Searchlight: Messrs.

We are so excited about Messrs. And it`s not the slightly premature Christmas sugar rush talking. The multitalented collective of writers, directors and artists can seemingly turn their hand to anything… and all with an extra helping of cool. We heartily recommend you check out their web or Vimeo page, but this week we`ve chosen […]

Searchlight: Hoku Uchiyama

Waaaaay back in the early days of the Young Director Awards in 2003, Hoku Uchiyama a college student from California’s Art Center College of Design won a category prize. It was for a drunk driving PSA called Prelude #2 that cross cut between traditional hand puppets and flesh and blood actors as each acted out […]

Searchlight: Carlos De Carvalho

Don’t squash bugs, it just ain’t worth the guilt. That’s the take-home message from the shadow puppet-inspired music Do I Have Power from director Carlos De Carvalho. We caught up with the illustrator-turned-animator to find out more about his beautiful work that explores the light and dark of childhood. What inspired the Timbre Timbre video? […]

Sign me up: Zwelseizwe Ntuli

In South Africa, Velocity executive producer Peter Carr started a commercial training programme six years ago at AFDA Film School and has since included the Vega School of Advertising where the students write the scripts and role play as agency, with a real client, Vision Mission, involved as well. The course begins with a week […]

Searchlight: Bevan Walsh

A schoolboy stumbles upon a hidden stash of naughty mags, but soon finds his new collection to be more of a curse than a blessing. Bevan Walsh’s short Love Does Grow on Trees has been picking up awards all over the place, from Rushes Soho Shorts to Super Shorts International Film Festival, and counts Danny […]

Zombie Film School: Rotting Hill

So often talented film makers come out of schools with no idea of how the commercials industry really operates and with only a limited knowledge of the relationship between client, agency and film company. We’ve unearthed an enterprising projects in New Zealand that help bridge the gap between film school and working in the professional […]

YDA 2011: Y-C Tom Lee

When Y-C Tom Lee told his friends and collaborators that he wanted to shoot a hard-hitting spot about AIDS, they did everything they could to persuade him to tackle a less complex subject matter. Fortunately, the determined director had faith in vision and stuck with it – and the resulting film won him 2nd Prize […]

Sign me up: Flyn Vibert

Lie back, take your tablets and soak up Manflu – full frame and up loud. Shot by newbie Flyn Vibert we find out why he switched his camera over from shooting fashion stills to video mode. We’re captivated. So you’ve just graduated – where from and what was your degree? Yes, I studied at the […]

Searchlight: Delphine Dussoubs

Growing up is never easy – and the young simian in Delphine Dussoubs‘ film Little Monkey isn’t just battling raging hormones, he has a ferocious fire fight to contend with too. Colourful and raw, the shamanic short represents something of a right of passage for director Dussoubs, who has recently graduated from EMCA Angoulême. We […]

Searchlight: Kirsten Lepore

Those clever clogs at Caviar snapped up filmmaker, animator and illustrator Kirsten Lepore earlier this year. Here we find out out why… Tell us about your background – did you go to film school or did you learn on the job? I was born and raised in good ‘ol Jersey, where my first filmmaking experiences […]