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THE HOMESPUN YARNS CONTENDERS.
3 July 2018

The team at Homespun Yarns have completed their selection process and a quartet of filmmakers will soon be shooting their scripts. As regular readers know, DAVID yields to no one in his admiration of this competition and - in its first four iterations - it has already proven to be a brilliant launching pad for young talent.

So, it's genuinely exciting to be sent details of the 2018 contenders.

As always, the competition drew an eclectic range of applications and those judged by the selection panel to be the most creative of the many received are (in no particular order):


1. Steve Moss



Steve's day job is at Publicis where he works as a copywriter, so he ought to know his way around a script. As he describes his role as "devising cunning ways to make the nation fatter and poorer" he unsurprisingly keen to make a film which won't feature a brand's logo.


2. Daniel McKee



A 2014 graduate of Bournemouth University's highly-rated film course, Daniel has spent the last four years as a jobbing director and visual artist. Already in possession of a coveted Vimeo Staff Pick for his film 'Mona Lisa Selfie', he has also created the Directors' Library - a super new online platform.


3. Stroma Cairns



The sole female director this year is also the only contender already signed by a major film production company... and she's Prettybird's Stroma Cairns. Considered a directing star in the ascendancy, she'll have to be installed as the bookies' favourite.


4. Matt Wood, Tom Loveless, Billy Stickley



This trio of agency creatives say they've spent the past seven years expanding on each and every thought they have ever had... and now they're hoping to exploit this weird creative symmetry to pick up the plaudits, the love and the giant cheque at this year's Homespun Yarns finalé.



All the previous finalists' films can be watched on Homespun Yarns' Vimeo channel, including 'Winston & Daisy' (above) - last year's winner.

Further proof of the competition's kudos came last month in Cannes when Dorothy Allen-Pickard won a Silver at the Young Directors Awards for her Homespun Yarns' film 'The Mess'.


Homespun Yarns provides a fantastic opportunity to help new directors and editors produce outstanding, original short films

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Leo King, who co-owns Homespun's sister company Stitch Editing is proud of how the Yarns initiative has developed: "the idea this year is to educate young filmmakers through our associations and supporters. We are incredibly lucky to be working with Wave Studios, Panavision, Direct Digital, Kodak, Freefolk, MPC and The Mill, who will all be involved to advise our directors and guide them through their areas of excellence."

The involvement of Kodak and Panavision is particularly interesting as it's providing the contenders with opportunity to shoot on 16mm film stock.

According to Julia Taylor-Butt - a senior marketing manager at Kodak, the company is "passionate about supporting new talent" and she says: "Homespun Yarns provides a fantastic opportunity to help new directors and editors produce outstanding, original short films".

DAVID REVIEWS will be charting the progress of the filmmakers this year and there will be a podcast released a few days after the winner is chosen by attendees at a special event held at the Ministry of Sound in the autumn.

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ANDRÉ MAAT ARRIVES AT DARLING.

German director and all-round SFX whizz André Maat has joined Darling Films for commercial representation.


DED CERTS.

There have been a number of interesting production company launches over the years but few have promised to be as explosive as DED's.


TWO NEW ARRIVALS AT MERMAN.

Directors Michelle Coomber and Jaci Judelson are the latest to join Merman for commercial representation.


OB MANAGEMENT HAVE A SPOT OF ACNE.

OB Management have unveiled production company ACNE as the latest addition to their UK ensemble.


JEANA THERON JOINS ANNEX FILMS.

Annex have landed one of South Africa's foremost talents in the form of director Jeana Theron.


KIM JACOBS FOR KODE.

US director Kim Jacobs who has a gift for realistic portrayals of women, has been added to the roster at Kode.


CARTOON AND COMICS CORNER.

Most employers would regard watching Family Guy and reading comic books as outright skiving, but not Bartle Bogle Hegarty and McCann London.


NEW CREW AT VISION.

Cinematographer and production design talent company, Vision are opening a new department dedicated to providing crew.


THOMAS THOMAS ADD HADI TO THEIR ROSTER

Thomas Thomas are notoriously careful curators of their roster, so you know a director has something about them when they get added to their line-up.


JAMES STRONG STRENGTHENS 76LTD'S OFFER.

Just as Vanity Fair - BATFA-nominated James Strong's latest TV offering hits our screen - 76Ltd are able to boast that they've added the director to their roster.


COME TO THE APA SHOW NEXT WEEK.

You know it's the end of summer when Steve Davies climbs to his feet to make his annual speech and you find yourself eating tiny hors d'oeuvres at the Guildhall in the City of London. It's the APA Show.


PODCAST - FRANK LIEBERMAN

Ad industry legend, Frank Lieberman talks about his extraordinary life and career in our latest podcast.


FAMILIA FIRST FOR ANIMALS AND WILL INNES SMITH.

Familia have bolstered their commercial ranks with the signings of directing duo ANIMALs and culture fiend Will Innes Smith.


KNUCKLEHEAD WELCOME HUBERT DAVIS.

Knucklehead have added Canadian filmmaker and documentarian Hubert Davis to their US roster.


JOHN TURNER ARRIVES AT DARK ENERGY.

Seasoned commercials director and lapsed cricketer John Turner is the latest to join Matt Brown's contingent at Dark Energy.


HORNET SIGNS DIRECTOR CÉSAR PELIZER

Top animation studio Hornet have added London-based Brazilian director César Pelizer to their roster.


IT'S JIM WEEDON FOR DARLING FILMS.

Director Jim Weedon has joined Darling Films for commercial representation.


SPIKE MORRIS EMERGES AT VISION.

Up-and-coming director of photography Spike Morris is the latest to join Vision's ETV (Emerging Talent at Vision) roster.


HEAR, HEAR FOR AUDIO DESCRIPTION.

Some of the UK's biggest television networks have joined together to support the Royal National Institute of Blind People's campaign for improved access to audio description (AD).


FRED SCOTT AT
ARCHER'S MARK.

Director Fred Scott is on the roster at Archer's Mark. Though known primarily for his documentary work, there's a lot more to him than that.


THE SWEETSHOP SIGN JAKOB MARKY

The Sweetshop have signed director Jakob Marky for global representation, excluding Europe.


BEN HOLMAN IS LIVE AT ITN PRODUCTIONS.

ITN's foray into commercial production now has respected filmmaker Ben Holman along for the ride.


TWO JOIN OB MANAGEMENT

OB Management have announced a pair of new signings: events and production company HELO and director Carlos Lopez Estrada.


T J O'GRADY-PEYTON JOINS HEY WONDERFUL.

Irish director T J O'Grady-Peyton has joined Hey Wonderful for commercial representation through Darling Films.


RONDA JOINS NOT TO SCALE

Not To Scale have signed directing trio Ronda to their roster for UK and US representation.


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