Featured Friday: The Frontier Myth

Happy Featured Friday!

Double J Productions

Today I am very excited to announce a new feature film, that Double J Productions will be producing, The Frontier Myth Written and Directed by Eric Garson.

We made the announcement earlier this week, and we are so pleased and overwhelmed by the response already, so I thought I would write a little post since people were interested to know more. Of course, I can’t give away the whole details, but here is what you can look forward to as we bring back Western Films!

Frontier Myth Poster

What is it about?

In 1869, a Native American gunslinger single handedly defends a racist frontier town from a notorious railroad gang. 

Concept Art By : Eric Garson

The Writer/Director

Eric Garson

“I’ve never seen a Native American actor playing a heroic lead in a western, I believe this would be a unique and compelling vision. The mythic tales of Robin Hood, Achilles and Odysseus have resonated with me since I was a boy. I wanted to make a film which transported the myth of Robin Hood to the wild west of America. The Frontier Myth is a culmination of these ideas, exploring the clash of civilisations, courage in the face of despotism and the love between a White girl and a Native American boy during a time of segregation.” -Eric Garson

The Cast & Crew

Already signed onto the project as the leading lady is Sylvia Calatayud Gil, who will play Helen.

Below you can see the fabulous crew, that is already attached to the project.

Key Make-Up Artist Zoe Brown 

Costume Designer Eve Oakley 

Unit Stills Photographer & Retoucher Rashpal Gurm 

Not Shown Sound Mixer ~ Sophie Marchant Boom Operator ~ Krzysztof Rodzik 

Cast & Crew

Current Status

Currently, we are in pre-production and will be monitoring the COVID situation before we confirm a filming date. We are not casting at the moment and will not be accepting submissions until an announcement – so please hold all enquires until further notice.

Filming will most likely be in the UK.

If you would like to get in touch regarding anything else about production, or think you know someway you can help –whether you want to be backer, locations, sponsor or donate props – please get in touch at doublejproductionsltd@gmail.com

Follow us on Instagram and Twitter – FrontierMythFilm or Double_J_productions

Let us know what you think

Are you interested in the film? Let us know in the comments what you think!

Featured Friday is BACK!

Hello everyone! As mentioned before, Double J Creative is back for 2021 and ready to make it a great year with new and exciting projects, imagination and creatives to share.

If you are new year, first off, welcome!

Secondly, Featured Friday is a day I like to dedicate to new or established creatives in the industry that have something to share – whether that be a project, a story about your journey or maybe some advice. It could be anything!

Double J has already interviewed actors, podcasts, filmmakers, hair and make-up artists, etc. To read their stories, visit my blog page. If you would like to be featured, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

During this time, more than ever we need to support one another and I believe in celebrating each others talents in victories!

So what are you waiting for? Be Double J Creative’s next feature!

Physique : 2 Weeks Left!

Welcome back to another Feature Friday. I am yet again going to sponsor my current film because we only have 2 weeks left to get this funded and we need your help!

Are you passionate about mental health and spreading awareness? Then this film is for you. Physique is about supporting mental health and the struggles young dancers have with body image and eating disorders. You can now check Physique out on IMDb. 

What you need to know

My recent credit was an associate producer on The Nightriders and we exceeded our crowdfunding goal. I have a short film in Aesthetica Film Festival 2020 and am an Award-Winning Dancer

Also, on my project is Clair Gleave who is an Award-Winning TV and Film actress, dancer and choreographer. Check out her Youtube video for more: https://www.youtube.com/user/Clairabellx

Adam, our producer, has IMDb credits from high-budget films and currently worked on Sikh Soldier. 

What inspired me to create this project was my own personal struggles with this matter, and also the urge to speak up.  Hopefully, it will inspire many other young dancers that they are more than their physique.

We have already generated interest from film festivals and production companies that wish to help us when we get it made, so if you are willing to help, any support you are able to give us is greatly appreciated. 

Donations

We cannot do this without your help. Your donation is put towards providing jobs to crew + cast, transportation, choreography and locations to film at. But remember, you get perks in return and will have the opportunity to join in on the journey.

Why your Donation matters

Perks:

Shoutout on Social Media

Feed a member of crew

Digital Download

Signed poster

Physique Exclusive Member

Associate or Executive Producer

If you are a company or organisation that would like to sponsor or donate a larger contribution you will have the opportunity to put your company logo in the credits , which may be beneficial when we make our film festival circuit all over the world for the 2021 circuit.

So, if you have just 5 minutes please read through our crowdfund page and consider donating. Alternatively, if you would like to donate via Paypal you can do so here. Time is limited, so don’t miss out on supporting today (:

Indiegogo Page –

https://igg.me/at/physiquefilm/x/23090417#/

Physique Short Film Donations

All donations will go towards making the short film Perk with this donation : Digital Download

25.00 £

Physique Short Film

Perk Associated with this donation : Digital Download + Tshirt

50.00 £

Physique Short film

Perk Associated with this donation : Signer poster, digital download, signed script

100.00 £

Physique Short Film

Perk associated with this donation : Join the team and be apart of the journey every step of the way with perks such as a one of the kind member t-shirt, behind the scenes footage, signed copy of the script, a shoutout on media, first one to hear updates and a digital download when the film has made its film festival run.

175.00 £

Physique Short film

Perk Assiciated with this perk – Executive Producer

2000.00 £

Physique : Why You Matter

Are you passionate about mental health and spreading awareness? Then this film is for you. Physique is about supporting mental health and the struggles young dancers have with body image and eating disorders.

Donations

We cannot do this without your help. Your donation is put towards providing jobs to crew + cast, transportation, choreography and locations to film at. But remember, you get perks in return and will have the opportunity to join in on the journey.

Perks:

Shoutout on Social Media

Feed a member of crew

Digital Download

Signed poster

Physique Exclusive Member

Associate or Executive Producer

If you are a company or organisation that would like to sponsor or donate a larger contribution you will have the opportunity to put your company logo in the credits , which may be beneficial when we make our film festival circuit all over the world.

We have an amazing crew and a producer who has credits recognisable on IMDB. So, if you have just 5 minutes please read through our crowdfund page and consider donating. Alternatively, if you would like to donate via Paypal you can do so here.

Indiegogo Page –

https://igg.me/at/physiquefilm/x/23090417#/

Physique Short Film Donations

All donations will go towards making the short film Perk with this donation : Digital Download

25.00 £

Physique Short Film

Perk Associated with this donation : Digital Download + Tshirt

50.00 £

Physique Short film

Perk Associated with this donation : Signer poster, digital download, signed script

100.00 £

Physique Short Film

Perk associated with this donation : Join the team and be apart of the journey every step of the way with perks such as a one of the kind member t-shirt, behind the scenes footage, signed copy of the script, a shoutout on media, first one to hear updates and a digital download when the film has made its film festival run.

175.00 £

Physique Short film

Perk Assiciated with this perk – Executive Producer

2000.00 £

Featured Friday : Elliot Grove

Welcome back to Featured Friday! I had a very exciting week filming for the Nightriders, some of you may be familiar with from a previous Featured Friday post. I just want to give a special thanks to all that helped out and made that wonderful project happen, I can’t wait to see it progress.

This week I am very excited to introduce Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance Film Festival and BIFA, as this weeks feature. I feel very honoured to have had the pleasure to talk to him and get to share our interview here. As you may know, Raindance Film Festival will be mainly online this year but don’t miss out on streaming some amazing films from 28 Oct. – 7 Nov. and some other events going on worth checking out.

Interview with Elliot Grove

Elliot Grove

What gravitated you towards the film industry, and how did you get your start? 
I am a farm boy from southern Ontario, Canada. I became fascinated by movies when my stick Protestant Amish parents told me that the devil lived in the movie theatre. One day (I was 16) I snuck into the Devil’s house in the small village near where we lived. One only had to pay 99 cent back in those days.I had no idea what a movie was. I was just told never to go to the movie theatre. I paid my money and walked into a large room – a bit like church. Chairs where lined up, facing the front. The curtains opened and the first face of the devil I saw was Lassie Comes Home. I cried like a baby and at the end I rushed up to the screen to see if I could feel the bark or the fur and it was all gone in a twinkling of the eye and I was totally hooked.
I ended up in art school in Toronto where my sculpture teacher got me a short stint with Henry Moore. I am a qualified technician in cine Perdue – list wax bronze casting – the ancient art of the Greeks. After that I got a BBC job s a stage hand and worked on many iconic British TV shows like Monty Python and Dr Who. I then moved back to Toronto in the late 70’s and worked for 9 yers as a scenic artist on many truly horrible movies – ones with words like ’Slime’ Gore” or ‘Massacre’ in the title.
I moved back to London and at a moment of a total low started the festival.

What inspired you to create Raindance Film Festival? 
It was really a thought experiment – can you make a movie with no money? No training? No real film experience? And people I knew like Edgar Wright, like Chris Nolan were all making films for next to nothing, with no training or NY experience. The festival was starts to celebrate their work, and very nearly filed due to the fact that Raindance was considered to be a disruptor by the establishment – and in many way still is.

Besides Covid, what has been your biggest challenges over the years to bring Raindance to what it is today?
I am often asked this question – and the answer is always the same ‘How do you create public awareness and appetite for the independent films we have at Raidance?’ No audience, no box office, no sponsorship and no money. We would have failed years ago hd it not been for the generosity of our patrons, or members, our filmmaker, and most importantly our audience.

What makes a good short film?  Take me to  world I already know and show me something new that makes me a better person, or, take me to a world I do not know and teach me something that makes me a better person.

What do you believe to be the pros and cons of holding the festival this year primarily online? 
Creating a new distribution model in the COVID era is an exciting creative opportunity where artistry, innovation and commerces compete for my attention 24/7

Do you have any advice for aspiring filmmakers, especially while trying to navigate the current climate of the industry? 
Its a terrific time to be breaking into the industry because all the big players have been stopped stone cold. And everyone is screaming for content. The opportunity is really quite simple: Make a film/web series/podcast/VR Immersive piece that is so bold fresh and original that no one else has thought of before, and thy will send the limos!

Thank you so much Elliot for joining me on Double-j-creative. To learn more about Raindance visit: https://www.raindance.org/festival/ for more information and the line up for this years festival!

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Featured Friday : Physique Short Film

Welcome to Featured Friday!

I am excited to announce a new short film I am currently producing! I have got a great crew coming together and cannot wait to see where it takes us all.

A little bit about Physique

Our choreographer, Clair Gleave, is a beautifully talented soul. Please check out her Youtube Channel and Choreography “Body Love”, which alines perfectly with this project.

The crowdfund for this project will be launching next week, but please visit the pre-launch page to sign up for new updates and a chance to support the project!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/physique/coming_soon/x/23090417

That is all for today, lovelies! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend and I look forward to all those following the journey of Phsyique.

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Must-Have Books : Film Industry

Hello, and welcome back to Double-j-creative! Today I will be doing another “must-have books”, you can find my last one on helpful books for actors in a previous post.

So, if you don’t know, I went to university to study film and got to do a lot of practical work for film and tv production. Although I love being an actress, and hope to continue to pursue it when the right role comes along, I am very interested in becoming a production assistant. It has come to my attention that this is where my skillsets are strongest out of all the roles in production, and I am very passionate about pursuing it.

Over lockdown, and even now, has posed a significant challenge to do anything in the film industry. There are some productions starting up, but for those still trying to get their foot in the door it is a little harder to get work. However, I have been determined not to do nothing. I am one of those people that has to have something to do and be proactive about my career. It is a blessing and a curse because as times such as now, I am feeling that more and more I don’t know what more to do with myself. So if you are in the industry and have ways you have been staying proactive comment below, I would love to hear from you!

More to the point, one thing that has kept me occupied is reading! Lots and lots of it! There are so many great books out there if you are wanting to learn more about the industry and get some good tips. Here are some of the ones I’ve been reading and love:

Must-have Book List :

Producer to Producer – Thinking of becoming a producer one day, or are making your own films? This is a great manual to get you going! From pre-production, budgeting & finance and distribution – this book has got it all! You can even get free downloadable templates.

Action! – Now, there is an actress and a crew one of these books so make sure you get the right one. Or if you are like me, get both! This is a very helpful guide to navigating you career into the film industry. A breakdown of each role, CV tips, looking for jobs and what to expect when you are on set.

Making Your Own Movie – I refer to this quite a lot and could be very useful to aspiring filmmakers, especially during COVID. Take 39 steps to creating your first film, which could be completely on your phone! Also, there are some helpful templates in the back of the book to refer to, as well as film suggestions.

Poldark : The Complete Scripts : Recently I have been rewatching the Poldark series, and I am a sucker for period dramas. I was so excited when I saw they had a book with the complete scripts so that I could follow along as I watch the series to see the translation from script to screen. If Poldark isn’t your thing, I still highly recommending reading scripts. Whether that is from online download (check out Shore Scripts) or finding books like this one.

These are just a few I have, but I am sure there are plenty more!! I am constantly on the look our for more helpful books to add to my collection so if you have a suggestion drop it in the comments.

UPDATE

A little life update, I have been pretty busy lately and will soon be filming this month on a teaser. It’s all very exciting and I’m looking forward to what lies ahead. With that said, I will now be posting every other week. I hope you continue to follow my blog and let me know if there are things you want more or less of. Thank you(:

Stay safe, stay well!

Disney Animation : The Hand-drawn Classics

Welcome Disney lovers, and if you aren’t a fan of Disney, continue reading anyway to maybe learn something about the company you didn’t know.

As some of you may know, I studied Disney Animation in my last year of University and fell in love with the history behind the company. People sometimes only acknowledge Disney for what it is now, but there is so much more and how it continued to be the successful studio it is today. Today, I want rewind all the way back to the original hand-drawn animation and how it evolved.

Mickey Mouse

Disney Animation Studio The Beginning

The Disney Animation studio was first found by Walt and his brother Roy Disney on 16th Oct. 1923. At the start of the company they had a series called, The Alice Comedies, which were short silent film with half animation and half live action. These lasted from 1925-1927, when they decided to go a different route and the birth of Mickey Mouse was not too long after. Mickey was the first to have a short with synchronised sound by the company – Steam Boat Willie (1928).

Over the years, the studio continually improved their animation skills and started a series of experimental animated shorts called, Silly Symphonies. Here are some of the processes early animators went through when it was all hand drawn :

  • Animators take the story board and begin developing characters. Every movement is drawn by the animators (24 frames per second of film)
  • Animators sometimes use a mirror at their desk to capture facial expressions for the characters
  • Test photographs capture each drawing in sequence, one at a time, before playing it back on the projector called a Moviola
  • Next is the inking department, where every line is carefully traced in detail on Celluloid paper.
  • Final stage is colour
  • Backgrounds are painted in watercolour and later combined with the character celluloids to be photographed on the master camera in Technicolor

Note: Some of these techniques are still used, but with the technology of computerised animation these days, some may vary.

Walt Disney Studios Disneyland Paris

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White is Disney’s first animated feature film released in 1937, which became an amazing success and milestone for the studio. Snow White had 250,000 painted celluloids and photographed nearly half a million times on the master camera to complete the film. It launched the studio into a new direction and along came films such as Fantasia (1940), Pinocchio (1940) and Dumbo (1941). Although not as successful as Snow White, because of WWII going on, the Disney company was continually developing and progressing animation in a whole new way.

Due to Walt’s death in 1966, sadly the company began to decline. Even with animated futures still coming out, the company was struggling to stay afloat. Until, the resurgence happened.

Disney Renaissance (1989-1999)

After a few difficult years after Walt’s death, the studio decided to get back to Musical animated films, and along came The Little Mermaid (1989). The film was a major success and went on to win an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Score and Best Song for “Under the Sea”. Disney once again found its footing, and reclaimed its classical Disney style. Beauty and the Beast (1991) also found major success, nominated for multiple Academy Awards and won Best Song Score. These successes continued to lead the studio into producing Aladdin, Lion King and so on. Many of these films went on to be critically acclaimed and commercially successful, all of which are based on well-known stories.

To summarise

The Walt Disney Studio’s has had many successful films, most recently Frozen 2 that is computer animated. But, what I love about hand-drawn animation is the aesthetic and feeling of it. Don’t get me wrong, I think CG animation is great, but when you go back to the classics you can almost feel the animators work through every movement. Some of my favourite classics are Robin Hood, Bambi, Sword in the Stone and Beauty and the Beast. They all have a unique quality about them I can’t quite put my finger on, but I just get a different feeling when I watch them compared to CG animation.

When you look back at how the studio started and how animation continuously evolved, it is quite amazing to see how far animation has come. I do love the recent films Disney has made, but I’d love to see another classic hand-drawn film again. What do you think? I’d love to hear your thought on whether you are an hand-drawn classic Disney fan, or a CG?

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Featured Friday : The Nightriders Campaign

Welcome back to Featured Friday!

Today may seem a little familiar to last week’s feature, and if not, then be sure to check it out! Or here is a little summary: The Nightrider is a new TV series, created by award-winning director, Jane Sangers. An exciting period drama where a beautiful squire’s daughter is feared and captured by Barbary Pirates.

On Tuesday, 15 September, we launched our campaign and have already had amazing support! 20% towards our goal has been made in just four days. We are all so grateful, but still have a way to go and want you to get involved and join us on this journey!

The Nightriders Indiegogo Campaign Page

Why donate?

You are probably thinking right now is not the best time to donate because of COVID, and we all completely understand, but by donating you are helping the film and tv industry who have been tremendously effected and kickstarting production again. Also, with meeting our goal means being able to provide jobs for many unemployed film crew and actors at the moment. So if you are interested in aiding the film industry to get back on its feet, help get some jobs opportunities going again or simply just wanting to support an exciting television series make it’s way to your screen – then please donate. Plus, there are some exciting opportunities to get involved with production (:

The Perks of Donating

Of course no donation will go without a little giving back, and is why we set up a range of fabulous perks for you to choose from!

  • Shoutouts
  • A helping hand on reviewing audition tapes or scripts
  • Social media promotions
  • Singing lessons
  • History Podcasts
  • Half day on set
  • Showreel tapings
  • Life coach/counselling
  • Village extra/Pirate extra
  • Production Assistant

Most of these perks are at discounted prices, so don’t miss out!

If none of these perks suit your fancy, but still want to donate, you can do that too!

Check out my short video on how to donate and where to go. If you do donate, DM me on insta @double_j_creative or leave a comment on this post to be featured in a special shoutout addition next week!

LINK ->

https://igg.me/at/nightridertv/x/23090417#/

Thank you again for your support, and we all look forward to welcoming you along this journey with us.

Be sure to check us out on facebook and twitter @nightridertv

For your chance to be featured get in touch!

Featured Friday : Jane Sanger’s NEW TV series The Nightrider

Welcome back to Featured Friday!

Today I am very excited to introduce to you, The Nightrider, a new TV series in the works, and will be launching a crowdfunding campaign next Tuesday, 15 September. With your help, and the money we raise, a teaser and poster will be created for the project to assist further development.

Jane is a Director and Writer at Lumino Films LTD, has won multiple awards for her short films, and is a women of many talents in the industry from casting, producing, writing and directing amongst various media platforms. Jane is the creator of The Nightrider series and has brought on seven associate producers, including me, to make this series come to life.

Associate Producers Leigh Trifari, Simon Edward Willshire, Gabriella Wheeler, Carlee Soeder, Skarlett V Breya, Jennifer James, Jane Hamlet

About The Nightriders Series

The Nightriders

* 8 part television adventure/drama series

“Little is known in contemporary times about The White Slave Trade, but it is a historical fact. This was carried out by the Sultans of Morocco for over 130 years til the Americans sailed to Rabat and freed the remaining slaves and overcame the Sultan.

Our story begins in 1714 as George I comes to the throne and Barbary Pirates were being sent by the Sultan Ismail Moulay to the south European Coast and particularly to Great Britain on the West Country , South Irish and South Welsh coasts to capture strong young men to build his palace and red head girls in particular for his hareem.

The story follows the plight of the Fellowes, a squires family living in the West Country, when one stormy night  their daughter Elizabeth, a red haired beauty and her brother John go missing as the Barbary Pirates attack, there can be only one dreadful conclusion. Lady Mary is forbidden to visit the local white witch, but she disobeys her husband. Esther tells her the children are still alive. Sir Richard goes to the Prime Minister to seek audience with the King to send ships to bring his beloved children and all the other slaves back. He is met with a brick wall.

Determined to do something, he and the other local squires meet and decide to fund the earliest known coastguard: The Nightriders, who will patrol and protect the coast from further attacks. Another stormy night a year later a lone Nightrider rides up to the Manor door and deposits a very wet and feverish young lady there and rides off before he can be questioned. Lady Mary takes her in and is shocked to see it’s her heavily pregnant daughter, her hair dyed brown from walnut juice. Elizabeth is struck dumb and so the story continues.”

Source: http://luminofilms.co.uk/current-projects

More information

To find out more about the project, please visit our Facebook Page and give it a like to keep up with updates and to show your support. You can also find us on twitter @nightridertv.

Our campaign page will go live next Tuesday – 15 September – so be sure to keep your eye out.

I am thrilled to be apart of this project and to help it grow towards development, with Jane and the other associate producers I have been delighted meeting. Let’s get the film industry back on it’s feet!

Stay tuned for updates coming soon!