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The Music Bus

https://www.documentaries.org/the-music-bus

In 2018 Petru Cotarcea a Romanian immigrant in the UK purchased a double decker bus with the dream to make music education accessible and affordable for every child in London. Award winning filmmakers, Joe Pavlo and David Schendel hop on THE MUSIC BUS to experience the joy of music with Petru and his adorable band of children in this short documentary.

I was recently interviewed by The Independent about the state of the VFX industry. Have a look:

‘A race to the bottom’: What’s the story behind bad CGI?

…When I ask Pavlo what the way forward is for VFX, his reply is firm. “Organising the workforce. Unions are the only thing that will benefit employees and employers, and prevent this kind of race to the bottom.”

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Say hello to London’s newest vfx service! I have taken the plunge and launched my own visual effects company which I have called Pterosaur and offers a full range of vfx services!

PRE PRODUCTION

  • VFX Consultation 

  • Script breakdowns

  • Scheduling

  • Previz

  • Concept artwork 

PRODUCTION

  • Production planning for vfx 

  • On set vfx supervision

  • On set visualisation

  • Last minute changes!

POST PRODUCTION

  • Postviz and temps

  • Compositing

  • Beauty work 

  • Fixes

  • Motion graphics 

  • Prep and roto

  • Rig removal and Clean up

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The Jungle Book has won the Visual Effects Oscar!

During my 22 years in the film vfx business, I have worked on over 75 feature films and this is the first time one of those films has won a visual effects Oscar – that should tell you how rare and special something like this is!

I’m very proud to have been a part of creating The Jungle Book for a year and a half and privileged to have worked with such an insanely talented team of people. Congratulations to all of us!

Stars: Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal

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Downsizer has been selected for the 2016 Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California! There are going to be three screenings…

Hammer Theatre Center – Sat, Mar 5 9:30 PM

California Theatre – Sun, Mar 6 9:30 PM

Camera 12 – Screen 7 – Thu, Mar 10 2:00 PM

Full details are on the Cinequest Festival site

  
Ed Coleman as Charlie and Dan March as Mr Gruber

One more very cool thing… each of the screenings of Downsizer is paired with my lifelong buddy and frequent collaborator David Schendel’s feature length documentary: The Comedy Club – how fantastic is that?!

  
Claire Garvey as Maxine

Myself and Downsizer Producer Nicola Petrides will both be going to Cinequest representing our little masterpiece! Cinequest is a terrific film festival, we are honoured to be a part of it and it will no doubt be great fun!

  

Kate Sandison as Mrs Ashcroft

See you there!

-Joe

I was honoured and privileged to be asked to edit a video last weekend for the charity Help Refugees who have been doing some great work with the many people escaping war who are having to live in the camps in Calais. It’s a simple idea, but I think it has an emotional impact. I’m really happy with the piece and I hope it helps raise awareness of the work Help Refugees is doing and maybe help with some donations as well.

It has been covered on Huffington Post and it’s already getting a lot of hits.

 

In November, Downsizer premiered at the Edinburgh Short Film Festival to a packed audience. The man behind the ESFF, Paul Bruce sat down with me for a chat after the screening…

Downsizer – a short tale of weaponised office equipment

If you’re wondering why I’ve been so quiet… I’ve directed a short film called Downsizer and we’re in the last few hours of our fund raising campaign on Kickstarter.

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Our film looks amazing and we need your help to finish it and get it out to the world. Please visit www.downsizerfilm.co.uk view the awesome trailer and help out by pledging or even just spreading the word. We’re grateful for any and all help!

See you on the Red Carpet!

Joe.

PS there’s also a FaceBook page

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