Categories
Broadcasting Film Filming Interview Radio

Glasgow Film Festival coverage

Joss Whedon at Glasgow Film Festival
Joss Whedon at Glasgow Film Festival

The 2013 Glasgow Film Festival finished a week ago, eleven days of premieres and special events which brought filmmakers and film fans to the Glasgow Film Theatre and other venues around the city.

This year found me covering the event for the BBC Movie CafĂ©, interviewing actors such as James D’Arcy for Cloud Atlas and Gemma Arteron and Saoirse Ronan for Byzantium, while writer/director Joss Whedon was in town to promote his low-budget adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

My overview of the Festival aired last Thursday on BBC Radio Scotland – it’s on iPlayer for the next few days.

I also visited the brand new BFI Mediatheque at Bridgeton Library, a resource which houses thousands of hours of film and TV which would otherwise be unavailable. I took my iPhone along and recorded a video interview with Mediatheque curator, Simon McCallum for ReelScotland.

Categories
Filming Interview Online YouTube

New ReelScotland video interviews

February found me putting together a handful of new video interviews for ReelScotland to promote a new film and a new Scottish play based on a film.

The 2012 Glasgow Film Festival finished tonight and one of the new films screened was Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy starring Scottish actor, Adam Sinclair. I was approached by the PR team behind the film in 2011 about interviewing Sinclair atop Edinburgh’s Oloroso restaurant which resulted in a video on Sinclair’s entry into acting and a second on Ecstasy:

The second pair of videos were created to promote new play An Appointment with the Wicker Man, based on the classic British horror film, The Wicker Man. I met with the play’s co-writer and star, Greg Hemphill, along with co-star Jimmy Chisholm during rehearsals, with both interviews now on YouTube:

Categories
Broadcasting Film Online

Vlogging from the Glasgow Film Festival

For the next ten days I’ll be making my way back and forth to Glasgow to cover the 2011 Glasgow Film Festival as their official vlogger.

For anyone a bit unsure of that terminology, vlogger is short for “video blogger”, or “bloke with handy pocket camera roaming the corridors of the Glasgow Film Theatre and Cineworld in search of good video content” – vlogger is just a bit easier to say.

The brief here is to keep things short and sweet, with the more complex filming being handled by a veritable army of camerapeople between 17 and 27 February. This way the Festival can get something online quickly and with little fuss.

My first video is now online and features comics creator, Mark Millar, and GFF Co-director, Allan Hunter, in discussion about what people can expect from the event.

You can see the rest of my videos over on the Glasgow Film Festival YouTube channel.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBFEGJJWKTQ]