6 Seasons and a Movie...

‘Tis the season…for 48-hour film challenges. The sixth year of taking part in the Sci-fi London 48-hour Film Challenge, this one marked a change in direction… comedy. On Saturday we were given the following variables we had to stick to: – Title – Ad Nauseam – Prop – We see a main character push an SD Card into a slot – Line of dialogue: “I usually keep a spare one […]


Creating The Perfect

This weekend marked the 5th year of being involved in the Sci-Fi London 48-hour Film Challenge. A lot is so, so very familiar – high energy, tiredness, enthusiasm, exhaustion, hilarity and pizza – and yet things change. Perhaps exemplified best by this years final product, people just keep getting better. We have all learnt a lot, continue to push each other, encourage each other, and trust each other to take […]


Another 48 Hours*

*nothing to do with the Eddie Murphy film. That time of year swung around once more. After a very busy year the Hugawookie crew were determined to jump into this years 48-hour film challenge, whatever it took. Which was lucky as we were down a producer/actor in the form of Matthew, Sound-guy Jack was unavailable and could only dial in the music composing from a distance and Alistair -who had […]



The making of 'Hourglass' part one... the shoot!


#sfl48hr 2013 Hugawookie wrap day one and still going strong...

It might just be the fact that I am typing this at 03.04 on day two, but I feel kind of blessed right now. Blessed to have spent the (very long) first day in the company of a very fine bunch of actors (bunch is the right collective noun, isn’t it?) Blessed to have the privilege of working with such a small but dedicated and talented set of people: Tim […]


Day One of the 48 Hour London Sci Fi Film Challenge - Speke and Destroy

Day one of our insane attempt to complete a five minute long movie inside 48 hours began at 12:00 today, the 14th of April.   We arrived at our first location – Speke aerodrome in Liverpool and received our instructions.   The Speke aerodrome is home to the Jetstream club – a bunch of plane enthusiasts who give over a fantastic amount of time, effort and money to the restoration […]


Non-DP Attempts to explain Camera Technology

In order to take light coming in to a lens and turn it into an video file on a flash card, a camera works through a series of linear steps, once for each frame per second required of the filming. At the highest level the steps are: Sensor – Light passes through the lens -not dealt with here, a whole voodoo area of it’s own- and strikes the sensor, a […]


The sound of tiny acorns growing...

One of the big things that I took away from last weekend’s Guerrilla Filmmaker’s Masterclass was the basics of creating a ‘picture with sound’. The old phrase says that the best pictures are on radio… Chris Jones pointed out that when a filmmaker gets the sound right, somehow, almost magically, the picture seems better. Wow. Sound is important. That is kind of cool. I have found myself paying far more […]


Filming in Public

The actual rules around where you can film without permission and where you need to have it can seem confusing, with plenty of conflicting advice knocking around. They are actually pretty simple but it’s worth looking at. At its most basic this area is about mitigating risk. Filming people or locations without appropriate permission can open you up to, at the easiest, claims on your finances and, at the worst, […]


   So the weekend saw Hugawookie brave the cold outdoors to shoot lots of exterior shots for our forthcoming short, Galactic Council. One of the key elements of the script is the use of  flash-sideways; short vignettes that show how the main character was killed in other ‘lives’. It’s a bit of fun that developed out of some of the earlier drafts of the script. Essentially we get to film […]