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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



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
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.

Wave of Light

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Posted on 22nd of Oct '13 under Films: Documentary

I'm delighted to say that we pulled off our most complex and beautiful shoot to date this time last week when we filmed our Wave of Light event for our documentary Still Born, Still Loved. This was a live event, with a total of 7 cameras including a helicam which has given us some incredible footage.

Check out our blog and see pics of the event on our Still Born, Still Loved website here:

Women in Film and Television Mentoring Scheme 2014

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Posted on 3rd of Oct '13 under Films: Documentary

I'm absolutely thrilled to say that I've been selected for the prestigiuos Women in Film and Television UK Mentoring Scheme 2014.

This sounds like a very exiting opportunity and will begin in January 2014 through to the summer. I'll be working with 20 other dynamic female mentees, taking part in a great program in London. I'm not sure yet who my mentor will be, but trust it will be someone with great expertise and skill who can help me develop my own work.

This has come at a great time whilst completing Still Born, Still Loved, our feature documentary about stillbirth and baby loss.

A big thank you Nicola Lees and all those at Women in Film and Television for selecting me for this program. I can't wait to get started!

Debbie Howard
Big Buddha Films


The Girl with the World in Her Hair via British Council

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Posted on 15th of Aug '13 under Films: Fiction

The Girl with the World in Her Hair is currently screening in schools all over the world as part of the British Council's FILMCLUB shorts compilation.

We are delighted that it will also soon be featured on the British Council's website along with wraparound activities for helping teenagers to learn to speak English.

You can now watch this film on You Tube


Fantastic news for our interns

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Posted on 22nd of Jul '13 under Films: Documentary

Big congratulations to our interns!!

We had three fantastic interns working with us on the first phase of our documentary Still Born, Still Loved before Christmas who have all gone onto getting great paid work now - no wonder as they're all fantastic!

Amy Garrod has now landed a great job with Bruizer Film and Video Agency in Suffolk.

Cat Marshall is now working with the fantastic Warp Films here in Sheffield.

Isla Baddenoch has been working with the fab Sheffield Doc Fest team.

This so so well deserved for these three fabulous young women who gave us invaluable volunteer help for several months. Lets hope Emily Axon and Loui Foster who are working with us now go onto such great things too!

Latest shoot in Derby for Still Born, Still Loved

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Posted on 15th of Jul '13 under Films: Documentary

Read our blog about our latest shoot date in Derby for our documentary Still Born, Still Loved here


Read all about our latest sunny shoot on the beach!

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Posted on 10th of Jul '13 under Films: Documentary

We had a wonderful shoot on the beach on Sunday for our documentary Still Born, Still Loved. It was a great day with gorgeous sunshine. Read all about it and see lovely pictures on our blog on our Still Born, Still Loved website.

Just click here


Developments with Still Born, Still Loved

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Posted on 28th of Jun '13 under Films: Documentary

Things are progressing fantastically with our documentary Still Born, Still Loved.

We're heading into the main phase of our shoot over the summer, and had loads of interest in our film at the Sheffield Doc Fest in June. We've raised more money and are now looking to raise the final finance.

We are working with some amazing families who are sharing their incredible stories with us.

Please keep fully up to date with this film on the Still Born, Still loved website, for all our news and photographs. Thanks.