Mud Turners – a documentary short

In an overpopulated and oversaturated working world, two men on the Gower Peninsula have taken up the peculiar occupation of Mud Turning.

Birthed from the minds of Alex McPake & Stephen Shelmerdine, this improvised mockumentary is the third instalment of their ’12 Hour Shorts’ film series . Much like its predecessors, Mud Turners began its life as a conversation on a patio and within 12 hours, was written, shot, scored and edited.

ALEX

Inspiration – a short film

Synopsis: “Man witnesses evaporation and becomes inspired”.

Put together with a collection of throwaway footage that I felt compelled to record one morning, ‘Inspiration’ was birthed from my ever meta brains desire to be, well, meta.

In line with most other projects I’ve put together, this was formed rather by accident, but hopefully regardless of that, you’re still able to find something in it. What I hear you ask? I’m not really sure – but I should probably say Inspiration. Yeah, let’s go with that.

ALEX

Richard Meyrick Guitars

I had such a fantastic day filming and chatting with the very talented Richard Meyrick Guitars about his craft and guitar making passions for this project. Sifting through endless 4K 60fps footage of Richards process made the edit a joy to put together too.

If you’re looking for some promotional videos to showcase your business – do get in touch!

Hand made in the heart of Monmouthshire, nestled among the welsh hills, Meyrick Guitars are crafted by hand, and built from sustainably sourced wood, Richard builds each guitar specifically for the customer ensuring that the sound and feel is a perfect fit! Specialising in building Acoustic and Electric guitars, his workshop is also fully equipped to deal with any repairs, setups or restorations as well as modifications that you may need or desire for a fretted stringed instrument.Richard also offers, 1 to 1 or small group workshops where you can learn how to build your very own guitar, with Richards expert guidance you will be able to pick his brain and create something you can really call your own! You even get to put your name on it! With a full range of skills, Richard is the only person you need to talk to about your fretted stringed instrument!

ALEX

Oak Furnitureland – A Day in the Life of a Sales Consultant

‘A Day in the Life of a Sales Consultant’ is the first in a series of 8 recruitment style videos I created for furniture giant Oak Furnitureland, during my time as a Director / Editor at Cardiff based video production agency Wordley Creative.

Armed with 2 Canon C300s, I had a lot fun directing over the course of a full day in an enormous Swindon store. It’s always fun working with real staff members, and it’s equally fun working in a smaller creative team where you have to shoot pragmatically, in a somewhat guerrilla style manner, because the store is open as usual.

It’s shoots like these I have the most fun editing too – you’re usually able to find the best and loveliest shots (that always seem to make the final edit) within the outtakes.

Alex

Paths – a short film

Paths is the second instalment in Stephen and I’s ’12 Hour Films’ series. It was written, shot, scored and edited in a 12 hour timeframe.

We’ll be honest, we’re not entirely sure what this one is… but we do know we had a right hoot making it.

With that in mind, shifting the focus of filmmaking away from creating the most ideal finished product and moving it more towards finding immense gratification in the process itself is the very reason we started this challenge the first place – and so far its been a top laugh, so that’s nice! Anyway, here’s to another one!

Again, we hope you at least enjoy some of it.

Alex

Atoms – a short film

Myself & Stephen set ourselves the challenge of creating a short film in 12 hours, in a bid to shift the focus from talking about making films together to actually doing so.

Within 12 hours Atoms was written, shot, scored and edited.

What began as a late night conversation on a patio ultimately became this playfully poignant little doozy *description pending feedback*.

So with that being said, we hereby present to you ‘Atoms’. The first in our new ’12 Hour Films’ series.

We hope you enjoy at least some of it.

Alex

Conversin’ in Berlin – a short film

Originally released in 5 parts on my personal YouTube channel, Conversin’ in Berlin began as a creative challenge whilst in lockdown.

I wanted to make some alternative style home videos, incorporating a collection of audio recordings, 35mm photographs and camcorder video snippets I collected from our recent trip to Berlin.

You can checkout the original playlist here.

Alex

Pet Deaths – Lola or Lolita (Live @ Sofar Sounds Cardiff)

A track taken from Pet Deaths mesmerising Sofar Sounds Cardiff set at the cities Sull Space.

Amongst the footage recorded that night, I found this additional track ‘lola or lolita’ which features on the bands debut album ‘To the Top of the Hill and Roll…’ It felt wrong to let such a beautiful performance sit unseen on a hard drive, so I felt obliged to share this almost forgotten edit.

Thank you to Sofar Sounds for allowing me to document this and for always supporting cities and their local music scenes.

Alex