little similar to what I am wanting to do!). Its good to hear that you don’t need to jump straight into the film industry as soon as you are out of university.

After 5 long years, my #Japanese #short #film #shizuka is complete! #independentfilm #japan

Today, I finished my Japanese language no-budget short film “Shizuka” (Silence). It feels like I’ve just finished a marathon, or lost a huge amount of weight, seeing as this film was originally shot back in 2009 on an SD camera. Various impediments slowed post to a halt, such as my terrible sound recording during production, not actually having a computer to edit for several years, then (after getting one) being too busy with freelance edit jobs to go back to my passion project. Here’s an old trailer that explains the basic concept of the film:

https://vimeo.com/14924472

5 years later, I finally found a month to myself where I could clear up the sound issues as best I could, and add a lot of foley and atmosphere to make the film world more real. I’ve come a long way as a filmmaker since I made this film, and now am not very impressed with my camera work at all. But the acting and story still hold strong, so I’m still proud of the film. Its still the most genuine story I’ve told.

The characters especially refuse to leave me alone, coming up with further backstories, motivations and other sides to their personalities. So I’ve decided its time to tell the story of Shizuka properly, this time with a full crew, a more developed plot and a proper budget. Its going to be my first feature. Watch this space.

World’s Top Short Film Festivals

Really useful list! Now just need to filter them to find the cheap / free ones to suit my struggling artist lifestyle!

(Source: thinksquad)

7 Secrets For Breaking Into the Film and TV Business (That They Don't Want You to Know)

I’m all about number 4! Before I left London to move to Berlin, people told me “But there’s no work”. But actually, I’m doing alright, meeting potential clients and collaborators online or out and about like usual. Plus now I’m really starting to realise that you don’t have to live in an “film industry HQ” city to get work there, thats what business trips are for!

laliberty:

Giant Portrait Shows Drone Operators That People Aren’t “Bug Splats”

From where a drone operator’s sitting, one blurry blob of pixels looks almost exactly like the next blurry blob of pixels, which is how the term “bug splat” worked its way into modern military slang as a way of referring to a kill. Now, though, a giant art installation in Pakistan wants to show drone operators that its people are anything but anonymous white blobs—and that that “bug splat” belongs to an actual human being.

laliberty:

Giant Portrait Shows Drone Operators That People Aren’t “Bug Splats”

From where a drone operator’s sitting, one blurry blob of pixels looks almost exactly like the next blurry blob of pixels, which is how the term “bug splat” worked its way into modern military slang as a way of referring to a kill. Now, though, a giant art installation in Pakistan wants to show drone operators that its people are anything but anonymous white blobs—and that that “bug splat” belongs to an actual human being.

(via thinksquad)

flypup:

rufftoon:

isaia:

terribaeddel-magpie:

ladymargo:

Dear Tumblr,
I just got around to seeing this movie, despite the fact that it did not get a wide-release.
Find it and watch it.
Believe me when I say, this film is in the same league of sci-fi/speculative film classics as Bladerunner and Children of Men.
This.
Movie.
Should have a HUGE fandom.
It deals with issues like class, caste-systems, oppression, and the nature of humanity in a way mainstream films like The Hunger Games never could.
Let me tell you a story about the film-maker Joon-Ho Bong. Some years back, I had the privilege of attending a screening of one his films and the man happened to be there. At that time, he’d already gotten some notice for making The Host, another awesome film that allegorizes heavy issues in humanity.
So, he does the q&a at the end and someone asks him why he’s never produced a Hollywood movie.
…And he says, paraphrasing; that Hollywood would never let him make the kind of movies he’d like.  He’d have to hire an all-white cast and the actors would have to fit a certain aesthetic. They couldn’t be non-white, older than twenty-five, or non-thin…especially actresses.
He said, it’s not worth selling out, when he can make the kinds of movies he wants in South Korea.
…And then he makes this.
I’d love to spoil it for you, but suffice it say it was, as all good speculative sci-fi is, very effecting for me.
Again, I beg you PLEASE SEE THIS MOVIE.
And if you need more convincing??
Your faves are in it:  Octavia Spencer aka the above flawless actress in the poster, Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris and the father/daughter pair from The Host, Kang-So Hung and Ah-Sung Ko (which had me thinking AU!).
Now, I shall commence spamming my tumblr with Snowpiercer reblogs…
Apologies ahead of time.

mmm the host was great i’d love to see this.

OHMY GOD!!?

Snowpiercer has been on my radar for a little while now, and I do hope to catch it when it comes out, limited release or not. The Host was a really fun film.
Here’s to adding Snowpiercer on other people’s radar.
http://youtu.be/r6UmqNuMdY4
(trivia: the movie is based on a french graphic novel called “Transperceneige”)

and just to add one more trivia about this movie- it was originally scheduled to be released much much earlier, but that would’ve meant the movie would lose nearly 20 minutes of footage(X). The director fought tooth and nail to retain the movie as it was released in Korea, and although the agreement has been reached not to delete whooping 20 minutes(X), it also means the movie may not get the wide US release(X). So. yeah. Still crossing my finger, but thanks Weinstein and co -_-. 

flypup:

rufftoon:

isaia:

terribaeddel-magpie:

ladymargo:

Dear Tumblr,

I just got around to seeing this movie, despite the fact that it did not get a wide-release.

Find it and watch it.

Believe me when I say, this film is in the same league of sci-fi/speculative film classics as Bladerunner and Children of Men.

This.

Movie.

Should have a HUGE fandom.

It deals with issues like class, caste-systems, oppression, and the nature of humanity in a way mainstream films like The Hunger Games never could.

Let me tell you a story about the film-maker Joon-Ho Bong. Some years back, I had the privilege of attending a screening of one his films and the man happened to be there. At that time, he’d already gotten some notice for making The Host, another awesome film that allegorizes heavy issues in humanity.

So, he does the q&a at the end and someone asks him why he’s never produced a Hollywood movie.

…And he says, paraphrasing; that Hollywood would never let him make the kind of movies he’d like.  He’d have to hire an all-white cast and the actors would have to fit a certain aesthetic. They couldn’t be non-white, older than twenty-five, or non-thin…especially actresses.

He said, it’s not worth selling out, when he can make the kinds of movies he wants in South Korea.

…And then he makes this.

I’d love to spoil it for you, but suffice it say it was, as all good speculative sci-fi is, very effecting for me.

Again, I beg you PLEASE SEE THIS MOVIE.

And if you need more convincing??

Your faves are in it:  Octavia Spencer aka the above flawless actress in the poster, Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris and the father/daughter pair from The Host, Kang-So Hung and Ah-Sung Ko (which had me thinking AU!).

Now, I shall commence spamming my tumblr with Snowpiercer reblogs…

Apologies ahead of time.

mmm the host was great i’d love to see this.

OH
MY GOD!!?

Snowpiercer has been on my radar for a little while now, and I do hope to catch it when it comes out, limited release or not. The Host was a really fun film.

Here’s to adding Snowpiercer on other people’s radar.

http://youtu.be/r6UmqNuMdY4

(trivia: the movie is based on a french graphic novel called “Transperceneige”)

and just to add one more trivia about this movie- it was originally scheduled to be released much much earlier, but that would’ve meant the movie would lose nearly 20 minutes of footage(X). The director fought tooth and nail to retain the movie as it was released in Korea, and although the agreement has been reached not to delete whooping 20 minutes(X), it also means the movie may not get the wide US release(X). So. yeah. Still crossing my finger, but thanks Weinstein and co -_-. 

(via freelance-anthem)

filmcourage:

(Watch the video interview here)
Minimum Cost A Filmmaker Should Spend On Film Festivals by Paul Osborne via FilmCourage.com.
Paul’s movie FAVOR is available on VOD on April 22nd, 2014http://www.favormovie.com.
More video interviews at FilmCourage Youtube

filmcourage:

(Watch the video interview here)

Minimum Cost A Filmmaker Should Spend On Film Festivals by Paul Osborne via FilmCourage.com.

Paul’s movie FAVOR is available on VOD on April 22nd, 2014
http://www.favormovie.com.

More video interviews at FilmCourage Youtube

(via freelance-anthem)

Study: Carl Theodor Dryer and the Power of White

lilithfilm:

Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dryer’s Vampyr remains as one of my favorite films of all time, a brooding meditation on death, dreams and aspiration. It is perhaps the single most visually stunning film I’ve ever seen, and its fingerprints can be found in several other films that I’ve admired,…