Sometimes you just have to take a chance and go for it. This is the case with our next showcase. We first met Rupert when we started our first ever project "YYZ 2 LHR". It was super ambitious and we bit off way more then we could chew at some points. The premise was to shoot a web-series in Canada and the UK and edited them together to make one episode. We finished 2 and a half episodes. Oh boy, let's not get into that half episode!
So how did we meet? Well we put out a posting for cast and crew in the UK (as we're from Canada) let's take a minute to grasp the scope of things here. It's our first ever project on our own as SevenSeas Productions and we're bringing on an ENTIRE cast and crew in another country! Rupert applied as a Director for the project. He was maybe 17-18 at the time, just starting out in film school and he lived almost 2 and a half hours outside of London but we went with him anyways! He was hungry for the opportunity and did whatever had to be done to get on board and help. Auditions, scouting, filming - he went to London for all of it and didn't complain or cause a fuss ever.
If you want to know what makes a good crew member- look no further! Ruperts a beast when it comes to getting things done and we couldn't be prouder to call him part of the SevenSeas Productions famjam. Here's to many more project together in the future!
Name: Rupert Hodson
Position: Writer, Director, camera Operator
What got you into the film world? After getting a camera for my 15th birthday I decided to make a short film with my mates that were around at the time. I had so much fun filming and creating a scene that what was supposed to be a few minutes of fooling around turned into a twenty five minute short. It was only when editing all my footage I discovered that when combining music and sound effects with video a moment of magic happened and my vision really came to life. Since finishing that film I haven't looked back and have set my goals high on film directing.
Funniest moment on a set? Not that it was that funny but on one of my first film shoots I was a bit nervous as there was a lot of drama involved in the scene I was directing that day and due to time constraints we didn’t have much time to shoot the scene. Luckily for me one of the actors turned up in a different costume not realising it was set on the same day as the previous shoot. Thankfully this meant we could spend the time rehearsing and I’m so glad. It was needed!
Who is your film icon? Quentin Tarantino. I feel his work is so unique and very inspiring to many young upcoming filmmakers like me. Particularly his choice of music in the scenes along with his great dialogue just creates magic. His advice is also very inspiring. For instance, he talks about not needing film school as it can put you in a box. “When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, "no, I went to films.”
What makes a good film? Well for starters I believe a good script is essential, because without a good script no matter how good the director is it can’t become a good film. Also a good director is required to make the writers vision a reality. The audience doesn’t read film scripts they watch films. Decent actors who can produce a believable performance is paramount. I can’t remember who it was but a great filmmaker once said directing is 60% casting. So if you get good actors it makes the job of a director so much easier. I would say from the top of my head those are the most important elements however I don’t think a great film can be achieved without team work so it’s more of collaboration rather that a one-man band.
Who is your favourite character of all time? This was a difficult choice but I’d have to probably say Heath Ledger as the Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’. I just feel Ledger’s performance as the joker was so outstanding that when watching him he’s the type of character where you never know what he’s going to do. He’s always got something up his sleeve!
Favourite animated movie and why? It’s got to be Ratatouille mainly because I love to cook myself. It’s got everything from a great soundtrack to relatable characters and a good storyline. It doesn’t get old!
A tip for the next generation? I haven’t done this yet myself but would like to in the future. It would be great to see 35mm film be brought back a bit more in filmmaking. I find it is a dying art now that digital has taken over. There’s something more cinematic in a movie when shot on film, I can’t say what it is. Maybe it’s the depth of field or the richer more vibrant colours but it just feels great to watch.