Beard Envy, a new film from John Tomkins, has all that you would want from a short: cross-creative-fertilisation; a community of filmmakers interacting with the community at large; plus a strong sense of classic English eccentricity. And it’s fast-moving, surreal and funny.
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Being a fan of local independent film, I was looking at forthcoming productions when I discovered a trailer for a web series called Horizon, a story which follows lives of five people as they are forever changed when a mysterious alien ship appears on the skyline over Bristol.
What does it take to get a film festival off the ground? How do you make it an success? Well, Plymouth University graduates William Jenkins and Ben Hancock have done just that. William and Ben founded the Plymouth Film Festival in 2013. Its inaugural event taken place in 2014 which was a great success. It is quick becoming a major showcase for local international filmmakers. I was intrigued to find out more about the festival, the highlights of the event, how Roger Deakins became involved, and what we can expect from next year. What better person to answer these questions than one of the co-creators of the festival William Jenkins who I recently caught up with.
With Road Wars the latest release from The Asylum Production company and director Mark Atkins have turned up the heat
on the action/sci fi movie. Set in the post apocalyptic future an amnesic wakes up in a world ravaged by a rabies type virus.
He must band a small group of survivors, search for a cure and a fight to stay alive .
At the end of last year I was fortunate enough to have seen Luke Jeffery‘s film Seeing Red, show as part of the Two Short Nights Film Festival (Exeter Digital/ColourBurn). The short film was superbly made and and a great standout performance from Charlie Coldfield. Deservedly so the film won the audience award at the festival, amongst some tuff high standard competition.
I caught up with Luke recently to find about the making of the film and his inspiration in putting the film together.
In late 2013 I was invited to the set of Scareycrows which was a feature film being made in Dawlish. What struck me when arriving on set was how good the film was looking (with a great fight scene being filmed) and that it was happening here in Devon.
In mid-December I attended the Two Short Nights Film Festival at the Exeter Phoenix. One of the films showing on the night of bursary co-funded films was Richard Gosling‘s Baby Bird.
This past summer I was very fortunate enough to catch up with filmmaker Ashley Thorpe. I discovered Ashley’s films through a filmmaking event at Exeter Phoenix called Cine. They were showing one of his short films called the Hairy Hands and another Scayre Crow. I love the visual style of the films and the storytelling, plus the use of animation with live action. For the Ashley’s next film he has attracted some an awesomely talented team. Here’s Ashley to tell you more
Andy Robinson is one of the most exciting local film makers around at the moment. Which recently I caught up with him to talk about how he got into film and his up and coming film projects. Over to you Andy
Many of you locally may know me as a producer / director, but I am also a massive campaigner for and supporter of local indie film.
Indietro the latest film from director John Tomkins starts filming on September 15.
Two years of incredible hard work boiled down to just 55 minutes on Thursday 27th September … For this was the day that Torquay-based director, John Tomkins, premiered his new thriller, They’re Coming.
At 10:03AM on the 20th March 2012, Amanda York is reported missing. On receiving a mysterious note from an old friend that says “They’re Coming”, her husband David begins the search for his wife aided by their mutual friend Sarah…
David York is searching for his wife. Only one clue is left open to him: two words, ‘They’re Coming’.
Actress Kirsty Symonds’ soulful performance lies at the heart of John Tomkins’ Like An Angel, a time-travelling drama which starts in the Tudor era with a man named Coldare (Adam Barfield) on the run from the agents of Squire Revin Hallows (David Gent).
Like An Angel director and all-round good egg John Tomkins will be holding casting auditions this month for his new action-thriller, They’re Coming.
Torbay filmmaker John Tomkins has been experimenting with green screen for his latest self-penned music video. With his latest feature Like An Angel starting the festival route, and a call for dancers for a future film, we caught up with John to find out more about Midnight and his other projects. Over to you John
You’re sitting there watching the latest blockbuster or music video, and you want to try something different for your next film/video, but your special effects budget is £20 -that’s where I was with my new music video/film.
The much-antipated documentary by Darren Jones which follows Torbay filmmaker John Tomkins as he made his feature Like An Angel has appeared in trailer form.
John Tompkins’ feature set in Torbay, Like an Angel, is nearing completion. Lee Morgan spoke to him about how the film was shaping up, and how the film community has been offering a helping hand. Plus, we have some still from the film.
John Tomkins has set about turning Torbay, Devon, into the backdrop for his fantasy adventure which spans half a millennia. The film, called Like An Angel, follows three characters in a story of theft, magic and time travel. Lee Morgan spoke to director, writer, producer John about the making Like An Angel.
Devon filmmaker John Tomkins presents a look back at his creative journey so far with his Hollywood on a Budget talk. John will reveal the secrets, joys, stresses and challenges of not only being a filmmaker, but turning what was an interest into a full-time creative job.[Read more…] about Secrets of becoming a full-time filmmaker revealed
Beard Envy is a surreal journey into an aspirational, envy-ridden day-mare. Based on the spoken-word poetry of Robert Garnham, it tells the story of one person’s dream to have a beard.
The three-minute poem Beard Envy by Robert Graham is the inspiration for the John Tomkins directed short film Beard Envy. And 2018 is the Year of the Beard, apparently.
I first met Ben Tallamy a few years ago which firstly I began to discover his film work, whether that was music videos, short films and full length features.
You’ve just returned from the cinema and what an experience: the music, the action, the story, the special effects and those edge-of-your-seat moments! If you’re an independent filmmaker or film fan you might dream one day of making such a film. So you’ve decided to make to make a feature film, not only that, but fund it independently, gather a wonderful team and five hundred supporters from around the world. Simon Cox, director of sci-fi feature film Kaleidoscope Man, has done just that. I was intrigued to find out more , so I caught up with him.