Phil Peel

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Two awards for LOVE at 50 Kisses Premiere

Posted by Phil On February - 16 - 2014

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Well it was quite a night at the 50 Kisses Premiere in London on Valentines  Eve, where we won two awards.  Winning Production Team   &   The Guerilla Film Award.


Just a few days before the BAFTAs, the cast of our film LOVE  were all poshed up.

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Holly was in her element, glammed up for the Red Carpet.  I think she could make a career of this!


…and we were joined by Lula Suassana. Fresh from rehearsals for his new play  Poilu & Tommy at the Courtyard Theatre.  I was amused to see him arrive with the same rucksack he used in our film.  It had his costume in it.


Following the photocall, we could also pose with some very tall ladies wearing …well ..not very much. I decided that I would only come up to chest …um ..breast height on them and this was a photo opportunity I would forego.


Holly making her stylish entrance to the packed  auditorium.



Me, Ruth, Holly and Ben, her dad


Holly practicing her “winning”   smile…

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..ready for the team awards..


…and the second last award of the night …The Guerilla Film Award.   Our film was described Chris Jones as “Audacious, Extraordinary and Courageous.”



This was our view from the stage.  Pretty awesome!


..and here I am trying not to miss out anyone who needed thanking … including London Underground.08-P1090059


Back in our seats ready to watch the film.



To be honest I wasn’t sure how well a feature composed of 25 short films  would work.

I’ve been a judge for  short films competitions and after a bit of viewing one film after another it can get quite monotonous.

But I was surprised. 50 Kisses worked better than I expected. I think having the common motif of the kiss tied them all together.  Some of the films are really moving. I loved “Smasheroo”, which won best film.

Though they had been edited together without transitions, so  when the audience applauded at the end of each film it ran over into the opening of the next film. Occasionally it was difficult to tell where one story ended and the next began.   …and I found the music, which would have worked  effectively over the arc of each individual film, became …for me .. too similar and too much.


But all in all was an enjoyable experience.  Pretty amazing to get  that many people to creatively collaborate.. Likely a Guinness World Record for number of writers.

Was it a record for the length of credits?  15 minutes showing excerpts from all the films submitted.



2000 writers, 50 short films, 1 feature film , 1 premiere

Posted by Phil On February - 13 - 2014

It’s the Premiere of 50 Kisses in London Tonight   I always have tried to convince newcomers to filmmaking, that it isn’t glamorous. It’s usually too cold or  too hot, too wet, too dry, often boring, long hours, can be back breakingly physical.   Usually very.. very tiring.   but  rarely glamorous.   But tonight,  for our little team that made LOVE  it’s going to be glamorous  …and exciting,  high profile, dazzling, glittering and  glossy.  (thanks Thesaurus)    So I’ve had my hair cut (thanks Ruth), checked out the dinner jacket and bow tie (red) and ready to go up to London for the premiere of 50 Kisses. The world’s first crowdsourced narrative feature film. crew for 50 kisses I’m looking forward to meeting up with the actors  again. Holly Jacobson here . checking recces shots for filming Phil Peel and Holly       and  Lula Suassuna 04-2012-10-14 14.04.13   Holly, fresh from her own success as a filmmaker , will be in her finest I’m told, even persuading her  dad Ben to posh up.  06-2012-10-14 14.09.03 Melody Reynolds, her screen mum can’t be there unfortunately. Neither can Deanna and Terry.   (who could have flown back from Tenerife!  … only joking) My local paper, The Daily Echo is even excited about it …oh and there’ll be over 500 others in the audience.  Red carpet, awards and a party. Sounds glamorous..

“LOVE” selected for 50 Kisses Feature Film

Posted by Phil On January - 10 - 2014

I’ve just heard that our short film “LOVE” has been chosen as one of the films that will be FULLY featured in the 50 Kisses Feature Film to be premiered in London on 13th Feb.  Well done writer Rob Burke, crew Deanna and Terry, actors Holly , Lula,  Melody and my son Mike who  colour graded & sharpened my editing.

Here’s the official announcement..

I am delighted to announce that we have locked the 50 Kisses feature film – and it’s running to 90 minutes almost to the second!

The team and our post production volunteers have been working through the holidays to overcome some technical challenges and get the film finished in time for the premiere.

And we have had to make some very tough choices too, over which films to include in their entirety.

As we said in our last update, ALL the films submitted to ’50 Kisses’ will be featured in some way in the final edit with 25 films being featured in their entirety.

Congratulations to ALL the film makers who submitted – we look forward to seeing you ALL at the premiere, in posh frocks and black tie, along with friends and family.


As well as the film screening, we will be presenting our artistic and technical awards too. All the films and filmmakers chosen to feature in the film will be in with a chance.

The categories the film has been nominated for are…

▪ Best performance

▪ Best production design

▪ Best cinematography

▪ Best editing

▪ Best sound

▪ Best music

▪ Best director

▪ Best film (main award and iPad winner)

▪ Guerilla Film Award


…and here’s the full list of 25 films


▪ Last Chance by Mirror Image, written by Nick Grills

▪ Nothing Ventured by Giant B, written by Nina Haerland

▪ Other People’s Kisses by Simon Forster, written by Gabriella Apicella

▪ Enough by Puzzle Pictures, written by Kirsty McConnell

▪ Smasheroo by Sweet Home Films, written by James Howard

▪ That Good Night by Team Solution, written by Kenneth J Kemm

▪ Beryl by Capitol City, written by Sarah Page

▪ Practice Makes Perfect by Team Station, written by Mark Pallis

▪ Dream Date by Makelight Productions, written by Anne-Marie Draycott & Charity Trimm

▪ You Used to Bring Me Flowers by Open All Hours Media, written by Jo Buckman

▪ Colton’s Big Night by Sun Rock Productions, written by Nathan Gower

▪ Romantic Hideaway by Team Scribble, written by Kulvinder Gill

▪ Never Forget by Black Toffee / SnapperPunchFish Productions, written by Peter Carruthers

▪ Love by Grindstone Films, written by Rob Burke

▪ Neil by Anil Rao, written by Nigel Karikari

▪ First / Last by Cut to Productions, written by Stephen O’Brien

▪ Unbearable by Darkwood Films, written by Nick Luddington

▪ Neil by Storydigital, written by Nigel Karikari

▪ The Last Supper by James Cookson, written by Richard Green

▪ The Moment by A Silver Bullet, written by Stephen Cooper

▪ Getting Ahead of Yourself by Uncle Susan Films, written by John Thornton

▪ Priceless by UNEZEYES Productions, written by Nathan Gower

▪ Red Light by Good Shout, written by Ryan La Via

▪ Lonely Heart by Good Shout, written by Mark Jones

▪ A Kiss Goodbye by Under Your Hat Productions, written by Tina Lowe

Filming “Love” for 50 Kisses

Posted by Phil On October - 22 - 2012

LATEST UPDATE   Update: August 2013  LOVE has been selected for the Edinburgh Short Film Festival and the New York Bootleg Film Festival. 

It was all Deanna’s fault.  I had seen all the 50 Kisses promotional stuff and had wondered vaguely about getting involved, but it wasn’t till  she rang me up to ask if I could could DP her “second” 50 Kisses film, that I was inspired into making one myself.

I always say there are two types of  filmmaker. Those that talk about it and those that “do” it.   ..and recently I’d become a talker rather than a doer.    ..though to be fair I’ve shot a lot of music videos, corporates etc.

But this was getting to be the first year in the last six that I wasn’t shooting a drama.  So I decided to get off my butt …and check out the 50 scripts.

Working tactically, I looked at the scripts that no one else was shooting …  and I could see why!    It wasn’t the storylines was the difficulties of actually filming them. Matching actors through generations and across changing ages. ..or really complicated locations to achieve on small budgets. Then I focused down on  Rob Burke’s short “Love” set on a moving bus, with a mysterious sinister stranger and his interaction with a  young girl and her mum. (The required “kiss” is between the mum and child. )

Filming on a bus would be not easy. Matching the external scenery and light conditions would likely be difficult. It seemed the only solution would be to hire a bus and get extras for all the other passengers.

Unless I could move it to another form of transport. What about the Tube?  I checked with the writer, who was happy with the idea. I was surprised to find he was from Washington on the West coast of the USA, when he explained that he couldn’t come along for the filming.

For the young child I chose Holly Jacobson, who I’d met at one of Chris Jones’ BBQs. She’s a pretty seasoned actress now. Check out her dad’s film Candy Crime.  Melody Reynolds matched her perfectly as the mum and Lula Suassuna was great as the sinister stranger.

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So we met up for a good meal at Pizza Express.

Here’s Holly checking out the recce shots.

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So trailing our posse of extras (otherwise known as the crew) Deanna, Terry, Ben and Kaley we travelled around London.

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No need for lighting, tracking, jibs, tripods etc. Just me and a camera. I shot on a hacked Panasonic GH2 stowed with four lenses in a little Slingshot shoulder bag.

..and a black jacket with a hood , which I’ve learnt is very useful to avoid embarrassing reflections of the camera person in windows.

Sound was recorded on a Zoom H4N.

recording with Zoom H4N

Wonderfully liberating working like that, though it’s hard work. Engaging with the actor’s performance is difficult, when you’re also juggling ISO levels, F stops, depth of field etc.  (By the way the fluffy bit on top of the camera is a very effective windshield for the in camera stereo mike.)

Using GH2 on 50 Kisses


Update: August 2013  LOVE has been selected for the Edinburgh Short Film Festival and the New York Bootleg Film Festival.