Nick Kyriakides – Editor

Who is Nick Kyriakides?

Creative by nature. Positive and passionate problem-solver, always focused on understanding clients’ needs and pushing the creative boundaries. When I’m not in post production I’m a certified NLP Master (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and also the co-founder of a charity endorsing kindness.

How did your career path develop?

In the wonderful world of freelancing, my career really developed after my first job as head of post for a short film that won the ‘filmaka’ competition in the US.

From then on I worked on several music videos for EMI records and Century Media which were broadcast internationally and I did compositing on a short film that was in the official selection for Cannes 2009.

I have ventured into many fashion, commercial and corporate roles that have allowed the development of my editing, visual effects, motion graphics, compositing, and grading skills.

What do you consider your greatest achievement/s so far?

With so many incredible opportunities it’s difficult to choose just one. I was very proud to have done the entire post production on the official Anti-Bullying films for the nation for 3 years in a row. Working on a Cannes’ official selection was a very cool experience too. Flying to Bahrain to film and work on the entire post production for the official Formula One commercial was a stand-out moment.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

I feel all projects I work on I’m proud to have had the opportunity to be part of. I’m particularly enthusiastic for those that are seen by millions of people, like the music video for Paradise Lost’s ‘Faith Divides Us Death Unites Us’, which is their highest viewed to date.

Share your biggest lessons in life and work

I feel I’m still on the journey and always curious to learn and explore more both personally and creatively. Something I would encourage everyone to do is to be endlessly curious and experience as much as possible both personally and professionally. Your passions inform your professional life and vice versa. The more you discover, develop and cultivate your core values and beliefs, the more you’ll understand your calling in life.

Also, have fun and be grateful every day. Even during those stressful times under tight deadlines, gratitude is key to get you through any situation. In a nutshell, do what you love and love what you do.

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Zilke Lemmer – Editor

Who is Zilke Lemmer?

Originally from South Africa, I came to London 12 years ago on a 6-month contract and I’m still here.

How did your career path develop?

Ever since my film school days, I’ve always wanted to work on documentaries. Whilst everyone dreamt of becoming the next Spielberg, I was interested in wildlife films and I was fortunate to land a great opportunity, almost straight out of film school, working as an editor at one of South Africa’s top wildlife film companies.

It was an incredible learning experience in filmmaking. Starting off in the unpredictable world of wildlife filmmaking taught me so much about constructing stories, pacing, how to build tension and utilizing music, all of which I could apply later in my career as I branched out into the world of factual and entertainment.

What do you consider your greatest achievement/s so far?

Career-wise, I’m proud of the fact that I’ve managed to have a successful career in the UK for the last 12 years, starting off with one contact.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

The film West Meets East was a real challenge. It was filmed on 3 cameras and with separate audio. There were no matching time codes, only a handful of sync claps and a lot of what was being said was in Hindi too. Initially, when the crew went out to film, they had no idea what to expect, hence there was no real shooting script in place. It was daunting, but I love that film. I think we managed to create an amazing and entertaining watch. It made me realize that I can pretty much rise to any challenge.

Share your biggest lessons in life and work

Your first instinct is often the right one, so make sure to save old cuts! Treat everyone you encounter with respect and kindness, it goes a long way. Learn from feedback and never take it personally. If you are working for yourself you need to have a “can do” attitude and should always be willing to go the extra mile.

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What’s On – July 2017

160 Characters
Short Film
Edited by Lisa Forrest

When a vintage Nokia is recharged, a compelling real life story is revealed in just 100 texts, about how two people, meet, date, break up and deal with an unplanned pregnancy.

Shot entirely on an iPhone 6, 160 Characters uncovers the secrets and stories, buried in our mobiles both old and new. | Watch


Loak
Short Film
Co-Written and co-directed by Johnny Mourgue

Original and unexpected, alternately menacing and humorous, the film highlights the dangers of carrying a knife for ‘protection’, turning the topic on its head and brings the subject to raw life with a carefully selected cameo cast.

Commissioned by Channel 4 Random Acts. | Watch


Wildfire
Music Video
Co-directed by Lukas Schrank

Music video for Müto’s new single ‘Wildfire’, feat. Deutsch Duke. Co-directed by Lukas Schrank with business partner George Thomson through their production company Visitor Studio. | Watch


Suntan
Feature film
Edited by Napoleon Stratogiannakis

A coming of ‘middle-age’ film, from greek filmmaker Argyris Papadimitropoulos. Set on a hedonistic Greek Island, a middle-aged doctor becomes obsessed with a young tourist when she lets him tag along with her group of hard partying friends. | Watch


 

PASSION – Bad Acid by David Chaudoir

Filmmaker, Motion Graphic Designer and Creative Director David Chaudoir recently made a short film called Bad Acid – a wry, dark fantasy on the price of fame – which after a successful festival run is now available to watch on Amazon Video.

A love-letter to the British horror films of Amicus, Hammer and Tyburn, this darkly humorous horror tale follows a washed up TV hypnotist whose fame and fortune has run out. When he acquires a genie lamp with a chequered past and some LSD blotters within, he takes one but his visions of success are haunted by a malevolent presence.

David shared with us a little bit about how it all came together.

I wrote and directed my first short film in 2015, I did it because I had been writing scripts since 2010 and realized it was easier to direct my own material than find somebody else with the same mindset to do so. I had directed music videos adverts and TV promos but they were always at the service of somebody else.

The idea was born of my love of magic where I found a hypnotist who induced a hallucination in a subject and turned it from benign to evil and I wondered what that would look like if the hallucination was in fact real or just perhaps madness.

Bad Acid was partly crowd-funded but I went to several people privately and one of them said yes. I was doing a job for an agency and on the bottom of an email I saw that the person had produced a film so I got in contact. The producer made me wait a year before we had a meeting and I had to convince her that my horror film wasn’t trash.

Making a short film stretches you because you have to get it into festivals, get it seen and talked about but you are the person left with a product that frankly nobody else cares about. You become a one person PR department long after the film is made. The disappointments of not getting the film into festivals stings but with each rejection, the pain lessens.

Now that the film is on Amazon, I’m planning the next two films and I have written a couple of TV shows. Writing is a stretch – anybody who says it isn’t is either Wordsworth or lying.

David Chaudoir

Blueberry Highlights from Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017

We had a blast at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest and it was hard to pick our favourite talks and events but we gave it our best in this highlights compilation.

We also did a round up of our favourite films here.


The BBC Interview: Louis Theroux meets Nick Broomfield

Having a talented and humorous documentary filmmaker like Louis Theorux interviewing a legend the caliber of Nick Broomfield was a treat. The talk provided great insight into the process of the acclaimed, award-winning documentary maker with lots of interesting questions.

He explained that his films feature himself heavily, as he guides the story and builds the relationship with his subjects using a unique style. However, talking about his new film, Whitney “Can I Be Me”, which premiered at the Festival and it’s predicted to be his most commercially successful film of all time, he revealed how the production team wanted more of him in the film but he knew it had to be all about Whitney. She was so strong that her presence had to be felt and her voice heard so it wasn’t relevant for him to be in it.

Louis asked if there was anyone Broomfield would have loved to have made a documentary about but couldn’t and his answer was Princess Diana. He also mentioned Colin Young as one of his idols, which he described as the Godfather of Docs.

Broomfield revealed his top three tips on documentary filmmaking: to have a good sense of people, to build a good relationship with the film’s subjects and to have a great crew.


Craft Summit: The Art of the Story

This year’s Craft Summit kicked off with international story development guru Fernanda Rossi. She explored the principles of storytelling and story structure, both traditional and new, aimed at expanding your storytelling toolkit and finding solutions to your story that are true to your vision.

It was a very interactive talk which involved the whole audience with physical and vocal exercises, a really fun experience with useful information and jokes along the way.

The highlights from Fernanda’s inspiring talk were: we tell stories to make sense of our past and project ourselves into the future; we’re human because we tell stories and good ones need a balance of predictability and surprise; it’s important to recognise opportunities when they happen and not expect them to happen and it’s ok to go off script if the situation calls for it.


In Conversation with Walter Murch

An absolute MUST for those interested in editing was the talk with Legendary film editor Walter Murch, whose career spans more than 40 years and 3 Oscar wins, including credits such as “The Godfather”, “Apocalypse Now”, “The Conversation” and “The English Patient”.

Murch has been fascinated by the art of the cut since he was around 10 years old, playing around with a tape recorder and would edit the film without realising what he was doing. He first officially got involved with film at film school when he was 22 years old. After graduating he would write letters to directors telling them he wanted to work with them, that’s how he would get his work.

“Editing is the architecture of the mind”. Murch thinks filmmakers sometimes have a link with architecture. A film is architecture inside your mind.

Among his many insightful thoughts on the craft he compared editing to learning a new language and finding new ways to express yourself, underlining how editors are tactical in portraying the vision for the film.

The first time Murch used digital editing software was Avid on “The English Patient”. He then switched to Final Cut Pro for “Cold Mountain”. He’s currently editing on Premiere for the first time which he likes – cutting Taghi Amirani’s documentary “Coup 53”. He admitted to not being a fan of Final Cut Pro X – he would just switch between Avid and Final Cut Pro 7.

The legendary editor also commented on how recording sound separately allows you to be more creative since you can either depict what you see on screen or create something else that’s more creative and intuitive. A funny anecdote Murch told the audience was how taking a shower helps him when he has editorial block as it enables him to get into deeper levels of the unconscious.


Sensitive Access Commissions with Channel 5

This discussion featured Amy Flanagan (Channel 4), Danny Horan (BBC), Guy Davies (Channel 5) and Malcolm Brinkworth (Brinkworth Films). They looked at how producers go about asking for permission to film a person or their family in times of crisis and distress. They concentrated on fixed rig shows like “24 hrs in A&E”, “The Hospital”, “999 Whats your emergency”, “The Accused” and “Slum Britain”.

For instance, they showed a clip from “The Hospital” which took place at the same time as the terrorist attack on Westminster. The producers made the decision to blur the terrorist’s face as they wanted to keep the hospital’s trust and it was outlined in their initial contract that anyone they couldn’t get permission from, had to be protected, no matter who that person was.

It was interesting to find out how they would approach a mother in A&E and ask to film her sick child and in general how they would find subjects to follow and understand their needs.


Extreme Factual: No Pain No Gain?

Channel 4 has put extreme factual at the heart of their schedule. But what are the secrets of its success? The speakers on this panel were Kelly Webb-Lamb (head of Factual at Channel 4), Colin Barr (Minnow), David Dugan (Windfall), Dominic Harrison (Channel 4), Moses Adeyemi (Contributor on SAS: Who Dares Wins) and Kim Shillinglaw (Endemol).

There was a bit of a debate between going through the harsh conditions realistically and prioritising the well being and safety of the contributors and the crew. It was pretty interesting hearing both perspectives and how they have to consider that times are changing and they need to find new ways to keep the audience engaged.

Using “Mutiny” as an example, they highlighted how to push these shows to be as extreme as possible to get drama out of a few guys on a boat, showing the importance of characters and casting. They also used this format as a new way to get a younger audience interested in history, and make an older audience watch a reality programme.

They also touched on how these ‘extreme’ shows tend to mainly feature men as they’re envisioned as an escapist masculine concept but networks want to find ways to include women more.


Grierson DocLab Alumnus Ryan Gregory Wins Inaugural BBC Three Northern Docs Pitch

One of the best festival highlights for Irantzu was seeing Ryan Gregory, a member of the Grierson DocLab programme 2016, win the first BBC Three Northern Pitch session, to produce a documentary on voice hearers, commonly referred to as schizophrenia. A career-launching moment for Ryan and an inspiration to all the 2017 trainees and some of the previous DocLab trainees who turned up to support. A proud moment for Jane Callaghan, Managing Director of The Grierson Trust and for Yen Yau, their Outreach Programme Manager. | More

Highlights Of The Week

– WHAT’S ON TV/DIGITAL – 

Blueberry Editor Karl Watson was featured in last week’s episode of “Holiday Horrors: Caught on Camera” on ITV. Karl had an accident during one of his trips shooting his Travel Documentary series. Check out the clip on his YouTube Channel.


– SPOTLIGHT – 

Last week’s Spotlight on Blueberry Talent was about Lisa Forrest, an experienced and creative Editor with a passion for factual projects. Well versed in documentaries, dramas, corporate films and promos, she has worked with popular UK production companies and also works as a visiting lecturer in Editing at Royal Holloway University.

Read all about her career path.


 – EVENTS –

EditFest London 2017 took place at BFI. We had given two tickets away for the event and our 2 winners had a brilliant time. One of them was Blueberry Editor Lisa Forrest who shared her thoughts and photos from the experience here. The other one was fresh graduate Archana Ammal Kumar, who is pursuing a career in post production and she also shared her enthusiastic account of the event here.

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 – Film Highlights

Sheffield Doc/Fest has wrapped another edition and Blueberry was in attendance once again. What a fun and inspirational 6-day marathon of amazing documentaries, talks, events, panels and so much more! Check out our favourite Films below and find all our other events highlights here.


Chasing Coral
dir. Jeff Orlowski
Release:  Netflix – July 14

Winner of the Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival, this thrilling ocean adventure investigates why coral reefs are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A brilliant example of activism in film, this is a must-see documentary with beautiful imagery that urges and empowers people to create change. | Watch the Trailer


Dina
dir. Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini
Release: Dogwoof

Dina and her fiancé Scott, both neurodivergent, have moved in together to ready for their upcoming wedding, and have set about the messy business of forging lives. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, this groundbreaking observational documentary is a moving insight into the life of a unique woman and captures the poetry of humanity which binds us all. | Watch a Clip


Love and Hate Crime
dir. Ben Steele
Release: BBC Three

A young man is led into a Mississippi court and sentenced to life for the savage murder of the woman he loved. Cut by Alex Fry, one of Blueberry’s favourite editors, it’s an observational film without commentary and scored to create quite a cinematic feel. Brilliant, distinctive storytelling. Alex is also editing the other two films in the series, which are all about hate crime cases in the US. | More 


Whitney “Can I Be Me”
dir. Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal
Release: Dogwoof – From June 16

Made with largely never-seen before footage and exclusive live recordings, the new documentary from acclaimed and award-winning filmmaker Nick Broomfield tells Whitney Houston’s incredible and poignant life story with insights from those closest to her. | Watch the Trailer

Roundtable Films did the post production on the film. | More


Nobody speak: Trials of a free press
dir. Brian Knappenberger
Release: Netflix – From June 23

A compelling documentary which examines the perils and duties of the free press in an age of inequality. The trial of wrestler Hulk Hogan vs Gawker Media pitted privacy rights against freedom of the press, but ended up as a case study in how big money can silence media through legal means. | Watch the Trailer


You have no idea how much I love you
dir. Paweł Łoziński
Release: Cat & Docs

In this intense three-hander, mother Ewa and daughter Hania haltingly explore their difficult relationship over a series of sessions with a gently probing psychotherapist.

Composed entirely of tight shots of the three protagonists, this is an incisive exploration of familial love and an often moving portrait of grief. | Watch the Trailer 


Risk
dir. Laura Poitras
Release: Dogwoof – June 30th

Filmed over 6 years, the new documentary by Oscar-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras, director of “Citizenfour”, is a volatile character study that captures Julian Assange’s story with unprecedented access and collides with a high stakes election year and its controversial aftermath. A portrait of power, betrayal, truth, and sacrifice. | Watch the Trailer


A Suitable Girl
dir. Smriti Mundhra and Sarita Khurana
Release: N/A

Three young women in India struggle to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure to get married. Winner of Albert Maysles Award for First Documentary Feature at Tribeca Film Festival, with incredible access, heartfelt scenes and its strong verité style, this is a film that helps you rethink the dynamics of love through a moving portrayal of a cultural tradition. | Watch a Clip


Forbidden Games
dir. Adam Darke and Jon Carey
Release: N/A

Rich archive and emotional interviews are at the core of this telling of the turbulent life of British footballer Justin Fashanu. His coming out in an age of widespread homophobia not only damaged his football career, but led to the demise of his relationship with the brother with whom he shared a painful early history and a lifelong rivalry. | Watch the Trailer


Jaha’s Promise
dir. Kate O’Callaghan, Patrick Farrelly
Release: N/A

Female genital mutilation activist Jaha Dukureh is on a mission to bring awareness to – and ultimately stop – this millennia old practice. Now living in America, the native Gambian has already brought the issue to the attention of former president Barack Obama and, despite widespread conservatism, is taking her message back to her home country. | Watch the Trailer


Thank You For The Rain
dir. Julia Jahr
Release: N/A

Norwegian filmmaker Julia Dahr set out to make a film that would foreground the human dimension of global warming. She found an eager collaborator in Kisilu Musya, a farmer from Kenya, a husband, and father of seven. As he takes his community’s story to the 2012 Globalisation Conference in Norway, he also confronts the hypocrisy of international power politics. | Watch The Trailer


Catching a Killer: The wind in the Willows Murder
dir. Jazz Neumann
Release: Channel 4 – July 10th

In April last year, 42-year-old antiquarian book dealer Adrian Greenwood was found dead in his home, stabbed more than 30 times in a frenzied and brutal attack with no suspects, no witnesses and no sign of forced entry. This documentary follows the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit’s investigation into the murder and what happened to the victim’s early edition of The Wind in the Willows, worth £50,000. | More


Mama Coronel
dir. Dieudo Hamid
Release: N/A

This observational documentary follows the work of ‘Mama Colonel’ in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Celebrated for her fierce protection of children and abuse survivors, she sets out to admonish and inspire her new community to look after each other but the scars from a horrific 15-year-old war run deep. | Watch the Trailer


Death in the Terminal
dir. Asaf Sudry, Tali Shemesh
Release: N/A

On October 18, 2015, a gunman opened fire in an Israeli bus terminal, causing it to erupt in chaos. Swift reprisals are soon taken, with devastating consequences. Interweaving CCTV footage and powerful firsthand testimonials, Death in the Terminal forensically pieces together a modern terrorism attack and how the tragedy continues to haunt those caught up in it. | More


The Cage Fighter
dir. Jeff Unnas
Release: N/A

This powerful vérité documentary tells the story of American Joe Carman. The 40-year-old blue collar worker gave up cage fighting years ago, but claims it’s the only arena where he feels confident. When he returns to fighting without the blessing of his wife and four daughters, his dangerous hobby soon threatens to tear the family apart. “The film evokes The Wrestler and The Fighter but with real-life stakes.” | More


A Modern Man
dir. Eve Mulvad
Release: N/A

Life seems good for Charlie Siem. One of Europe’s most accomplished classical violinists, he travels the globe playing to swooning audiences, and fronts glamourous ad campaigns for the likes of Boss and Armani. But beneath his smiling demeanour is a more troubled countenance, as he admits that outward trappings still have not brought him inner peace. | Watch the Trailer


Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2
dir. Florent Dassault
Release: N/A

Looking like 12 ANGRY MEN, Lindy’s story is all but fictional. For 20 years, she lived with an unbearable feeling of guilt and no one in the Republican and Protestant community understood her distress. Finding her 11 fellow jurors since they sentenced a man to death, this compelling documentary questions the profound impact this experience had on their lives. | Watch the Trailer


Geek Girls
dir. Gina Hara
Release: N/A

A geek girl herself, filmmaker Gina Hara is keen to celebrate the world of anime songs, fictional characters, and escapist games. But while a few geek girls are willing to share their journeys, Hara finds that most are unwilling to be identified. A nuanced exploration of the dark side of a subculture all too often dominated by misogyny, online harassment, and ostracisation, including the filmmaker’s own struggles with her geek identity. | Watch the Trailer


On The Edge Of Freedom
dir. Jens Lengerke and Anita Mathal Hopland
Release: N/A

Through urban exploring, many young Russians and Ukrainians have found a way to find their own identity through death defying stunts. By confronting fear, they seem to be taking control over their own lives. But the realities of the conflict-ridden post-Soviet era don’t go away just because you are 300 feet up above the city. | Watch the Trailer