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..



Lucy Hay  has has recently been championing my screenplay Phoebe Langtry, which is really good of her.

“Phil was one of my Pitch Me finalists with his screenplay, PHOEBE LANGTRY, the true story of a woman who is abandoned by her husband, yet builds a windmill back in 1812, when women were not allowed to own property. I loved the script and had no notes, so was happy to forward it to people I thought may also like it.”

So she’s sent it on to various producers, agents etc and BBC Films is also reading it.  As it seems to be on a bit of a roll I’ve created a Facebook page for Phoebe, where I’ll put up a lot of the research that I did in order to write it.

..and then quite separately I’ve been keeping people up to date on my John Lennon’s Turd comedy film, which is currently at the rather un-newsworthy  and boring edit stage.

I have  recently got rather fed up with the barrage of requests for  crowdfunding, Facebook  likes etc.  …and I didn’t want to add to the deluge, so I came up with the idea of listing 10 reasons why people shouldn’t like my John Lennon’s Turd Facebook page.

As a bit of fun I put it up on Lucy Hay’s blog. I poke fun at her in the list.  I hoped she would get the joke. ( Irony doesn’t always work well on the Net.)

.. and then was amazed when she loved it and reposted it on multiple blogs and websites. 

Here’s what she said……

I’ve been talking about bad use of social media recently re: constant lobbying for “Likes” etc … So when this popped up in one of my FB streams late Monday night, I was so impressed with such a deviation from the “norm”, I thought it deserved a wider audience. Over to you, Phil!

To read the rest,  here’s the link    Lucy’s Blog




John Lennon auditioning on The Voice ?

Posted by Phil On July - 6 - 2013

I’m in the midst of editing my short John Lennon’s Turd.  So until I have something to show you I thought you might like this.


It made me laugh..


Filming with the GH3 on John Lennon’s Turd

Posted by Phil On June - 16 - 2013


We used a Panasonic Gh3 on my latest short – John Lennon’s Turd. with the GH2 as B camera.

How was the GH3? Well it a bigger, chunkier stronger camera. But I think  the main lesson to be learnt that using a new camera slows the filming. There are probably over 100 menu setting on the GH2 and I know them pretty much by heart. But the GH3 is subtly different . So we spend some time trying to find the right menus.

The extended battery plate is good. We never had to stop for changing batteries.

At the moment looking at the first edit, I can’t tell which was shot on which.

Moral: maybe best to stick to what you know on a shoot. Leave using new gear till a quieter time.

Here’s Drew setting the  camera.




Though you can get a HDSLR into awkward angles, focus pulling is tricky.

Focussing the Panasonic GH3