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Magic Mist: Flare Path

8 Jul

Hello,

Since moving to London in 2009 I’ve been in a few bands, first there was BAANEEX (2010 – 2012), then there was Giant Burger (2012 – 2017), and now there’s Magic Mist.

Here’s the music video (that I directed) for our debut single ‘Flare Path’…

You can download the single (it’s pay what you like) through Odd Box Records here:https://oddboxrecords.bandcamp.com/album/flare-path-tentacle-finger

Hope you enjoy it!

Owain

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Ten Years In The Making: Adam Meet Eve

6 May

This time last year I was in SLV studios in South London shooting my debut short film ‘Adam Meet Eve’.
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Over 10 years ago, on May 1st 2008, I was living in a house share on Monthermer Road, Cathays, Cardiff and I decided to try writing an idea I’d had for a while. For some reason I decided to write it by hand on an A4 pad, and I also did a drawing of how I imagined the costumes and set would look. In case you haven’t guessed, that idea I started writing was ‘Adam Meet Eve’.
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So, near the end of 2016 I was feeling a bit listless, I’d been writing lots of feature screenplays for slightly ambitious projects and sending them out into the world, but felt like I needed to do something for myself, y’know to put something I’d written up on screen and to a standard I could feel good about (I’d made plenty of scrappy no-budget films before).
I was “fortunate” enough in that I’d been made redundant earlier that year and, as I’d been with the company for 6 years, got an okay redunancy payment, and I’d also started working full-time as a dad. So, was this really the most sensible thing to do with a sizable chunk of my ever diminshing redundancy money? We can have that discussion another day!
I sat down and re-wrote the script, a script I’d never written the ending of, and it all came together very quickly, so I decided to put a casting ad online.
I wanted to meet actors very informally, have a cup of coffee and a chat, see if we got on and trust – based off of showreels, etc. – that they’d be good for the role. I met about six actors in total, three for Adam, three for Eve, and they were all absolutely lovely people, but I had to find a pairing that would work.
The first potential Eve I met was Jessica Chloe Young, the last potential Adam I met was Jamie Lee-Morgan, and they seemed like a great fit.
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A few years back – 2010 I believe – I was living in a house-share in East Dulwich, London above a Pizza Gogo and was making a very no-budget, DIY web series called Captain Neon by myself.
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After a few episodes I thought I might open it up to any willing actors and was surprised that people were up for it! I met up with the potential actors and pretty much tried to convince them not to do it by emphasising how ramshackle the film was going to be, yet the actors I met were still up for it.
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One, Peter Revel-Walsh, played a villainous floating head called Bonce, and he seemed like the perfect choice to now play the disembodied voice of God in my first proper short film… Amazingly, despite working on Captain Neon, he was up for it!
Meanwhile, Rosie Martin – my friend and bandmate (first in BAANEEX, then in Giant Burger, now in Magic Mist) – was searching the fabric shops of London for the material to make the outfits I had designed for Adam and Eve (I’d updated my sketch since 2008). Eventually she found a sort of scuba type material in a few varying fleshtones and set about creating the final costumes.
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My partner Sam would spend spare moments – inbetween being a top mum for our then nearly one year old daughter, working full-time as a Sign language interpreter, and studying for a Master in International Sign Language – building the three puppet characters that would hinder Adam in his endeavours to chat up Eve.
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I would also spend evenings constructing the wooden frames that would then be covered in cardboard – most of which was found discarded around the streets of Hackney – and painted to look like a tree, bushes, a nightclub bar, amongst other things.
On April 23rd 2017 we had a rehearsal, it was the first time Jamie, Jessica and Peter would meet, so the first time I’d see if they had the kind of chemistry I’d hope they would have. It would also be the first time I’d hear actors peforming my script, so I’d get a good inkling of whether it sounded like absolute nonsense or not.
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It was also the first time Rosie would get to see if the costumes fitted Jamie and Jessica, and the last time they’d try them on before the shoot day. It was also the first time I’d meet Diandra Ferreria, who would be doing the hair and make-up for the shoot, and the one and only time she’d be able to try hair extensions on Jessica to see if a vital part of her hair / costume would work before having to make it work for real on the shoot day.

Two weeks later on Saturday 6th May everything had to be ready, the puppets and set finally came together at the last minute, and I booked a van to drive me – and all the set, props and puppets – from Hackney to SLV Studios in South London for the shoot departing at 6:30am.
The journey was stress free, the load-in was easy, and gradually my cast and crew all arrived; which, to be honest, I was worried about, I sort of didn’t believe that anyone would actually turn up and that they’d have this moment of clarity on Friday night, think the whole thing was a terrible idea, and just have a lovely lie-in instead.
We were booked into the studio from 8am to 6pm, including load-in and out, with around 61 set-ups to shoot, I wasn’t really sure if this was a lot or not, and – to be honest – I’m still not sure.
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The great thing about my cast and crew was that immediately they were pitching in with everything, people were making everybody teas and coffees, they were down on their hands and knees helping clean dirty areas of the white set, they were moving set – in one instance they were improvising a re-build of a piece of set that I had accidentally left at home! – actors worked as grips, crew members did puppeteering, immediately it became a very open and collaborative environment, and lots of fun too.

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It was also a lot of work, and a group of people getting to know one another’s working styles and idiosyncracies on the fly – which is obviously a regular part of film-making and undoubtedly a reason why established filmmakers try and work with the same crew members over and over if possible – I was very grateful to have a production assistant (Jenna Gold) who made sure I ate some food (she also took many of these lovely photos of the shoot day).

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My partner and daughter paid a little visit to the set too, and my daughter decided to take her first steps during the filming (though not in front of me, though she did re-enact the moment for me the next day).
In the end we finished ahead of schedule, I managed to film a handful of set-ups that weren’t on the schedule – including everything that happens during the credits (part of which was a joke based off an on the day re-write).

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Just before 6pm my van home showed up, everyone helped with the packing up, and off I went, feeling utterly knackered but in a sort of lovely transcendental way where I just stared blissfully out of the van window enjoying watching London go by as I travelled back to the East End.
Pretty much the next day I edited the film, and I had the final cut finished the following week.
Getting the sound mixed and the colour grade done proved to be a little time consuming, but obviously completely vital and in the end the film looked and sounded better than I had anticipated.

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The music for the film was composed by a Manchester-based singer-songwriter called Aidan Smith, back in 2003 the free music magazine The Fly had done a little feature on him that had drawn me to his brilliantly wonky EPs “At Home With…”, and I became an instant fan. Years later I made a music video for his song “In The Articles” off of his 2013 record “Phone Me If You’re Bored”, and was thrilled that he agreed to write the score for this short.

Adam Meet Eve was a great mix of things, whilst it was my first budgeted and “professional” short film it maintained that handmade DIY vibe of all my earlier forays into filmmaking. It took 10 years from that first draft for the film to be finished, yet, looking at those sketches, the concept was pretty concrete from that initial conception.

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The cast and crew had people like Peter Revel-Walsh who I’d worked with years ago, but also my school friend Carl Morris – who was lead puppeteer – who I’d been making films with since 1998. The cameraman Rich Merritt, I’d met through the company I’d been working full-time for up until 2016, and we’d long talked about working on a non-corporate project together at some point. Then there were all the brilliant people for whom this marked my first time working with them, and if I could I’d work with them all again tomorrow!

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Whatever becomes of this film now it’s “out there”, it is exactly what I had in my head, and yet, at the same time, the experience of making it exceeded my expectations thanks entirely to the phenomenal group of people who gave so much to help me make it. I hope they feel proud of the film and their work on it, I hope they enjoy watching it and remembering that one jam-packed day in a small South London studio.

 

You can watch the film online now HERE!

Adam Meet Eve – Watch My Short Film Online NOW!

1 May

Hello,

In case that title didn’t clue you in, you can watch the short film I shot last year online now here: https://youtu.be/T7L6856bthU

It’s quite nice that I’m sharing it with everyone today, as 10 years ago I handwrote the first draft of the script and did a sketch of the costumes too, so now you can see if my vision then matches up to the actualisation now!

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Hope you enjoy it.

Owain x

Love Is In The Air

27 Jan

It’s that time of the year wherein you are REQUIRED BY LAW to find the one greetings card that truly sums up your feelings of love and / or adoration for your significant other(s) / self and deliver anonymously into their love-starved hands no sooner than the beginning of February 14th and no later than the end of February 14th, or else there will no love for you for one whole year.

Well, luckily, I created three cards that are GUARANTEED* to get you loved like you’ve never been loved before (doubly so if you have legitimately never been loved before).


How do I buy one of these cards? I have asked myself here on your behalf knowing the answer, which is; you can buy them here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/OwainsGubbins

So, what are you waiting for? Buy one here, and then buy another one, and another, give them to everyone you know, spread the love, spread it like a fine non-dairy spread.

Ta ta for now! x

*Not a guarantee

Cushions!

19 Nov

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For a super limited time Ohh Deer are selling a few cushions that I designed!

You can also VOTE for the cushions and help give my doodles a little nudge.

Here are the links:

Bum: https://ohhdeer.com/competition/bum-cushion
Cushion Cushion: https://ohhdeer.com/competition/cushion-cushion
Smoosh: https://ohhdeer.com/competition/smoosh-cushion
Zorbing: https://ohhdeer.com/competition/zorbing-cushion

Many thanks!

Adam Meet Eve: Poster

17 Oct

Hello!

Here’s the poster for my short film Adam Meet Eve:

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It was designed and produced by Kitty Ate My Camera‘s Jenna Gold, visit her website here.

Follow the film on various social media platforms and keep up to date with all the latest happenings.

There’ll be a festival date announced very soon.

Hope all’s good with you?

Owain

The Diary Of Joe Meek…

25 Jun

Hello you!

I meant to blog about this quite a while ago, but this year got consumed with some rather exciting projects which I’ll be able to tell you all about very soon.

But first…

When I was a youngster I drew comics all the time, but as I’ve got older my love for drawing has sort of been side-lined into an “add-on-pack” to my love of writing and film-making. I’ve never really believed in myself, or my abilities, as an illustrator / cartoonist / artist / whatever.

However I’ve still occasionally entertained ideas of working on a comic book – based on some of my unseen writing – and have made tentative steps here and there at putting something together, usually falling apart after the first page or two.

At the beginning of this year a friend of mine told me that the independent publisher Good Comics were looking for submissions to an anthology called ‘Dead Singers Society’, the third volume of which they were due to publish in February.

So, I decided to give it a go and put together a one-page strip based on a deceased music artist that I was interested in.

I knew that recently departed musicians such as David Bowie and Prince would be prime pickings, and I felt somewhat intimidated tackling someone like Ian Dury – already depicted brilliantly in the film Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll – so I chose to dive back into my creative writing past.

Andy Serkis as Ian Dury in Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll

I studied English Literature & Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University (2003 to 2006), and one assignment involved writing a diary for a someone either living, dead, fiction or non-fiction. I chose the innovative record producer – and occasional singer – Joe Meek.

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As someone who loves making music myself – at the time this was a very private process, and the results were usually horrible – I felt a certain kinship towards Joe, especially in his desire to create bigger, stranger, more experimental sounds and often doing so in the most imaginative and low-tech ways.

His story grows even more fascinating, and tragic, as you begin to delve into his troubled personal life, his paranoia, his sexuality and the circumstances surrounding him that ultimately ended in murder and suicide.

I’d written a number of diary entries imagining his innermost thoughts, skipping across time, that tracked Joe from his early creative explosions, across his frustrations with the mainstream music industry, towards unexpected success with the smash hit single Telstar, and finally into his descent into darkness.

Adapting this into a one page comic was going to be quite a challenge, as I still wanted to give a sense to the reader of that journey.

So, I grabbed a piece of paper, sketched out four panels repeated over four lines, and went through my fictitious diary to find four incidents to fill each line.

I still felt like a bit of a pretender submitting my work to the folks at Good Comics, looking at the other issues the quality of the storytelling and artwork was so strong and individual that I couldn’t see my own work fitting in alongside it.

Surprisingly, a few weeks after sending my comic off I had a reply – my email had accidentally wound up in their Junk folder! – and, even more surprisingly, it was to say that my comic was going to be a part of their anthology.

It was really flattering and very exciting to see my comic in amongst so many brilliant artists in the ‘zine. It was doubly exciting to pop into Gosh! comics in Soho and see the ‘zine containing my work on their shelves.

Collage of images from Dead Singers Society Volume 3

Ultimately though, I’ll be honest with you, I still felt like a pretender, someone who had managed to sneak their way in despite not having the proper credentials. As with many things, it did make me resolve to try and work that bit harder on my drawings – hence the Valentine’s Day cards – and to try and be a bit more proactive with creative projects – hence the busy-ness.

You can pick up a copy of ‘Dead Singers Society Vol. 3’ here, as well as loads of other great work from Good Comics.

All the best,

Owain

OMG! You won’t believe the wild tale of this wacky greetings card…

28 Jan

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I don’t really have that much to say about this card. It was something I said that I thought was funny, so I made it into a card.
You can buy it here: Owain’s Gubbins
Thanks.
O.x

When I was a child I was convinced I was a werewolf…

25 Jan

I was born in 1982, the year of the dog, and I think that is – in part – to blame…
I had a fear of dogs, I would have recurring dreams about huge alsatians chasing me around a deserted church that I’d imagined existed on Claremont Road, Redruth.

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I was chased by a dog once, some friends of my sister had a greyhound – or maybe a whippet, or just a skinny dog – and it took an interest in me. I fled, the dog pursued, and we started doing laps around the small circular garden path out front of their house, and I’m sure that my Dad, sister and my sister’s friend just watched us complete circuit after circuit. I have no memory of how this pursuit ended, which leads me to wonder if it might have been a dream.
Dogs seemed to perk up as I walked by them, as if I had biscuits in my pocket (I may have), but in my imaginative youthful mind I thought it was either because I was secretly the (bar)king of the dogs, or because I was a werewolf…

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Though it may have been that they sensed my fear and thought it’d be fun to terrify me.
I can’t quite remember what my first exposure to the lycanthrope legend was, part of me likes to think that it was a cheeky, sneaky late night viewing of An American Werewolf In London, but, in actuality I’d imagine it was the children’s television show Woof!.

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Regardless, sometimes when it was late and I was up I’d writhe around the front room pretending I was transforming into a werewolf, in much the same way David Naughton did as David Kessler in An American Werewolf In London (1981), and to a lesser extent Tom Everett Scott in Anthony Waller’s muddled sequel An American Werewolf In Paris (1997) that, for some reason, I have a guilty soft spot for.

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This faux transformation would usually end with me scurrying upstairs on all fours to bed.
Since then I’ve managed to overcome my fear of dogs; probably because my Dad got a dog, so that foiled his plan to keep me out of the house. This has allowed me to discover a newfound appreciation for pooches, and I can see why people seem to like having them around, it was with this in mind that I created this Valentine’s Day card, available from my Etsy shop, exposing the truth kept secret in many a relationship about who might be the actual love of some people’s lives.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Have you ever been convinced that you were another creature? Are you still convinced? If you could turn into any animal which one would you turn into and why? (I’d be a squirrel)

 

Owain. x

How Val Kilmer saved me from my thankless, dead-end job…

23 Jan

Hello you,

Around the year 2000 or 2001 I got a job working in a plastics factory in Redruth, Cornwall. My shift was midnight to 7am, my job was taking hot plastic lids – the kind used on a handy storage box around the home – and scraping off the jagged bits of plastic from around the edges. I had one glove to protect me from the hot plastic, and a strange little scraping tool. I worked on this machine alone, and that’s kind of how I’d like it.
What got me through those long nights working that job was – bizarrely – being able to run through the 1997 film version of The Saint starring Val Kilmer in my head.

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I was a fan of the film when it came out a few years earlier, I was writing film reviews for my school paper and I think I gave it 9/10, which, in retrospect, was a bit too generous.
I think I’d become a bit of a Val Kilmer fan because he was in 1995’s Batman Forever – a film I was beyond excited about because I was a massive Jim Carrey fan – so he had a lot of residual goodwill left over from that.
Elisabeth Shue was his co-star in The Saint and I had something of a crush on her thanks to growing up with the film The Karate Kid (1984) and her amazing performance in Leaving Las Vegas (1995).

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It was also the season when Hollywood was really mining the retro television show caverns for all their worth, and with each movie update you got a funky remixed theme tune, and Orbital’s spin on the theme from The Saint was proudly in my CD collection: https://youtu.be/LCVuIsw78yA
I think I loved the film because it was pretty old-fashioned, it took its time to develop its characters and it was more of a romance than an action blockbuster, which, to be fair, was probably why it didn’t set the box office alight in 1997, where it finished 28th of the year behind such classics as Anaconda, Dante’s Peak, and Flubber.
Anyway, I discovered, whilst working in that plastics factory, that I pretty much knew the entirety of the film off by heart – having watched it an awful lot on VHS, it was the perfect casual romp for a rainy Sunday afternoon, and, to this day I can still rattle off a reasonably accurate renactment of the whole film and will do so for a small fee at birthdays, weddings and Olympic opening ceremonies (get in touch if you’d like to book a performance).

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It’s full of such memorable scenes like the one where he’s a flirtatious old man, the one where he’s a flirtatious German with curly hair, the one where he’s a flirtatious South African traveller in leather trousers, and, of course, the one where he’s a flirtatious old cleaning lady*.

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Also, the 1984 spoof (and box office flop) Top Secret starring Val Kilmer is one of the funniest films ever made. #FACT.
So, that’s kind of why I felt it my duty to celebrate the actor Val Kilmer with this Valentine’s Day card I made – that and it’s a really silly non-pun – which you can buy from my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/OwainsGubbins
Thanks for reading!
Also, what’s your favourite Val Kilmer film?
Owain. x

 

*Truth be told, this one doesn’t get much screen time to do any actual flirting, but if all his other disguises are anything to go by she’s probably pretty flirtatious.