Making movies is not for the fainthearted. Telling a story in a single shot makes it even more challenging. From four directors, members of Directors UK, we’ll hear first-hand just how challenging an experience it was. They all relied on Trinity fitted with ALEXA LF or ALEXA Mini with Signature Prime lenses and were aided by amazing Trinity operators. This is your ideal opportunity to hear their stories, see some mesmerizing examples and ask some challenging questions. Chaired by – Lotus Hannon, a director/writer driven to tell stories from the margins about human survival dealing with themes of power, sexuality and taboos. Lotus’ short films have been screened internationally and her latest short, Unseen, was selected by Directors UK for the Challenge ALEXA 2018. Her screenplay Undertow was recently selected for a BFI NETWORK Live Script Read at Encounters Film Festival and is currently developing her directorial feature debut, a thriller, Orion’s Belt. Lotus has also worked in primetime TV comedy, including directing inserts for Jonathan Ross’ It’s Only TV,..But I like It for BBC1 and as 1st A.D. on Peter Kay’s pilot / first series for Channel 4. She was the winner of The Script Factory Development Scheme and selected for the prestigious WFTV Mentoring Scheme, Creative England Talent Module and Raising Films ClosR Development Programme. Lotus is a board member of Directors UK and an active member of Cinesisters.
Participating directors are:
Luke Bradford – One
Diego Barraza –The Letter
Daphne Schmon – Exit To Stage
Emily Carlton – Exit To Stage
Martin Gooch – A Midwinter Night’s Dream Bios:
Luke Bradford I have passionately pursued story telling through film making since I was 14 years old. After graduating in 2000 with a 1st Class Degree from Bournemouth University’s Television & Video Production BA (Hons), I have produced a broad range of content from commercials to self-shooting documentary, shorts to experimental animation. These films combined, have won multiple awards, raised millions of pounds for charities and received tens of millions of views online. International household brands, global charities & public figures trust my storytelling. These have included Toyota, Samsung, YouTube, Disney, Great Ormond Street Hospital, 10 Downing Street & The Archbishop of Canterbury. A passion for social awareness has influenced many of my projects. The goal with my work is to stir debate and ultimately stimulate positive action.
Diego Barraza, (El Salvador, 1973) Sussex based Cinematographer and Director. Full member of Directors UK. Winner of 2018 Best Short Film Audience Award at the Tallahassee Film Festival. In 2000, he won the Mole & Richardson’s Hollywood “Millennium Lighting Contest”. His feature documentaries, short films, music promos and commercial work have aired internationally. His experimental film ‘Different trains, distant memories’, played alongside a live performance of the music of Steve Reich and his live film work toured the UK with The Modulus Quartet supported by the UK Arts Council. In still photography he has collaborated with La Vanguardia newspaper, El Temps magazine, A-10 New European Architecture magazine among others. His photography work on the earthquake that struck El Salvador in 2001 was showcased in a book published by the Barcelona City Council. Diego was for three years the director of the Cadaqués Latin America Film Cycle. In September 2011 Diego was invited by the United Nations Development Fund to deliver a new media workshop at the Young Indigenous Leaders of America Conference in Quito, Ecuador and by Cultural Survival International to teach Participatory Video to Mayan youth in Guatemala. Diego also teaches film-making to Sussex youth and runs his own production company SaGuarda Studios Ltd.
Daphne Schmon Daphne is an award-winning Greek-American director. She founded Seek Films in 2009 and her first feature documentary CHILDREN OF THE WIND (2012) won eight festival awards including “Best Documentary” and “Best Emerging Filmmaker” at X-Dance and a nomination for the “CNN Best Documentary Award.” From the slums of Kenya to sub-Saharan deserts, she has filmed in over nine countries. Her work has been featured on CNN, Amazon, and SBS. Her first narrative short ALL OF ME (2017) was made with an all-female crew and played at over 25 international film festivals, receiving 3 awards and 6 nominations. Most recently, she co-directed EXIT TO STAGE (2019) with Emily Carlton, which won the Directors UK and ARRI Trinity Challenge. Daphne is co-founder of the ‘Breaking Through The Lens’ event series and an active member of WIFTV and Cinesisters.
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Emily Carlton Emily is a British Writer and Producer born and raised in London. Graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in Social and Political sciences, her journalistic credits include OutThere Magazine, The Times, LOVE and the Huffington Post. She now works as a screenwriter and producer with Seek Films. She has had three short film scripts produced: ALL OF ME (2017), which has played at 25 international film festivals to date, THE INVADERS SONG (2018) which premiered at Palm Springs International Film Festival and FULL ENGLISH (2018) which was recently nominated for ‘Best Screenplay’ at the LiftOff Awards 2019. She recently wrapped on her directorial debut, short film EXIT TO STAGE (2019) made with the support of Directors UK and ARRI. Emily is a co-founder of the ‘Breaking Through The Lens’ event series and an active member of WIFTV and BAFTA Crew.
Martin Gooch, Director Martin Gooch wrote, directed, and produced so many short films he released a DVD called: I Made a Feature Film by Mistake, comprised of more than 100 minutes of shorts. Hi short films The Curse of Ian Spatchcock and Arthur’s Amazing Things were winners with BBC Best New Director (2001/2002) which led Martin to direct Doctors (BBC), Hollyoaks (C4) and Spooks Interactive, which won a BAFTA and was nominated for an EMMY. Martin started his career working on big budget films like Judge Dredd, Harry Potter, James Bond: Goldeneye and The Muppets as a 2nd and 1st AC (Assistant Cameraman) before becoming an award winning writer and director in his own right. He spent 15 years in the camera department on 200 TV shows and 13 feature films (more than 1000 days on set), including a year working in Australia and two feature films in Tunisia, as a training ground to become a director. He learnt on set from the best people in the business. He wrote/produced/directed and raised the finance for his first feature film DEATH (2012) starring Paul Freeman (Raiders of The Lost Ark) and legendary British actor Leslie Phillips, (star of more than 100 movies) then The Search for Simon, (2013). His third feature film The Gatehouse, a gothic fantasy, has just been released in the UK and USA. Martin has a master’s degree in screenwriting from the University of the Arts (London) and has written 21 feature films and sold several scripts to Hollywood. His first 3 movies have won or been nominated for 44 awards including numerous Best Director and Best Film awards. Martin produced and directed the feature length live gig of Claudia Brucken in London in 2013 entitled This Happened. In 1992 Martin spent six months working for the US Forest Service in Modoc County North California in the archaeological department, which gave him a love of the outdoors and led him to Mount Shasta where 25 years later he returned to film his fourth feature film the sci-fi post-apocalyptic Black Flowers in 2017. Black Flowers recently had its world premier at the Sitges International Film festival and will be released internationally in 2019. He has spent his life making films and wishes to continue to do so.