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Song of the Sea Teaser

Tomm Moore’s The Secret Of Kells is an absolutely beautiful animation, and I cannot recommend it enough, particularly to folklore fans (the sequence where Aisling sings to Pangur Ban is one of my favourite ever). And now his follow up, Song Of The Sea, looks to be in coming in the not too distant future.

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Wolf Children (2012) - The Lateral Tracking Shot

Tony Zhou’s brilliant video essays have been circulating a bit recently (there’s a great one on Edgar Wright’s comedy cinematography that was the other contender for this report) but I geeked out very hard when I saw he did this piece on lateral tracking shots, particularly the one from Wolf Children, Mamoru Hosoda’s beautiful anime from 2012.

It’s a lovely film that I won’t spoil but will recommend to Ghibli/anime fans (though it is not from the Ghibli stable), but this shot is absolute genius - tracking the school experiences of Yuki and Ame as they go up in grades, it’s a single unbroken shot that highlights animation’s ability to present impossible shots as “real” - I would imagine that with a lot of prep and rehearsal, you could attempt this in live-action, but I doubt it would have the same veracity to it.

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Game Of Thrones cordially invites you to take a damn seat at the kiddie table

Thanks to the AV Club, I recently found Scott Kaufman’s blog about framing and composition - absolute recommendation to other filmmakers, this stuff is gold!

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From this week’s brilliant True Detective comes one of the best shots I’ve seen in a long time, and thoroughly nails how to use your cinematography effectively to properly immerse your audience. SPOILERS if you’re watching/plan to watch, but Matthew McConaughey’s cop takes part in a raid that goes horribly wrong and is forced to escape across a housing project, and it’s all captured in a single unbroken shot.

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Great video from Slash Film featuring Edgar Wright discussing his use of Close Ups. Very interesting and useful points raised in this video.

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I’m a huge fan of Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal, and looking at the trailer for season 2, I cannot wait for it to return.  It’s atmospheric, full of great performances and writing, and really delves into the characters’ psychologies.

I hugely recommend it (plus the deaths are beautifully macabre, if not for the squeamish!).

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Happy 2014 one and all! 

First of all, I’m very pleased to announce that just after New Year, Girls Who Read pushed through the 3 million views mark on YouTube.  Once again, thanks to everyone who watched, liked and shared the film, we are very proud of it.

And with that as the case, what better time than to introduce you guys to the very talented people who were involved?

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First off, our camera department – Matt, Ben & Max.

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Our sound Recordist Mark

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Our Art department, Lucy & Tania, in their Art Dept booth at the pub.

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Our Make Up Artist Kelly, and our lead actor Amy.

The next few photos are of crew members who it seemed to avoid appearing in many photos.

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One of very few photos of our Stills Photographer, Joe.

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Our Live Shot Logger Ada.

Our 2nd AD Sherice.

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Our runner Elspeth,

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Martyn, our editor, post prod supervisor, extra and many more.

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Myself and, last but not least, our director Guy, mid-decision.

Please note – due to size restrictions on Tumblr, I’ve had to use some photos of more than one person; ideally, I’d have liked to do an individual one for everyone.

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Short post today - first official teaser trailer for Godzilla.  Scale is very impressive.  Fingers crossed for this one.

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Apologies for the brief nature of this post, but I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has watched, shared, linked, discussed or told others about Girls Who Read before the week was out.  This would not have been possible without you.

One week ago, the Roundhouse uploaded Girls Who Read onto YouTube and it got an overwhelming response.  To be honest, I don’t think any of us involved in the film were quite expecting the response it received. It’s been something of a surreal experience to watch the hit counter in the past few days.

We were very fortunate to be picked up by a number of web sites in the process, and I’ve included some of the screenshots below.  We are very grateful to everyone who publicised the film, as you all helped us reach a wider audience.

From myself, and the rest of Or Something Similar, we’d again like to thank our incredible crew for all of their efforts, the Roundhouse for all of their support, and our director Guy Larsen and writer/narrator Mark Grist for collaborating with us on this project.

Some, but by no means all, of our crew.  I’ll be running a post next week about our team and how you can keep up to speed with what they’re up to in the future!

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And here it is, ladies and gentlemen, Girls Who Read, the finished film.  The Roundhouse have just uploaded it, so I can officially share the film.

Thanks again so much to everyone involved - I’ll be finishing off my GWR breakdown next week detailing our very talented team, and sharing some of our on-set photos, but for now here it is.

GIRLS WHO READ

Narrator – Mark Grist
The Girl – Amy Burrows
The Boyfriend - Mixy
Lead Lad – Daniel Brock
Lad #1 – Adam Felman
Lad #2 – David Faust
Lad #3 – Martyn Graham
Mum – Debra Clapp
Dad – Frank Clapp

Written by Mark Grist
Director – Guy Larsen
Producers – Mike Histon & Guy Larsen
Editor – Martyn Graham


Director of Photography – Matt Camlin
Camera Operator – Ben Kwok
1st Assistant Camera – Max Skach
Sound Recordist – Mark Williams
1st Assistant Director – Mike Histon
2nd Assistant Director – Sherice Griffiths
Art Director – Tania Clapp
Art Assistant – Lucy Workman
Make-Up Artist – Kelly Hodges
Live Shot Logger – Ada Long
Stills Photographer – Joseph Kent
Runner - Elspeth Fisher

Post-Production Supervisor – Martyn Graham
Sound Designer – Mark Williams
VFX Artist – Ben Kwok
Colourist – Matt Camlin

With thanks to:
Marta Sala Font
The Roundhouse
The Last Post
Any Amount of Books
Sarastro Restaurant
Friern Barnet Library
The Barn Theatre

“Girls Who Read” was filmed in London and Southend, Essex, UK.

The characters in this film are fictitious, any likeness to real people and events is purely coincidental.

The Producers and the Roundhouse share all rights to “Girls Who Read” including, but not limited to, the screening and/or distribution of all preceeding visual and audio film content © 2013.