David Reviews

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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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BLINKINK SCORE A BRACE.

Blinkink have signed husband-and-wife directing duo Stevie Gee and Essy May, as well as adding animator and illustrator Robert Hunter to their ranks.


MINDSEYE WELCOME ARNO SALTERS.

Self-described "Franco-British humanoid" Arno Salters is the latest to join MindsEye's raft of comedic talent.


SARA DUNLOP JOINS THE CORNER SHOP

Director Sara Dunlop joins The Corner Shop as part of their US roster.


ELECTRIC THEATRE COLLECTIVE'S COMMITMENT TO FILM.

The Electric Theatre Collective have a new piece of kit and colourist Luke Morrison is extremely excited about it.


CREATIVEPOOL'S CALL FOR ENTRIES EXTENDED TO 15 FEBRUARY.

Creativepool's call for entries extended to 15 February.


A DOUBLE HEADER AT FAT LEMON

Fat Lemon have announced a pair of new signings: Shimmy Ahmed and Shola Amoo.


KODE ENLIST JOSH COLE.

Kode are pleased to announce Josh Cole as the latest addition to their forward-thinking roster.


PODCAST - AMANDA BLUE

Skunk's Amanda Blue talks all things directing and documentary in our latest podcast.


DARK ENERGY LIKE THE TASTE OF DOMINIC CYRIAX.

Dark Energy's hunger for new signings has led them to accomplished TV and commercials director Dominic Cyriax.


WOUTER STOTER JOINS ROSTER AT SNAPPER.

Dutch director Wouter Stoter has joined the roster at Snapper.


GENERATOR SIGN ALEJANDRO TOLEDO.

Generator Films are pleased to announce the signing of filmmaker Alejandro Toledo to their UK roster.


NIGEL SIMPKISS MOTORS ON.

76's Nigel Simpkiss is a busy man with TV commitments alongside his advertising work but luckily he's never happier than when he's fully occupied.


ALBERT MOYA HEADS TO CANADA

CANADA have signed Spanish director Albert Moya to their roster for representation.


SIXTYFOUR MUSIC WELCOME BIGGI HILMARS.

SixtyFour Music have strengthened their proposition by adding Icelandic composer Biggi Hilmars to the ranks.


JULIA KNIGHT'S BACK AT TOP SPEADE.

Speade are pleased to welcome their former protégé Julia Knight back to the fold.


CPI TO SHOWCASE IRISH TALENT AT JANUARY 31ST EVENT.

Commercial Producers Ireland is hosting a special event to showcase local talent on January 31st.


COLIN HESTERLY HEADS TO PARTIZAN STUDIO

Renowned animation director Colin Hesterly has signed to Partizan's animation arm, Partizan Studio.


OLLIE PARSONS JOINS ANOTHER FILM COMPANY

Another Film Company have added comedy director Ollie Parsons to their roster.


ALL NEW CRAFTWORKS - FEBRUARY 11TH.

Our live show CraftWorks is being relaunched at a new venue and with new sponsors.


STITCH CHAMPION BEN CORFIELD.

Stitch have promoted Homespun editor Ben Corfield to their main roster.


PAPAYA LAUNCH YOUNG DIRECTORS COMPETITION

Papaya Films have launched the sixth edition of their Young Directors Competition.


AYSE ALTINOK HEADS TO IDENTITY

IDENTITY have signed filmmaker Ayse Altinok to their roster for US representation.


ALAN FRIEL JOINS DARK ENERGY.

Dark Energy's ongoing talent search has now led them to seasoned filmmaker Alan Friel.


ELECTRIC THEATRE COLLECTIVE'S PRODUCTIVE NEW TRIO.

Electric Theatre Collective are pleased to announce the hires of Polly Durrance, Elle Lockhart, and Antonia Vlasto.


NINA MEREDITH ARRIVES AT OUTSIDER.

Outsider have signed director Nina Meredith to both their main roster and their sports content wing, Insider.


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