Phil Peel

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Phil Peel

Posted by Phil On January - 30 - 2011ADD COMMENTS


Welcome to my blog. I’m an award winning director/producer who also lights, writes and teaches.   + live multicamera directing.

In a previous existence, I was a BBC TV director, then Course Leader BA Film Production at AUB, I’ve  produced, directed or shot over 50 shorts and the films have screened at festivals worldwide.   I did  a MA Screenwriting  at Bournemouth Uni. and was selected for EIFF Talent Lab 2013.

I’ve written a load of  shorts and a number of feature screenplays including Phoebe Langtry, a period drama about the woman, who in 1813, built the only surviving working windmill in Hampshire; Best Of Intentions, a World War II romantic action movie and Jack’s Back, a supernatural suspense horror about the return of Jack the Ripper during a theatre performance. (Currently optioned for 2016 production.)

Currently got three shorts out on the festival circuit, am editing another 20 min short filmed in Toronto in July and developing a couple of micro budget features, based on locations and facilities I have access to.

Here’s some links to my  Directing, Lighting & Camerawork , ProducingWriting, Corporate, Live Multicamera Directing, Music Videos

I’m on or give me a ring on 07973 753 777

LINK to some of my credits and films

My  drama showreel is here –   ( I really MUST update it.)

So here’s some more recent stuff.  I can’t show you any of my recent corporate work unfortunately. It’s confidential.

Director/Producer/Camera/Editor & Music  for “Liaison”  Official Selection for 2015 Toronto ReelheART International FilmFestival

Director/Producer/Camera/Editor of “Love” (2013) (short) awarded “Best Film” at Southampton Film Week;  Guerilla Film Award & Winning Film team Production Award. 50Kisses Premiere;  Official selection for Edinburgh Short Film Festival  ; Official selection New York Bootleg Film Festival.  also screened at Rhode Island International Film Festival and London Independent Film Festival

“This is a devastatingly brilliant piece of storytelling, masterfully handled, and the feedback from the Bootleg team was unanimous – audiences need to see this film. ”


Writer/producer/director, DP  & editor.  Comedy short John Lennon’s Turd. (2013)  . Award for “Best Short Film”  Toronto ReelheART International Film Festival, Selected for Glastonbury Festival Short Film Festival 2015

“I really like it. It’s got a lovely, funny but downbeat tone and atmosphere. Good script, very well directed, with great performances. Excellent.”

Paul Bassett Davies    – Creative Director at London Comedy Writers Festival

Writer :  Thriller feature script “Jack’s Back”   optioned for 2015 production by Our Lot Studios.

Writer : WWII Romantic Action Feature Screenplay  “Best of Intentions “ Top 3 Finalist Toronto ReelheART  International Film Festival 2015.

Director of PhotographyDon’t’ (2013) (short) Official Selection of New York City International Film Festival

Producer and Director of Photography of:

–   Buon Giorno Sayonara (2010) (short). (exec. prod.) 33 International Film Festivals including “Best Comedy Award” Hyart Film Festival in Wyoming. Nominated for  three awards : Best International/Foreign Language Film, Best Direction (Karen Hope) , and Best Performance (Thomas Kadman) at Thurrock International Film Festival.  Awards for Best International Film, Best Director and Best In Show.
–   Bull amongst the Feathers (2008) (short) Rome International Film Festival
–   Legs 11. (2009) (short) Toronto & Florida International Film Festival
–   Shadows (2009) (short) Dubai International Film Festival, Mumbai International Film Festival

–  Zombie Radio (2010) Boston Sci-Fi Festival

–   In My Shoes (2010) (short) Fastnet Film Festival


72 hours listening to Rick Astley torture

Posted by Phil On October - 16 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

A mate of mine is doing a bizarre fundraising event.

72 hours in a locked hotel room with Rick Astley on continuous loop. No talking, no books, no washing, no internet. So I’m providing & running the camera system for the live feed. We were live on BBC FiveLive earlier, Meridian TV tonight and Dutch TV
Here’s the link to the

Selected for Screenwriting Talent Campus

Posted by Phil On September - 23 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

Gosh  ..I’ve been selected for the awesome London Screenwriters Festival Talent Campus,

“a 12 week programme with three London based sections and two distance ‘mentor’ led writing periods run in partnership with Creative Skillset.”


So I guess my other productions are on hold for the moment, as I’m going to be somewhat writing focussed for the next two months.


It’s going to be tutored by people like John Yorke, Stephen Follows, Philip Shelley, Kate Leys and Pilar Alessandra, so it’s scarily high level.


The other writers selected are amazingly good, so I’m not sure why they chose me.   But it’s going to be brilliant working with them.


GH4 with the new V-Log picture profile.

Posted by Phil On September - 15 - 2015ADD COMMENTS


GH4 with add ons

V-Log profile tests graded with  VLog_to_V709_for_V35_ver100

There’s been huge excitement about the new V-Log picture profile amongst Panasonic’s GH4 owners.

V-Log  supposedly adds at least 2 more stops of DR to the GH4. Though it’s tricky to expose correctly though. If you expose it normally it produces heavy noise in the shadows. So after a little testing I’ve found that by exposing higher than you would expect. Right up until the highlights are nearly blown out.

Now the image looks overexposed,  but I can  adjust that in colour correction. Also when I bring down my exposure in grading, this  also crushed down the dark areas, where you get the noise.

So here’s my tests.




Just heard that I’m one of the winners of the latest #Create50 Screenwriting : Courage and Kindness competition with my two page short “Late Request”

Script LINK

All the more exciting as it’s only my second very short script.    I’ve never been able to get my head round really short ones.    But a couple of years ago I had my first go at one for 50Kisses. I dashed it off in a few hours before the deadline.  ..and quite rightly it got nowhere.

So I ended up filming Rob Burke’s excellent script “Love”, which then was included in the 50 Kisses feature film …and then excluded ..and then won ..and then got into other festivals  ..and won.   So it was a good ride.  FILM LINK

So at the launch of Create50, I listened to Chris Jones and Lucy Hay’s advice  “Even though it’s only two minutes, work really hard on it. Don’t go for your first  idea”  They had had so many similar ideas for 50 Kisses.

I tried to set aside some time, but life was hectic. Then I had to drive down to Plymouth to do some filming of contemporary dance. It was going to be three hour drive. A six hour round trip.

So I didn’t switch on the radio, or listen to music, but worked through ideas. Each time I came up with a good idea, I mentally explored it, then put it aside and  tried to come up up with another. Even more different, bizarre or radical. But over and over coming back to my own life experiences.   Working in a hospital, in Russia, rock climbing, TV broadcasting etc.

“Late Request”  was the seventh.

It combines memories of being the first at the scene of a road accident, when I was only 13.  We lived in the country.   I was woken at 2am. Heard the noise from my bedroom and ran barefoot out onto the road. ..a man lying slumped in his sports car, with his face smashed in  ..and the radio blaring out loud.  I switched it off. Sudden silence.  Alone in the middle of the deserted road.

The second memory was going straight  through the middle of a roundabout, on my way back from Bournemouth to Salisbury after a concert.

…and finally my sister Nicky, who told me about the long hours and tiredness of being a paramedic. The interactions with strangers hurt in accidents, late at night on lonely roads.

I thought up the idea of the gift of chocolate.  When I sent her the script for checking,  she told me that once an injured patient had offered her chocolate.    So not so unlikely.


So now I’ve got to make it.




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