After a very successful first year and 24 short films later, The Ignition Random Acts Network is proud to present the commissioned teams for the first eight films. Click on the images to view the films on the Random Acts website.
Digital Tattoo: Artefact 1
South East Dance
Written & Directed by Katie Dale-Everett
Katie gained a first-class Honours degree in Choreography (Falmouth University, 2014) and is based in Seaford. As a freelance dance artist: choreographing, teaching, performing and researching, her work has reached national and international audiences. She recently performed and made work for Brighton Fringe (Ceyda Tanc Dance/The Dance Trail, 2015) and is making a live work for Otherplace Productions later this year.
Produced by Rebecca Dale-Everett
Pursuing her passion for producing, Rebecca is a production coordinator for Brighton based, Seventh Art Productions, award-winning filmmakers of art documentaries. She obtained a first-class honours BA in Film Production at The University for the Creative Arts, graduating in 2013. Rebecca’s previous films include Below the Row, which won the IMDb New Filmmaker Award at Bath Film Festival (2013) and English 3.0 (2013), a film exploring the Internet’s effect on the English language.
Cambridge School of Art / Anglia Ruskin University / Cambridge Film Consortium
Directed by Alejandro Ahedo Perez
Alejandro is a third year Film and TV Production student at the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin. Specialising in directing and cinematography, the work that Alejandro has made has stood out to many. Particularly his documentary film ‘T R A N S H U M A N C E’ - a story of the man and animal relationship of one of the last nomad shepherds; which was selected to screen at the Cambridge Film Festival last year. His strong connection with horses growing up gives him an insight to the human animal work, making his film voice unique.
Kim is a graduate from the Film and TV Production course at the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin, specialising in producing. Whilst at university she produced two hour long audio dramas to raise over £200,000 for BBC Children in Need, alongside working on various music videos and art installations. Kim now works at brandAnonymous as an Arts Producer.
Seven Pleats, Seven Vows
Cambridge School of Art / Anglia Ruskin University / Cambridge Film Consortium
Co director and Director of Photography Shona Murray-Smith
From the age of 7, with a face full of grease and her hands in an engine helping her father fix a car, Shona knew her career would be hands on. A creative streak and strong interest in visual arts led her to the Film Production BA at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University. Shona focused her training on the creative and technical aspects of cinematography. Her films show a passion for visual storytelling and a fascination with colour, texture and movement. Having only just completed her final year in May 2015 with a First Class degree, Shona has been shooting music promos and is currently working in visual marketing for a radio station.
Co directed by Aditya Sengupta
Aditya is from Calcutta and has just received his MA from Cambridge School of Art, having studied Mass Communication and Cinema at the undergraduate level in Calcutta and Film Genre and Documentary Filmmaking at the State University of New York. Aditya has worked as the cinematographer, editor, writer and director on a variety of projects and won Best Short Film at Cinematheque National Film Festival in 2010. His work has been screened at the ‘Nepal International Film Festival’ and ‘Bangalore Film Festival’ and in the non-competitive sections of the New York Film Academy’s international selection in 2011. Another short film was long-listed for the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. Aditya is overseeing the post-production on his feature film directorial debut A Sudden Holiday filmed in West Bengal.
Co-Directed & Produced by Hannah Bush Bailey
Hannah Bush Bailey is a young filmmaker from Chichester, West Sussex, with ambitions to produce and direct both factual and fiction narratives. Since graduating with a first class degree in Filmmaking and Creative Media, Hannah has spent the last two years as a production and development trainee at production company Fly Film. She continues to develop and produce her own productions in collaboration with a number of young filmmakers and is in the process of setting up a limited production company ‘Corpora Films’ based in Chichester. Her graduate film ‘The Invisible School’ won ‘Best Factual' at the Royal Television Society West of England Student Television Awards 2014 and was nominated for a national award of the same accolade. It has also screened in film festivals both nationally and internationally.
Co-Directed & Produced by Naomi Rose Hanbury
After studying an Art and Design Foundation Course at Bournemouth Arts University, Naomi attended The University of the West of England studying a BA Hons degree in Graphic Design that lead her to know that the film industry was where she wanted to take her future. Her interests lie within a range of film styles such as documentaries and fictional pieces, focusing her eye on the role of directing. She is currently working as a production runner for ITV Studios on the drama Jekyll and Hyde that has enabled her to experience all sides to a production. Naomi plans to move forward within the industry, learning and taking on a variety of roles to increase her knowledge and skills as well as collaborating with those in and out of the film industry to create pieces of work that will explore new topics and stories we have yet to see.
University For the Creative Arts
Written and Directed by Rob King
Rob has been practising film for 5 years. Starting primarily as a production designer for various short films and working as an art department assistant on 'Call the Midwife' (Season 4), Rob turned to writing and directing to further explore his creative style of storytelling. Rob has now directed two short fiction films that include no dialogue and use purely action to communicate a narrative. Rob graduated from UCA Farnham on the Film Production (BA (Hons)) course with a 1st class degree.
Richard Pugh is a post-graduate Film Production student from The University for the Creative Arts Farnham. Richard has over 6 years of filmmaking experience spanning fiction, documentary and experimental cinema. Previously acknowledged for his editing skills (including 16mm Steenbeck Editing), in the past 3 years Richard has turned his hand to Producing, receiving a 1St for his specialism. Richard has most recently directed the film ‘The Breaking’
Director of Photography George Pearton
George has always been interested in storytelling. Over the years this, combined with his passion for photography and art, lead George to practice cinematography as part of his BA (Hons) Film Production degree at The University for the Creative Arts Farnham where he graduated with a 1st class degree. In 2015 he was awarded the Billy Williams Scholarship for achievement in Cinematography. This fuelled George’s drive to learn more and forward his abilities on future projects, developing and broadening his knowledge of lighting and composition practices. George often uses varying sources of visual reference, including; paintings, photography and filmic inspirations in order to create his work, as well as focusing on creating an individual style.
I Dream Of Zombies
University For the Creative Arts
Written and Directed by Alex Forbes
Alex has recently graduated from the Film Production course at the University for the Creative Arts, where he met the rest of the team. Specialising in Directing and Editing, he began working with frequent collaborator, Jack Pollington after finding success with their early films. Alex specialises in dark comedy, finding humour in the uncomfortable, the shocking and the crude.
Produced by Jack Pollington
Jack is a hard working and driven producer, having produced over 10 short film projects with varying budgets. Jack began making comedy skits at a young age with his friends, enjoying the collaboration and creativity. He specialised in Producing during the Film Production course at The University for the Creative Arts, where he formed the production company Fancy a Jam Pictures.
Director of Photography Daniel O’Flaherty
Daniel is a graduate of the University for the Creative Arts and is part of the Guild of Television Cameramen as an award winning cinematographer. Dan has a keen visual eye with a vast knowledge of using film and digital cameras. Dan gained experience in the camera department, from technical proficiency in lighting to artistic understanding of composition and framing. A great collaborator Dan works well with all areas of the camera team and will happily support others.
Sound Recordist & Designer William Chapman
A knowledgeable sound recordist, Will always achieves top results on location and in the studio. Will is a hard working and dedicated individual who enjoys working in all aspects of sound production and post production. He attended the University for the Creative Arts, where he developed his skills in on set recording, Pro Tools mixing and composition.
Chloe is a talented and enthusiastic Editor, who understands narrative and pacing better than the best. Her attention to detail and methodical view of a timeline result in gripping edits that often surpass the source material. Chloe attended The University for the Creative Arts where she graduated last year and met the rest of the team. She has come to the realisation that she'll spend the rest of her life fixing others mistakes, but she loves it.
It's All in the Mind
Eden Kötting was born with a rare genetic disorder; Joubert Syndrome. She has developed a keen interest in drawing and painting and in 1996 she appeared in her father’s experimental feature film ‘Gallivant’ along with her Great Grandmother Gladys. She has since gone on to collaborate with her father on numerous art projects including ‘Mapping Perception’, ‘Offshore’, ‘In The Wake of a Deadad’, ‘This Our Still Life’, ‘My Work His Words’ and most recently ‘By Our Selves’. She has presented work at The Hayward Gallery, Tate Modern, The Barbican, Brighton Art Gallery, The Towner, ICA Geneva and at Oudenaade in Belgium.
Born and brought up in Paris, to Pakistani parents, Myriam first began filmmaking at the age of 14 and has progressively continued under the guidance of Resource Productions. Now graduating from the Arts University Bournemouth with a 1st class honours degree in Film Production, as well as the Dean’s Distinction in Faculty of Media Award, Myriam has had many of her shorts screened at national and international film festivals. Her passion for cinema runs beyond the film set and in the past she has assisted and facilitated filmmaking workshops for young people as well as setting up, organising and running the Slough Short Film Festival. Currently Myriam lives in Slough.
Recent graduate from Arts University Bournemouth, 21 year old Alex lives in London and developed an interest in editing from a young age, with large experience cutting short films, trailers and promos. Specialising in Directing on Arts University Bournemouth’s Film Production Course allowed him to merge the role of director and editor, experiencing both sides of production and post.
Director of Photography Molly Manning Walker
Molly Manning Walker graduated from the Arts University Bournemouth with a 1st in Cinematography. Having DP'd her grad film ‘More Hate Than Fear’ she was awarded the Ossie Morris Prize for Cinematography.
Production Designer Holly Nicholds
Holly is a graduate of Arts University Bournemouth where she studied Film Production specialising in Production Design. She works with spatial and 3D design, encompassing photography, film making, installation and events design. She has a passion for playing with scale and colour, a keen attention to detail and composition, and often uses a mix of mediums and materials in a contemporary and creative way. Holly enjoys generating innovative ideas and concepts to brief and always takes an integral role in the physical execution of every project she works on, including construction, set painting, prop making and sourcing.
Costume Designer Rebecca Lesley
Rebecca is 21 years old and from Wraysbury. After completing a Grampus Heritage internship in Romania, she went on to study Costume and Performance Design at the Arts University Bournemouth. She has represented AUB at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology conference in Texas and undertaken placements with the BBC, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Angels The Costumiers. Amongst other projects, Rebecca was the costume designer for graduate films that will be screened at the British Film Institute, receiving the Subject Prize Costume for Screen award for her work. Rebecca currently lives in Twyford.