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At last! A brand new short film from Richard Dadd and Dan Fryer: The Outer Circle. This one has had an unusually long gestation. In 2016, we began work on a TV pilot for a proposed series called The Mixed Bag, which was to be a showcase of comedy, music, new writing and short film focused on the West Midlands. Among the many things sketched out for future episodes, I proposed a dramatised short story about a man who spends his days stuck on the Number 11 bus, unable to make progress in his life as he goes round and round forever. But it soon became clear the pilot wasn’t going to lead to a series, so I started thinking about recycling the story as a short film. Our plan was to keep the production as small and basic as possible. We shot on location in Birmingham, with Dan acting as a one-man film crew, while Richard and local actress Catrin Huitson provided things for him to point a camera at. The excellent music was then composed and performed by Natasha Davies, a local musician Richard discovered playing at The Spotted Dog pub in Digbeth. Getting the edit completed...
Dearest fellow bakers and baker-fans, chef Dan and chef Gate (that’s us) have recently embarked on a new project. It’s called Live Stock, and it pretty much does exactly what it says on the tin: we’re bringing stock to life, by putting our faces on it. We’d love to hear what you think of it. Let us know on comments or however you like. Social media, email, text message, fax, telegram, smoke signals and interpretive dance are all accepted. The films are below… Enjoy!
Our completed TV pilot has now been delivered to the channel for them to consider. To celebrate this milestone, here is another screen-grab to tease you. Will The Bakery soon be embarking on production of its first ever TV series? Watch this space… UPDATE: After delivery of the pilot, the channel revealed their business model does not include paying producers for their content. As we had been consistent all along that our pitch was a business one, the series will unfortunately not be going ahead.
This is an image from it. And that’s all we’re telling you for now.
Back at the beginning of October, Dan Fryer, Richard Dadd and myself spent 13 hours in a cold art studio on the outskirts of Canterbury, filming the latest music video for Syd Arthur. Although filming only took one day, preparation had been underfoot for about a month with Colonel of hard graft, Mr Thomas Langley, building the orbital camera track, dolly, and pyramid.
Here it is. The biggest, most ambitious production The Bakery has ever embarked upon. With location filming, CGI effects, and an original musical score. It’s been a gargantuan undertaking, taking years to get from conception to filming to editing, up to now: releasing it online. We’d like to thank all the many many people who put in so much hard work to make this film a reality. We hope you enjoy stepping into this make-believe world where books have been forgotten. And hopefully share in our musings that bookshops are fantastic and storytelling will never die…
As Chef Alaric leads, the other chefs follow. Hot on the heels of our first ever music video release last month, I can now reveal our second, this time for the beautifully acoustic folk outfit Arlet (yes that’s right, the lovely people behind the soundtrack to The Last Bookshop). Recorded and filmed on an actual Thames barge called the Volharding just along from Tower Bridge, if you listen carefully you can hear the genuine creaks of the wooden beams and the splash of the river under the strum of guitar and blow of horn. Big thanks to Al for his amazing grading and Jan Grimshaw for helping out on the day, as well as the lovely people at the Volharding for keeping the tea supply constant! So without further ado, I present Morning After by the wonderful, the only, Arlet!
April saw The Bakery making our first music video. It was for Canterbury based psychedelic rock band, Syd Arthur. They approached us because they knew we had some cameras and are shit at saying “no” to things. It was a great deal of fun making the video with the guys, especially because Dan was wearing his lucky new jacket. Without that, we would have ended up with a video like this. The track, Edge of the Earth, is off their new album On An On. The video got its online premiere on the Prog Rock music magazine’s blog here: http://www.progrockmag.com/news/prog-premiere-syd-arthur-reveal-new-video/ The incredible light box was kindly lent to us by the very patient Roderic Wilson from bubblevision.co.uk. I say lent, he actually set it all up for us too. For those interested, the light box runs off a matrix of HEXMOD LED’s that are controlled by laptop running a program called Madrix. Inside Madrix, we ran a que-sequence which we had pre-programmed lighting textures to the precise timings of the music. All the lighting textures were made by us too. Many thanks to Chris from lucidillusions.co.uk for teaching me how to do all of this, at such short notice....
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Here’s a short film by some of the chaps that work at The Mill. Everything was done in 48hrs as part of the Sci-Fi london 48 hour film competitionr. The film has been short listed in the top 20, so good luck to them!