Vale Productions Networking Event
Focus Shift Films are working with Vale Productions on a Networking Event May 13th at The Barn at West Farm, Southerndown. The idea is to meet a variety of media professionals and filmmakers, to ignite conversations and to find new writers to work with moving forward.
There’s a 3 minute short film film script pitch competition where we invite writers to pitch us a 3 minute film idea that can be shot in or around The Barn – with the best being produced by ourselves and Vale.
To book a pitch appointment email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Focus Shift Films has recently been working with TV director Hefin Rees to complete his brilliant dark comedy short Speculate to Accumulate, and now we are happy to announce another project.
Hefin Rees has directed a variety of Welsh language TV shows such as Gwaith Cartref and Pobol y Cwm. He’s now looking to develop more of his English language content and to make the leap into feature films. In doing so he has developed two great short film projects.
Speculate to Accumulate follows one man’s mission to decide if giving up his only can of tuna is worth doing so to try and locate a missing cat in the local community. Using the tuna and finding the cat could lead him to a mini windfall as he claims the reward money, but not finding the cat could be a waste of essential sustenance in these tough times.
Eternal Flame has been written by DJ, musician and actor Gareth Potter, with whom Hefin has worked before. The idea follows two middle aged siblings that share a car journey to collect their late father’s death certificate and reconnect in the process. Another great little drama with dark comedy tones. Gareth with be starring alongside Carys Eleri.
Whilst Speculate to Accumulate is almost completed, FSF and Vale Productions are planning to shoot Eternal Flame this week in the Rhondda Cynon Taff. Keep checking back on Facebook to see live updates and plenty of photos.
Dying Light Screenings & Festivals
Dying Light is going from strength to strength as festival season begins!
Our short film collar with Vale Productions and Digital Production Pro is not only playing as part of the opening night of the Cardiff Independant Film Festival and is in competition at Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, but has played at Short Stack in Nottingham, Five Lamps in Derby, Chapter Moviemaker in Cardiff and CineMe in Bristol.
Audiences have all enjoyed the film and great feedback has been aplenty. We now wait for responses from the bigger festivals around the UK as we hope to make a splash with our short.
Dying Light selected for Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
We are very proud to announce that our short film Dying Light – produced with Vale Productions, and directed by Luke Andrews – has been selected for Carmarthen Bay Film Festival. The festival takes place between May 9th and 12th in Llanelli, South Wales and hosts a variety of films, genres and events.
More info on the festival can be found here.
Digital Filmmaker Magazine – Dec Issue – Dying Light
Our short film Dying Light featured heavily in an article written by our Dan for Digital Filmmaker Magazine Dec 2016. Dan wrote an article around a side project named Digital Production Pro and how the new software can be used to pre-visualise and plan a production.
Dying Light was used as the testing ground for the software and the basis of the article.
Birdcage Music Video Shoot
We’ve been busy making the boys at Birdcage a music video and we’ve shared a load of photos on our Facebook page here. Look, like, comment, share or steal any that you like!
The video for their new single You, My Heavy Star has had Radio 1 and Nation Radio Wales airplay so a good video will help to push the track and the band on. Shot to work around 1 long moving shot of action the video was ambitious for the budget and time available, but the team pulled it off.
Thanks to Director Hefin Rees, DOP Steve Owen, Stunt Coordinator Rick Manning and anyone else that helped out on the day.
And… here’s the video…
Digital Filmmaker Magzine – Sept Issue
Once again our content features in Digital Filmmaker Magazine. Our Dan has been writing all about the rules for creating 360˚ content in the September issue. He’s shared his experiences and thought process when creating a variety of different project types in the hope that sharing information and ideas will hep develop this new format.
Head over to http://dfmmag.com to download the latest issue.
Busy Busy Busy!
It’s been a busy few weeks here at Focus Shift Films as we’ve been working on post production for Dying Light – which looks amazing! – plus shooting in Ibiza, Greece, Manchester and across South Wales.
Enquiries have also been coming in from across the UK and further afield! We pitched, proposed and quoted for a variety of jobs that we hope to be moving forward with very soon.
Our 360˚ camera has been in action on a few top secret jobs and our 360˚ time lapse video at Tintern Abbey for Cadw has been made live and viewed over 35,000 times on Wales Online.
Our new online video series for EatSleepFootyRepeat is also raking in the views and within the first week stands at 14,000!
We’ve also been talking, planning and plotting feature film ideas that we hope to make announcements on pretty soon!
We have been super busy and loving life!
Dying Light VFX
Our short film collaboration with Vale Productions and Digital Production Pro ‘Dying Light’ is coming together nicely. Our VFX genius Tony Rowlands has been slaving away over a hot computer to create the amazing VFX elements to add to the amazing real action footage captured by Keefa Chan on his Red Epic Dragon.
The above screen grabs show how the shot looked when captured in the camera, and then how Tony has added his magic touch to make the sky moody and filled with the glow of bombs exploding over a nearby city. This will help us bring home the horrors of World War Two and the Luftwaffe bombing campaigns over British cities.
The above images are taken from our green screen shoot with the boys looking out of a window. Tony has taken the green screen footage and added in the windows, reflections and a little touch of magic to make it feel real.
Tony is currently working on the aeroplane chase sequence and we hope to have more to show you soon.
Blend Media Partnership
Focus Shift Films are happy to announce that we are working with London based Blend Media to create and deliver 360˚ content for people across the globe. Blend Media have built a new online platform purpose built for 360˚ content and creators. You can license existing content, or find creators to work with in developing your own 360˚ project.
Our time lapse videos of Tower Bridge, Piccadilly Circus and Cardiff Bay are all available for licensing on the platform and we are discussing several opportunities and projects to collaborate on. It’s an existing time for online video with 360˚ developing it’s own style and ways of engaging with audience on a new level. We will capturing and providing more and more content over the remainder of 2016.
Focus Shift Films believe that we have found a partner that shares our vision for 360˚ video content and we are looking forward to a bright future with Blend Media.