In the land before time (and even YouTube) we made a load of short films. With budgets ranging from £5 to just over £1,000 they were definitely cheap but definitely not very cheerful. They were, however, great fun to make, an amazing learning experience and did give us the chance to enjoy the hospitality of some great film festivals around Europe...
Shot for virtually nothing in a friend's flat without much of a clue what we were doing or what we were going to do with it when it was finished, Dummy went on to win Best Short Film at the Transylvania International Film Festival in Cluj, Romania in 2004 and screened at many more festivals around the world. It's a tale of a lonely man (Simon Andrew) looking for companionship and almost finding it in the shape of a strange dummy.
Upping the budget slightly, but not much, the second film was Chrysalis. Starring Simon Andrew a solitary caretaker seeking the attentions of the woman who lives upstairs (Leigh Maynard), the film was shot in some empty flats on Lower Clapton Road in Hackney. Chrysalis was award special recognition at Land of the Living Shorts in Italy and screened at half a dozen other festivals around Europe.
Shot in about the time it takes to make a cup of tea (well, maybe three cups) and costing about as much as welcome accompanying packet of biscuits, Teatime was only meant as a quick filler film for a screening of Chrysalis but also screened at around half a dozen festivals. The idea was to try and establish characters and tell a story only showing the feet of the actors. Did have to stray from the concept slightly to show the faces at the end but was a fun experiment. Sadly it also marked the last performance from the brilliant Vic Chamberlain who played the plucky pensioner.
The next film is a study of obsession, ice cream and rubber glove special effects. The jigsaw itself cost more than the rest of the production and the ice creams pushed the budget further into double figures. The obsessive lead starts a steady decent into Hell after becoming obsessed with completing the strange puzzle he finds on his doorstep. Not even his girlfriend can distract him from the task in hand.
Originally simply called 'Clown' in keeping with the previous theme of single word titles the film was renamed Here Comes Funky Kazoo after a discussion in the back of a taxi. It was a mega-budget production (comparatively speaking) shooting in the Mildmay Working Men's club in Newington Green, London now more famous as the venue for the BBC's Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle. It follows the downward spiral of love struck Mark on what he thought was a date but ends up feeling a bit of a clown. HCFK won Best Film at the Flyway Film Festival in Wisconsin, USA
After the excesses of the Funky Kazzoo shoot director Paul Fuller really wanted to get back to basics and shoot something more in style of Dummy with a really small cast and crew. With that in mind he cast fellow film maker Mahdi Fleifel in the lead, played the mysterious time traveller himself and John Andrew worked his usual magic with the sound but that was it - three people, cast and crew. In keeping the small scale of the production it was all shot on a Leica D-Lux 4 point and shoot camera and won the Gareth Dyer Award at the Bournemouth Film Festival in 2010
2003 - WRITER/DIRECTOR: PAUL FULLER
2004 - WRITER/DIRECTOR: PAUL FULLER
2005 - WRITER/DIRECTOR: PAUL FULLER
2006 - WRITER/DIRECTOR: PAUL FULLER
HERE COMES FUNKY KAZZOO
TIME TRAVEL FOR FUCKWITS
2010 - WRITER/DIRECTOR: PAUL FULLER
2008 - DIRECTOR: PAUL FULLER