Phil Peel

Film, video, photography, sound and story

John Lennon’s Turd trailer out.

Posted by Phil On September - 15 - 2013

…and the film will be finished soon!   It  feels like I’ve been living in a cave for the last few weeks. I’ve been missing all the sunshine with the the windows blacked out. Normally it’s great to have a good view and sunlight streaming into the room, but not great for colour grading.



On the trailer I’ve used a track by John Bower from the Mooncats.  Thanks John

For the main film Francis Macdonald has completed the music. Been great working with him.  Check him out here and his music

Kenton Hall is finishing our end theme music

Now I’m onto Foley (adding specific sound effects) , so sunlight is OK.

But mmm..   It’s raining outside now.  🙁     Was there a summer?


…oh and my knees are really sore. As I edit standing up.  Up to 10 hours a day..



Auditions – 10 Tips on holding Successful Auditions

Posted by Phil On May - 30 - 2013

Earlier on this month I had a busy day of  auditions with the help of Deanna and Terry for John Lennon’s Turd at the wonderful Actors Centre  in London.  It was a good day and we got smashing actors

Luke Stevenson  to play “Ian”

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Kenton Hall to play “Digby”

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and Melissa de Mol to play “Carol”

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 It’ll all go wrong on the night.

I find though, however well planned you are, auditions always tend to go slightly awry.

For example: I like holding auditions on a Sunday as it’s easy and cheaper to get up to London and to get around. However I hadn’t planned for the maintenance work on the trains and tube. Part of my journey in was by bus replacement service and various actors found themselves battling across London to get there. Deanna and Terry got there OK  in time for breakfast, before we started.

Auditioning in a group.

I personally like auditioning actors in a group, playing each  role required for each scene.  The other way is to audition each actors on their own with the other roles being read, which does enable you to concentrate solely on the individual actor. But I prefer the group interaction; see how actors respond to others, how they re-act. I find I can soon hone in on the person in group, who’s most suitable for the part. I also run cameras on each actor, including holding one myself. So I can see afterwards how they come over on screen.

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My Personal 10 Top Tips

So here’s my personal 10 top tips on holding auditions. – as a director

1. Don’t sit behind a desk. It creates a barrier.

2. Don’t look at your script. It’s an easy mistake to make. You don’t need to check they are using the right words.

3. Concentrate. It’s really important to concentrate intensely on each performance. Walk around.  Get close to each person’s eyeline.

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4. Initially don’t say how you want it acted. See what they bring. It may surprise ..and delight you.  When you repeat the scene, then you can give notes, advise and change.

5. Watch when they aren’t speaking. How they respond to the other actors.

6. Get to know them. If you’re going to spend a shoot together you want to know that you’re going to get on with each other.

7. Change the performance. Even if you love their interpretation, get each actor to  adapt and change their performance.

8. Video tape it. Not just as a wide or side view. See how each person looks on camera in closeup.

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9. Give yourself breaks. Schedule an hour  for lunch and shorter breaks in the morning and afternoon. You’ll most probably overrun the auditions, so it gives you time to catch up.  ..and maybe have some lunch.

10. Take notes as you go along. Give yourself time in between each audition to discuss each actor with your team   You will forget by the end of the day. It’s surprisingly tiring. Get each person to introduce themselves on camera preferably with their name on a sheet of paper. I forgot to do this this time and it made it lot more difficult when I looked at everyone later on the edit suite.


Remember to thank everyone. They’ve given up a valuable day for chance of starring in your “baby”, be grateful. Let everyone know soon if they haven’t got the role …AFTER you have confirmed your chosen actor.   It’s a tough life as an actor.


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How to make a half million hits YouTube video.

Posted by Phil On May - 31 - 2012

Now Everybody Stand In Line by L&O Featuring Valentine & Dretonio is now on ITunes, Amazon and HMV and the video has had probably 750,000 hits in its various different versions.

So it all started on a local football pitch and we ended up being interviewed by ITV News crew outside the Emirates Stadium and number one in the US dance charts.

Here’s a “behind the scenes doco” of the football, studio recordings, video shoot and news coverage of Now Everybody Stand In Line Football Anthem by L&O. + preview of new Ibiza mix.

Filmed in River Studios, Meadow Farm Studio and Liquid night club.
featuring producer/football manager Gary Louca, singers Dretonio, Valentine, Chris Todd and dance crew & sound engineer Olli Daddarn
Camera crew Mike Peel, Jude Peel and Robin Wheeler.
BUY the track and whole package of club hits NOW AT iTunes


The music video was all shot on a Panasonic GH2 with Pentax Super Takumar 1.7 lens and the Panasonic 14-140 zoom lens.

The making of video was mostly shot on a little Pansonic TZ7 camera.

Filming Tulisa and N-Dubz.

Posted by Phil On December - 12 - 2011

I recently discovered some photos I took on a really early video shoot with George Burt directing N-Dubz in February 2007. Before they won the MOBO awards in October that year.

Filming N-Dubz with Tulisa and Dappy in Studio

They got the best Newcomer award in 2007, then best UK act in MOBO 2009

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Tulisa, of course has also had some success with a little show called X Factor.   Smile

Filming  Tulisa who later became X Factor Judge

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The video was shot on a JVC HD100 with a Redrock 35mm adaptor

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George is on the right

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If I remember right this is Dappy’s father, Byron Contostaulos, who was the bass player with Mungo Jerry. He must have been ill at the time as he died shortly after the filming. Dappy dedicated the album “Uncle B” to him.

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