“SHANK” Update

Just a quick one to say “SHANK” is now available to buy or rent on iTunes! £4.99 to buy, or £2.49 to rent.

Also, after 18 months on the festival circuit the film is still going strong  – with screenings about to take place in Switzerland & Finland in November. And of course the film is also still available on DVD. So please do check it out if you haven’t already!

Another big thanks to producer and writer Christian Martin who’s slaved away (and is still doing so) behind the scenes to market the film and who’s made it possible for so many diverse audiences around the world to see it!

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I’ve just completed a very exciting edit project, which was in fact a showreel for my dad Roger Pearce, an established camera operator who’s been working in film & TV for over 30 years.

Do check it out at www.roger-pearce.co.uk

It was great fun getting to play with footage from the likes of “Casino Royale” (2006) and “The Mask of Zorro” (1997). I only hope one day my showreel can look that good!

Thanks to Lou Fargeot for designing the site (he also did this one), you can check him and his work out if you’re in need of a website at http://designbysweet.co.uk

Finally, I’m excited to confirm that Roger will be Director of Photography on my upcoming short “Broken”. I can’t wait to work with him!

“Broken” latest

I had a great production meeting Saturday with writer Chris and my producer Paul Dudbridge for the short. We managed to get one of our trickier locations locked and it looks like possibly a second now too – so just one more to go! I’ve also been speaking to a composer in the last week about doing the score for the film.

We did some further refining on the script and actually ended up losing a character. It was someone who became an aid of sorts to our heroine, who helped her to reconnect with a “normal” life, but we ultimately realised it was stronger in earlier drafts when she began to overcome this struggle on her own – so we decided to return to that. We also decided to up the “grit” and to take things a little darker….

In the meantime, Paul has just uploaded the two commercials we worked on together in North Wales to his website, so take a look at those if you get the chance – Paul directed and I operated on both which we shot back to back.


I will also be shooting his next short “Maria”, which we’ll be doing just a week before we start on “Broken.” His film is a dark drama which revolves around a teacher and pupil who form an unusual friendship…

In other news, the US co-producer of my directorial debut feature (“SHANK”), produced by Bonne Idée Productions, Robert Shulevitz, will be coming over to work on the short, so I’m very excited to work with him again. We’ll also be getting together to discuss an exciting new feature project… so watch this space!

Finally, saw two very good films recently – so if you haven’t seen them yet I can highly recommend both “Buried” and Ben Affleck’s “The Town”.

More updates soon as we continue prep and begin rehearsals.

Broken cast!

Just had a great day of auditions at the ITV West Studios in Bristol for new short “Broken”, I think it’s safe to say the film is cast. I haven’t workshopped with actors like that really since “SHANK” so felt great to do it again. We shoot for 3 days at the end of October so will now be sourcing our locations and assembling our crew whilst we start rehearsals with the main actors.

We’ve also just recently had the latest draft of the script in, this time from talented local writer Will Griffin, whose short “Winters End” was broadcast on ITV in 2008, and who did some doctoring for us and took a pass at Chris Marshfield’s original.

More on this project soon….

Prep begins….

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m currently gearing up to start shooting my next short “Broken”, a 10 minute drama, which will be going before cameras in October. It’s actually a short Chris wrote back in 2006, which for various reasons we ended up not shooting at the time, but now it’s undergone somewhat of a revamp, been through a quick spit-and-polish and is ready to go!

Something interesting that’s happened with it is that we recently decided to pull a “Salt” and change our lead character from male to female which we think makes the film infinitely more interesting and gives it a whole new dynamic. Chris and I have since been working on the script, looking at exactly how this is going to affect our story and characters. It should be a nice meaty role for the actress and I look forward to the auditions which are set for September.

Finally I’m going to be producing the film with a great friend of mine and talented film-maker Paul Dudbridge, who actually tutored me back when I was in the ITV Production Skills workshop. Check out some of his projects at his site – www.hanoverpictures.co.uk.

The plan is to shoot Broken back-to-back with one of his own shorts, entitled “Chloe”, and keep a single crew for both. I can’t wait to get started!

More on this soon… In the meantime, Paul and I are off to North Wales for the next four days to shoot a commercial for some holiday homes, to include some of the local activities including water parks and paintballing, should be fun!

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