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  • Posted on 29 March 10 by dan.
    'The Horror, The Horror' ~ The Marojin Shoot Wraps

    Filming can sometimes be pretty unpleasant. Long hours, taxing problems, uncomfortable environments, that kind of thing.

    And then on some rare occasions, on those special film shoots when the atmosphere is charged with a special kind of magic, filming can just go swimmingly, as soft and peaceful as a summer breeze through the cedars.

    Sunday was the former. Yeah, very much the former category. By the end of the shoot, you'd be forgiven for thinking that some kind of malevolent god had taken great umbrage with our faces and decided to pummel us with windy fists. And sand.

    The crew receives much buffage courtesy of the wind.

    Did I mention it was gruelling? We could have sold the behind-the-scenes footage as a survivalist documentary. John Hurt could have narrated it, mostly with the repeated phrase 'ooh, that looks gruelling'. If the following blog reads like a chapter from Heart of Darkness, it's because filming the end of Marojin was a rotter.

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  • Posted on 20 March 10 by dan.
    A Film Begins To Develop ~ The 'Marojin' shoot continues

    The best laid plans of mice and men oft come a cropper, so the saying almost goes, and the production schedule was already beginning to look a little peaky around the gills.

    The first week’s curtailed beach excursion had left us with a rather ample ‘to do’ list, and plenty to do over the next couple of days. Most of the film, in actual fact. Thus it is, thus it was, thus it has always been. Thus.

    The first weekend was expended filming inserts - the awkward minutiae, those tiny cogs that power the machine – and all we really had was a ragtag bunch of disjointed shots. Cutting that lot together would look totally mental, like that pre-cog girl from Minority Report having a ‘Nam flashback. So although our second shoot was pretty daunting, it was also somewhat of a relief to shoot more fulsome material

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  • Posted on 15 March 10 by mike.
    First Marojin Footage in the Can

    Don't you just love it when the weather goes your way and likewise hate it when it doesn't?

    Well, we experienced the ups and downs of both this weekend whilst shooting on location 13th and 14th March.

    Ethan and Sarah pose for their Polaroid Moment

    The particular weather we needed, was a nice sunny day, but more spring than summer. The setting was for a young couple out on a date together at a beach.

    Cue lots of Kodak moments, well Polaroid moments in this case.

    The initial work went great driving round, cramped in the back of a vintage car trying to get p.o.v footage, lens flares and keep modern life out of the viewfinder.

    But later on, down at the shore there was an unexpected kick back to the good luck weather.

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  • Posted on 20 February 10 by mike.
    'Marojin' Roles Cast

    Ethan Jackson, Keith Chanter and Sarah Gargett accept roles in Graeme Beech's short film.

    As previously mentioned, we had a really positive response for this film and a great audition over at Newcastle's Lit & Phil.

    We really enjoyed the sessions and were very impressed with everyone who took the time out to read for us.

    This made making decisions tough, so read on to find out more about the final cast.

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  • Posted on 11 February 10 by mike.
    'Marojin' Casting Closed

    Thanks to all those who applied!

    As always, the response we had was exceptional.

    The final cast will be decided in a few weeks after an audition here in Newcastle.

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  • Posted on 30 January 10 by mike.
    Casting Call for 'Marojin'

    "Burn this and eat the ashes. Then it will begin."

    Thus echo the inciting lines in Graeme Beech's new short film, a surreal psycho-drama dealing with grief, denial and the occult.

    The dates for principal photography have been set in early March and we've been industrious behind the walls of the Spiderhouse these last few months to bring this to life.

    The casting call is out and we've already had a great response, so thank you to everyone who's contacted us so far.

    Please read on for full details

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  • Posted on 28 November 09 by mike.
    Supermojo Music Video Part 1

    I knew it! I knew it! However many balloons you think you need, get twice as many!

    That goes even if you are buying 500 hundred. And if people laugh at you on the phone when you say the words, 'I think we need one thousand balloons' ignore them.

    However, 500 balloons still make a strong impression.

    Why am I going on about balloons so much? Last weekend we shot the first part of a music video for an unsigned Nottingham band called 'Supermojo'.

    It involved filling the stage with balloons.

    Everything all came about very quickly on Monday, an idea was forged and changed, and changed again, but we managed well and had a great night shooting.

    Special thanks to Polestar Studios who catered for our late night, inflated rubber bag escapade.

    Here are a few photos of the shoot.

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  • Posted on 16 October 09 by mike.
    Simox Concept Art Exhibited @ Design Event

    We've been lucky enough to display some concept art as part of this years Design Event for the 'Uses of Intelligence' exhibition.

    The art is for a project in development called 'SIMOX'. Originally a short, but now feature length, the film follows the final days of a monolithic city which has a society based entirely on surveillance culture.

    The work is being displayed at Washington Arts Centre until 21st November 2009.

    It's this theme of surveillance, and more importantly surveillance devices which tied in nicely with the exhibition.

    The element which seems to ignite peoples imaginations about the film, is the cctv camera on six insectile legs, which crawl over the city to spy on it's inhabitants.

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