In The News!

The reception to the social media work we’ve put in to the Save Our Male Voice Choirs project with Blaenavon Male Voice Choir has been amazing. Not only do their Facebook page now have around 800 likes and our work on Twitter has been retweeted by actor Michael Sheen – it was also picked up by Channel 4 News! The story aired on Tuesday night and was followed the next day by ITV Wales News. Both news stories featured the choir and ourselves – talking about the issues being faced by Welsh MVCs and the work we are doing with BMVC to buck the trend, reach new audiences and recruit new choristers. Channel 4 News even managed to interview Only Men Aloud creator Tim Rhys-Evans to get his thoughts on it. Here’s the link to the Channel 4 News story… https://www.facebook.com/1602534103312504/videos/1673945069504740/   Now – BBC Breakfast have asked our Dan and BMVC Musical Director Gareth Whitcombe to bless their famous red sofa on Monday morning to discuss the project. Be sure to tune in and check it out between 8.15 and 9.15...

Save Our Male Voice Choirs Doc – Shaping The Story

It’s been 4 months of filming, crowd funding, celebrity chasing and promotional work, but… the main edit of our choral documentary is coming together nicely in the capable hands of our Luke. We’ve filmed with a range of choirs, politicians, choristers, celebrities and anyone else with something to say on the current state of the choral community in Wales and what the future may hold. As a result the film brings together a range of issues, ideas, success stories, theories, thoughts and solutions for a range of issues plaguing the Welsh male voice choirs in the modern day. With hours and hours and hours… and hours of footage – it’s no easy task to begin shaping the film and finding those little gems of information, those great stories, key moments and poignant points and to make the story flow from one to the other in a narrative form that engages the audience. However, our Luke is doing a fantastic job and the film is beginning to come together very nicely indeed. We have our rough edit for most of the film, except a few more points to be filmed moving forward, and next it’s time to tweak, mould and juggle the story into the shape we need. Then we need to script our voice over and find out narrator! We’ve been wondering if our old friend Michael Sheen may be available? See the new promo video below…...

It’s My Shout ‘ ‘Pwyll’

After the hard work put in by our Dan in pulling together the It’s My Shout short film ‘Hiraeth’ he was offered the chance to produce a second film in the series ‘Pwyll’. This time for S4C and completely Welsh language! Our Dan doesn’t speak Welsh, but took on the challenge anyway – and it wasn’t just the language barrier that needed addressing. ‘Pwyll’ is set in a slightly futuristic film world and consists of plenty of elements relying on VFX – a tough ask on a small budget. Dan brought his practical filmmaking experience to the film and set about finding efficient and effective solutions for providing the VFX requirements of ‘Pwyll’. Dan worked closely with Director Nico Dafydd and VFX artist Sam Aylward to develop time and cost effective VFX and practical ways of delivering them assets within the film. After a 3 day shoot in Nantgarw, Rhondda Cynon Taff the film is in the bag and half of the VFX already created and delivered to the edit. Once the main assemble has taken place the film will then head back to the capable hands of Sam and the VFX department for more assets to be delivered and provided for the editor. ‘Pwyll’ has been a very ambitious film for the IMS scheme and the entire team are eager to se how it turns out....

Broadcast Aerial!

With our Dan working as Producer on the It’s My Shout Productions and BBC Wales short film ‘Hiraeth’ it was only a matter of time before he employed our aerial skills to help offer that additional production value to the film. On a warm, but blustery Sunday in July our Steve and Luke rocked up at Pembrey Beach in Carmarthenshire armed with ‘Lil Bird’ – the modified DJI Inspire equipped with 4K camera. With the winds blowing strong through most of the day aerial was held back until the latter part of the day as filming continued on the beach and the page count ploughed through. As mid afternoon rolled around and the winds calmed the FSF aerial team had very little time in which to grad the most important shot of the film! As the film’s two main characters had arrived at this beach to spread their parents ashes they built two large hearts in the sand and dug a hole in the middle in which they buried those ashes. As the boys stood looking into the sunset and the waves began to wash over the heart, their feat and the ashes Lil Bird was tasked with getting a shot looking directly down to reveal those hearts and to watch the waves wash over them. Two sets of hearts were carved into the sand and the crew prepared for the first attempt, but the tide was moving in too fast! The bird was in the air in seconds, but the crew had waited too long to get actors in position and clear the frame – FSF captured the...

It’s My Shout – ‘Hiraeth’

This summer our Dan has successful in applying for the position of Producer on the It’s My Shout scheme and was successful in his pitch for the short film ‘Hiraeth’. The story follows two young men as they return home to Kidwelly to collect the ashes of their parents and to scatter them on the beach in their final farewell. Shot over 3 days in July the film is in the process of being edited and delivered to BBC Wales for broadcast sometime in October 2015. This is our Dan’s first broadcast credit as Producer and he’s pulled together a good short film under the IMS scheme. Working with Director Nerys Wyn Davies and a team of professional Head’s of Departments Dan has also helped train a crew of aspiring filmmakers. The IMS scheme offers filmmakers from all across Wales the opportunity to hone or develop their skills in a professional environment and to gain that all important first broadcast credit. In previous years a range of emerging talent in Wales have taken advantage of the scheme and used it to launch their careers in film and TV. Our Luke was successful in applying for a Director’s role a few years ago and his short film ‘Edna’s Bench’ was nominated for a BAFTA Cymru award in the short film category. Fingers crossed ‘Hiraeth’ can follow in it’s footsteps....