This serves as tumblr blog of Tim Courtney. I have had other blogs but time will tell if this one actually sticks.
If you didn't know I spend most of my time being creative and not making an awful lot of money from it to the despair of my family.
As well as being a Musician writing Short Film scores, writing songs with Post-Rock outfit Katerwaul and doing the general SInger Songwriter bit. I also Write, Direct, Edit Films and Music Videos for my film Collective FACTOTUM FILMS and work on my Photography, Illustration and Graphic Design in any spare time I have left.
SYNOPSIS: Bethany is an elderly woman, slowly dying in the comfort and loneliness of her own home. Jessica struggles through a life of abuse as an ageing prostitute well past her prime. Their lives change by the arrival of Matthew a 40 something with a dark secret.
I’ve had this short film project on the go for a while now and things are starting to come to fruition. I’ve got most of the crew sewn up but a few positions left to fill. I’m still looking for an AD and a Production Designer in particular, so get in touch if you’re interested, email@example.com
We’ve just put out a casting call this week for various characters. I won’t bore anyone with the details but if you’re an actor, male or female, between the ages of 35 and 80 then drop me a line and I’d be happy to send you more details.
Above is the casting poster I designed to generate some interest in the project. The film has strong themes of birth, death and mortality which is reflected in the sunrise/sunset.
I’m really excited by this project and hope we manage to secure the funding to get it well and truly under way.
Today is the official release date of Light Parades’ Sparkle EP which also means that I can now show you the music video that Factotum Films shot in December! And here it is!
This was one of the toughest, if not THE toughest shoot we’ve ever done. The conditions, although it doesn’t look that way in the video, were very testing for the crew and especially for our Actor Jade Lindores. We shot the opening scene at 7am on a Saturday morning and it was wet and cold, between takes we had to wrap jade up to prevent her from getting hypothermia. The shoot took longer due to the rain going on and off.
Other annoyances were that it snowed over night while shooting which changed everything. But it gave the time travel element of the story a nice feel.
After that endurance test, editing and waiting tight lipped for the release date it gives me great pleasure to finally reveal this video and I hope you all enjoy it.
Written & Directed by - Tim Courtney Produced by - Duncan Leishman Director Of Photography - Sam Brill Costumes - Lori Marshall Editing & Colour Correction - Tim Courtney
Over the last couple of month’s I’ve been busy in Factotum Films mode. Shaun and I have been working on a short video clip for a movie that we can’t really talk about until its release next Oct, so until then that’s all you can expect to hear. However Duncan has dawned his producer cap for a music video I have written and directed for the band Light Parades.
Dan from Light Parades asked me a short while ago to write and direct a promo video for the band’s single from their debut album/EP. As yet the album/EP is untitled but their single isa beautiful atmospheric slow burner called Sparkle.
I don’t want to get into specifics of the video’s narrative so for now you’ll have to make do with these teaser images until the video is ready for release. The release date will be set by the band but we’re expecting it to be around February/March sort of time.
As always I’ll let you know nearer the time.
Written & Directed by Tim Courtney Produced by Duncan Leishman Cinematography by Sam Brill Starring Jade Lindores, Paul Massie Costumes by Lori Marshall
Shaun Hughes is due to start shooting his unconventional western in April. And to try and generate interest with some familiar face actors I cooked up these two designs as teaser posters. I can’t give too much away but I can tell you I will be composing the Music for this exciting project.