Oscar Barany – Animator

Who is Oscar Barany?

Not too sure how to answer this question. I think I need to do more soul-searching. I’m a creator of weird, colourful and silly creatures. I’ve been working as a freelance animator for 2 years and I love my job. It’s an amazing feeling to be paid to be creative and have fun.

How did your career path develop?

I used to make cigar box guitars in my spare time, so before becoming an animator I wanted to make instruments for a living. From there I went on to do an art foundation and during that time I realised I’d always loved doodling and creating characters.

That naturally progressed into going to study animation at Leeds College of Art, where I started freelancing as an animator and VJ for a variety of clients. I moved back to London to continue as a freelance animator, whilst still trying to create my own work in my spare time. I still do a bit of woodwork when I can. I love creating short form animation whenever I can as it’s always a good excuse to try new techniques and designs.

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

My graduate short film “Thirsty” has been shown at multiple film festivals in the UK and internationally but more importantly for me, audiences were finding it funny which was amazing too see. Hopefully there are more screenings to come.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

Probably my own personal project, Audionauts. It’s an audiovisual web app which combines music creation with colourful characters. This was the first interactive project I’d created. A big part of it was the audio and I worked with a really talented musician from Leeds College of Music called Oscar Abela, who created all the audio. People seemed to connect with this project really well, it was amazing to see people enjoying it and finding it a bit addictive.

Share your biggest lessons in work and life

The biggest lesson in life which also relates to work is to make sure you experience it. It’s very easy to just sit on the sofa on your day off but as a creative it’s really important to experience what’s going on around us, because that feeds into our work.

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PASSION: New Zealand Road Trip by Karl Watson

Travelling is a huge part of Karl Watson‘s life. Over the last few years the Blueberry Editor has grown a YouTube channel of TV-style documentaries from his backpacking adventures around the world. He took us behind the scenes of his latest one, shot during his New Zealand Road Trip.

This is the latest 2-part series for my YouTube channel of travel documentaries. At the start of 2017 I returned to New Zealand for the third time to do a 7-week road trip around both islands. My main drive for making this documentary was that, whilst I’d made a video in New Zealand before as part of a round-the-world trip, my filmmaking skills had come on so much further since then and I really wanted to do justice to this country I love so much.

I had just bought a drone (DJI Phantom 4, Mavic Pro wasn’t available yet), however there was a mess up with the shipment and it only arrived a couple of days before I flew out. So, one of the technical challenges of filming was that the first time I ever used the drone was actually on the trip, hence I was learning as I went.

During the editing process I was keen not to overuse the drone footage, a mistake I think a lot of travel promos make these days. Sure the footage looks fantastic but the audience can quickly become immune to it. I always want the audience to feel like they’re on the trip with me, and I experience the trip on the ground, not flying 100 feet up in the air! 

In terms of storytelling, the first episode was super easy to edit. I was travelling around the North Island with my Kiwi friend Matt, who’s half Maori. He wanted to take me off the beaten track, away from the tourists, and show me his heritage and how New Zealanders enjoy their own country. After that I took him on the classic backpacking trail, making him a tourist in his own country and he got to experience all of the things that were right on his doorstep but he’d never done.

The second episode was a lot more challenging. I was driving around the South Island by myself. Whilst I’ve made films of solo backpacking trips before, I’ve been immersed in the culture of India or surrounded by the wildlife of southern Africa. Here, for about half of this episode, I was literally on my own in the mountains. How on earth do you make that engaging for the audience? The solution was to turn it into a very personal story.

New Zealand was where I did my first proper backpacking trip 11 years ago, which ignited my passion for travelling. That happened just before I did my post-graduate course in video editing, which set off my career path. So I made the whole episode about coming full circle. I even had to switch the order I showed the last couple of places I visited, to give the film a proper climax. It took a lot of work to get that second episode right but in the end I was super pleased with the results.

The feedback on YouTube has been fantastic, viewing figures normally grow exponentially but the 2 episodes together have already received over 50,000 views, so it’s off to a good start.

Karl Watson

Gonçalo Perdigão – Motion Graphic Designer

Who is Gonçalo Perdigão?

I am a driven, self-taught artist with a good sense of humour and always with a smile on my face.

How did your career path develop?

I started working in editing when I was 18-year old back in Portugal, doing music videos, TV pieces, motion design content, 3D and more. Then, a few years ago, a friend (I will be always grateful to) told me that the company he was working for needed another good motion designer, and he recommended me. I went in for an interview, got the job and stayed at that company for 2 years. I then went freelance and never stopped. That was 3 years ago.

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

I would say that every day is an achievement because every day entails a new brief and a new client. Being able to please the client, do a good job and getting called back is an achievement. It’s not easy but possible.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

I’d like to think I’m proud of every project as you don’t know what’s waiting for you on a daily basis and what has worked today, won’t necessarily work tomorrow.

If I have to single out a specific project, I’d say the Adidas advert that I did for MPC because I’ve always wanted to work at MPC and the project was an Adidas advert. Seeing my work everywhere was an amazing experience and I’ve learned so much.

Another highlight was the motion design work I did for the rebranding of the National Rail because normally you work as part of a team with a pipeline, yet on that occasion it was just me and I needed to design and redesign the assets to do the animation.

Share your biggest lessons in life and work

Stay humble, network, remember the path that took you where you are, enjoy the ride and make the most out of it!

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Jamie Coward – Editor

Who is Jamie Coward?

I’m an offline editor first and foremost, but I love grading, sound designing and composing too! I’m also a keen gardener, economics geek, intercity bike ride fiend, 80s R&B impresario and full-on barbecue maniac.

How did your career path develop?

After studying commercial music production at university I was producing twelve inches and mix tapes for UK hiphop artists and playing in various ska and funk/rare groove bands, but back in 2006, an editor friend of mine showed me how to use Final Cut Pro 4, and I never looked back.

The first thing I did was a volunteering gig at the BBC cutting together some internal voxpops for Children In Need, but only eight months later in 2007 I got a job as the series editor on a children’s show called “Horse Patrol” – a magisterial romp through the life and times of the ILPH and its long suffering horse patrol officers.

It was a real baptism of fire and surely contains some of the most shockingly conceived b-roll sequences in the history of British television, but I learned so much so quickly, and I also trained an assistant who is now a very successful editor in his own right.

What do you consider your greatest achievements so far?

The easy answer is that in 2012 I edited “Trashed”, a feature documentary starring Jeremy Irons with music by Vangelis, which was an official selection for Cannes and won the best doc feature editing award at the LA Movie Awards.

That said, by far the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done was two years as a listening volunteer with Samaritans. It wasn’t easy, but I’ll never forget a second of it.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

The most interesting film I’ve ever worked on is a 60 minute documentary I finished earlier this year called “We Were Kings”, which follows the heir to the Burmese throne as he tries to repatriate the remains of his great grandfather, the last king of Burma, from a makeshift tomb in the courtyard of a run-down state housing colony in small town India, where he had been exiled for one hundred years.

Filmed over three years, it tries to work out how an old royal family is supposed to fit into a new country and ultimately how an old, empire-ravaged nation, ruled by kings for a thousand years, is supposed to fit into the modern world.

A friend and I were also given the rare chance to take some recording equipment to Myanmar to capture some traditional Burmese classical music – an art which was awkwardly suppressed by the ruling generals and by the British occupation before them – and bring it back to London to rewire it into a bespoke score.

Share your biggest lessons in life and work

This is hard! Actually, the odd thing is that whenever I’ve been the most successful it didn’t feel like a time when I’d improved as an editor. So, never lose heart! You really improve only when you get something wrong.

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PASSION – Leo Hallal on Colour-Grading “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power”

Blueberry Colourist Leo Hallal has been grading for directors/producers Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen for many years now on projects like “The Island President” and “Audrie and Daisy”, both available on Netflix. His most recent collaboration with the filmmakers is An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, the follow up to the Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”.

A decade after the first film brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, the riveting and rousing follow-up shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. In the film, former US Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.

Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Leo shared with us his thoughts about working on the film:

I was thrilled when I was asked to fly to San Francisco to grade An inconvenient Sequel. This was going to be the most important documentary I have graded, with Paramount Pictures scheduled to release it in early 2017. Then Donald Trump got elected president. 

What was to be an update of what happened since An Inconvenient Truth came out in 2006, suddenly became a channel of resistance. The filmmakers had to go back to recut the film in the new gloomy context of the United States pulling out of the Paris Agreement in climate change denial.

Visually, it had to be beautifully naturalistic, very much like the work of Sir David Attenborough, Ansel Adams and what we see on the National Geographic magazine. The beauty in Nature is key as the most direct visual expression of love and care for the planet.

I am very proud of being part of such an important film for generations to come and hopefully we were able to help inspire the urge to act.”

Leo Hallal

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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Tom Hadley – Editor

Who is Tom Hadley?

I’m an editor and sometimes a creative director. Like almost everyone born before the ‘digital revolution’, I’ve had to adapt and enhance my skills as my career has moved from an analogue environment to a digital one.

I’m passionate about the telling of stories and a decent narrative, which is what unites the very diverse range of work that I do. Whether it’s a rock gig projection or a short doc, everything should have some rigour to it. It’s important what defines the content’s order, look and existence.

How did your career path develop?

I used to work in theatre as a set designer, hence my strong connection with live performance and exhibition design. As the theatrical world collided with digital filmmaking I found myself increasingly interested in creating and especially editing moving image content.

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

Cutting a one hour doc for BBC4. I’d like to do more long-form work as I think it represents the most interesting and challenging facet of filmmaking. Doing justice to a story and keeping it engaging in this age of ever shortening attention spans has to be the ultimate challenge.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

Most recently creating content for Jean Michel Jarre. I’m not a trained graphic designer, but extending my knowledge and use of After Effects and Cinema 4D on this project was great fun and a fantastic team effort. JMJ is a legend, I remember being puzzled by his records as a kid and he’s still doing it, creating mega concerts with super intense live visual experiences.

Share your biggest lessons in life and work

Hitchcock once said “Always confound your audience’s expectation.” This is as true for a live audience as it is for a promo watched on a phone. There’s nothing worse than dull content, it usually means no one’s taken time or cares to imagine what might be like to watch it.

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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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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.

Lisa Forrest – Editor

Who is Lisa Forrest?

I’m an editor, born and raised in London. I love telling stories and if I wasn’t an editor, I’d be a writer.

I’m a dual UK/US citizen, and though most of my projects are based in London, I’ve also worked on projects in New York and Miami. Most of my work these days is in Factual TV, and I also teach editing on an undergraduate course.

How did your career path develop?

Slowly but surely. I always knew I was interested in editing, but growing up just before digital video took over, it wasn’t as easy as it is now to get hands-on experience.

After university, I found a runner job where I could learn Avid in the evenings. That gave me the skills to become an assistant editor in commercials and music videos, and then dramas and documentaries.

I really have done a bit of everything and along the way I’ve realised that long-form was my passion, so I eventually moved up to editing. Once I got my foot in the door with a few clients, I was lucky to keep working for them pretty much non-stop.

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

Whenever I’m asked back by a client. Currently I’m on my third stint at Reef TV, and it’s a great feeling to know they like my work and trust me with their programmes.

It’s also a great achievement when my editing makes people laugh (unless they weren’t supposed to). Once a newspaper reviewed an episode of “Don’t Tell The Bride” which I had cut, and I was very happy when they pointed out the spot-on timing of a particular comedy moment.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

A short mixed media documentary about an archive of text messages on an old Nokia phone, titled “160 Characters”.

It was a really challenging edit because we had to create something more than just text on screen. We ended up using an iPhone to shoot all sorts of scenarios to recreate the main character’s past. It was unusual to have that much creative input in the edit.

The film ended up being a Vimeo Staff Pick and screening at the BFI London Film Festival, among others. I love that so many people have seen it now.

Share your biggest lessons in life and work

Always stay in touch with people you’ve worked with and got on well with. Not only can they give you references and put you forward for jobs, but ultimately it’s a tough industry and it’s lovely to make some good friends along the way.

Life-wise, I’d say when playing “Mario Kart”, the best character is definitely Roy. He’s big and spiky and even when he loses, he has a whale of a time.

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Highlights Of The Week

– PROJECTS – 

Blueberry Editor Lisa Forrest cut short film 160 Characters directed by Victoria Mapplebeck, which screened last week as part of DocHeads at Hackney Picturehouse. Shot entirely on an iPhone 6, when a vintage Nokia is recharged, a compelling real life story unfolds in just 100 texts. You can now watch it on Vimeo.


– SPOTLIGHT – 

For this week’s Spotlight on Blueberry Talent we interviewed Jonny Lee Mills, an enthusiastic and ambitious editor with a big drive to work regularly on intelligent prime-time television and features.

He most recently has worked as lead editor on the popular EE’s YouTube footballing web-series “The Wembley Cup”. Read all about him here.


– EVENTS –

The Degree Show 2017 took place this week at Ravensbourne UK, celebrating the best and brightest Design and Media production professionals of the future!

Liam and Makeda attended on Wednesday to scout for the talent of tomorrow. There was another strong showing from the graduates of the Motion Design and Digital Advertising Design programmes this year. Read more on our Facebook.

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

 

Jonny Lee Mills – Editor

Who is Jonny Mills?

I’m an enthusiastic and ambitious editor with a big drive to work regularly on intelligent prime-time television and features.

How did your career path develop?

As a kid I used to edit sport montages and put them on YouTube. Over the years I’ve developed more of a passion for editing, whilst studying at Cambridge School of Art.

I was lucky enough to start editing professionally in London, where I’ve learned the trade of working on all different type of edits and collaborating with directors and clients to confidently produce quality work to tight deadlines.

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

I’m extremely proud to regularly work on short films and I’ve edited a vast amount in varied genres such as science fiction, comedy, horror and drama. I wouldn’t have been able to do this if it wasn’t for the contacts I’ve made at the places where I’ve worked around London.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

I was very grateful to work as lead editor on EE’s YouTube footballing web-series The Wembley Cup.

The show had YouTubers doing challenges against each other in every episode to win football legends to be in their team and compete at Wembley Stadium. It was a really fun project to work on and a very rewarding one as it gained over 50 million views.

I also had the chance to online-edit an independent feature film called HinterlandIt did incredibly well in festivals around the world, with Raindance calling it “a masterpiece” and The Independent writing that it was bound to “take the independent film world by storm“.

Share your biggest lessons in life and work

Take criticism on board. You could make the best edit that everyone loves but the client is always right.

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Beatriz Elía Marcos – Editor / Motion Graphic Designer

Who is Beatriz Elía Marcos? 

My mother says I’m a “cabra loca” (a little bit crazy) but the truth is I just have a lot of energy, I tend to smile a lot and I’m quite creative (this might be the part my mother mistakes with crazyness).

Professionally, I have over 10 years experience working in audiovisual, mostly in post-production. I have done all kinds of video content: documentaries, advertising, news, corporate, educational.

How did your career path develop?

I studied and started my career in Madrid, from doing some shorts with friends (with no money but a ton of eagerness) to working for some of the most important Spanish audiovisual companies.

I then moved to France where a new challenge began: learning the language and not gaining 100 pounds with all those delicious croissants. Seven years and many videos edited later, I decided to cross the English Channel and start a new adventure in London.

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

I’m quite proud of being able to move and start over again, making new friends, meeting new colleagues, overcoming new challenges. I have learnt so much from each company I’ve worked for.

And I’m more than happy when people want to work with me again, not just for professional reasons but also on a personal level. It’s such a rewarding feeling when you spend at least 8-10 hours a day working with someone and they are glad to work with you again!

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

A feature documentary about the French handball team during the World Championship in 2015.

It was great to be immersed in the competition, working along with a producer for the whole time, managing short deadlines, dealing with unforeseen circumstances and hoping for a happy ending for the project. It was very stressful and it entailed a lot of hard work but it was a great experience.

Share your biggest lessons in life and work

Don’t take simple things too seriously. Love your job so it makes you jump out of bed in the morning, look for inspiration, be kind and enjoy your life.

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