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Daisy – the latest from Nancy Paton

‘Daisy’, is the latest film from Nancy Paton, an Australian/Polish director, producer and award winning writer, and founder of Paton Productions.

Already in post, Dean and I are delighted to be involved and have recently designed their latest film poster, as seen here.

Next week, we see the first look screening at Warner Bros. De Lane Lea, and then we look forward to getting going on the titles.

Working again with our dear friend editor Emma Gaffney, is as always a huge pleasure – Having worked together previously on films such as Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Vaccums and Enemy at the Gates.

Nancy Paton Daisy Filming

Starring Hattie Gotobed (Snow White and the Huntsman), Max Brown (Turistas), and Lucy Russell (Batman Begins), Daisy’ depict the last days of a thirteen-year-old girl called Daisy, who suffers from sever RECESSIVE DYSTROPHIC EPIDERMOLYSIS BULLOSA (RDEB), and by chance meets Peter, an Iraq War veteran who suffers from drug addiction. Like Peter Pan, he is stuck in Neverland and Daisy, like Wendy, inspires him to change his ways. Daisy helps Peter learn to appreciate life, find home, but most importantly find love, something that she will never experience. As the credits run, we are left wondering what such a powerful little girl could have done with a lifetime of days.

Nancy wrote this award-winning screenplay as a way of raising awareness for a cause close to her heart. While the film has innocence in its tone, it is eager to depict the suffering from Dystrophic Epidermolysis accurately. Nancy worked with children at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and whilst there met an inspirational 9 year old girl called Maisy Keetch, who played Isabella in ‘Daisy’ and who suffers from EB in real life.

Alongside the filming of Daisy, a special documentary film is being made featuring children with EB, and their families, nurses and doctors who care for them. The idea is to encourage the film industry to offer more opportunities in the future for children and adults with disabilities and disease.

Nancy is also currently filming ‘Postpartum’ which she has written, a film charting the final days of a woman suffering with Postpartum depression. And is in pre-production on ‘Touched’, which intricately weaves together the lives of western scientists and local PNG tribes people, seen through the eyes of two woman each on their own path of discovery, who’s actions share a share destiny.

 

Daisy Film Poster

Televisual interview: Playing The Title Role

September 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Televisual

We are delighted to be featured in this months (September) issue of Televisual.

For those of you that cannot get a copy of the magazine, here below is the full interview given by Editor Jon Creamer:

Q: At what stage of the film’s life do you get involved in a project?

A: The lead times we have can vary immensely, sometimes we have to turn projects around very quickly and sometimes we are involved very early on. Since we’ve been in this business more than 30 years, our clients know we can offer more than opening and closing sequences, for example – sometimes we are called upon to offer consultancy for clients to make recommendations about the structure of their films and series before they are finalized, to help them with keeping the momentum and engagement of the audience throughout the feature.

Q: How are you briefed? And who are you briefed by?

A: That has two answers firstly we have repeat clients like Tim Burton and Stephen Frears who come straight to us on a non-competitive basis. Then there is the first time directors or producers, who we like to chat and share our joint passions in film, TV and life in general. This gives us all a good start and helps build trust from the outset, and luckily we are all still in a people driven business. Also on both cases we like to read the script. Second meetings and briefings could well involve the executives from the studio like Warner Bros. or TV Channel etc.

Q: Are you able to see the finished film before you begin?

A: Yes we would see rough-cut scenes and then followed by a first assembly of the entire movie, which normally is over length and these days with large patches of ‘green screen’, sometimes along with temp music as well.

Q: What informs the concept you come up with?

A: Looking at the under belly of the movie firstly. By which I mean not the visual scenes but more the rhythm, pace, emotions and tone etc. Then it is possible to project a symbolic foretaste of what is to come, and create a receptive atmosphere that will enable the movie to begin hopefully on a higher level of audience engagement, right from the first frame.

Q: Do you have music to work with?

A: No that collaboration comes later down the creative process, once we have all agreed on the chosen visual concept and tone. This can now be formed into a rough animatic timeline to length. Then the composer can score directly on what he or she sees.

Q: Do you come up with a variety of routes and then the producer or director chooses one?

A: It depends, sometimes one idea becomes very clear in the thinking. Sometimes it needs a selection of thoughts.

Q: Can you often create bespoke sequences, are you able to shoot things yourself, use animation?

A: Starting from a blank piece of paper and an open mind. The passion and joy is to see the life come into the sequence by each member of our team adding to the overall communication of the sequence. I will always direct my own scenes that are needed, and we create our own animation and special effects.

Q: How much time do you get to produce the titles?

A: On average, around 3 to 4 months, depending on what is involved. We have been known to work on sequences for more than 8 months, such as Jupiter Ascending.

Q: Is there a good budget for the titles, or are you at the end of the financial
chain?

A: Budgets work in accordance to the size scale of the movie at hand. We work across the board, large and small each has its own rewards and problems to win over. We also bear in mind small first time director or production companies today could turn out to be the biggest in time.

Q: Do you work on your own or is a team involved? Who else is involved?

A: The Morrison Studio is a collective. We build individual teams for each project, whether it is a studio motion picture, independent production, interstitial or branding project. It is essential that our team has the highest calibre of creatives, VFX artists, and technicians involved relative to the skill sets required.

Q: What is the secret to great title design?

A: Lots of factors, but essentially I would say a good script. Then It can be pushed creatively.

 

Jupiter Ascending Title Sequence

January 31, 2014 Leave a comment

WACHOWSKI FILMS

The planets have aligned, as we are excited to share the news that we are now underway with the title sequence for The Wachowski’s latest movie, Jupiter Ascending for Warner Bros.

After meeting with Lana Wachowski and Post Supervisor Chris Berg here at De Lane Lea in Soho, and having spent the last couple of months in research and development. Dean and I are now underway with our VFX team on-board at The Morrison Studio, planning and scheduling the build of the 3D main and end title sequences along with the end roller.

It’s an exciting film for us to be involved with, which will join a long list of Wachowski’s films, such as Cloud Atlas, V for Vendetta, Speed Racer and The Matrix Trilogy.

Jupiter Ascending tells he story of Jupiter Jones played by Mila Kunis (Black Swan, The Book of Eli), born under a night sky with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. As an adult she dreams of the stars but wakes up in the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and endless bad breaks. Along comes Caine (Channing Tatum – Don Jon, White House Down), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter. Arriving on Earth to track her down to show her fate that has been waiting for her all along. A genetic signature marking her as the next in line for an extraordinary inheritence that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

Also starring Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings, The Island) and Tuppence Middleton (Trance, A Long Way Down), and produced by Grant Hill (Unit Production Manager – Titanic, Speed Racer and The Matric Reloaded) along with both Lana and Andy. The film is due for release later in the summer.

We look forward to keeping you up-to-date with our progress, and sharing with you as we go.

Take a look here at the new trailer, to keep you going in the meantime:

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Now Is Good Title Sequence

September 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Now Is Good Brighton Pier

Ol Parker‘s long awaited film ‘Now Is Good‘ from Warner Bros., is now out on nationwide UK cinema release this week.

Starring Dakota Fanning the film is based on a teen novel by Jeremy Downham, about a young girl diagnosed with Leukaemia working her way through a bucket list of must-dos, including losing her virginity and taking drugs.

Filmed in Dean‘s hometown of Brighton, he had fun illustrating for our title sequence the familiar streets where he grew up. Below is the full sequence for you all to see and enjoy:

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