Project R287 Receives Funding from Screen Territory

Back in 2012 I began researching an incredible real-life story concerning a group of individuals in Darwin Australia during the first world war. 4 years later, this research has become a feature film project that i'm writing and directing, with the working title R287.

Darwin was known as one of the last ‘frontier towns’ of Australia, a home to “Mercenaries, Missionaries and Misfits”. It’s a fascinating period in history, Darwin a melting pot of cultures closer aligned with Asia than Australia, but despite it’s cosmopolitan veneer the streets were wrought with cultural conflict during a time of global war.

In September 2016 Screen Territory funded the development of the project allowing the team; Rod McMillan, Michele Adler, Phil Tarl Denson and myself to meet in Melbourne and Darwin in November 2016 to further develop the narrative.

The film is all about prejudice and alienation. Relevant subject matter to today’s audiences. Thanks to the great support from Screen Territory, we are now bringing this story to life.

Darwin, December 2016. Kodak Gold 400 35mm. Images Copyright Joe Morgan 2017.

Angenieux Optimo Zoom Lens

I love kit. Lenses, cameras, utility belts, multi-spanners with tools that you will never use.

And I love zoom shots.

Video courtesy of hannachi dhafer

I was recently asked to shoot a commercial project that needed a big lens. Really big. The film required a series of zoom shots starting close on people’s faces, pulling out to reveal large scale locations. We needed to go from 24mm to 290mm, with a fixed aperture across the range. Luckily my friends over at VMI Bristol were able to help me out with one of the biggest they could get, the Angenieux Optimo Zoom: 24-290mm T2.8 PL.

Of course there are bigger lenses. And there are definitely smaller.….

The camera fully rigged.

This lens weighs 11kgs out of the box, and to get this to work on my Red Epic PL we needed quite a few extra bits - including an O’Connor 2575 head, Moy Tall sticks, Microforce zoom controller, an ARRI FF-5 follow focus and a dovetail plate the size of my front door.

This lens is incredible, so sharp and F2.8 all the way through. Not suitable for run and gun, but definitely satisfied my gear lust for a short while….

 

Colour Grading Examples

Colour grading is wonderful and mysterious.

I've been lucky to work with some great colourists in the UK and Netherlands - here’s a short selection of work I’ve shot * and directed over the past 18 months - demonstrating before and after the colour grading process.

2016 Colour Grading Examples

* The Good and Faithful Servant shot by Tom Chapman & IOP ‘Diversity’ shot by Ryan Owen Eddleston.

The Good and Faithful Servant Wins Awards

My short film, The Good and Faithful Servant has picked up 3 Gold International Independent Film Awards, for Directing, Cinematography and Narrative Short.

Thanks IIFA!

The Good and Faithful Servant Trailer
Poster design by Anne-Sophie Milon.

Oceans of Lemonade - Teaser Shoot

What do Thomas More, Lady Charlotte Guest, Charles Fourier and Roy Orbison all have in common? They are the lead characters in the teaser trailer for Oceans of Lemonade.

The teaser will be released at the end of January 2017.

Barcelona

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Fuji-Film Superia 800 35mm. Images Copyright Joe Morgan 2017.

Cyprus

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Images Copyright Joe Morgan 2017.

EUROPA EUROPA!

A selection of photographs taken February - March 2012 in Liverpool, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Bucharest & Athens. 

Shot on Ilford 3200 film for super grain and low light.

My traveling partner Simon Gardam, AKA Kellua produced an EP based on our adventures:

https://fallopiantunes.bandcamp.com/album/secondary-dwellings

Ilford Delta Professional 3200 35mm. Images Copyright Joe Morgan 2017