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.

You’ll find quite a range of stuff here as I’m involved in many aspects of film and video production.  I was previously Course Leader for the Degree in Film Production at the Arts University at Bournemouth, and before that a BBC TV director

I’m experienced in Directing, Lighting & Camerawork , ProducingWriting, Corporate, Live Multicamera Directing, Music Videos so if you want to work with me or some advice drop me a line or give me a ring on 07973 753 777

I’ve worked professionally in most areas of film and television production. So the phrase “Jack of all trades ..master of a few” comes to mind.    :-)

LINK to some of my credits and films

I was selected in 2013 by Creative England as one of only five English filmmakers to be supported by Creative England for the TALENT LAB programme at Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF)

My latest drama showreel is here –

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)   Currently just out on the international Film Festival circuit. Award for “Best Short Film”  Toronto Reelheart International Film Festival

“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.

– Director of Photography ‘Don’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





I wonder why every talk nowadays is called a Masterclass?   Anyway having edited since the Stone Age, I’ve picked up a few tips over the years, so next Tuesday evening at Salisbury Arts Centre I’m going to run though some of things I’ve learnt.  ..I have actually edited news using video tape and marking it with chinagraph pencil.   …but I won’t be demonstrating that. :-)    I’m fiming all day in London and racing back for it.  So assuming John Bruce remembers to pick me up from the Salisbury station I should be there on time.

Here’s the official blurb.

“Fix it in post!” – Editing with Phil Peel

Award winning filmmaker Phil Peel has worked on over 50 short films, screened at festivals all over the world. After leaving the BBC, he founded and developed the Film Course at Salisbury (now Wiltshire) College, before taking over as Course Leader in the BA Film Production at the Arts University at Bournemouth.

He was one of only five English filmmakers to be supported by Creative England to attend the Talent Lab development programme at the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival. Apart from his work as a writer/director, Phil currently freelances as editor/colour grader in corporate, music, arts and drama. He’s used virtually every edit system, including 16mm film, Avid, Premiere Pro & Final Cut, and is presently working on FCPX, Da Vinci Resolve and After Effects.

In this Masterclass Phil will look at how editing has evolved, exploring scenes from feature films and music videos. He’ll also show some of the techniques he’s developed for speed editing at recent festivals, and how new technologies have revolutionised post production.

Bar will be open from 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start.

My screenplay is in top 3 winners !

Posted by Phil On May - 6 - 2015ADD COMMENTS


We are excited and pleased to announce our Top 3 Winners from our highly competitive Feature Screenplay Category for ReelHeART 2015! In alphabetical order they are:

11th Annual ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival July 06-11, 2015

11th Annual ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival July 06-11, 2015

  •      ‘A Compact Death’,written by Brien McHugh
  •     ‘Best of Intentions’, written by Phil Peel
  •     ‘The Alien’s Puppets’, written byRubens Marinelli and Matheus Hruschka


  Congratulations to Everyone!


All Top 3 Winners will receive a rehearsed, cast-to-type full Live Script Read in front of a ReelHeART Festival Audience July o6-11, 2015

“Liaison” trailer out

Posted by Phil On April - 29 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

So here’s the trailer for our latest short film.  “Liaison”  Premièring this Summer in Toronto, where we filmed it last year in a hectic 2 1/2 day schedule in between Festival events. That meant starting at 1 A.M. and filming through till  5 A.M, when we had to stop as dawn made it too bright for night shots.

This was shot on a Panasonic GH4, with minimal extra equipment. No tripod. No lighting, No crew. Just 2 actors (Paul and Melissa) and myself on camera.  We used practical lighting. i.e. whatever was around, but then moulded the light with a black cloth.

Total budget 18 dollars. ..plot spoiler (for the padlock and chain),  but we filmed in exclusive clubs, on a Sunseeker luxury yacht.   …oh and  Paul almost got roughed up, as people thought we were making a porn film.  I wonder who gave them that idea?

Pitch perfect performance of Melissa and Paul. Acting drunk though they had consumed large amounts of alcohol.  What professionals!




FCPX Editing -15th free upgrade

Posted by Phil On April - 13 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

Gosh after writing virtually nothing in my blog for several months, my third post  today.

Apple have surprised everyone by releasing updates to the three professional video applications on the first day of NAB 2015. All the updates are free, which is a huge feature increase from when FCPX was first released.   loads of new goodies to explore.

Apple has released updates to Final Cut Pro X to version 10.2, Motion to version 5.2 and Compressor to version 4.2.  Some much needed new features and some large speed gains. Their 15th update to FCPX is still free and available for download now.


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