Live Action Category

A Daughter Struggles to Hold onto Her Drug Addicted Father in Matt Genesis’ ‘The One Who Breaks Your Heart’

Live Action

26th August, 2019

Matt Genesis reveals how personal experiences of mental health & addiction informed the content and style of music video 'The One Who Breaks Your Heart'.

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Directors Notes Reading & Leeds 2019 Cinema Tent Shorts

Animation, Film Festival, Live Action, Music

23rd August, 2019

August bank holiday weekend is the time when DN gathers our favourite short films and music videos from the past year for our Reading & Leeds screenings.

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Sweet William

Asides, Live Action

21st August, 2019

Kate Martin stars as a young woman caught in the grip of a downward spiral of emotion in Brooks Reynold’s gripping 16mm micro-short 'Sweet William'.

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Matt Cascella Envisages the Life Cycle of a Mattress in his Comedy Short ‘Beds’

Live Action, Premiere

15th August, 2019

Brooklyn-based director Matt Cascella tells DN how he maintained a consistent tone throughout the vignettes of his lifecycle of a mattress short 'Beds'.

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Artemy Ortus Celebrates the Strength of the Female Spirit in Fierce Exaltation Short ‘In Women We Trust’

Live Action

15th August, 2019

Moscow director Artemy Ortus reveals how he marshalled resources for whistle-stop New York production 'In Women We Trust' - a celebration of female power.

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Barret Bowman Turns Stomachs with the Most Disgusting Games Night of All Time in Gross-Out Comedy ‘Baby Bird’

Live Action, Premiere

13th August, 2019

Barret Bowman tells DN how he created the practical effects used for his gross-out comedy 'Baby Bird', a short about a games night that goes much too far.

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How Kristian Mercado Figueroa Took a Wild Audiovisual Journey into the Creation Process of Billie Eilish

Live Action

6th August, 2019

Kristian Mercado Figueroa reveals how he melded an organic approach with a push it till it breaks mentality to dig into Billie Eilish's creative process.

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A Solo Park Run Escalates into a Battle of One-Upmanship in Mariia Ponomarova’s ‘Ardea’

Live Action, Premiere

5th August, 2019

Mariia Ponomarova joins DN for the premiere 'Ardea' - the story of a gentle park run which quickly escalates into a competitive battle of one-upmanship.

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Sheila Avellino & Brandon Habuda Search for Hope Amongst Hopelessness in Refugee Drama ‘Blackbird’

Live Action

2nd August, 2019

Sheila Avellino & Brandon Habuda tell DN how extensive planning & a rigid shot list maximised their use of golden hour light in refugee drama 'Blackbird'.

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Bobb Barito Tracks a Vengeful Father on the Fourth of July in Short Drama ‘Light My Fire’

Live Action

30th July, 2019

DN speaks with Bobb Barito about the thematic implications of Independence Day, the culture of abusers, and overcoming on-set issues for 'Light My Fire'.

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Gravediggers & Monogamy: Things get Surprisingly Deep as we Dive into Tim Keeling’s Mysterious Short ‘Two Puddles’

Live Action

26th July, 2019

"The Puddles act as a kind of catalyst to articulate separation" - writer/director Tim Keeling discusses his enigmatic six-minute short 'Two Puddles'.

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Dee Meaden Delves into the Complicated Relationship Between Creativity & Delusion in Vérité Drama ‘An Actor’

Live Action, Premiere

25th July, 2019

Dee Meaden explains how concerns about our attitudes towards the homeless inspired her short film exploration of the line between creativity and delusion.

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