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.

Stories

THREE NEW SIGNINGS AT HUNKYDORY.

HunkyDory have bolstered their commercial offering by signing directors Victoria Pile, J J Adler, and Sune Sørensen.


THE UNTOLD STORY.

After plying their trade at The Mill for a number of years, Neil Davies and Darren O'Kelly are heading an ambitious new post-production enterprise called Untold Studios.


SPINDLE ARE LOOKING SHARP.

London's newest production company has arrived in the form of Spindle.


MISCHA ROZEMA JOINS NEXUS STUDIOS

Dutch filmmaker and motion graphics guru Mischa Rozema has joined the team at Nexus Studios for global representation.


ODDS ON SUCCESS.

ODD is one of the interesting new companies taking advantage of the ad industry's shifting landscape by providing a new offer to brands.


RATTLING STICK WELCOME JAMIE JAY JOHNSON.

Rattling Stick have signed television comedy director and documentarian Jamie Jay Johnson.


MUSTAFA MAZOUZI LEGS IT TO OUTSIDER.

DAVID chats with Mustafa Mazouzi as the French director joins Outsider.


JESS COULTER HEADS TO O POSITIVE

O Positive have signed comedy director Jess Coulter to their roster for commercial representation.


EMILIO GAMAL BOUTROS FITS IN AT NICE SHIRT.

ADCAN award-winner Emilio Gamal Boutros has been promoted to Nice Shirt's New Talent roster.


UNIT9 SIGN CLEO SAMOLES-LITTLE.

UNIT9 are pleased to welcome an "exciting new talent" in the form of London-based filmmaker Cleo Samoles-Little.


TWO THROUGH THE DOOR AT MY ACCOMPLICE.

My Accomplice have bolstered their commercial division with the additions of director-slash-photographer Harvey Pearson and filmmaker Michael Yanny.


ICELAND'S CHRISTMAS PUBLICITY COUP

Iceland are garnering a lot of publicity on the back of the decision to 'ban' a Christmas ad originally made for Greenpeace.


IT'S DAVID BETTERIDGE FOR DARK ENERGY.

David Betteridge claims he owns "more cameras than pairs of shoes" as the director brings his 360-degree video savvy to Dark Energy.


GUY PATERSON LAUGHS HIS WAY TO DARLING FILMS.

Christmas has come early for Darling Films as the company announce director Guy Paterson as their latest signing.


MEGAN MACZKO HEADS TO MISSING LINK

Missing Link have signed actress-turned-director Megan Maczko for representation.


DEEPA KESHVALA JOINS VISION.

London-based director of photography Deepa Keshvala is the latest to join Vision's DP roster for representation.


OB MANAGEMENT WELCOME JACK RETALLACK.

OB Management are pleased to announce the signing of director Jack Retallack to their Individuals line-up.


TIME TO DRAW A LINE UNDER HARASSMENT.

The ad industry is trying to put its own house in order with a campaign designed to end sexual harassment.


KELLY ANNA HAS A TASTE FOR JELLY.

Jelly have bolstered their illustration roster with the signing of London-based artist and designer Kelly Anna.


GABRIEL BISSET-SMITH JOINS DIRTYWORK.

Director Gabriel Bisset-Smith has joined Rattling Stick's up-and-coming talent roster, DirtyWork.


OMRI COHEN ARRIVES AT PULSE FILMS.

Intrepid filmmaker Omri Cohen is pleased to call Pulse Films home as the Israeli joins for global representation.


PODCAST - MATT DOMAN

In our latest podcast, Matt Doman describes a truly remarkable career.


NOW AND FOREVER FOR CHLOE SHEPPARD.

Director-stroke-photographer Chloe Sheppard has joined Forever for representation.


KODE WELCOME KONRAD BEGG.

Director and noted petrolhead Konrad Begg is the latest to join Kode's growing roster for immediate representation.


TWO ARRIVALS AT BLINKINK

Blinkink have signed a pair of talented new directors - Sophie Koko Gate and James Papper.


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