Director BIO: Philippe McKie (BREAKER)

Director Biography

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Philippe is an award-winning filmmaker born in Montreal, Canada.
Since graduating from the Mel-Hoppenheim School of Cinema he has been living and making films in Japan. His films explore multiple genres ranging from psychological-dramas, to period pieces and science fiction.
Beginning in 2010 with his short-film ARIA, made in his first-year at film-school, his films have been selected in festivals around the world and received multiple prizes and distinctions.
Since 2011 he has been based in Tokyo, Japan.

Selected Filmography:

SHŪEN (Japan, 2015) Color, 15mins, HD
* Silver Award Horror Spotlight Awards

Healing Waters (Japan, 2014) Color, 3mins, HD
* Grand Prize winner 2014 Shikoku Film festival

Where The Heart Is (Japan, 2014) Color, 2mins, HD
* Silver Winner Chiba Film Festival

Shades of Grey on the Silver Screen (Montreal, 2011) B/W, 15mins, S-16mm
* 35th Festival des Films du Monde, Montreal, Canada, 2011

ARIA (Montreal, 2010) Color, 6mins, 16mm
* Winner best Film Jury’s prize 8th Festival Neatworks, Canada 2011

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Short Film: BREAKER, 10min., Canada, Sci-Fi/Action

 

Breaker poster 2mbIn tomorrow’s Tokyo, the technologically-enhanced body of a young mercenary hacker is overrun by a sentient data weapon. Wanted, the parasitic A.I becomes her only ally as she is chased across the city by those seeking to salvage it.

  • Project Title (Original Language):
    「ブレイカー」
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    650,000 JPY
  • Country of Origin:
    Japan
  • Country of Filming:
    Japan
  • Film Language:
    Japanese
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director BIO: Tim Willrich (SKIN DEEP)

Director Biography

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Tim Willrich is a Director & Producer based in the UK where he works on Films, Music videos and large scale bespoke immersive shows and experiences.

He started out predominantly as an Editor cutting his teeth on short films before jumping platforms to all sorts of weird and wonderful sized screens in Exhibition areas, live shows and attractions all over the world. Quickly accumulating experience that led to working as first a Post Producer and then heading up and overseeing full productions from concept to delivery as a Creative Director and / or Producer
This has now brought him neatly full circle back to his passion- film, and bringing interesting and innovative projects to life.

Director Statement

“Having worked with the Adrift team before, I was definitely interested in directing ‘Skin Deep’ as soon as the writer, Harry, mentioned it due to the overwhelming success of our previous short film. However, I underestimated how enthusiastic and positive I’d feel about the project from day one. The script is unique, unapologetic and conveys numerous moral messages with minimal dialogue. We had to step up and do it justice.

Issues surrounding body image are tackled in numerous ways, whether caused through cultural or social perceptions. The unique element of Skin Deep, is the internal struggle and self obsession we seldom discuss. This is beautifully portrayed by the opening actress, who herself, should have no issues in her appearance. By opening the film with someone who many would consider beautiful, we put forward an argument that everyone, regardless of gender, can have issues with themselves.

‘Skin Deep’ broaches the subject in a very literal way, whilst maintaining a sense of realness throughout. Along with the message of the script, the definition of the character arcs and the emotional journeys that both Greg and Millie undertake, and how our opinion of them changes, is a beautiful thing.

Visually, we wanted to impose a very specific look and feel. With the use of expansive spaces, materialistic and glamorous surroundings, we created a lavish yet prison like atmosphere. We tackled the lighting in a specific style, using contrasts between light and dark areas to reflect the emotion of the scene, coupled with slow moving imagery.

The subject matter elicited powerful, emotional responses from all the actors. Further more, although there were some differences, both men and women who previewed the film could all relate. We wish to promote these types of conversation amongst future audiences and look forward to taking it on a journey around the festival circuit.”

Short Film: SKIN DEEP, 20min., UK, Fantasy

 

Screen shot 2017 03 10 at 14.21.29Obsessed by appearance, a woman applies mysterious cream to help reignite her stagnant marriage. But when her skin peels away, her obsession soon turns his fantasy into a nightmare.

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  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 2, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED Dragon
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: MONSIEUR HERNST, 15min., France, Sci-Fi/Drama

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Mr HERNST has forgotten everything, even his own identity. Facing him, his doctor pushes trough the ages of his life trying to recover the memory of the event that made him forget everything.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 34 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    France
  • Country of Filming:
    France
  • Shooting Format:
    Numérique
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
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Director BIO: Stephen Rutterford (BACK PAGE RIPPER)

Director Biography

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Stephen Rutterford is a British born Artist based in New York.
His day job is Partner, Executive Creative Director, at The Brooklyn Brothers ; Voted Gold at Advertising Age’s Small agency of the year 2014.
Prior to The Brooklyn Brothers, Stephen trained under Sir John Hegarty and Sir Charles Saatchi.
During his career he has worked on over 160 brands including; Levi’s, Xbox, T-mobile, Johnnie Walker, Rémy Martin and Coca Cola. And has collaborated with artists including Pharrell Williams, Talib Kweli, Astronautica, Shepard Fairey, Faile, D*Face and Michel Gondry.
“Advertising has been my film school. I’ve had the privilege to learn by watching first hand from the best talent in the industry.”
Stephen is a drummer, a ninja and a father. He is also left handed.

Director Statement

Back Page Ripper is my Directorial debut.
The film is an experiment with narrative structure and the visual style is a combination of influences from Bladerunner, Wong kar- Wai movies and The Muppets.
Based on a true story, the idea was inspired by a conversation with friend Jon Burkhart, (now founder of TBC Global). We spoke about a former work colleague, who would prank fellow coworkers by tearing the last page out of the book they were reading.
It took several years for the project to get off the ground. After a couple of failed attempts, I finally met the right group of people and everything aligned.
After shooting, It took a further year of nagging people for favors to complete the post production. It was a good lesson in perseverance and believing in your ideas.
A key moment was meeting Cinematographer Brenden Savi at The Creative Circus grad show, where I was looking to recruit creative teams. I was very impressed by Savi’s photography portfolio. It was evident we shared very similar tastes aesthetically, so I knew instantly he was the right man for the job.
Casting was important to the film visually. I was searching for a “Girl with the dragon tattoo” type of character and was introduced to Marion Saint Jean, a Chilean model and cosplay actor through Savi.
Additionally, my personal trainer Anwar Jackson had the right physicality for the role of the Ripper and eagerly embraced the character.
Furthermore I was very fortunate to be surrounded by a group of very talented people at The Brooklyn Brothers Ad agency.
In particular Ilana Fried. Not only a great producer but also an amazing craftsperson. She was responsible for creating a very complex costume made entirely from paper. (Amongst many many other things). Producers Christina Thompson and Kim Tyner were extremely patient with my crazy ramblings and bizarre requests.
Ethan Simmons skillfully cut the film, telling the story clearly and building tension and comedy in all the right places.
Danny Morris at Blacksmith post did a great job of covering up all my mistakes and took it to another level on the visuals.
The soundtrack was composed by Ben Runyan the former front man of City rain, who went on to form J U S T P R O C E S S. We met when he was teaching a music production course I attended at The Foxgrove music school in NYC. Since then we have collaborated on a music video for the song ” I Already know” featuring Joannie Jimenez on The J U S T P R O C E S S EP.
Carl Mandelbaum built the sound design from scratch (as we did not record any sound) We spent several sessions together crafting the right atmosphere and punctuation to give the film a cinematic edge.

Short Film: BACK PAGE RIPPER, 5min. USA, Sci-Fi/Mystery

 

Ripper poster imdbA girl must solve the mystery of who ripped the last page out of her mystery novel.

Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Mystery
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color