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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"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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"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."
Read more. Plus an interview.

19 September 2014

SUGAR AND VICE - WITCHING HOUR

Here's the latest promo I made for Sugar and Vice, a great company who specialise in acrylic jewellery. Inspiration was taken from the intros of TV shows such as AHS: Coven and True Blood. I'm pretty happy with it, especially as I finally managed to find a use for footage of my axolotls. I hope you enjoy it.

18 August 2014

CLOGAU HERITAGE - DOWNTON ABBEY

Earlier this year I spent a few days at Highclere Castle, better known as Downton Abbey, to shoot behind the scenes on Clogau's Heritage campaign. Check out the video below.


Most exciting for me was the fact Stanley Kubrick filmed some of the orgy scenes from Eyes Wide Shut there. It was amazing to stand in the exact places he stood and see that nothing had really changed.


23 July 2014

THE MAKING OF SOROR

Here's the making of film I made for Soror, Fingercuff's most recently finished short film. Hopefully it's an interesting watch for any filmmakers and film lovers.