May's Line-Up

Another month, another CineShots.
We’ve talked to all the filmmakers online, now it’s time to meet them in person and watch their masterpieces.

Here’s the rundown for this Tuesday:

Still the same place (Streatham Space Project) still the same time (19.30), still the same quality of fun.
And still the same place to buy the tickets - HERE

Whoever won’t be with us will definitely be somewhere else!

Short Straw

Short films tend to surprise us with a nice twist at the end. Some do it good, some do it better. And some make us think ‘hmm, there might actually be a feature film somewhere in there…’

Ricky J Payne is as South Londoner as one can get. Born and bred in Brixton he is a perfect example of a healthy ‘let’s make some films!’ filmmaker. Here’s how he answered our questions.

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
Lets play to find the story, and when we have found it, be unrelenting in its detail.

When it comes to complexity and difficulty of producing an art work filmmaking is very close to the top. What makes the whole journey, often unpleasant, worthwhile for you?
Seeing the story come to life;  taking a shape through the love and craft of the cast and crew. Seeing it, sat down beside audiences (especially when they don't know me). Seeing their reactions whatever they are. (Though it made me tear up when the audience in L.A. laughed at my comedy RIGHTSWIPE.  Seeing an audience understand what you're are conveying, is one of the best feelings ever). Then after that, is the understanding what worked and what didn't.Then taking that and pushing my love and craft in story telling further. 

Why this film?
Opportunity combined with pre production planning on a larger project called SEED. 'Short' Version, a test a film for that larger project which has now it's own bigger story which we plan to do separate from SEED.  I was filming with Director of Photography Diogo Atadini and Producer Victor Rios on another shoot, and then after, we were dropping off the equipment at Diogo's old studio.  I was inspired by the industrial elevator leading to it. I said to Victor, "We need to use this before Diogo moves out!" 
So I went away, sat down , thought about the elevator and the type of characters or situations it could give me and at the same time, I remember discussing about mobile film festivals and competitions. Opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.  1. Get my feet back into making scifi which I love and 2, test myself and the others who would join me, on using a mobile phone as the camera. After lots of Jammy Dodgers and Tea and great work from the cast and crew, Short Straw was born. 

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
One of my dream projects is an anthology scifi stories in the vein of  X-Files / The Expanse / Night Flyers , Men in Black and Cloverfield.  Using not just narrative, but also dance, music, paint, stop motion and practical effects. Practical Effects is a major thing or next step for me. I want to do a scifi film with majority of effects in camera, and three of the first major projects in that anthology has been drafted, however, funding is required to make them work. 

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
I have five immediate goals  which are scheduled throughout this year. SEED, STALKER,  Faye Ray VMA Dance Season 2, SNAKES (Working Title) and RIGHTSWIPE. SEED is one of the official scifi stories of the anthology mentioned above. SEED requires a built set , a studio to film in and moments of stop motion. I don't want to do it run and gun, that  wouldn't work for the vision I have for it.  Where SHORTSTRAW shows what we can do run and gun,  SEED's purpose is a next step to show what I can do with modest funding on a 'scifi' short film within a studio format, and give an idea of the the production value / style I want to achieve for the rest of the  scifi stories that will follow that.  STALKER I cannot discuss at the moment, however more news will follow once we begin festival submissions next month .  Faye Ray VMA Season 2 is a series of dance videos in collaboration with Faye Reader, who is dancer, choreographer and poet. Our first season ,  A Time to Play, which is really us getting to know each other in reccee sessions is out now on Vimeo, Youtube and Instagram.  Snakes (Working Title) is a Cyber Punk short film I'm developing and will be working with actor / fellow filmmaker Billie Vee. Rightswipe is a non-romantic comedy of the challenges with online dating, and shows my love for directing awkward / dark comedy.  Currently touring Festivals, and thanks to an amazing cast & crew,  has achieved Best International Film LA Short Film Festival and Best Comedy at London Independent Awards. I want to expand on it with Writers and Producers Max Warrick and Carina Birrell and we're currently in talks to do so. Scifi , Fantasy and Arkward / Dark Comedy is my love and direction for the next 10 years.

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So come on down to Streatham Space Project this Tuesday, 14.5. at 19.30 and watch Short Straw among five other shorts and have a chat with Ricky!
Tickets here!

The Traveller

If you take xenophobia, pour it in a single-bedroom cocktail glass, give it a gentle stir and finish it off with a squeeze of a fresh lemon that might turn out to not actually be a lemon at all - you get The Traveller

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Sashen Naicker wrote this short gem that is The Traveller and we shot him over our set of questions.

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
Filmmaker Sashen Naicker is developing his latest project on Islamophobia in the US. In The Traveller he explores how the news media shapes and distorts the image of an entire community with sound bytes and over simplification of complex geo political issues. Yet in all the turmoil and conflict, the film reveals that no matter where we come from, or what our religion or skin color is, we all have more in common than we realize. 

When it comes to complexity and difficulty of producing an art work filmmaking is very close to the top. What makes the whole journey, often unpleasant, worthwhile for you?
Being able to tell a story that means something and can resonate with an audience. There is nothing more satisfying than having your work shown to an audience, and watching them being entertained, informed and starting a dialogue on a topic that may be outside their comfort zone.

Why this film?
Islamophobia is very real around the world especially in the US. It has affected people I know and care about. There is also a rise in fear of the “other” here in the UK and the US. I wanted to show people who watch The Traveller that we have more in common with each other and need to stop separating ourselves based on religion, skin color and ideology.

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
I’d love Joel Edgerton for Michael. Samuel L. Jackson for the Major. Stephen Lang for Dan. And off course myself as Tariq.

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
Producing and completing the feature version of The Traveller. Get it into festivals and secure a distribution deal.

Gareth Kay, director

Gareth Kay, director

The Traveller will be part of our May’s lineup on CineShots 14.5. with part of the crew available for Q&A and chit-chat.
Make sure you get your tickets right HERE and we’ll see you Tuesday!

RUCK IT!

What starts out like a sports commercials, gets you to tears three minutes later and ends up making you feel all warm and hopeful?

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Ruck it is one of those films one simply can’t and shouldn’t ignore. On the top of it being very well made.
Kelvin DeSena, the director, answered our series of questions.

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
‘’If he can make films. Anyone can! Look at that melonhead!’’

When it comes to complexity and difficulty of producing an art work, filmmaking is very close to the top. What makes the whole journey, often unpleasant, worthwhile for you?
I’m no tortured artist nor do I see filmmaking as special. Yes it’s hard, but so is anything worth doing. I think we should spend less time talking about how hard it is and more time talking about how easy it is. Filmmaking has never been so accessible. More people should be doing it! It’s so much fun!

Why this film?
Honest answer is, I was approached to make it by a guy at Mencap. He had been to a private screening of a short documentary telling the story of a swimming club called Swim Dem Crew. He wanted to do something similar as they have some incredible stories to tell and we were lucky enough to be approached to make it! I thought it was an amazing opportunity and threw myself into it. Plus, I'm a big rugby fan as well!

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want…
I would make an awful big budget film. It would probably have giant laser beams in the sky with Arnold Schwarzenegger lifting large heavy objects whilst delivering terrible one liners...actually that sounds pretty cool!!!
I think I would use the money to make five low budget films, casting new and exciting actors that can add a new voice. Would also be nice to have Riz Ahmed on board as well. I would love to see British Asians represented more in film as I think we have something to contribute.  

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
To make more and to get better, whilst making new friends and having a laugh, and if I can continue to pay my rent as well, then that would be a bonus.

Kelvin DeSena

Kelvin DeSena

Ruck it! will be screened on our May CineShots and we will have Kelvin DeSena there to talk to so get your questions ready, get your tickets here and we’ll see you Tuesday, 14.5. at 19.30!

Where is Europe?

The last few years have been very strongly marked by migrating crisis all over the world. Some resulting in dividing countries, some in people’s lives being lost.
Where is Europe went on board a rescue vessel that was right in the middle of it all.

Valentina Signorelli, the director, answered the CineShots questionnaire.

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
Valentina Signorelli (PhD Film) is a professional writer and producer based in London, UK. In 2016 she co-founded Daitona production in Italy, recently awarded as the most innovative young production company of the country. 

When it comes to complexity and difficulty of producing an art work filmmaking is very close to the top. What makes the whole journey, often unpleasant, worthwhile for you?
The idea that what you first had in mind can potentially reach millions of people and make a positive impact on their lives. 

Why this film?
This film is set on board the NGO migrant rescue vessel Aquarius, the same kept stuck at sea in 2018 for over a week and with 629 refugees onboard. Where is Europe? explores one of the most tragic humanitarian crisis through the eyes of the humanitarian operators in their everyday life on board the rescue vessel.

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
I would love to produce a series out of this short exploring who are the people of Europe today and what is the impact of the EU on their everyday life. Each episode would follow the life of a group of Europeans living in a strategical, geographical, political or cultural area in the hope to promote awareness and call for cooperation. 

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
With another couple of colleagues, I run a small production company based in Italy, Daitona. In the near future, I would like to expand our network and co-produce other projects with new partners around the world.

Valentina Signorelli

Valentina Signorelli

The amazing short Where is Europe will be screened 145.2019 at Streatham Space Project.
Click for tickets.

Pianist in a Brothel

One would think finding love in a place where love is being sold is an easy thing.
But then again, one would think many things.
Pianist in a Brothel by Jack Whitehall, sorry, Ciaran Crudden is a poetically-cinematic ode to art and love.

We sent our pigeons to Ciaran to deliver him our bundle of usual questions and here’s what they brought back.

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
"Jack Whitehall look-a-like for hire"

When it comes to complexity and difficulty of producing an art work filmmaking is very close to the top. What makes the whole journey, often unpleasant, worthwhile for you?
This question has a familiar ring to it, as it's one I've asked myself more than once over the last couple of years. For me, the most amazing thing about filmmaking is collaboration. It's true that at times it can be incredibly challenging, especially when you are starting out and don't really have a clue what you are doing, but to have people alongside you in the trenches, all battling to tell the same story, is really an incredible thing. I'm still amazed that I can have a little seed of an idea knocking around in my head and then six months later be surrounded by a team of amazingly talented people, all working in beautiful synchronicity to realise that same idea. That gives me goosebumps! 

Why this film?
One day at my day job as a Graphic Designer, in an effort to lift my spirits after a frustrating conference call with a client, a colleague of mine remarked that I was a "pianist in a brothel". As soon as he said it, I pictured pretty much the entire film you see today. I went back to my desk, scribbled the plot on a post-it note and that night wrote the full screenplay. I felt the haunting image of this pianist playing beautiful music in a place where he is completely ignored, was something that was highly relatable in today's world. We live in an era where there are more screens than people, each one illuminated with a shiny new distraction vying for our attention. The task of making art that will have impact let alone be noticed, can feel truly overwhelming at times. I'm pretty sure every modern day creator has felt like a pianist in a brothel at one time or another. This film is for those moments when we feel like giving up, but don't. For the moments when a single person can make it worthwhile.

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
Ooooh, now we're talking! If money was no object I'd love to make an epic biopic of legendary Irish blues guitarist Rory Gallagher. I grew up in County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, a short drive from Rory's hometown of Ballyshannon and I've always been fascinated by his story. Like Rory's music, the picture would be pulsating, electrifying and beautifully raw, telling the whiskey-fuelled story of how a young kid from a small riverside town would go on to become one of the most influential guitarists of all time. And since we're in dreamland here, I'd cast a young Daniel Day-Lewis (circa. 1995) to play Rory!

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
The immediate goal is to keep writing, to keep exploring new ideas and to simply see where those ideas take me. If in 20 or 30 years time I'm still telling stories in some shape or form, I'll be a happy man.

Ciaran Crudden

Ciaran Crudden

Pianist in a Brothel will be played on our Streatham Space Project big screen on Tuesday, 14.5.2019.
Get your tickets right over HERE and make sure you say ‘Hi!’ when you pop by!

Jo and Jade

Teenage love is a serious thing.
Seriously.
Especially if told through an amazing story directed by an even more amazing teenage director (we demand an ID as we don’t really believe he’s that young) Ethan Ross.

We’ve had a quick e-chat with Ethan and threw our usual set of questions at him. Here’s what we got back:

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
I think were it a photo of me, it'd be something like “A young director from north london making waves in indie film community" or something like that - nothing too show-offy!
Were it for Jo and Jade (the short film), it'd be "fresh and subversive lgbt romcom makes a splash, despite its young team". I'd be  much keener to promote the film than myself!

When it comes to complexity and difficulty of producing an art work filmmaking is very close to the top. What makes the whole journey, often unpleasant, worthwhile for you?
Although it's a difficult process, I really couldn't stand not creating - it's like my sustenance, and at this point I find it boring to relax... I prefer to be working on a script, or fine tuning some cutting! I absolutely love the feeling of having made something I really feel is my own, that I'm proud of, and that I'm happy to show to people. Along with the camaraderie of the shoot, that feeling really makes it worth it.

Why this film?
In terms of modern cinema, i feel the simple teen movie is a bit underrepresented in the mainstream, as opposed to the 80s where you had people like John Hughes making those amazing films we all love. I wanted to make something honest, in the way it presented characters and situations, and in the way that, well, those classic films tend to have very idealistic happy endings, and I felt that wasn't really very truthful to actual teenage life.

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
I'd really love to make a musical, so probably that - but definitely set in London, I feel like there aren't enough musicals properly set here. I'd want to cast Saoirse Ronan and John Goodman because they're both amazing and would have pretty great chemistry. I'm tearing up just at the idea.

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
Ultimately, I'd like to make films full-time, with nothing else on the side, preferably as a director, but if not, probably as an editor. In the shorter term, I'd like to get my work into some festivals where people can really see my work, but that's not the most important thing. The dream for me is just to improve as much as possible, and to make something I'm unfalteringly proud of. That'd be great.

Ethan Ross

Ethan Ross

Jo and Jade will be screened at May’s CineShots on 14.5.2019.
Tickets available HERE and don’t forget to bring everyone you know.

April's CineShots

April's CineShots

Hello there film lovers and filmmakers from near and far!
A new month means a new full Moon but also a new edition of CineShots.
As always we will host six pretty kick-ass shorts with their creators present to talk about the process and the struggles of life in general.

Two Aliens

Two people, a weapon of mass distruction, one room, eleven minutes.
Both in power, each with their own agenda. Doesn’t really get any better than that, does it?

Written and directed by Liam Pinheiro-Rogers who’s been making film since he was 13. And, boy, are his skills on display.

Liam Pinheiro-Rogers

Liam Pinheiro-Rogers

As everyone Liam also got served a fistful of our questions. Here it goes:

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
A young 23 year old filmmaker from London who specialises in genre specific films, mostly in the horror and fantasy genres, with surrealism added in.

When it comes to complexity and difficulty of producing an art work filmmaking is very close to the top. What makes the whole journey, often unpleasant, worthwhile for you?
The passion and the adventure. I love making stories, creating characters and especially my own world. 

Why this film?
This film is topical when it comes to the military industrial complex and it best showcases my style in terms of dialogue.

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
I would make an alien invasion film with a twist. I would have Tom Hardy, Viggo Mortensen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead etc.

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
I want to be a writer and director of various genre-related films (horror and fantasy are at the top).

And if you’re still not convinced join us 16.4. at the Streatham Space Project, watch all the films and have a chat with Liam (and us) afterwards.

Tickets sold now and HERE.

Bella's Requiem

Rarely do we get films made by filmmakers who have only been on this Earth for 15 years (or less). And even rearer is the case when a film made by young filmmakers has the level of quality that ‘Bella’s Requiem’ does.

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We’ve talked to Joel Black - one of the young creators - so without further ado enjoy the interview.

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
“South London teen filmmakers take on the big boys”

When it comes to complexity and difficulty of producing an art work, filmmaking is very close to the top. What makes the whole journey, often unpleasant, worthwhile for you?
The end result of all hard work and progress made throughout the journey. The learning process from start to finish, and the ability to understand and appreciate how films are produced gives us an enjoyment that you cannot find elsewhere.

Why this film?
We wrote this film when we were 13 years old and filmed when we were 14, we are now 15 and keen to show the world what we are capable of. We have grown with this story and become very attached to our characters. A group of young boys, coming of age and the conspiracy surrounding an unresolved mystery along with an intricate narrative mixed with crushing betrayal make this, our debut film a must see in our opinion.

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
Idris Elba, because he can carry a strong antagonist role - Rosamund Pike, because she can appreciate a very serious role and Alex Lawther, since he is perfect for the thriller genre, one of our favourite genres to create.

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
As young filmmakers we want to be taken seriously and for our work to be respected. We want to make films that intelligently challenge viewers and also entertain. We are keen to make partnerships with older more experienced filmmakers and industry professionals from whom we can learn and develop.

Join us 16.4. at 19.30 (tickets right HERE) and watch their film, meet them at the Q&A and have a chat afterwards.
But for now enjoy the trailer!