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The people who make the spots you love, covering all aspects of production, post and sound.

7th Oct Production
YDA winner Arthur Studholme on making a name in comedy

YDA winner Arthur Studholme on making a name in comedy

With his awkward, surreal and utterly hilarious short, What's My Name?, Pulse Films director Studholme picked up a Gold at 2022's YDA. Here he discusses the origins of the unfortunate encounter, how a chance job with a prosthetics expert can make a micro-budget into a masterpiece, and why losing your lead actor the night before the shoot can sometimes work in your favour.

29th Sep Production
People-watching with Michelle Savill

People-watching with Michelle Savill

Award-winning New Zealand director Michelle Savill is an astute observer of human behaviour. Her first feature film Millie Lies Low premiered at Berlin International Film Festival and SXSW earlier this year, following which she was signed to Arts & Sciences. She spoke to shots about the challenges of shooting on a shoestring and how a missed flight disaster proved inspirational.

21st Sep Production
Ani Acopian's adventures in aviation

Ani Acopian's adventures in aviation

Los Angeles-based filmmaker, social media maestro and tireless innovator Ani Acopian joined Park Pictures in June. She’s garnered attention for her witty short-form content, such as A World Artists Love for AWAL, and her spoof dating website for Amazon. She told shots about playing with boundaries, altering perceptions and her love of drones.

15th Sep Production
Cinematic visuals with a disruptive edge? Better call Sau

Cinematic visuals with a disruptive edge? Better call Sau

Greatcoat Films' Newham-born director Sau Ali has built a solid portfolio within six short months in the business, including music videos for artists including Henny Knightz and Raptum, as well as branded content for Samsung, New Balance and Vice. Here he tells shots how short-form filmmaking can nurture a blockbuster spirit.

15th Sep Production
shots Unsigned: Sean Wehrli

shots Unsigned: Sean Wehrli

In our latest edition of chats with unsigned directing talent we speak with Sean Wehrli. Here he talks us through his music video for Clans, his big music promo inspirations, and pivoting to take advantage of circumstances.

13th Sep Production
Lessons to be learned

Lessons to be learned

Known for his soulful films exploring pressing social issues, New Orleans-based filmmaker Abraham Felix was signed by Curfew earlier this year. Here, he tells shots about his inspirations and passion for filmmaking and about the creation of his award-winning campaign The Unspoken Curriculum, produced by Windy Films for the Boris L. Henson Foundation.

Creative Correspondence

Celebrating shots' 30th anniversary, industry luminaries pair up with up-and-comers in the field to talk shop and interview each other.

9th Sep Production
YDA winners Nono+Rodrigo send an SOS from a planet in peril

YDA winners Nono+Rodrigo send an SOS from a planet in peril

Directing duo Nono+Rodrigo's epic short, Terra Cene, won a Gold Screen in this year's YDA category Changing the World Frame by Frame. Here, they tell shots about time capsules, terrifying countdowns and how shooting in Ukraine made it a dream project.

6th Sep Production
Emma Branderhorst's Spotless triumph

Emma Branderhorst's Spotless triumph

Emma Branderhorst's powerful and affecting short film highlights the impact of period poverty on a young girl's life. Here, Branderhorst explains her journey from in front of to behind the camera, how she put her faith in a brilliant but untested actress, and why winning YDA gold means the world.

2nd Sep Production
Sebastian Hill-Esbrand's Family secrets

Sebastian Hill-Esbrand's Family secrets

Sebastian Hill-Esbrand picked up a Gold Screen at this year's YDA for Family, his powerful charity film for the BC Centre on Substance Use. Here, he discusses his start in skateboard films, the difficulties in casting and the impact of imposter syndrome.

1st Sep Production
Poetry in motion

Poetry in motion

Fuelled by an immense imagination, multi-faceted creative Caleb Femi unites words and visuals to magical effect, effortlessly moving from page to screen and back again with a body of work that spans poetry, short films, commercials, TV and even a live catwalk show. Whatever the field, he tells Selena Schleh, the story remains his north star.

26th Aug Production
YDA-winner Ebeneza Blanche takes aim

YDA-winner Ebeneza Blanche takes aim

SMUGGLER director Ebeneza Blanche picked up a Gold Screen in the Music Video category for Little Simz's Point & Kill at this year's YDA. Here, they talk about college studies, Nigerian culture and having their work recognised.

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25th Aug Production
YDA winner Eugen Merher on the creation of a small-town folk tale

YDA winner Eugen Merher on the creation of a small-town folk tale

Director Eugen Merher won two silvers and a gold at this year's YDA for his compelling film The Boy Who Couldn't Feel Pain. Here he shares his created inspiration, from computer games to Wim Wenders, and reveals his fascination with capturing a particularly American brand of desolation.

24th Aug Production
Joost Biesheuvel on winning a YDA with his tale of mismatched love

Joost Biesheuvel on winning a YDA with his tale of mismatched love

Director Joost Biesheuvel picked up a Gold Screen (Video Art) for his short film Cats and Dogs, produced by Vigics, at this year’s YDA. Here, the composer-turned-filmmaker talks about troubled relationships, the joys of collaboration and the magic of metaphors.

22nd Aug Production
Jack Howard: The clown prince of content

Jack Howard: The clown prince of content

We speak to the established YouTuber and fledgling commercial director Jack Howard about how to make the transition, as well as finding out how OB Management's Jez Murrell is guiding him through the funny business of brands.

19th Aug Production
Sindha Agha on how to make a YDA-winning how to series

Sindha Agha on how to make a YDA-winning how to series

The Corner Shop director, Sindha Agha, won Gold at the Young Director Award for her funny, honest and touching film How to Get an Abortion. Here, she discusses casting, colour and faking it till you make it.

18th Aug Production
shots Unsigned: Corry Wiens

shots Unsigned: Corry Wiens

In our latest edition of chats with unsigned directing talent we speak with Corry Wiens. Here he talks us through his short film Defy the Odds, a producers nightmare of a shoot, Camaro breakdowns and a desire for more commercial directing.

17th Aug Production
YDA-winner CARAZ on the memories of butterflies

YDA-winner CARAZ on the memories of butterflies

Montreal-based director CARAZ won two Gold Screens for Video Art and Short Film (Up To 6 Mins) in this year's YDA. Here she shares how, through her observation of tiny details in the development of the dance, the concept for the piece gradually unfurled and took wing.

16th Aug Production
YDA-winner Steve Bache talks Fatjona

YDA-winner Steve Bache talks Fatjona

Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg director Steve Bache picked up a Gold Screen in the Film School (6 mins and over) category for their short film, Fatjona at this year's YDA. Here, they discuss being inspired by real events, moral dilemmas and learning to trust your inner voice.

10th Aug Production
YDA-winner Thomas Deknop gives us the lowdown on Binge Loving

YDA-winner Thomas Deknop gives us the lowdown on Binge Loving

Director Thomas Deknop picked up a Special Jury Prize in the Short Film (6 to 30 mins) category for his short film, Binge Loving at this year's YDA. Here, he talks about being obsessed with movies and stories, working with first-time actors and playing with genre conventions.