An alternative work of art

Production Focus talks to producers Zoe Davis and Evelyn Franks about AltArtist, a documentary project that explores the unique talents of artists around the world

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The talent of artists seeking to create change through their work is not always given the recognition it deserves. However, such unique pieces of artwork are brought to the attention of a wider audience thanks to AltArtist, an ongoing series of cross-platform short documentaries. Through the series of films producers Zoe Davis and Evelyn Franks reveal the inspirations and talents of artists, many of whom are isolated by geography, disability, poverty or conflict. (more…)

Horses

Director Liz Mermin discusses the ob doc in which racehorses take centre stage

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As the title implies, it is the horses that are the stars of Liz Mermin’s inventive and highly original documentary. The film follows three Irish racehorses throughout a challenging racing year, giving insights into what it is like for the equine stars and exploring the joys and pressures their jockeys and trainers face. (more…)

Former pie making factory celebrates three years of production success

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The Pie Factory studios is celebrating its third year in production, since it was set up at the MediaCityUK base in Salford. Once a derelict pie making factory, the premises have now been transformed into a production hub complete with three sound stages, green rooms, dressing rooms and offices for media companies.

Peel Media, the company behind the MediaCityUK project at Salford Quays in Manchester, was also responsible for developing The Pie Factory TV and film sound stages back in early 2007. The facility is now seen as a key component of MediaCityUK; a development for the digital and creative industries featuring production companies, accommodation and a technical infrastructure supported by 18 million metres of fibre. (more…)

King Kennedy

Interview: Producer Howard Goldstein on King Kennedy

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King Kennedy tells the stories of the lives and deaths of JFK, his brother Bobby and Martin Luther King, linking the assassinations of the three iconic characters.  The documentary also stands out as it is made entirely from archive material with no narration, no talking heads and no actors and therefore relies on the powerful dialogue and soundtrack to help tell the story. We spoke to producer Howard Goldstein to find out more about the emotional and powerful documentary and the challenges using only archive footage presented. (more…)

Protecting our privacy

Interview: Director David Bond on Erasing David

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Director David Bond explores how much the government knows about us in his innovative documentary Erasing David. When Bond receives a letter from the government Child Benefit Office informing him revenue and customs data about him and his child has been lost he begins to worry about how much information the government holds about ordinary citizens. To find out what people could do with the data available about him, Bond decides to leave his life behind and ‘erase’ himself. Two top private investigators are given the task of trying to track him down in thirty days using only information that is available in the public domain. (more…)

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People Profile: Not To Scale md Daniel O’Rourke

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Daniel O’Rourke is the founder, executive producer and managing director of  Soho-based animation and design studio Not To Scale. We caught up with him to find out why he was drawn to the animation industry, what makes a director stand out and what’s in store for Not To Scale.

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Smith & Foulkes do the Fandango

Project: Smith & Foulkes’ futuristic HP ad

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Smith & Foulkes have finished their futuristic ad Fandango for Goodby, Silverstein & Partners’ to promote the launch campaign for HP’s Photosmart Premium printer. (more…)

A poignant portrayal of autism

Interview: Director Matt Rudge on The Autistic Me

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Matt Rudge’s insightful, touching and sometimes amusing documentary on what life is like for teenagers with autism was broadcast earlier this year on BBC Three. The film was commissioned by Sandi Scott as part of the channel’s Fresh strand; a search for new talent. (more…)

Using CGI in Documentaries

Red Vision and Nine Lives Media discuss CGI in documentaries at exposures festival

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Red Vision’s developed a digital avatar system for BBC doc Battlefield Britian

A selection of events and film screenings took place at Cornerhouse and Urbis in Manchester as part of exposures festival. Production Focus went along to a session exploring CGI in documentaries held by indie Nine Lives Media’s Cat Lewis and JP Hersey, VFX supervisor at CGI and VFX company Red Vision. (more…)

Get your talent noticed

Jobs: Talent and Production site

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If you work in film, TV, theatre, music or photography and want to promote the work you do it is worth checking out a new site for production personnel and performers called Talent and Production. The site includes job matching, a screening room for your videos, diary management and a personal editing studio for videos and pictures. It also allows you to create your own social network with other people in the production community and discuss topics in the forum. (more…)