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The Last Goodbye

Although it was not our original intention, after completing early edits of The Veil, it occurred to me that the first minute of the film worked as a story in its own right and could be edited as such to be submitted in festival one minute wonder and super short categories, giving us more chance for success. Thus The Last Goodbye was born!

Synopsis

A widow visits her husband’s grave to say one last goodbye.

Achievements: The Last Goodbye won the Bronze Medal for Shorter Short at London X4 Summer 2020 and the Best Idea award at MedFF 2020!

How Not To Be Single

How Not To Be Single is a comedy series created by James Musgrove of J.A.M Productions that follows the highs and lows of four friends struggling with single life. I worked on the series as co-director, cameraman, and scriptwriter; acting as a mentor during the writing of episode one, offering advice on dialogue, character and plot development, and writing episode two. Although the scenarios were heightened for comic effect, we wished to present relatable experiences and provide positive messages about how to feel confident and comfortable being single.

Due to my extensive experience and a fast-approaching production date, I was asked to write the entirety of episode two (script); working from a brief from James. Matt was to move out of his old place and in with AJ, the lads would throw a housewarming party, and they’d all have to fail at being single due to their various foibles; the rest was mine to play with!

For a moment, you may think you’re rewatching episode one as it starts similarly with a knock at Matt’s front door. This isn’t derivative writing but an intentional motif that I wished to reflect Matt’s recovery from his break-up. Episode one, he couldn’t even answer. Now he can but in low spirits. What will episode three show? The main characters’ personalities were so wonderfully defined in episode one – AJ, the father figure who pulls everyone together, Pat, the anally retentive math geek, Simon, the mouthy narcissist, and Matt, the insecure victim in need of his friends’ support – that I made sure these characteristics were continued in episode two, but I also added some development, particularly for Matt and Simon, so the series didn’t stand still.

The word constantly going around my head during writing was ‘dynamic’. Although a sitcom will inevitably have far more dialogue and be less visually driven than your standard short film, I didn’t want any scene to be solely about the dialogue and strove to always have an interesting action, location or visual element at play. This, as well as elements of the brief, led to a vastly increased cast that delayed production due to actors’ availability. The challenge we laid down for episode three was to continue with this dynamic style while sticking to the main cast.

Sadly, episode three never came to pass, due to one of the main cast leaving the country: Jack, who played AJ. I did write a script for episode three, working around AJ’s absence, which is available upon request, but James did not wish to proceed with filming as he felt a series finale really should have the entire main cast present.

Total Investigation Television

Total Investigation Television (script) was inspired by the popular social experiment films that saturate YouTube and social media. These films claim to be raising awareness about moral causes but in reality are treating people like laboratory rats, forcing them into manufactured situations that are both dangerous and stressful. I’ve seen examples where assaults are instigated, the disadvantaged are manipulated and judged from a position of privilege, and children are put in extreme danger (a crime for which those responsible should be prosecuted for child endangerment). The filmmakers’ true intention – to scam the public to make their videos go viral, promote their companies and sell merchandise – seems to have gone unnoticed. Total Investigation Television’s aim was to draw attention to the hypocrisy of their immoral acts.

Synopsis 

Jay is desperate to make a successful social experiment film that questions people’s morality, but his desire for success throws his own morality into question.

Achievements: Total Investigation Television was nominated for best Fiction at Cardiff Mini Film Festival 2016 and selected for St Neots Film Festival 2017.

The Housemate From Hell

The Housemate from Hell (script) is a short film I made in the final year of my Film & Video Degree. It’s a dark comedy about how a lack of communication can fuel resentment and lead to antagonism. It also uses the device of the untrustworthy narrator (inspired by the Doctor Who episode Love & Monsters): clues being spread throughout that contradict the narrator’s story.

Synopsis 

Cleanly and organised, James is a peaceful, heavenly soul. But when Mike, a slobby party animal, moves in, a war begins with the housemate from hell.