8 December 2014

SUPERSONIC - SUPERHERO DRAMA


This year I was lucky enough to edit a short film called Supersonic, directed by Samuel Dore, produced by Neath Films and funded by BSLBT. The story is centred around a teenager's discovery that the superhero stories his father told him as a child might have been more than just stories.


The BSLBT "commissions television programmes made in British Sign Language by Deaf people for Deaf people." Consequently the film had a predominantly deaf and hard of hearing cast and the majority of dialogue in the film is sign language. This was really interesting from an editing point of view. As I'm a hearing person I had to really rely on the script to guide me, I also had an interpreter called Beverley Wilson who was a huge help when I got stuck. When editing a hearing film you can cut back and forth between people talking, showing one person's reaction when the other is talking off-screen, etc, but you can't do this for a deaf film. When someone is signing you have to stay on them until they've finished as their dialogue is 100% visual. This makes editing interesting and in some ways quite easy and simplistic, if someone is talking then you show them. I found myself utilising wide master shots more than I normally would as you can see the person signing and the other person's reaction simultaneously. I'd love to edit more signing and have the freedom to try different styles to portray the dialogue, such as split screens or picture-in-picture like 24. It's always good to expand your skills and I look forward to editing more deaf films.

Check out the trailer below and watch the full film on the BSL Zone website.

2 December 2014

I DIDN'T KNOW THAT - SHORT DRAMA

Last year I edited a short drama for Flix Films called I Didn't Know That. The film, funded by Dying Matters, aims to "improve understanding about Muslim traditions related to dying and death among doctors, nurses and other health and care professionals."

I learnt a lot working on this project and think it's always a good thing to brighten your horizons about different cultures. You can watch the full film below.

 

1 December 2014

SUGAR & VICE - ABSTRACT PROMO

Here's a promo I made for the latest jewellery collection from Sugar & Vice. It's a bit different to the others I've made as it mainly consists of layered still images. I hope you enjoy it.

There's much more jewellery in the collection than I could fit into the promo so check it all out right here: www.sugarandvicedesigns.com/collections/the-abstract-collection

24 November 2014

THE MAKING OF IT HELPS TO TALK

Over the last few months I've been working with Flix Films to create a drama called It Helps to Talk. The film is part of a training package launched by Skills for Care, aimed at improving communication between health and social services delivering end of life care in the UK.

I was asked to write a script that would not only be a compelling story but also serve as a training film for anyone involved in health and social care, especially at end of life. The script is based on real stories and experiences gathered from people who attended numerous workshops held by Flix. I also edited the final film and made a 'making-of' about the whole process, which you can watch below.

It was really great to be involved in such a worthwhile project. I hope you enjoy the making-of.

26 October 2014

TERRY AND BRENDA REVIEWS

A few different websites/blogs have been kind enough to review Terry and Brenda, so I thought I'd collect them all in one place. If you want to review it tweet me at @JamHoopFilm.

"Takes delight in exposing the dark underbelly of suburbia. A confident and delightful film, with superb central performances."
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"Manages to spank the sweet spot between character development, comedy and horror. A confident and charming film about the more humdrum side of macabre debauchery." Read more.

"What writer and director Jamie Hooper has managed to produce in fifteen minutes is astonishing. An unnerving, uncomfortable and yet superb film."
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"It balances the humanistic comedy with the skeletons in the closet of England’s street. There's a sense that this couple will stick around in my mind for a long time."
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"Fun and alarmingly believable. Manages to completely subvert expectations a number of times."
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"Hooper's style is adept at framing glacially-paced normality and delivering tightly-edited, invigorating subversion."
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"Offers a darkly comic view on middle-age partnership, as well as an exploration of the things some people will do to keep whatever shades of love there is left alive."
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"Impressive style and quality. It does a great job of building tension and unease throughout."
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"Realistically scary and the performances are delightful."
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