May 17, 2013



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Ray Harryhausen

Very sad to hear of Ray Harryhausen’s recent departure from this earth. I’m incredibly thankful that I got to meet the man himself, discuss Medusa over a risotto lunch and then take his photo (see below). How wonderful.


April 21, 2013

Humbug- New Short

Screening as part of Pattern Power / Superstripe: A cultural festival of pattern exploration taking place at the Londonewcastle project space 6th-21st April 2013. The film is a response to the brief ‘Stripes’ and for those of you that don’t know, a Humbug is a British boiled sweet (candy) with stripes across it.

To view the other 6 films in context, commissioned for ‘Superstripe’, see here:

Synopisis: Wilf had a pet pig named humbug, they were inseparable…until yesterday, there was an accident with the Eggman’s dog and Humbug was no more…

Humbug was shot in just one day and, in its entirety, including idea conception, had a 2 week turnaround, a minute budget for art dept and every favour under the sun.

Humbug from Vicky Mather on Vimeo.

April 20, 2013

Humbug- some props and stills

The turnaround on this short was 2 weeks, with a one day shoot. At the beginning of the two weeks we didn’t even have a script- so here’s a glimpse in to some of the hurried storyboards, sketches and props that came out of the tiny amount of prep time we had:

Some character sketches with casting and costume in mind:

These eggs are not real- Amy Lockwood from the art department created each of them, apart from the Quail:

April 11, 2013

New Short Film: HUMBUG

I recently directed this live action short film entitled ‘Humbug’. For those that don’t know a ‘Humbug’ is a British boiled sweet with stripes across it.

The film screens as part of ‘Superstripe‘ – A cultural festival of pattern exploration. The film is a response to a very open brief of ‘Stripes’.

In his acting debut Fred Thomas plays ‘Wilf’ in the story. Along with Fred the film stars Julian Bird, Charlotte Morgan and a piglet. It was shot in just one day and, in its entirety, including idea conception, we had a 2 week turnaround and a very tight budget.

The exhibition takes place at the Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch and runs between the 6th and  21st of April.

April 8, 2013

Interview for 12ft6

Stanley Pickle will be screening at 12ft6 Bar Shorts in Manchester April 30th:


March 5, 2013

Filmclub UK

Last week I was interviewed for Filmclub UK and the video was broadcast to various schools all over the UK.




SOTW Shorts Distribution


December 24, 2012

Interview with onepointfour & Dragonframe blog



December 13, 2012

Short of the Week

Stanley Pickle is now online to view in full on Vimeo. Vimeo Staff Picked and showcased on Short of the Week, see great article below by Jason Sondhi:



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