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Worthily Films – Waiting for Time Interview

The first short film, Waiting for Time, which was produced by Worthily Films as post lockdown film, directed by The Bashford Twins, Liam Bashford and Kyle Bashford, is today under discussion.

The first impression on Waiting for Time was shown to Philip Curran. He is a composer at worthily films and has recently won the best record for another short film named “The Box” in the Oxford International Short Film Festival of 2020. He expressed his thoughts as his experience composing at worthily films, the most prominent achievements, and aims for the forthcoming time.

What were your earliest impressions when watching Waiting for Time?

“I surely was driven away. Everything has swept me, including the acting done in actions, the production design, and the whole film’s entire look. This film was produced with such strong restrictions that I could not keep myself away from getting started. But at the same time, I was nervous as I wished to add something different, increase the film’s drama and emotion, and not only the music that hides in the background.

For entering the Waiting for Time into the biggest film festival, The Bashford Twins wanted to complete some of the music in a short time. It was for sure a true advantage as I got entry just on time. At that time, I did not think deep regarding the film and wrote down a single 5 minutes long cue that for the total score, become the foundation.

How did you feel while working with the company, Worthily Films?

The two personalities, Chelsea Leigh Macleod and Steve Dodsworth, were the perfect fantasy to work for. Both of them were very honest, supportive, positive-minded, and heartedly interested to help improve the score and everything to work for this short film.

The thing that set me off on the right track was the notes, which they give me at the start of the scoring process about the entire emotions. Both wanted to improve the music during the film, and it was their keen desire.

They would drop in with the occasional call to anchor in on how things were running, but they resulted in the collaboration of The Bashford Twins, my space, and liberty.”

What is your biggest success, and what are your aims for tomorrow?

 “I should honestly confess that my two kids are my biggest accomplishment, and they are, but for the sake of my work. I was earning a living out from composing special music. I love the things that I do for achieving them and getting paid for them at the end of the day. At times, it becomes difficult, but still, I have intervals when there is no work.

If we are discussing prominent picture essence, my aim is to one score a significant sci-fi/fiction film trilogy or television series. I believe that is the dream of most of the composers.

The things that made Philip Curran the perfect match for music production were his versatility and his capability to explore and deepen emotions via music in films. He knows the need for how to deliver excellent results in a short time. Both the Worthily Films and the Bashford Twins were pleased with what Philip Curran gave to Waiting for Time.

Discussion on “Waiting for Time” produced by Worthily Films

Discussion on “Waiting for Time” by Philip Curran

The first short film, Waiting for Time, which was produced by Worthily Films as post lockdown film, directed by The Bashford Twins, Liam Bashford and Kyle Bashford, is today under discussion.

The first impression on Waiting for Time was shown or discussed by Philip Curran. He is a composer at worthily films and has recently won the best record for another short film named “The Box” in the Oxford International Short Film Festival of 2020. He expressed his thoughts as his experience composing at worthily films, the most prominent achievements, and aims for the forthcoming time.

What were your earliest impressions when watching Waiting for Time?

“I surely was driven away. Everything has swept me, including the acting done in actions, the production design, and the whole film’s entire look. This film was produced with such strong restrictions that I could not keep myself away from getting started. But at the same time, I was nervous as I wished to add something different, increase the film’s drama and emotion, and not only the music that hides in the background.

For entering the Waiting for Time into the biggest film festival, The Bashford Twins wanted to complete some of the music in a short time. It was for sure a true advantage as I got entry just on time. At that time, I did not think deep regarding the film and wrote down a single 5 minutes long cue that for the total score, become the foundation.

How did you feel while working with the company, Worthily Films?

The two personalities, Chelsea Leigh Macleod and Steve Dodsworth, were the perfect fantasy to work for. Both of them were very honest, supportive, positive-minded, and heartedly interested to help improve the score and everything to work for this short film.

The thing that set me off on the right track was the notes, which they give me at the start of the scoring process about the entire emotions. Both wanted to improve the music during the film, and it was their keen desire.

They would drop in with the occasional call to anchor in on how things were running, but they resulted in the collaboration of The Bashford Twins, my space, and liberty.”

What is your biggest success, and what are your aims for tomorrow?

 “I should honestly confess that my two kids are my biggest accomplishment, and they are, but for the sake of my work. I was earning a living out from composing special music. I love the things that I do for achieving them and getting paid for them at the end of the day. At times, it becomes difficult, but still, I have intervals when there is no work.

If we are discussing prominent picture essence, my aim is to one score a significant sci-fi/fiction film trilogy or television series. I believe that is the dream of most of the composers.

The things that made Philip Curran the perfect match for music production were his versatility and his capability to explore and deepen emotions via music in films. He knows the need for how to deliver excellent results in a short time. Both the Worthily Films and the Bashford Twins were pleased with what Philip Curran gave to Waiting for Time.

Worthily Films discuss “Waiting For Time”

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Waiting For Time, produced by Worthily Films and directed by The Bashford Twins, is one of the first short films to move into production post lockdown. In this article composer Philip Curran, who recently won best score for the short film “The Box” at the 2020 Oxford International Short Film Festival discusses his first impressions of Waiting For Time, his experience working with Worthily Films, greatest achievements and goals for the future.

  • What were your first impressions when watching Waiting For Time?

 “I was really blown away. The story, the direction, the acting, production design, the overall look of the film…. Everything. And it was made with such tight restrictions! I couldn’t wait to get started but I was also a little nervous because I wanted to add something special, heighten the drama and emotion of the film, not just have the music hiding in the background all the time.

 

The Bashford Twins were keen to get some music complete within a short space of time so they could enter WFT into a big film festival. This was a real blessing because I just dove right in, didn’t think too much about it and wrote one long 5-minute cue which became the foundation of the entire score.”

  • How was it working with Worthily Films?

 “Chelsea Leigh Macleod and Steve Dodsworth were an absolute dream to work for. Really supportive, positive and genuinely interested in how the score was going to work for the film. They gave me some notes at the start of the scoring process about the overall emotions they were keen for the music to enhance through the film, which set me off on the right path.

They’d drop in with the odd call to check in on how things were going but they gave myself and The Bashford Twins the space and freedom to collaborate. Perfect!”

  • What’s your greatest achievement and what are your goals for the future?

 “I should really say my two kids are my greatest achievement, and they are, but in terms of my career… Just making a living out of composing music! I get to do something that I love every day and get paid for it. It’s ridiculous really. It’s difficult at times and I still have spells when work is quiet, but it all seems to work out.

If we’re talking about big picture stuff, my dream is to one score an epic sci fi/fantasy film trilogy or tv series. I think that is most composer’s dream! “

Philip Curran’s versatility and his ability to explore and intensify the emotions through music is what made him the perfect fit. He understood what was needed and delivered extraordinary results within a short amount of time. Worthily Films and the Bashford Twins were delighted with what Phil contributed to Waiting For Time.

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Worthily Films – What we look for when reading new material

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Worthily Films, Founded by Steve Dodsworth and Chelsea Leigh Macleod, have recently wrapped their first short film project Waiting For Time, written by Paul Chronnell, directed by The Bashford Twins and starring Ariyon Bakare and Jade Harrison.

Moving into an exciting festival run, the newly emerged production company are currently developing their narrative slate. Here are a few things they look for when reading submissions:

ESSENTIALS for Worthily Films

  • Is it relevant?

We are looking for stories that are current, fresh and relatable. Truthful stories that represent the world we live in today. Screenplays with timeless themes and ones that will encourage diversity and inclusivity.

 Characters

Character driven stories that are truthful and heartfelt. We are not interested in cliche characters. If a screenplay has an empowering complex female lead, it is immediately of interest to us. We aim to produce works that are inclusive and diverse in nature. Well rounded and interesting characters are what capture our attention.

  • We LOVE:
  • Strong opening scenes
  • Powerful, unpredictable but believable twists.
  • Humour or light (regardless of the genre)
  • Strong character development and well rounded characters
  • Punchy dialogue
  • Things we DON’T love:
  • Boring, cliche characters and storylines
  • Stories with no depth
  • Screenplays that are too long

Kristen Burr, former executive VP of production for live-action film at Disney, mentioned the length of scripts in an article in VULTURE magazine. She said that it drives her bananas when a script is longer than 120 pages, Burr knows that people will see the film as slow. Worthily Films similarly to Burr,  appreciates when writers keep their stories tight and punchy- it’s an art and in our opinion, an important one.

Worthily Films escapes ramifications of the COVID pandemic

It’s Monday 13th of July and the newly emerged independent film company founded by Steve Dodsworth and Chelsea Leigh Macleod are gearing up for their festival run after producing their first project together. Waiting For Time is possibly one of the first UK short films to move into production post lockdown.

Waiting For Time pre-production was executed mostly online.  Worthily Films slowly collected a talented team, each creative had a similar mission: to tell remarkable stories regardless of obstacles that might arise. To say that we faced challenges is an understatement.

Firstly, we had to address every part of the production with COVID in mind. For example:

  • Script: Considering social distancing guidelines, we removed unnecessary physical contact e.g. handshakes et cetera.
  • Location: We scouted locations that would provide enough space for the crew and cast to work safely and efficiently, whilst maintaining 2m distances when possible.
  • Catering: Worthily Films sourced a catering company that guaranteed COVID friendly meals. Everything was pre-packaged in individual bags to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Casting: Relying heavily on instinct and with the help and guidance from our casting Director Carolyn Mcleod, we cast Waiting For Time via Zoom.

Secondly, in order to create a safe working environment, we purchased enough cleaning supplies to sterilise a full hospital, which was a challenge in and of itself considering how some supermarket shelves were still bereft of cleaning wipes and gloves.

Thirdly, a very real challenge was the fact that we were producing our first short film as a new independent film production company. We did feel nervous… How is this all going to come together? Will this work?  We decided to ignore our fears and focussed on making sure that we put all the pieces in place and then… we relied on a lot of HOPE.

Fortunately for Worthily Films, we had a story, a passion project that inspired many out of their hibernation of lockdown. Waiting For Time was written by Paul Chronnell and directed by the Bashford Twins.  It relies on dynamic visual storytelling elements and has its most gripping scene in a very specific setting – not a small challenge even for a skilled production designer. We wouldn’t settle for mediocre – not in cast and certainly not in crew.

Mariya Evtimova (Head of Production Design) brought the energy absolutely critical for a nerve-wracking shoot, both because of the imposing potential of the film and the uncertainty of shooting a film under lockdown conditions.

 ‘The first thing that made me want to work on ‘Waiting for Time’ was the script. After reading it, I was amazed how layered and deep the story was – Paul did an excellent job writing it. In terms of set design, I was really drawn to Heath and how I could add on elements to his character that will visually guide the audience through all the changes in his life leading to his ‘safe place’- the basement.’ 

Mariya Evtimova

Creating a safe space for everyone on set was Worthily Films goal and our mission was to produce this passion project, delivering a message of hope. Working with talent that was driven by story was euphoric. Seeing our team leave with confidence, a feeling of accomplishment and no symptoms was a reward in itself.

Worthily Films creating conversations about Men’s Mental Health

According to the Mental Health Foundation 1 in 3 men in the UK experience suicidal thoughts as a result of feeling stressed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim that men are more likely to die by suicide than women and The Mental Health Organisation studies show that suicide rates are higher in minority communities including men from BAME, gay men, war veterans et cetera.

 Waiting For Time is a short film produced by Worthily Films,  Chelsea Leigh Macleod and Steve Dodsworth, written by Paul Chronnell and directed by The Bashford Twins, starring Ariyon Bakare and Jade Harrison. It was possibly one of the first UK short films to move into production post lockdown. Waiting For Time highlights the theme of Men’s Mental Health: a subject, which may resonate with many, especially after living in isolation for so many months.

Below David Sessions (behind the scenes photographer on WAITING FOR TIME) discusses what attracted him to the project.

“I feel very strongly about stories that touch upon mental health. Growing up in South Africa, in a culture that can be very traditional in their views, I felt there was an underlying… Boys don’t cry mentality. As a gay man, I found it difficult living in a society, which in some ways has really dated perceptions on the modern world. WAITING FOR TIME’s theme of mental health is powerful. The lead character, Heath, played by Ariyon Bakare, is unable to fully express himself- this is a feeling that is or has been relatable to me in the past.

The story has an important message, which is why I wanted to be a part of the project. It discusses the necessity to communicate your truth and express your feelings as opposed to bottling them up inside,” David Sessions

 The Bashford Twins directed WAITING FOR TIME for many reasons one of them being Men’s Mental Health.

“We read the script a few years ago and loved the concept. Waiting For Time deals with men’s mental health and the struggles Heath goes through. This was a big reason for directing this story. There are stories in the media where the suicide rate of men has risen dramatically and it needs to be spoken about more often to help those who need it, ”Bashford Twins.

WAITING FOR TIME has several poignant themes with men’s mental health critically important during the challenges of Coronavirus Lockdown. WAITING FOR TIME specifically particularly embraces black men’s mental health. The Bashford Twins comment on what they would like to change in the industry, saying that everyone deserves opportunities regardless of their race or gender. There are so many untold stories to discover and their needs to be a movement towards making more diverse and inclusive works.

As a new production company, Worthily Films wanted to create something with many layers and complexities, whilst simultaneously provoking important conversations. We didn’t want to make a film about suicide. We wanted to bring light, a message of HOPE.

Worthily Films hopes that Waiting For Time will encourage all men to open up and express their feelings.

*Please Follow: @iC4re to support Ariyon Bakare’s charity, Conversation About Racial Equality

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/men-and-mental-health/index.shtml

 

 

Worthily Films produces potentially the first short film production in the UK Post-lockdown.

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‘I was anxious to see how the filming process would operate in Covid-19, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how smoothly it all operated. It soothed my nerves to know that everyone was taking it all very seriously, whilst also being very well prepared for it,’ said Francesca Jones in the Art Department.

It was Friday the 12th, June 2020 (a weekend before our first day on set) when Worthily Films, (Steve Dodsworth and Chelsea Leigh Macleod) hosted a Zoom crew call with a team of just over 20 people. Each square on our computer, each person on the call, a carefully selected team member, creative minds that we knew had the same goal: to make something remarkable, despite the challenges.

Below we discuss the five points that could help you with your post lockdown short film:

  1. Research

The most important part of preparation for us at Worthily Films was research. Everyday we were faced with new information. We tried to gather as many studies, materials and reports as possible. The most comprehensive report being the British Film Commission guidelines, which we agreed to use as a foundation for Waiting For Time set protocols.

  1. Preparation.

Worthily Films invested in facemasks, hand sanitizers, antiviral sprays and wipes, disposable cups, face shields and gloves.  We knew that this would allow us to comply with social-distancing guidelines provided by the British Film Commission. Providing the correct PPE equipment also reassured cast and crew that we were taking all the precautions necessary to safeguard the set.

‘But everything was so well organised (PPE, hand-wash, friendly social distancing) that very soon I forgot we were filming in the middle of a pandemic.’ Paul Chronnell

  1. Communication

The purpose of our crew call was to share a presentation where we outlined all the safety protocols and measures that we had implemented. We wanted to ensure that everyone felt comfortable and encouraged the team to raise any concerns or questions before, during and post filming. Running through the procedures and asking everyone to comply with protocols was important.

  1. On-set etiquette.

Worthily Films specifically scouted locations with COVID and social distancing in mind. Depending on your set, aim to have a designated space for crew to work whilst respecting the two metres protocol.  Ventilation is essential- make sure you have good air flow on set, opening windows and doors if possible.  Stagger lunches and breaks to allow for a streamlined production with minimal contact thus reducing the risk of infection.

 ‘… the teamwork was evident.’ Kevin Glynn

  1. Subsequent actions.

Be sure to follow up with everyone, making sure that nobody develops symptoms. Worthily Films shared information on how to get tested in the case that anyone started to show symptoms. Continue checking in with everyone until the incubation stage is complete (est. 14 days at most)

‘… even after wrapping, making sure to check in and let us know how we can get checked in case any of us started experiencing symptoms.’   Katie Lynch

Worthily Films is committed to providing working environments that prioritize safety above all else. Should you have any questions feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to help.