David Reviews

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GOING STRAIGHT 8 FROM BERLIN TO PATTAYA

Ed Sayers's ambition for Straight 8 is turning him into Phileas Fogg as he attempts to take his competition around the world in eighty events.

After a hugely successful event at Ciclope in Berlin last month, the carnival heads to Pattaya in Thailand for ADFEST 2018 where he's hoping companies from an exotic array of countries will try their hand at making a stunning film using a Super 8 camera; an audio device; and an awful lot of ingenuity.


So who won in Berlin? In a close fought competition with barely a sliver between the three winning entries, the trophy went to Julia Weber for her film Woman Potion.




That's a strange brew. Remind me of the Straight 8 rules again. You are sent a Super 8 cartridge by the organisers and you then have to send it back - still intact - once you've completed your film. As Super 8 is video only, you compile your soundtrack separately. Cinelab London develop the film which is then married with the soundtrack without adjustment. The completed films are then shown in competition where its makers will see it for the very first time alongside the audience.




That's an incredible challenge. It inspires all kinds of creativity... including some imaginative attempts to get around the rules and Ed and his team are quick to disqualify any entry which transgresses them.


How can I find out more about Julia Weber? She'll be appearing at the CraftWorks show at Focus on December 6th where she'll be interviewed by Jason Stone. You can attend for free by registering here.


And how do I enter the competition at ADFEST? Just go to the relevant page at Straight 8's website and follow the instructions. That's the easy bit.

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RUPERT RUSSELL IS THE MISSING LINK.

Scholar and documentary filmmaker Rupert Russell has joined Missing Link for representation.


JAMES MARSH JOINS PULSE FILMS

Pulse Films have signed Academy Award winning director James Marsh to their roster.


THE SWEET SHOP SIGN GUDMUNDUR GUDMUNDSSON.

The Sweet Shop have signed Icelandic director Gundmundur Arnar Gudmundsson for worldwide representation.


STITCH'S JACK SINGER IS A CUT ABOVE.

Stitch boost their roster by signing accomplished editor Jack Singer.


LUIS CERVERO AND PLEIX TURN ROGUE.

Spanish filmmaker Luis Cervero and French collective Pleix have joined Rogue for representation.


YOUNG FRENCH DIRECTOR FANNY HOETZENEDER JOINS KNUCKLEHEAD.

Knucklehead have high hopes for their latest signing... young French director Fanny Hoetzeneder.


REMY CAYUELA IS AN AGILE MAN.

Agile Films kick off 2018 by adding French director Remy Cayuela to their roster.


GIVING BRANDS A BUMP.

The New Year means the return of some old favourites to ITV's weekend schedule... and new sponsorship opportunities for brands.


DARK ENERGY'S LENNY DORFMAN'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH ENGLAND.

New Yorker Lenny Dorfman has always had a special affinity with the UK and he's keen to rekindle his own special relationship.


HUNKY DORY STRENGTHEN MARKETING TEAM BY ADDING NEIL LINPOW

Hunky Dory have strengthened their marketing team by adding Neil Linpow to the mix.


ACNE SWOOP FOR LAURA BORGIO.

Acne have bolstered their ambitious roster by signing filmmaker Laura Borgio.


ALEX COURTÈS JOINS NEXUS STUDIOS.

Nexus Studios have signed revered director Alex Courtès for UK and US representation.


MAY THE FORCE BE WITH... YOUR BRAND

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NEIL STUBBINGS HEADS TO JELLY LONDON

Jelly London have signed director Neil Stubbings to their roster for UK representation.


HYMNS AND HYRRS

Grey London have re-imagined Christmas carols with a feminist twist to raise money for women in need.


YOU ARE HERE ARE TWO UP.

You Are Here welcome Swedish filmmaker Per-Hampus Stålhandske and US directing duo TwinTaoers to their roster.


MARTIN KREJCI EYES SUCCESS WITH BLINK.

Blink round off 2017 with another high-profile signing: Czech director Martin Krejci.


PODCAST - PARK VILLAGE

Following his appearance at October's CraftWorks, legendary director Roger Woodburn was joined in the String & Tins studio by the equally legendary Peter Webb.


MATTESSONS SERVE FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

Mattessons Fridge Raiders and 'Call of Duty: WWII' release codebreaking app Code Strike.


AHMET ILTAS LANDS AT NERD PRODUCTIONS.

Designer and illustrator Ahmet Iltas has joined NERD Productions for commercial representation.


MATHIEU CAPLANNE MAKES THE GRADE AT ETC.

Electric Theatre Collective have bolstered their ranks by signing French colourist Mathieu Caplanne.


A NEW FRONTIER FOR NEXUS

The opening of Nexus's Los Angeles office represents a bold new step for the London company.


FIVE FAVOURITE... SPOOFS

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DAVID REVIEWS AT FOCUS

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, The Location Guide's annual Focus event rolls into Islington and DAVID will be there.


WILL SAMUEL JOINS 1STAVEMACHINE

1stAveMachine have added award winning animation director Will Samuel to their roster.


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