Nick is currently developing a brief for a film with the producers of a new contemporary dance group. DAD DANCING is an upcoming piece that will be at Battersea Arts Centre. Dad Dancing is a contemporary dance work reflecting on growing up into a daughter and growing up into a dad. The project is created by Rosie Heafford, Alexandrina Hemsley and Helena Webb and performed alongside and in collaboration with their dads Adrian, David and Andy.
Shot by the fantastic Paul Wiseman, here is a sneak peek of the new short film written and directed by Nick Shaw. Morning After is a 10-minute drama that begins at the end. Darren and Cara are two hungover 17 year-olds waiting for a pharmacist to open to buy a morning after pill. They met the night before, and now the light of day is very cold indeed.
The film intends to portray adolescence at the crucial moment where the choices of a child have the consequences of an adult. We should sympathise with Cara’s situation and confusion but also reproach her lack of judgement and want to “bring her home”. Darren is the boy you fear your daughter will bring home. A natural clown, we are entertained by his spontaneity, but fear it too for its consequences on Cara. Darren is a loose cannon whose outer displays of strength prompt Cara in her naivety to see him as a genuine father figure. Morning After is a story about youth’s invincibility and short-sightedness.
Darren gallantly drives the two of them to a pharmacy and skims stones while Cara takes the pill. The two kids then go on a jaunt around some semi-industrial scrub land where Darren runs over a rabbit in his car and is forced to put it out of its misery. They then have an encounter with an aggressive stranger, trespass into a garden and Cara reveals a secret to us that has long-lasting repercussions..
Nick’s co-directed short documentary Five Lives By Silence has been selected to premiere at the Critic’s Week at Cannes 2012. This was a film shot entirely in Finland in June 2011 and explores the effects of living in the silence of isolated coastal Finland on five very different protagonists. Nick will be in attendance on La Croisette so get in touch and say hi if you’re planning on going down.
Nick directed and edited. The video features a chromakey effect that I have been experimenting with for a while that involves using props as a matte rather using a background. This creates a hole in the image which is useful for transitions. I also shot partly on a Canon 8mm analogue video from 1994 to get a grungy look and tried taping a camera to a drumstick and guitar head.
As I mentioned a little while ago, I have directed a music video for my own band Breathe Out. The single is called “Champion” and the finished video is going to be shown on the music site The Four Oh Five tomorrow (17April). Hope you like it!
Old Man Hands Films is currently cutting a music video for the up-and-coming East London band Breathe Out. They’re releasing a single on Sound Savers records in April 2012, catch them live by going to breathebreatheout.blogspot.com Here’s a preview still of the throwback-style video. We imagine this is right up Beavis’ street!
Breathe Out music video for upcoming single "Champion"