GREY'S LOT is a new thriller from writer / director Ian Bucknole. The lives of two humble security guards; LEN (Steve Jacobs) and FISH ( Dean Nolan) are forever changed when the enigmatic GREY (Ben Dyson) arrives at their parking lot. The film is currently in consideration in numerous international film festivals.
Grey's Lot Teaser
Ian Bucknole Showreel 2015
My Showreel (2015)
STAR WARS REBELS: THE PADAWAN LIVES
I conceived this piece as away to re-introduce 'Clone Wars' character, Ahsoka Tano to Star Wars: Rebels fans. The challenge was to appeal to Clone Wars, Star Wars and Rebels fan demographics of all ages. I took advantage of the artistic talents of series Executive Producer, Dave Filoni; Dave reflects on the creation and evolution of his character as he draws Ahsoka as she has appeared over the years. This is a more intimate discussion with Dave than with many of his appearances over his ten years at Lucasfilm. I Shot this on a Sony A7S and Panasonic GH4 - ( The Ashley Eckstein segment was shot in LA by the online team.) I provided creative direction and motion graphics support to LVP Editor Kevin Yost who shaped the piece into something really special. The piece premiered on USAtoday & starwars.com and has clocked up an impressive 400,000 views on youtube.
The Padawan Lives: The Return of Ahsoka Tano | Star Wars Rebels
I was commissioned by Lucasfilm video production to collaborate closely with ILMxLAB creators Rob Bredow, (head of new media & VP advanced development group) and John Gaeta (creative director, New Media) to establish a film aesthetic to communicate ILMxLAB's immersive new media story technologies. I shot and directed the live action sequences and interviews, which included Lucasfilm president, and Hollywood legend, Kathleen Kennedy. The film has achieved hundreds of media impressions, featured articles include Rolling Stone, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Ain't it cool news, USAtoday and boasts 175,000 views on Youtube.
MADAME LUCINDA'S WONDERSHOW
I directed , shot and edited this Promo for Rogue Theatre in 2014.
"Madame Lucinda is Mother, Father, Alter Ego, Devil, Angel and Ringmaster as she tempts, cajoles and teases those whose needs ache and wounds sting to step up into her limelight.
They’ll recieve all they crave but only at a price.
Step right up, see the faces behind the make-up, the stories of those who dared to dream.
With live music, mesmerising vocals, illusion, magic, side splitting comedy, ballet, whip cracking, explosive physical performance and powerful narrative."
Madame Lucinda's Wonder Show vimeo
I co-shot, directed and edited this mini action movie.
A colour-coordinated action film that takes cues from the comic violence of ‘Tom and Jerry’ and the black humour of the ‘Road Runner’ cartoons.
RVG tells the story of an impatient boy at a pedestrian crossing and the surreal chaos that ensues when he pushes the ‘Wait’ button one too many times. It’s a highway code throw down!
Shortlisted at Virgin Media Shorts Awards 2013 by Top UK film critics including Robbie Collin and James King. Winner of Audience Award at Write Shoot Cut: Two Minutes Silence Short Film Competition 2013 Shortlisted at Cannes in a Van Festival 2013
HALCYON DAYS - JOHN PIPER
Cornwall has been a constant source of inspiration for Piper's paintings. He has been profoundly influenced by the Cornish countryside. John's paintings reflect his affinity with such wonderful natural surroundings.
John Piper paintings are always in oils on board or on canvas. A restricted use of colour and an emphasis on line and form, set within the Cornish landscape dominate the paintings. John paintings often have a series of thin glazes applied one upon another. Sometimes earlier drawing is allowed to show through; whilst at other times the painting is deeply scratched and scraped, providing an intensity of depth and colour. At other times, particularly with smaller paintings, paint is applied more opaquely and with less over-drawing
John Piper - Halcyon Days - The Summerhouse Gallery 2014
ORBITAL FEAT. ZOLA JESUS: NEW FRANCE
Music promo for Warner Music and Mondo Management. I directed and edited this micro-budget music video that garnered hundreds of media impressions, airplay on MTV internationally and 380,000 views.Acclaimed by Adam Buxton, Guardian/Esquire film critic and author Micheal Holden, NME, Badass Digest, Pitchfork and an entry into Stereogum's top 5 global music videos of the week.
Orbital feat. Zola Jesus | New France
Orbital | New France | The Making Of
Creating the new video for the legendary Orbital was always going to be a challenge, with a very strong promo collection already under their banner. Add to this their eight year absence and the amount of airplay the track, 'New France' has received and the pressure was most definitely on. The story was supposed to strike a chord with the manchild in many of us who wants to relive the 'glory days' long after their life has found more substance and meaning.
Luckily for me, I had the talents of Hana Backland on my side. She built the puppet from scratch in a ridiculously short span of time on no money and some animatronic assistance from the good folk at Lunas Puppets in the states. The result was a fully realised, emotive puppet actor. Our little Lion holds his own against the dynamic Stuart Ellison & Dan Harvey, playing the duplicitous pair that lure him out to play. Hana's skilled puppetry (with help from assistant Ali Allsop) really gave us an emotional anchor for the video and showcased her at the top of her game.
This marks the third music promo collaboration between myself and Joseph Henderson, the DOP, who totally nails the magical/kitchen sink aesthetic I love so much. Nick Pykett proved to be a great team player, Ad-ing, catering, providing locations - you name it.
We were fortunate to get assistance from Truro College, Half Inch Rails, Justin Heasman @ Sketchwork TV, Dogbite film crew and top filmmaker Brett Harvey - who produced a fantastic making of that Phil Hartnoll insisted was released side by side with the promo.
I shot, directed and edited this promo for Clerke and Joy theatre company.
This is a show about eruption and tension and release and geology and human beings and a pilot and the Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody. It is funny and deadly serious. And it’s about letting go, because sometimes you’ve just got to get it out. Part performance, part lecture, part school science experiment, Volcano follows the story of a pilot’s personal eruption whilst grounded during the Eyjafjallajökull ash cloud in April 2010. It uses lo-fi props to recreate gigantic events, and gigantic events to illuminate small lives with pathos and a deep sense of life’s absurdity. Volcano is currently being developed at The Basement, Brighton who are supporting the show dramaturgically and with a Roddick Foundation Commission. It is kindly supported by Arts Council England.
'Charming, playful and unpredictable' - Mamoru Iriguchi, artist
CLERKE AND JOY: VOLCANO
JOHN SMITH - GENIE IN A BOTTLE
I conceived and directed this music video for John Smith.
This is the new video in collaboration with Mondo Management as well as the fantastic John Smith. The low-budget video was shot in a very long day at the Rogue Theatre space in Cornwall and Stars Rogue mainstays Ollie Oakenshield and Molly Weaver. The video was lensed by my 'Severed Dreams' cinematographer, Joseph Henderson along with his camera team on focus and Dolly, Taja Costigan and Josh Reeves. To get something as choreographed as this in a day with very little time and not much money is a testament to the hard work of everyone involved and I'd like to thank John for his professionalism and grace under pressure. Special mention to Hanna Backland who was an invaluable production designer and Alex Harris who is an amazing magician in his own right, who helped devise the routine.
John Smith - Genie in a Bottle
Written, directed and edited by Ian Bucknole.
Winner: Best Cornish Short - Cornwall Film Festival 2011
Music - 'Severed Dreams' -Ruarri Joseph From the album 'Shoulder to the Wheel' - out now!
A young boy carries his robot friend into adulthood and finds he would rather put away childish things. The concept was to continue a story about childhood magical friends where most movies would leave it - Pete's Dragon, ET, Mac and Me, Terminator 2 (!). Our film takes the magical friend through to adulthood where it essentially screws up our protagonist's life! The excellent cinematography by Joseph Henderson really sells a balance between the gritty and the fantastical and the Robot design was accomplished by fantastic production designer Samuel Normington and a Doug Jones beating turn by actress Taja Costigan.
I Filmed and edited this trailer for my friends at 'Bish Bash Bosh Productions' in St.Agnes, Cornwall.
Set during, and in the aftermath of the First World War, SURFING TOMMIES tells the story of three Cornish tin miners whose lives are blown apart when they all leave behind the place they know and love for the fields of Flanders and the atrocities of trench warfare. Partly based on real events, SURFING TOMMIES is written by Cornish writer Alan M. Kent and won the ‘Hoyler An Gof’ award for best piece of poetry or drama in 2010. It begins a national tour at The Minack Theatre, Penzance on Monday 23 May.