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By midlandsmovies, Aug 12 2018 08:31AM



Midlands Spotlight - Pocket Pictures


Midlands Movies Mike Sales checks out Pocket Pictures, a Birmingham based organisation helping filmmakers from across the UK with their projects, showreels, training and more. Read on to find out about this company and their wealth of local experience.


Pocket Pictures is a video, film and content creator and can take the words, pictures, idea or scripts of their clients and turn them into a visual reality. With a history of clients trusting their experience, every project they take on is unique and has its own special requirements.


Owner Mark Todd is a writer, director and filmmaker in his own right and prides himself on the quality of work he creates. “In an exciting time when cameras are everywhere it's important to remember that just because you have a spanner, you may not always be a mechanic”.


Being based in the Midlands, Pocket Pictures have worked with a number of local projects as well including the recent Suicide Blonde where they handled the post production. (See our coverage of that film here).


Their small studio in Aston, Birmingham covers a diverse workload ranging from training actors to corporate work. Mark himself is also developing his second feature The Crooked House whilst his first feature, Bad Reception, was shot in Hollywood!


Their current range of courses can help actors develop their skills. Acting ‘On Camera’ is an intensive course designed to give actors the industry knowledge needed to achieve their best performance in front of the camera. Courses accommodate 6 people and there is plenty of time to ask questions and work on individual needs.


In addition, Essential Voice Coaching for stage or screen is a one day course led by established voice coach Emily Lee who aims to give attendees more confidence in vocal performance using proven professional exercises.


The company’s Telsen Studio is a 500 square foot production space in a quiet area of Aston and can even help with creating showreels with interviews, talking heads, green screen and model shoots all in one full package.


With a whole range of support to the filmmakers and cast and crew of the Midlands area, Pocket Pictures offers a great opportunity to help support the local movie community. If you are interested in finding out more then please check out their full details below for further information.


http://www.pocketpicturesltd.com


Pocket Pictures, The Telsen Studio

Unit 313, The Telsen Industrial Centre, Birmingham, B6 4TN

Contact: projects@pocketpicturesltd.com or call 07447 592605



By midlandsmovies, May 13 2017 09:51AM



Father Phantom Studio’s special effect on Birmingham’s film scene.


When you enter the Father Phantom Studio, the first thing you notice isn’t the 8 foot tall Predator that towers over you; it isn’t the eerily realistic yet bald bust of Heath Ledger’s Joker; it’s the passion of founders Ben Fallaize and Laura Viale Durand. They’re the kind of people you could listen to for hours.


From the hair-raising details of how wigs often originate from humans (before it’s painstakingly and individually hand-threaded over 40 hours) to tales of blood work special effects that literally blows the mind, they’re a whole other level of film aficionado. But it’s not all about gore and guts. Ben and Laura’s acute attention to detail and backstory creates characters rather than monsters and this approach has seen them work on the long-running Thriller musical as well as a string of films, including docu-horror Cain Hill and Director John Adams’ upcoming Aux





In addition to their film and theatre work, Father Phantom Studio’s line of collectibles is the embodiment of their obsessive eye for subtleties. Creating bespoke collectibles to order, each item’s uniqueness is ensured, with the cast thrown away once completed. As self-proclaimed perfectionists, their most popular sculptures are often taken from the actor’s death mask itself or from the original Hollywood mould which include original imperfections. To see for yourself, Father Phantom Studio will be exhibiting at Birmingham Horror Con on the weekend of the 28th and 29th of October.


Taking inspiration for the studio name from Father Death and the Phantom of the Opera, Ben and Laura recognised Birmingham as a city on the up for film production and as a result, relocated to the Jewellery Quarter. They are actively looking to engage with makers of both independent and mainstream films and can be contacted via the link below. We at Midlands Movies can’t wait to see what they do next.


Do you have a passion for props, special effects an make up? Have you finished studying & have experience in film/theatre hair or make up? If so, Father Phantom Studio are looking to expand their team and can be contacted directly through their website here


Robb Sheppard

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