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Support our Kickstarter campaign

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Posted on 11th of Apr '14 under Films: Documentary

We have launched our latest Kickstarter campaign for our feature documentary Still Loved. This is to raise funds to get us through post production. We have worked very hard on this film for almost two years and have some fantastic footage.

If you would like to support us, please click this here for how to donate, and please share the link with others too.

 

Thanks.

New Still Loved website

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Posted on 28th of Mar '14 under Films: Documentary

We've been working hard for set up a new improved website for our forthcoming feature documentary Still Loved. This is now live, so please take a look and find out more about this powerful new film. You can watch our 10 min teaser, look at loads of lovely pics in our gallery and read the blogs.

You can see the new website here

Women in Film and Television Mentoring Scheme 2014

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Posted on 20th of Feb '14 under Films: Documentary

Things are progressing well with the Women in Film and TV Mentoring Scheme that our Director Debbie Howard is currently part of.

Every other week there are incredibly inspiring talks given by the other mentees on the scheme. So far we've covered working as a stunt women with Amanda Foster, writer multidimensional female characters with Adeela Sharif Antunes, Motion Graphics with Allison Brownmoore, how a DoP prepares for business with Audrey Aquilina, crowd funding with Lisa Francesca Nand and writing three act structure for thriller with Lotus Hannon. Lots more to come.

Debbie has begun meeting with her mentor Beadie Finzi from Britdoc, who's advice and guidance is proving to be incredibly beneficial. Beadie's wealth of knowledge about documentary is just what Debbie needs at this stage of making Still Loved.

As well as the regular meetings and talks there are extra sessions, from looking at improving CV's to speed dating and networking sessions with other industry professionals. As part of the scheme Debbie is also meeting with Nicola Shindler of RED in a few weeks time in Manchester.

Led by Nicola Lees - TV Mole the sessions are dynamic and hugely productive and have already had a big impact on the mentees careers.

Still Loved updates

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Posted on 20th of Feb '14 under Films: Documentary

Things are really busy in the Big Buddha office at the moment. The team have been spending time working on the press kit and marketing materials for Still Loved, our feature documentary about stillbirth and baby loss. We're now up to our eyes in funding applications so that we can finish our film.

With just 4 days left to shoot with three families over the next few weeks, this will complete our filming.

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Our Editor, Adam Thomas has been working on creating various teasers of different lengths for applicaitons for funding and the Doc Fest Meet Market, and we're hoping to resume post production in a few weeks time. We'll soon be putting our 10 minute teaser up on line for you to see.

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Debbie Howard (Director) and Polly Perkins (Producer) are working hard on the funding applications and marketing, Colin Pons (Producer) is having meetings and attending festivals, speaking with sales agents and distribution companies. Emily (assistant Producer) is busy transcribing a lot of our interview footage, along with several very helpful interns and production assisants.

We are anticipating having this film completed by late summer or autumn this year.

For any further info about this film please visit the film's main website.

You can also join the film's Facebook and Twitter.

See Jane

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Posted on 20th of Feb '14 under Films: Fiction

Check out this fantastic See Jane animation from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BumIt2pIRuw#t=11

It really nails it!

More useful stuff on their website here:

http://www.seejane.org/

Women in Film and Television Mentoring Scheme 2014

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Posted on 14th of Jan '14 under Films: Documentary

Our Director Debbie Howard has begun her mentoring scheme at Women in Film and TV UK, in London last week.

The scheme kicked off in style with a full day of getting to know the other 19 mentees and Nicola Lees who runs the scheme. It was a very inspiring day!

Debbie's mentor for the next six months is Beadie Finzie from Britdoc, they have their first one-to-one session next week.

To find out more about the scheme see here:http://www.wftv.org.uk/mentoring-scheme

Debbie is delighted to be part of the mentoring scheme and is very much looking forward to being pushed to the next level in her career.

American Festivals invite our films!

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Posted on 29th of Dec '13 under Films: Documentary
We've had a run of invites recently for some of our short films, to film festivals in the USA. 
 
The Girl with the World in Her Hair has been invited to screen at:

The 9th Annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle 

The 9th Annual REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival in Los Angeles

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The New York International Children's Film Festival   
 
Peekaboo has been invited to be part of the American Online Film Awards which will take part in New York in Spring 2014
 
It's lovely to be invited to screen at these events and we look forward to seeing how our films go down.

Post Production commences on Still Born, Still Loved

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Posted on 29th of Dec '13 under Films: Documentary

We are very excited that post production has commenced on Still Born, Still Loved.

We still have a couple more months of filming to complete some of our story lines, but the edit has begun and will continue throughout early 2014. We hope to have a good rough cut completed in time to submit to the Sheffield Documentary Festival by February, where we really hope to premiere.

Our edit will take place in London by Adam Thomas who we feel has exactly the right qualities to bring out film to completion. We look forward to working closely with Adam throughout January – March 2014.

In the meantime we have completed a ten minute teaser which will be used to raise the rest of the finance needed for completing our film. This has been Edited by Will Winfield, in Leeds. The score is currently being completed by Asa Bennett.

Most of the filming of our story lines will be completed by mid January, except for one couple, Matt and Juliette, who we will continue to film throughout February.

We’re very excited to have got to this stage of our film and want to thank every single person that has helped us get to this stage. It’s looking wonderful, and will be a very powerful, much needed documentary.

Highly experienced Documentary Editor needed

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Posted on 21st of Nov '13 under Films: Documentary

We are currently taking applications for an Editor for our forthcoming feature documentary Still Born, Still Loved : The Life Within Us, which breaks the taboo around stillbirth and baby loss. You can find out more about this film here

We would like to hear from Editors with a history of documentary credits, especially feature documentaries, and a real interest in this hard hitting subject matter. We would require you to have your own edit suite.

We have well over 100 hours of footage and would be looking for someone available full time for 8 - 10 weeks of work, starting mid December 2013. We would want to be at a good rough cut stage by mid February and have the picture locked by early March.

We have seven story lines, each with their own unique emphasis. We would be looking to cut a 90 min version for cinema release and DVD. We may also need to cut a TV hour version later. Our Director, Debbie Howard, will work closely with you throughout post production.

The fee will include all equipment and expenses and will be dependent upon level of expertise and number of days required. This will be negotiated. Fee will be between £6,000 - £10,000.

This film follows on from our short drama Peekaboo, also looking at baby loss, starring Lesley Sharp and Shaun Dooley. You can see the trailer here

Please send email expressing interest and CV/showreel/links to work or website to debbie@bigbuddhafilms.co.uk

Thanks

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USA Festivals for The Girl with the World in Her Hair

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Posted on 14th of Nov '13 under Films: Fiction

I'm delighted that The Girl with the World in Her Hair will screen at two USA festivals in 2014.

The 9th Annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle
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The 9th Annual REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival in Los Angeles

This little short of ours has done extremely well in festivals and been part of the British Council's FILMCLUB screening all around the world. It's a great achievement to say it was something that was made on a zero budget, with family and friends, mainly for fun.

It was inspired by my daughter Jasmine's hair, and she is played by herself in the film. The film also stars her brother Sonny, their dad Steve and myself as mum.

With great animation by Zoom, and music by Asa Bennett and Marty Snape.

Big thanks to everyone that worked on and helped out with this film, glad to see it's still screening all these years later. My kids were about 11 when we shot this film, and they're now 17. Lets hope it goes down well in the USA.
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