Our 45 minute film ‘The Field’ that was completely self funded, is available to buy on DVD now for £5 (plus postage)! All the money we raise is going towards our next film!
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Thanks from all the Berry crew x
It’s November, it’s getting colder and colder with more chances of rain, snow and sleet. Of course this means that we are about to shoot a new film! Hooray! The old Berry curse of filming in the cold strikes again! Not our fault this time though, as we are making a short film for the Reed Short Film Competition, which is currently open and closes on 22nd January, 2014. What is Reed Short Film you may ask? It’s an annual competition by Reed Recruitment Agency to make a 3 minute film based on a theme. This years theme is ‘Family Business’. Two years ago we made ‘The Wife and I…‘ for the competition and made it into the top 30 out of over 500 entrants. So this year we are hoping to even better!
We have our screenplay written and the majority of locations sorted. I’m not going to tell you the story – don’t want to spoil it – but I can tell you the cast involved. We’ve been working with some amazing actors and actresses in the last few years, all from Hull and surrounding areas, and wanted to get as many of these brilliant people involved and all have signed up for the film!
The short film was written by myself (Joseph Monahan) and will be directed by me and Callum Smith. Callum will also work on the musical score to the film.
It’s a great story that we have come up with – if you’re a fan of the Black Mirror series by Charlie Brooker then you might just like this one!
We’re currently sourcing all of our locations and props etc, ready to begin filming in the next couple of weeks and we’re all looking forward to getting our teeth into it!
Below is the film we made for the competition 2 years ago. It was called ‘The Wife and I…’ and the theme was ‘The Boss’. We have come a long way since making this short so, if you like ‘The Wife and I…’, get ready for something bigger and better!
Reed Short Film Competition… we’re coming for you!
- Reed.co.uk Competition Top Prize £10,000 (sohoshorts.wordpress.com)
£114.12 down and an eternal wait of 6 months. It’s festival submission time again! Hooray!
We have just submitted our latest film ‘The Field’ to three film festivals, one in the UK and two in the States.
In the UK we have submitted to the British Independent Film Festival which takes place in Leicester Square in London. The great thing about this festival, and what attracted us to it, is that there are a number of awards presented – not just best film or best director(s) as is usually the case. This festival also has best actor and actress and best young actor and actress. As we have had some pretty amazing performances from both our young and… ahem… ‘older’ actors we thought we’d give it a shot, giving the people who gave us their time for free to work with us a chance for some glory! It also focuses on British, independent talent. There is huge press coverage and, being in the UK, we could easily attend!
In the US we submitted to The San Francisco International Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival. The winner of best short film at the San Francisco Festival get’s considered for an Academy Award nomination – far reaching I know, but it would be great to say we were even in this category would be amazing! The Seattle Festival considers our film a feature and has a number of great awards and even cash prizes. Both publicize the hell out of the films involved and both gain a lot of interest from industry specialists and distributors. Our man Ben Wade is in America too, so potentially could get his arse there to represent us!
Of course we are not guaranteed to get into any of these festivals. We could get a big fat rejection and be out of pocket with nothing to show from it. And these are only the first three festivals we’ve gone for – there are a lot more we’ll be submitting to in the next few months so potentially our pockets could be not only empty, but end up sucking us into a black abyss of no return. On the other hand our film could do brilliantly in one or more festivals and pave the way for that feature we’re planning!
Only time will tell. 6 months in fact, as we don’t know if we’ll even get in to the festivals until April next year. So watching this space is a must!
Over the years there have been quite a few franchises made into Lego toys. Star Wars, Batman, and Pirates of the Caribbean to name a few. There have also been some funny ‘made-up’ Lego toys such as the brilliant Breaking Bad collection!
So I thought, what if we remade ‘The Field’ out of Lego? Enough said. Enjoy!
“My three Ps: passion, patience, perseverance. You have to do this if you’ve got to be a filmmaker” – Robert Wise
We’re coming to the final stretch on our newest film ‘The Field’. During production we had lots of people working with us, but now, in that important post-production stage, there are just two of us doing all of the work. We’re both fanatical perfectionists when it comes to our films, so we throw everything into it.
Production on The Field began in December 2012. Now August 2013, this year has just disappeared on us! Finally however, we are at that point where we can see the end of the tunnel! We are putting the final touches to the film – editing the last of the sound effects and music, then moving onto the colour grading and a few visual effects.
It’s been a long slog. There have been just two of us working on the post-production when we could have done with about ten! Luckily, myself (Joe Monahan) and Callum Smith work really well together and are usually in tune when it comes to ideas.
Another week or so and the film will be ready. We’ve managed to capture a great mix of horror, mystery, adventure and comedy in the film, which hopefully will give it quite a unique feel!
We’ve got some cool posters, a trailer in the making and some interviews coming soon so watch this space!