As a filmmaker, you always start out with an optimism that, at some undefined point in your life, you’re going to graduate from shooting no-budget movies to the big leagues. Filmmakers such as Richard Linklater and Steven Soderbergh (along with many other Hollywood luminaries) have emerged from the world of zero-budget to light up Planet Oscars.Read more »0
If you ever get the chance, hang out with John McPhail. The co-writer and director of this infectious little short film, he's the kind of guy who is impossible to hate. And If you do manage to grab a coffee with him, there's almost no doubt that you'll also be joined his go-to leading man, Tyler Collins. They kind of come as a pair you see. And that's a good thing when you see the work they produce.
Notes, their first collaboration together, was also McPhail's debut as a director, and it's filled with a sweet kind charm that's easy to get wrong. That McPhail and pulls if off over and again (and in fact, seems to have made it his signature style) is evidence that he's a name you'll be hearing about for a long time to come.
The film follows Abi (EmmaClaire Brightlyn) and Adam (Collins), two roommates who exist on very different schedules. Through a series of notes posted to the kitchen wall, their relationship blossoms, only they haven't actually met yet. The humor and warmth of the film is generated not only by the great performances, but also the screenplay, co-written with Calum Weir, who is also the film's cinematographer. It'll come as no surprise to anyone to learn that, upon seeing this film, McPhail and his team have gone on to make many more films together, including the Virgin Media Shorts hit, Just Say Hi. Indeed, under the Worrying Drake banner, McPhail's multiple short movies have proven to be awards-magnets - a good omen perhaps for his feature debut, Where Do We Go From Here?, which will be landing in the not too distant future. In the meantime though, check out Notes on Cinema Zero. 0
When Maria McIndoo and I sat on the roof of our apartment here in New York, we weren't exactly sure how the film would go, but we knew we had some key characters plotted out, and that the dynamic would be simple; he would ask her to marry him, but she wanted to break it off. As we made notes that balmy October night, we had no idea that the film would become Let It Go. Read more »0
2014 was year one for Cinema Zero as a platform for films and filmmakers, and whilst we only got started in April, it was still a busy year. From amazing films, through to insightful conversations and even a few probing blog posts, here are a few of the big things we've been bringing you this year. And of course, here's to doing a whole lot more in 2015.Read more »0