Stanley Kubrick was a self-shooter

Self shooting is the term given to a director who has to operate his own sound and camera on location. This is happening more and more often in the media. The ability to use broadcast equipment and create quality images without the aid of a professional cameraman or soundman is becoming more and more commonplace

Billy 2.0 – If Apple made cochlear implants…

Watch the video above. Its an old film reel from 1928 of the premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s film The Circus. When an eagle eyed historian watched the film’s DVD extras, he spotted a woman walking along, talking into a handheld object near her mouth. There was only one possible explanation – she was a time

Billy 2.0 – What does a Cochlear Implant sound like?

I’d like to ask you a favour, if you’re reading this. Can you watch the video below, and tell me what speech and music sounds like to you in the comments section below? There are several clips of speech and music – I’m assuming that the implant I am getting will be closest to the

Billy 2.0 – Starting a journey of known unknowns

This is Donald Rumsfeld. He once said: There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say there are things that, we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don’t know. He

Welcome to the new look

Not a great deal has changed from the previous site – except everything is now in WordPress and I’ve rejigged the pages and menus a bit. I’ve also created a couple of new sections – the Apps Guide which lists useful apps for filmmakers, and the Short Film Funding Guide which I’ve exported from its


This was a film I saw advertised in a lot of London Underground stations in 2006, the release timed to coincide with Mads Mikkelsen’s turn as Le Chiffre in Casino Royale. As such, I dismissed it out of hand. However, After The Wedding (Efter Brylluppet) is a beautiful piece of work and well worth seeking


Here’s my pick of the scripts for upcoming 2009 films, courtesy of Raindance.


I love martial arts movies. You’re going to hear me say that on more than one occasion on this blog. I love martial arts movies, and one of the first ones I ever saw was Bloodsport, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. He plays Frank Dux, an American man with a Belgian accent, wearing a low-cut tank


This one was on my list of films I should have seen by now but haven’t for one reason or another. Along with Citizen Kane, which I’ve never managed to watch through to the end. I felt like I’d seen the film a million times before even watching it, as it crops up regularly in


Before we start on the film itself, let’s take a moment to consider the career of Danny Boyle. He came to everyone’s attention with a film called Shallow Grave. This film was essentially a TV movie, with a 1950s Film Noir plot, that launched the careers of Christopher Eccleston and Ewan McGregor. Nothing special, unless