In the session, which will take place at Booth’s Bookshop Cinema at 3.30pm, Neil will show clips from his forthcoming short, Stop/Eject and discuss his experiences of using crowd-funding to finance his project.
Neil has been making films since he was fifteen. Now at 31 he has made two features, DP’d four others, shot and edited countless shorts, directed Benedict Cumberbatch on 35mm and been dubbed “The Spielberg of Hereford” by The Guardian. Neil says
“Second only to my love of filmmaking is my passion for sharing how I make them and what I learn from the process”
and this session is a must see for anyone interested in the art of filmmaking and the realities of independent film production in the UK.
Neil directed his first feature-length film at the age of fifteen and won his first paying directing job at just nineteen. At 21 he completed his first professional feature, The Beacon. Over the next three years he co-wrote, directed, produced, photographed and edited Soul Searcher, which The Guardian described as “a fantasy action movie in the grand style”. In spite of its microbudget, the ambitious film includes over 250 effects shots, martial arts and a chase between a ’73 Ford Mustang and an express train to Hell, and was shot entirely at night. Press reviews called it “ground breaking” and “a remarkable achievement”, and Neil was named a winner of the Channel 4 Ideas Factory’s Creative Class in 2005.
His short film credits include The Picnic, Traction, Cow Trek and Possibilities and, as a DoP he has six feature films to his name, including two shot in New York.
Neil is currently developing his third feature film as writer-director, The Dark Side of the Earth, having recently shot a 35mm pilot for the project starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Atonement) and Kate Burdette (The Duchess). More information can be found at www.darksideoftheearth.com