SPARK Year 1 

The following films were commissioned under the FUSE strand and were produced in partnership various Arts organisations based within our region.


The Rat King

The Rat King

Production Partner
Strange Cargo

Written & Directed by Jess Dadds

Jess Dadds is a writer and director based in Brighton. His work focuses on blurring the lines between documentary and fiction and how these two worlds overlap. He also carries this interest through satire and fantasy into his animation and design. Jess’ debut short film “Castle Invaders” had its UK premiere at the 2015 CINECITY Brighton Film Festival as part of the Short Dramas selection. Jess is also a published illustrator, working on “The Bored Baker” project, which featured in Have I Got News for You and other national media. Jess is originally from Folkestone.

Other work:

Castle Invaders Unlisted
Playfighting
Website

Director of Photography, Ezra Miles

Also a graduate of Brighton University Ezra aims for a contemporary digital aesthetic, achieving high level production values. Stylistically he is inspired by cinematic traditions of the C20th; Ingmar Bergman, David Lynch and Pipilotti Rist. Since graduating he has worked as an AD on a documentary film optioned by Channel 4 and is currently in the process of establishing a video production division for his comedy website "Illegitimate Theatre" which focuses on breaking conventions and producing and reviewing material which is contemporary and thought provoking. Ezra was awarded the University of Nagoya prize for outstanding artist achievement for his graduation silent film ‘The Fool InThe Field’ on the strength of its visual depth and universal language.

Other work:

• Website: www.illegitimatetheatre.com

Lead Performer Cameron Lee

Cam Lee is a young designer and recent university graduate. Since finishing university he has, like so many, fallen into working in low-paid “elementary positions”, in his case, delivering toilet roll. It was around this time Cam Lee and director Jess Dadds, started writing about and discussing the difficulties and futile nature of low paid work in a fatalist and satiric way. This ultimately turned into a short screenplay “The Rat King”. Now, shortly after shooting, Cam has finally quit his job, and had his work accepted into his gallery of choosing. He is expecting a solo exhibition in Brighton this summer as well as a joint exhibition with New York based artist “Boy Kong”. Cameron is originally from Liverpool but currently lives in Brighton.

Other work:

• Website: www.instagram.com/planet_slimeball/

Creative Director Sam Giles

Sam is a practicing artist who works within a range of media. He is best known for his street art under the name of “Dream Safari”. Through this he has started his own business selling his designs on clothing prints and cards. He has worked on and orchestrated many community-based art projects from spray-painting and photography to designing and building carnival costumes and props. These projects have included raising money from The Arts Council, Kent County Council and RSA. He also spoke and received an award at The House of Lords on behalf of Art students in Kent. Sam originally comes from Chatham.

Other work:

• Website: www.facebook.com/dreamsafariart

Sound Recordist Edward Lomas

Edward is currently living in London while he completes his work placement year as part of his degree at the University of Kent, studying Digital Arts but is usually based in Kent. He met the rest of the Rat King team at the training days and decided to jump onboard as a Edward co-founded the content agency 4 Heads in 2014 and has written and directed numerous short films for online and festival audiences. His experimental short “Broadcast” recently won two awards at the Canterbury University Film Festival and his short "Traitor To The King" enjoyed an international festival run. Edward's latest project is a self-financed short sci-fi that he worked on both as the Director of Photography and Executive Producer. It is currently in post-production.

Other work:

• https://vimeo.com/119798699
• https://vimeo.com/97916463


My Familiar

My Familiar

Production Partner
Kent Film Projects

Written, Directed & Animated by Leah Morris

Leah is a 20-year-old Filmmaking student, in her third year at Kingston University.

Her art and theatre studies background has contributed to her practice and types of films she makes, experimenting with the balance between narrative film and artist film. As well as this, she has also worked on community films in her local area, Peckham.

Her work centers around similar themes, mainly isolation and perception of people. The films she makes tend to have a rough quality to them, especially with the use of stop motion animation. Most recently, her films have featured a combination of live action and animation, which seems to be a method that she will continue to use.


Imagination

Imagination

Production Partner
Kent Film Projects

Written & Directed by Jemima Hughes

Jemima Hughes has developed her interest in filmmaking and animation by seizing every opportunity to participate in projects, workshops and work experience placements at school, at college and in her community. She studied at Northern Counties School and Percy Hedley College in Newcastle, and has made films with disability charity 1Voice, the Tyneside Cinema, Living Streets and for BBC Video Nation. She now lives in Kent, where she is involved in filmmaking projects at Arrcc Folkestone, a creative centre for disabled adults, and has followed an online filmmaking course with the NFTS. She particularly enjoys directing and stop-motion animation. Her first independent paper-cut animation, I Dream, inspired by Matisse paper-cuts, was completed early in 2015. As a disabled and deaf filmmaker who speaks using an electronic communication aid, she is keen to see the voices and creativity of disabled people better represented in the media.

Jemima’s Films include:
• I Dream (paper-cut animation, 2015)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYHm1ZviwjM
• Closing Time (director; with Mind the Gaps at Arrcc Folkestone, 2015)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1Y7yyAGz68
• Inaccessible Unacceptable (director; with Living Streets and Percy Hedley College, 2013)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVRI69Ilyf8
• New Normal (DOP, with Mind the Gaps at Arrcc Folkestone 2015)
• https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-G3hSKIn9W0


Hiveminds

Hiveminds

Production Partner
University for the Creative Arts

Directed & Animated by Gabriella Ditton

Farnham Animation graduate. Gabriella specialises in traditional, mixed media and abstract Animation and Illustration. Gabriella comes from Norfolk.

Produced, Written & Animated by Oliver Pendle

Farnham Animation graduate. Oliver specialises in screen writing, producing and Illustration. Oliver comes from High Wycombe.

Edited & Animated by Tom Willis

Soon-to-be UCA Farnham Animation graduate. Tom specialises in 2D Traditional Animation, Digital Animation and Editing. Tom comes from Wallington.

Voice Over Artist - Ruby Ashbourne Serkis

Ruby is an actress, known for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010), Cider with Rosie (2015) and Off the Page: Groove Is in the Heart (2014). Ruby Lives in London.


Contest

Contest

Production Partner
Seventh Art Productions

Written, Directed & Camera Jessie Russell Donne

Jessie Russell Donn is a 23-year-old London based artist currently studying towards her master’s degree in Visual Communications at the Royal College of Art. Jessie graduated from Brighton University in 2015 where she also studied Visual Communications. Her work is currently focused on moving image however her interest in physical spaces and the way in which people inhabit them has led to a wide body of work ranging from photography, set design, exhibition design and a number of installation works. Her interests focus on the human qualities held by objects and spaces.

Filmography

The Speed Camera (WIP: Current)
102.mov (2015)
In Search of the Perfect Light (2015)
how to be a great writer (2015)
The Brighton Marina (2014)
Run (2014)

Produced by Rebecca Dale-Everett

Pursuing her passion for producing, 24-year-old Rebecca is a production co-ordinator for 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. She now lives in Seaford. 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. Rebeca’s recent work includes The Happy Warriors (2015) a documentary on the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, supported by Creative England.

Selected Filmography
The Echo Chamber (Production Assistant, 2016)
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN Season 3 (Production Co-Ordinator, 2015-2016)
Digital Tattoo: Artefact 1 (Producer, 2015)
The Happy Warriors (Producer, 2015)
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN Season 2 (Production Co-Ordinator, 2014-2015)
English 3.0 (Producer, 2013)
Below the Row (Producer, 2013)
The Memory Man (Producer, 2013)

Director of Photography Lauren Maccabee

Lauren Maccabee is a 23-year-old freelance photographer and filmmaker, originally from Manchester and now based in London. Lauren often draws upon childhood nostalgia and the relationship between person and place in her work. Her practice has a poetic nature, concerned with forming narratives through combining portraiture, landscape and still life.

Sound Recordist & Designer Buster Grey-Jung

Buster Grey-Jung is a London based freelance sound designer, filmmaker, artist, and field Recordist; who aims to create compelling multi-disciplinary work. Aged 22, he studied Digital Music & Sound Arts at Brighton University and now composes sound for film, theatre and installation art, whilst pursuing a range of projects in moving image. His fascination with the relationship between the visual and sonic arts drives his experimental approach within both fields to explore how they best compliment one another.


Bulldogs

Bulldogs

Production Partner
Resource Productions

Written & Directed by Zara Sands

Zara is an 18 year old student currently studying A Level Exams at Sixth form. She grew up in Guildford, Surrey with an interest in performance and visual arts. Pursuing training as a theatrical performer, she studied dance and musical theatre on the associate programme at London Studio Centre before developing an interest in contemporary dance/choreography and training on a vocational contemporary dance course with Balletboyz which she has now been attending for the past year. Zara has recently accepted a place on the BA (Hons) course in Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire which she plans to start in September 2016. She has also spent a year working as a National Young Dance Ambassador for Youth Dance England. Zara continues to create visual artwork in her own free time and train in various forms of performing arts. She considers herself an interdisciplinary artist.

1st AD & Assistant Producer Andrew St Maur

Now aged 21, Andrew was 17 when he first became seriously interested in film making and wanting to pursue it as a career. It was then that he first got involved with Resource Productions to develop his skills, initially as an actor in the award-winning short "Kharon".

He had previously been solely interested in acting, was part of a drama club for 10 years and studying the craft of acting at school up to A-Level. Although he continued to act, Andrew’s Filmmaking experience on Firstlight funded short "Wasteland" as part of Pinewood Young Filmmakers, this led him to attend the University of Central Lancashire on their film production course, aiming to develop his skills as a Director. Whilst at University Andrew Directed a feature film in his second year as part of the course, as well as numerous short films. His skills as a director and a producer both improved, with the latter suiting his natural communication and coordination skills very well. Using what he had learnt over the years he achieved a first class honours degree and is now looking to develop his own production company focusing mainly on short film productions.

Customer Designer Rebecca Jo Lesley

Rebecca is a twenty-two-year-old practitioner from Wraysbury who has worked in a variety of roles within the costume department, from being the alterations hand for period theatre productions to acting as the supervisor and designer for contemporary feature films.

Her first internship was in Romania with GRAMPUS Heritage and since she has had experience in small roles with the BBC, Shakespeare's Globe theatre, Sky and Angels The Costumiers. Rebecca has been the designer for films made with Screen South and Resource Productions, including three short films which are part of the Random Acts Network scheme with Channel 4. Rebecca has worked on a mixture of short and feature length films, commercials and music videos.

The designer was educated at Central Saint Martins and the Arts University Bournemouth where she learnt a mixture of design, supervisory, textile and construction techniques, including: corsetry, breakdown work and moulding latex. Whilst at university she worked as a Costume Archive Assistant and represented AUB at the United States Theatre Technology conference in Texas. Rebecca graduated with the Costume for Screen Award for her design work on the films Tehzeeb and Strangers.

Rebecca has also taken professional courses in Alternative Pattern Cutting and Drafting at Central Saint Martins and Costume Painting and Dyeing with Jane Clive at Pinewood Studios. She is now a Sara Putt Associates Costume Trainee and is currently designing for a Creative England iShort.

Sound Editor & Sound Designer Philip Moroz

Philip grew up in Wooburn Green, southern England and was surrounded by music from a young age. With this musical background, gigging, recording and experimenting with music, Philip began to transfer the skills acquired into an acquired interest in the world of sound for film.

With the help of his siblings and friends who also had a keen interest in many areas of the filming process, creating short films was a logical step to learn more about the subject. These projects were found to be vital in understanding the core concepts of filming and have since then inspired and motivated Philip to develop his knowledge and skills in all areas of the production and post-production stages of audio and video.

Philip specialises in sound editing and sound design and in 2013, while at University, he launched an independent sound effects production team 'noisecreations' along with Callum Tennick to provide sound effects collections from their online store at http://noisecreations.co.uk/.

Whilst working freelance on several feature films, short films, documentaries and company promotion videos, he has also studied at Solent University gaining a 1st Class Honours degree in 'Sound for Film, Television and Games'. Philip has a firm ambition to be highly successful within the film industry. He enjoys working with people to produce a finished project to a high standard. From a musical background, Philip is a very committed individual who consistently searches to gain more knowledge, abilities and experience in all forms of sound.

Website: http://philipmoroz.co.uk/


A Glimpse in the Dark

A Glimpse in the Dark

Production Partner
Carousel

A film by Will Hanekom

Will is a learning disabled illustrator and film maker who has been working extensively with filming and has just completed illustrations for an online Graphic Novel titled ‘Curing Perfect’. He received a Distinction in ‘Creative Media production and Technology’ level 2 accredited by UAL (University of the Arts London) in 2015.

• www.curingperfect.com

Lead Actress Sarah Gordy

Sarah is an actress with Down Syndrome who has high profile experience as an actor (Upstairs / Downstairs, Jane Eyre, Call The Midwife, Doctors, Holby City) and has an active following.

• Website: http://sarahgordy.com
• Show reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KoXjF6RhzU
• BBC South East news interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdWtHJF9xeY


The Law of the Sea

The Law of the Sea

Production Partner
University for the Creative Arts

Co-Directed, Co-Produced & Animated by Elmaz Ekrem

Elmaz is a London born animator who currently studies at UCA. Her films explore interpretations of literature, metaphor and philosophy.

Co-Directed, Co-Produced & Animated by Dominika

Dominika is a film maker from Poznan, Poland. Currently a student at UCA, her films are centred around themes of politics and human experience.

Cinematography by Tymon Nogalski

Tymon is a young Polish visual artist. He works in such media like film, photography.

Composer Kuba Gudz

Kuba is a young Jazz musician who studied at the Jazz Institute Berlin in Germany.