award winner

My First TV Interview

My first TV interview, on The Crunch, discussing my award-winning films and filmmaking in general. Overall, it was a good experience, that’ll hopefully prepare me for many more future TV appearances. The sound was out of sync on the clip from Bob, but it was still an excellent opportunity to promote my work, and I didn’t stumble over my words too much. More details on much of what I discuss, including my aspirations and my films and their development, can be found in the Career Plan and Produced Scripts categories and by exploring the rest of my website.

Bob

When setting myself the task of writing multiple films for Cardiff Mini Film Festival 2017, I formulated many of my ideas not by thinking of a social issue I’d like to tackle or a theme I’d like to convey, as had often been my method in the past, but by picturing a striking image and then forming the film’s plot and theme around that. It’s a method I now always consider as it produced great results, showing memorable imagery is equally as important to a film’s success as meaningful substance. Bob (script) was one such film for which I used this method. Another was Goldfish, which originated from the image of a man staring into a goldfish bowl. The image Bob originated from was that of a grown man on a park bench holding a red balloon. Once I had this image, it led to questions such as why would a grown man carry a balloon and what could this symbolise? The themes of insecurity, benevolence and release developed from this.

Synopsis

Bob carries his red balloon everywhere he goes, even though it prevents him from joining in and causes him to be teased. But is it the balloon he needs to let go of or something else?

Achievements: Bob was selected for the Oniros Film Awards August 2017, Hellfire Short Film Festival’s 12th Round 2017, Cardiff International Film Festival 2017, St Neots Film Festival 2017 and Isle of Portland Short Film Festival 2019 and won Short Film Sharer May 2017!

CV and Contact Information

JOHN REES

Mob: Available Upon Request                                                               Email: jrees256@gmail.com

Personal Statement

A highly driven and productive writer and filmmaker. Quick-thinking, perceptive and creative when it comes to both problem-solving and generating new ideas. Has the ability to propel any project forward and is strongly determined to create inspiring, original work of the highest quality, with the fundamental aim of arousing thought, discussion and enjoyment.

Work Experience

Independent/University Films                                                                                 2010-Present

I have amassed a vast amount of film production and writing experience through my university and independent films. I specialise in directing, producing and scriptwriting, having taken on these duties for the majority of these films.

Many of my films have achieved great success, being nominated for and winning multiple awards, including Short Film Sharer’s Featured Winner for Bob (May 2017), Cardiff Mini Film Festival’s One Minute Wonder award for The Prophet (2017) and MedFF’s Best Idea award for The Last Goodbye (2020). See Filmography for full list of awards and nominations.

Film Focus Wales                                                                                                     2017-Present

As a leading member of the Film Focus Wales community filmmaking group, I have been responsible for writing and editing scripts and producing films that follow Film Focus’s criteria, often using my skills and experience to guide and assist less experienced filmmakers.

It’s My Shout                                                                                                                         2018

My script That’s What I ‘Eard was selected out of hundreds of submissions to be produced by It’s My Shout and broadcast on the BBC. The process also involved attending script development classes at the BBC and communicating with the director.

Other Achievements

My script If You Can’t Laugh… was submitted to the BBC’s InterConnected and reached the last 8%. My pitch for The Witch of Endor Lane was submitted to The Pitch 2020, reached the final 60 and is featured on The Pitch’s website.

Key Skills   

  • Communication
  • Extensive use of Adobe Premiere Pro editing software
  • Extensive use of Canon DSLR and DJI Osmo cameras
  • Extensive use of Celtx scriptwriting software
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • Reliability
  • Teamwork

Education

  • 2009-2010 Coleg Glan Hafren, Cardiff. A-Level Film Studies – Grade ‘A’
  • 2010-2013 University of Glamorgan. Film & Video Degree – Grade ‘First Class’
  • 2013-2014 University of South Wales. Scriptwriting MA – Grade ‘Merit’

Filmography [Selected Credits – Writer/Director of All – Unless Otherwise Stated] – Viewable on My Website [That’s What I ‘Eard is Viewable Upon Request]

  • Bamboo House (1 x Nominated, 1 x Official Selection)
  • Bob (1 x Award Winner, 5 x Official Selection)
  • Goldfish (2 x Finalist, 3 x Nominated, 5 x Official Selection)
  • The Housemate from Hell (No Submissions)
  • How Not To Be Single – Episode Two: Party (Directed by James Musgrove)
  • The Last Goodbye (Directed by Nat Pearse) (1 x Award Winner, 1 x Finalist)
  • The Prophet (1 x Award Winner, 1 x Finalist, 3 x Official Selection)
  • Tell Me About It, Sam (1 x Nominated, 2 x Official Selection)
  • That’s What I ‘Eard (Directed by Michael Gilhooly)
  • Total Investigation Television (1 x Nominated, 1 x Official Selection)
  • The Veil (Directed by Nat Pearse)

Unproduced Scripts [Selected Credits] – Available Upon Request

  • The Trip ­(Short Film)
  • The Witch of Endor Lane (Short Film)
  • Odd Hobbies – Episode One – Bird Watching and Golf (30 min TV Episode)

Website

  • johnreeswriter.com

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