short film

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.

The Veil

The Veil is another collaboration between myself, Nat Pearse and Film Focus Wales. This time I took on greater responsibility, writing (the script) again but also producing and doing camerawork. The film came about as Film Focus were looking for films that tackled issues relating to older people. The first issue that came to mind was death (sorry, old people). It immediately occurred to me that the most clichéd storyline to do would be a character dealing with the loss of someone they loved. Then it occurred to me, what about a story about a character dealing with the loss of someone they hated? I instantly thought of the image that appears at 0:51 (no spoilers) and always wanting to produce scripts that contain striking and original imagery; I knew this was the idea to go with. Again, working with Nat and Film Focus proved a great success and I’ve already got scripts prepared for future collaborations!

I’ve also developed a 30-minute script taking the intro and themes from The Veil that maintains the shock value of the intro but remains more grounded in reality rather than relying on horror movie tropes. It takes the story in a more ambitious direction that I’d never have the budget to realise, but I’m hoping it could be successful in one of the BBC’s Drama Room submissions.

Synopsis

Abi’s resentment towards her dead husband allows an evil spirit to enter her life. A mysterious messenger tries to warn Abi. But can the veil of delusion be lifted, before it’s too late?

Unproduced Scripts

My unproduced scripts are available upon request. Please feel free to email me at jrees256@gmail.com if you are interested in reading one, especially if you would like to produce it or are a prospective employer interested in seeing more of my work.

The Artists

The Artists are a musical duo whose dynamic street performing is sure to propel them to the big time. If their hard work can generate enough pennies to keep them going that is!

2-minute short film                                                                                   Copyright: 19/01/2017

Betrayal

Greg is attending rehearsals for a school play, helmed by the pompous and vindictive drama teacher, Ms Armitage. The play – written by Ms Armitage of course – is titled Betrayal. But it is a series of real-life deceptions that pull Greg into a genuine tale of love, hate and vengeance!

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 17/02/2018

Bottle

Tim arrives at his best mate Mart’s with a gift of beer, hoping for a game of FIFA. Surely nothing could be more innocent? But secretly, Tim has something to confess…if he’s got the bottle.

10-minute radio play                                                                                 Copyright: 27/05/2014

Connection

Nia is an artistic teen desperate to form a connection. Her art teacher, Mr Owen, seems to be her only hope as her parents show no interest. But when the school bullies find out about Nia’s secret crush, she risks forming a connection she never asked for.

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 22/03/2018

Doctor Huw

Doctor Huw, the BBC’s flagship show, featuring the titular time-travelling protagonist battling aliens, ably assisted by his trusty companion, Bronwyn. Shot on location in London, England…definitely not Cardiff…honest.

3-minute short film                                                                                   Copyright: 10/01/2019

Duckface

Ava is awaiting the horror of her first day at a new school, but little does she know, her goofy school uniform is the least of her problems, as the school has been taken over by a terrible curse and unless she can hold onto her individuality, it might just take over her too!

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 19/03/2018

Fart Kid

An embarrassing incident at school leads to Eli being mocked and ostracised by his peers. He is left with a choice: sit out his school life as a figure of derision or set out on a quest to track down a mysterious figure, who may be able to free him from his torment.

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 07/03/2018

Fish Stew

Alf and Stu have committed the heist of the century and are hiding out in a cottage by the sea, waiting to be whisked away to the south of France. But when their ride is postponed, tensions mount and distrust brews, and if they’re left to stew any longer, they’ll reach boiling point!

20-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 02/08/2019

Gaul and Credo

In a primitive post-apocalyptic world that has forgotten about religion, two lowly thieves, Gaul and Credo, are desperate to get ahead in life. With their discovery of an ancient church and the relics held within they think they may have found the means to do it. But will their newfound knowledge bring a new age of prosperity or will playing God bring nothing but trouble?

20-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 19/09/2019

The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands (Stephen King Short Story Adaptation)

George meets Henry, a mysterious figure who refuses to shake hands, during a poker game. When Henry leaves the game without his winnings, George sets out to return them to him and also discover the mystery surrounding him. But will his quest bring fortune or nothing but losses?

20-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 27/03/2020

Mr Plank’s First Day (Written for the Class Dismissed Series)

It’s the new woodwork teacher Mr Plank’s first day. But will his innovative use of earwax (nature’s glue!) be enough to convince the students he didn’t just get the job because of his name?

2-minute sketch                                                                                        Copyright: 04/05/2017

Nice Guy

Tim is obsessed with Jennifer and does everything for her but gets nothing in return. She sees him as just a nice guy. How can he prove he’s nothing of the sort?

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 15/10/2015

Odd Customers

Chloe, a cheery shop assistant, is our guide as she details all the odd customers you meet working in retail.

3-minute short film                                                                                   Copyright: 13/03/2019

Odd Hobbies – Episode One – Bird Watching and Golf

Mike, suicidal after the relationship from which he generated his self-worth ended, makes an unexpected connection with John, a selfish OAP with a penchant for destruction, and they set out on a perilous quest for redemption.

30-minute episode (from a planned six-part series)                                  Copyright: 10/11/2018

The Shearing of the Lambs

Byfflo Bill’s disco heyday is long behind him, and in his old age, he’s developed a passion for stalking young girls. But what he wants from his victims might not be what you’re expecting.

3-minute short film                                                                                   Copyright: 10/04/2018

Spit

If there’s one thing Jim hates, it’s spitting in the street. So when Bob accidentally hocks a giant loogie on his shoe, there will have to be consequences.

3-minute short film                                                                                   Copyright: 12/02/2019

Tammy and the Invasion of the Booby Snatchers (Written for the Class Dismissed Series)

Tammy has finally been released from isolation but discovers all the students have been mesmerised by their mirrors. Is it a simple cultural misunderstanding or the start of the invasion of the booby snatchers!

2-minute sketch                                                                                        Copyright: 05/05/2017

The Tart

Elissa’s dream is to be a rock star, and she has the personality and creativity to achieve it but those who should be encouraging her, only suppress her; forcing her into either isolating herself or acting out. But when pushed too far, Elissa makes her final act one to remember.

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 28/07/2016

Toast

James is an uptight neat-freak, and Mike is a carefree slob with a taste for toast. James is desperate to get Mike to wash the dishes. But will he get the message before he himself is toast!

4-minute short film                                                                                   Copyright: 07/01/2017

That’s What I ‘Eard

Determined to be selected for It’s My Shout 2018, I decided to submit multiple entries; a tactic that had proven successful for Cardiff Mini Film Festival 2017. The brief requested a ten-minute script that would have multiple roles for young actors and a Welsh connection, and I knew that It’s My Shout favoured scripts with a social conscience. Bearing all this in mind, I wrote and submitted six scripts (synopses for others viewable in Unproduced Scripts and scripts available upon request). The tactic again proved successful, and That’s What I ‘Eard was selected to be produced by It’s My Shout and broadcast on the BBC. That’s What I ‘Eard is a comedy-drama that tackles a serious subject matter, please read the script and see how I’ve incorporated It’s My Shout’s criteria; the finished film is available upon request.

Synopsis

Ivor is not the bravest kid, but when he kicks the gang’s ball over the wall of local villain Mr Jones, he has no choice but to form a team to venture into the villain’s lair and retrieve it. A hard enough task on its own but things are made more difficult as tales of Mr Jones’s atrocities unfold and the team gradually falls apart; leaving Ivor to face Mr Jones alone and prove his bravery.

Marching Orders

I wrote Marching Orders at the start of 2017 as a contender to be filmed and submitted to Cardiff Mini Film Festival in the One Minute Wonder category. It just missed out on being shot by me but after joining the filmmaking group Film Focus Wales, I offered it to them, and it was taken on by talented, up-and-coming director, Nat Pearse. The film attempts to show how a positive attitude can affect those around you, and a negative one can do just the same. Nat and Film Focus achieved great results, and I’m positive all our future collaborations will be just as successful!

Synopsis

Jim is down on his luck, having been given his marching orders from work. But when inspiration hits him, his outwardly positive attitude starts to affect all those around him.

Achievements: Marching Orders was nominated in the One Minute Wonder category at Cardiff Mini Film Festival 2018.

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!

Tell Me About It, Sam

Tell Me About It, Sam (script) was inspired by a real-life incident in which I met a man who seemed to know me and proceeded to have a long conversation with me about his personal life even though I hadn’t a clue who he was. I thought it was an ideal concept for a comedy film for Cardiff Mini Film Festival as it could take place in a single location – on a bench – and provided the opportunity for a punchline/twist ending. I felt the best method of filming would be a three-camera setup, covering the action from all angles so we could run through the whole script in one take. To do this, I would require actors who could learn all their lines; a skill surprisingly lacking in actors solely working in film. Therefore, I cast two experienced theatre actors, who I had seen perform multiple times and who had displayed impressive skill as a comedy double act.

Synopsis

Unexpectedly, Sam turns counsellor to an old friend with relationship problems. Or at least he thinks he’s an old friend, but for the life of him, he can’t remember his name!

Achievements: Tell Me About It, Sam was nominated for best Comedy at Cardiff Mini Film Festival 2017 and selected for St Neots Film Festival 2017 and Isle of Portland Short Film Festival 2019.

Goldfish

Inspired to produce something simple to suit Cardiff Mini Film Festival’s criteria, I wrote Goldfish; a script based around the protagonist’s confined environment. It illustrates how you can miss out on life by not breaking from routine; paralleling the life of the protagonist stuck in his tiny flat with that of his goldfish. Although the premise was simple, I felt the production would benefit from some expert lighting and colour grading to further highlight these parallels and enhance the slightly surreal tone. For this purpose, I brought on board Steven Owen, whose lighting served Bamboo House so well, and his associate Jack Longley. Both proved invaluable.

Synopsis

Huw lives a life of routine, never leaving the familiar environment of his flat. In an odd break from tradition, it’s up to his pet goldfish, Gil, to put an end to his static lifestyle.

Achievements: Goldfish was selected for Loch Ness Film Festival 2017, Nightpiece Film Festival 2017, Hellfire Short Film Festival’s 12th Round 2017, MedFF 2017-2018 and The Short Film Show 2018. It was shortlisted for best Adult Fiction at St Neots Film Festival 2017, nominated in the One Minute Wonder category at Cardiff Mini Film Festival 2017 and for both best Fantasy and best Original Content at Nottingham International Microfilm Festival 2018 and reached the finals of the Oniros Film Awards August 2017 and Brighton Rocks Film Festival 2018!