The Norwich Film Festival had the privilege of speaking with Hollywood actor Alfred Molina who returns to London this summer to reprise the role of artist Mark Rothko in John Logan’s play Red. This tremendous play is taking place at Wyndham Theatre until the end of July 2018. Molina recalls in our conversation that this is the third incarnation of the play and the fourth time he’s played Rothko. Whilst discussing this role, he’s clearly very excited about the play and he’s delighted to be returning to the role. Molina who has been living in Los Angeles for 25 years, explained that ‘It is very nice to be back in London’ and sees himself more of a visitor but can still offer the odd tourist directions if asked. [Read more...]
During November 2017 we saw the Norwich Film Festival award its prestigious prize of Best Short Film to the outstanding film Edith and we wanted to take a moment to catch up with the wonderful duo Sara Huxley & April Kelley (Pictured above) who are the production team behind this award-winning short.
As a film Edith explores how we move on from bereavements and how we make peace with our past and find something worth living for. The film features stand out performances from Peter Mullen (War Horse, Tyrannosaur), Michelle Fairley (Games of Thrones, Harry Potter, Suits) and supporting roles from Elliot Tittensor (Shameless) and Sia Bennett (Mr Selfridge). Directed by Christian Cooke and written by Ray Robinson. [Read more...]
Continuing on from our Part 1 Interview with the incredible talent that is Jeremiah O'Driscoll, we delve a little further into some of his latest Film edits and some more crucial filmmaking advice.
NFF: The Walk (2015) was a fantastic film which held a combination of digital painting, green screen and other film related techniques and one of my favourite scenes is when Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character braces the walk over the Twin Towers. As a viewer it felt like it induced a level of vertigo – and I wondered if this was intended for the viewer?
J O'D: As I recall the original concept Mr. Zemeckis had for The Walk was to create an IMAX version of Petit's insane and beautiful 1974 performance which would play-out in real time as part of the World Trade Center Memorial museum that was to have and IMAX theatre. Whilst we were working on A Christmas Carol in Los Angeles Philippe Petit visited our motion capture stages many times. He was interviewed at length on camera and on one occasion he donned the motion capture suit and re-enacted his entire performance. It took seven years of pitching the concept and the film until TriStar decided to take it on. So, in a very real way, the vertigo-inducing scene was at the heart of the conception of the project. Editorially this scene in particular was very different from any other scene. When a wire walker walks the wire he looks neither up nor down, just straight ahead is a state of heightened concentration. So since the cuts aren't motivated by looks or eyelines any cut I'd make would be feeling my way through Joseph Gordon-Levitt's brilliant performance. Remarkably, by the time we filmed the climactic sequence, Joseph was accomplished enough to walk the wire himself. Many of the more technical moves were done by Jade Kindar-Martin, who is a very accomplished wire walker. [Read more...]
The Norwich Film Festival had the pleasure of catching up with the brilliant Hollywood Film Editor Jeremiah O'Driscoll (J O'D). His editing credits include: The Polar Express (2004), A Christmas Carol (2009), Flight (2012), The Walk (2015), and most recently Allied (2016). Jeremiah has also contributed his editing skills on films such as Addams Family Values (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), The Birdcage (1996), Contact (1997), What Lies Beneath (2000) and Cast Away (2000). Having worked on numerous Hollywood Films we were thrilled to speak with him about his experiences working in the Film Industry.
(Photo Credit: Jennifer Gregori)
Here is Part 1 (which is FULL of valuable insights and advice!) Part 2 will follow later this month!
J O'D: First, I would just like to note an ironic truth. I've not made a film of my own, short or otherwise, since I was in my third year of undergraduate study at NYU. That would be 1983. Just wanted to clear the space. In this regard I may be the least accomplished person to read these pages so all I can say to your audience is: keep doing what you are doing... Cinema needs you! [Read more...]
Her career spans over 20 years’ in all aspects of Marketing and Distribution in the UK and International film distribution industry. Starting her profession in the marketing department at Palace Pictures, followed by Promotions Manager at United International Pictures and then held 11 years as Head of Film across the Emap portfolio. Following that she has most recently undertaken roles that have included Director of International Marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa for Disney, ABC and ESPN Television and Global Entertainment Director for Yahoo! Her latest venture see's her has taking a new and exciting role leading the expansion of the Telegraph Media Group in the Entertainment category.
We at the festival are also thrilled that Denise will be judging some of this year’s nominated Short Films for the Norwich Film Festival.
NFF: Firstly, can you give us a flavour of what your day to day role as Entertainment Director of Global and UK Media at The Telegraph entails?
DP: I work with major and indie film distributors like Disney, Fox, Lionsgate, Paramount creating strategy to promote their content and marketing across The Telegraph platforms - online, print, app mobile. [Read more...]