• Not ready to die | BRCA2

    AUTHOR: Neale James
    POSTED: 13th October 2014
    CATEGORY: Campaign films

    Working on campaigning issues and portrait films allows me to meet and talk with incredible individuals and humanitarians. The making of this portrait film has been a reasonably long process, despite it’s short length of approximately ten minutes. “Not ready to die” is a portrait documentary short about Claire Whittaker and the BRCA2 gene mutation, which I would not blame you for being unaware of, had it not been for the announcement by Hollywood darling Angelina Jolie that she too had had a preventative mastectomy to reduce her risk of genetic breast cancer. I’m far the richer for having shared time with Claire and her family during the recording of this film. There was much I would love to have shared from the additional footage, and indeed please visit her blog through this link and read the story of her small children standing on a bride and waving to the traffic. Best you read it yourself.

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  • Bodybuilder, Powerlifter, Diabetic

    AUTHOR: Neale James
    POSTED: 22nd May 2014
    CATEGORY: Campaign films

    The first in a series of short films about diabetes, a developing project. We’re currently working with partners to build this film into a series of titles to show the condition as a way of life, not necessarily a change of life. Bodybuilder, Powerlifter, Diabetic is a short portrait film about Glenn Branch, a celebrated natural bodybuilder, for whom exercise is his oxygen. Interested to hear if you have a story?

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  • Let them eat cake | Anthony Millon

    AUTHOR: Neale James
    POSTED: 15th February 2014
    CATEGORY: Portrait films

    Anthony Millon is Head Pastry Chef at The Vineyard, Stockcross, a restaurant and hotel in Berkshire as renowned for it’s careful attention to the status of Californian wine as it is to the creativity of it’s incredibly talented chefs. “Let them eat cake” is a portrait piece underlining the cultural importance food had for an impressionable young pastry chef growing up in the Champagne region of France, learning how to navigate the kitchen under the watchful expert eye of his grandmother.

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  • Portlock’s magic

    AUTHOR: Neale James
    POSTED: 22nd January 2014
    CATEGORY: Portrait films

    When suggested to Guy Portlock that he help produce a film that characterised his craft in a somewhat self derogatory fashion, we wouldn’t have blamed him if he’d considered the concept somewhat beneath him in terms of the hours invested in honing his impressive performance skills. Fortunately Guy’s response was immediately positive and he even cast the support actor we required.

    We’d seen a handful of magicians’ promotional movies and each seemed to have a reactionary focus; how did you do that? I’d seen the script a dozen times, more than enough to understand that if this front page film on Guy’s website were to feel sticky in any way, it would need to have a different sense of recall.

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  • I am 80

    AUTHOR: Neale James
    POSTED: 10th January 2014
    CATEGORY: Legacy films

    In 2013 June turned 80. June is not famous. She’s has not featured on a reality programme. She has four children. To them, she is very much famous. To them, she is the reality of why. To them, she is precious enough to celebrate through this legacy film.

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