Award-winning Short Narrative Film: The Penny Dropped (2016)

A supernatural short film

The enigmatic Being played by Abigail Thaw. Photo by Paul Walker

The Trailer

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It is behind a password to maintain qualification for film festivals who prefer that entries are not readily available on the web.

We receive so many submissions, you have to have high marks just to place. In your case, your film received high marks for direction, cinematography, and performance. Award of Merit given by The One-Reeler Short Film Competition 2017

Recognising John Wood’s brilliant sound design.

Latest film festival and showcase selection news:

October 2018:

Selected for uHorror Film Festival – a restricted online film festival based in Los Angeles with two days of “screenings” on 26/27 October. Winner: Best Paranormal Horror Film

Selected for the F-Rating Category in the Tweetfest Film Festival 2018 , an actor-centric festival in London. Screening 26 November.

Selected for the HerStory Cinephilia Society Film Festival with a screening on Friday 16 November in Nashville, Tennessee.

September 2018:

Selected for the Ax Wound Film Festival in Brattleboro, Vermont on 9/10 November 2018

Selected for the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival 2018 with a screening during the London festival on 3 November.

Selected for the American Horror Film Festival in Tempe, Arizona with a screening on 19 October 2018.

August 2018:

Selected for the Women over 50 Film Festival with a screening on 23 September in Brighton

Semi-finalist in Directed by Women – NYC-Shorts of All Sorts

Selected for the Women in Horror Film Festival in Peachtree City near Atlanta, Georgia, USA with screening 5 October at 515 in the Thriller programme (also nominated for Best Thriller).

A little teaser taster while we finished the post production.

Poster designed by John Mundy using photographs by Paul Walker.

Cast & Crew

The Being: Abigail Thaw
Angie Bradstock: Phillipa Peak

Writer, Director: A D Cooper
Producers: A D Cooper, Steve Croson
Casting Director: Annie Rowe CDG
Cinematographer: Candida Richardson
Camera Assistant: Balan Evans
1st A D: Jack Farrar
Gaffer: Jon Hearn
Make Up Artist: Sarah Grundy
Make Up Assistant: Polly Mercer
Script Supervisor: Sheila McNaught
Sound Recordists: Mark Andrews, Simon Norman
Graphic Designer (Book cover): Paul Crane
Editor: Gary Tobyn
Visual Effects: David King
Composer: Henry Bird
Colourist: Jon Dobson
Sound Designer & Mix: John C Wood
Film Stills Photographer: Paul Walker
Publicity Materials: John Mundy

Catering: Kingfisher Café, Merci Marie & The Dusty Knuckle

Camera Equipment provided by AimImage
Lighting Equipment provided by Location Lighting
Sound Recording Equipment provided by Mark Andrews Sound & Editing Services
Insurance by Essex Insurance

Thanks to Bob & Val Boyle, the Bootstrap Company Ltd, Mary Cooper, Film London Talent Connect, Pip Lacey, Alwyne Kennedy, Paul Lewis, Catherina Golebiowska & Nathan, Mariella Rowe, Andrew Shepherd, Shooting People, David A Smith, Catherine Taylor, Marianna Tobyn and Dan Tsantilis.

#ThePennyDropped

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thepennydroppedshortfilm/

The shoot took place on 8 & 9 September in a dank Dalston bunker in London E8 which proved as challenging as it was appropriate. The project is being entered into film festivals worldwide.

Length: 5.47 minutes (shorter version without end credits 4.55m)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6181934/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Abigail Thaw (“Endeavour”) plays the role of The Being

Phillipa Peak (“Home Fires”) plays the role of Angie Bradstock.

Angie waits and frets holding the book that made her famous. Photo by Paul Walker

Nominations & Awards:

AWARDS

Order of Merit: One Reeler Film Festival
Best Sound Design: Southampton International Film Festival
Best Short Short: Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival 2018
Best Paranormal Horror Film: uHorror Film Festival 2018 (USA)
Special Mention: London x4 Seasonal Short Film Festival 2018

NOMINATIONS

Best Thriller: Women in Horror Film Festival, USA (TBA)
Best Short: American Horror Film Festival (TBA)
Semi-finalist in Women’s Film Initiative in the Audience Awards in the USA
Best Cinematography in a Short: Southampton International Film Festival 2017
Best Live Action: Purbeck Film Festival 2017
Best Cinematography: Underwire Film Festival 2017
Best Picture: LA Neo Noir Novel, Film and Script Festival 2018

“Angie” (Phillipa Peak) Photo by Paul Walker

Photo by Paul Walker

Simon Norman, sound recordist, strikes a pose with his boom mic

Even script supervisor Sheila McNaught looks spooky in the half light.

The world premiere was at the Southampton International Film Festival in the UK on 19 October 2017.

Waiting for the close up. Photo by Paul Walker.

Angie’s book, with graphics designed by Paul Crane.

A sense of the bunker location in Dalston E8. Note the moisture in the light beam. It was damp and drippy down there. Photo by Paul Walker

Canny Richardson (cinematographer nominated for two awards for this film) and Balan Evans (AC) busy with their lenses. Photo by Paul Walker

Editor Gary Tobyn at work refining the cuts. The film had to be under 5 mins for the WFTV/Lifetime TV competition which was a tough discipline but it kept the narrative from lagging.

Sound designer and mixer, the legendary John “Fingers” Wood finesses the spot effects with the music by Henry Bird. John’s work resulted in a Best Sound Design award.

The poster and postcards designed by John Mundy using Paul Walker’s photographs.

The last stage before the online. Colourist Jon Dobson checks that the grade works on different screens.

The DVDs also designed by John Mundy.

Some reviews of this short which screened in the Final Girls Berlin Film Festival:

https://www.pophorror.com/fgbff-2018-the-penny-dropped-short-film-review/

https://www.ghastlygrinning.com/home/2018/2/26/mkpax8kfntv5wagzylhe2rwgzk7e5t

It was one of those films that stuck with us… a gem of a film.

Jennifer Dean, film maker & curator at Directed by Women – NYC-Shorts
of All Sorts