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20 June 2013

Interview with filmmaker Luke Rodgers on The Ogre Hunters with Timothy West

As part of our Spring Festival 2013, we ran a competition for filmmakers to create short films inspired by our wildlife sounds.  Producer, director and writer Luke Rodgers created 'The Ogre Hunters' with  Prunella Scales and Timothy West.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into filmmaking?

After university I spent two or so years doing internships at companies like Film Four, Pathe and Independent Talent and then decided to make my first short film. I have now made six at budgets ranging from £200 to £5,000.

Can you tell us about your ‘Ogre Hunters’ video for our Spring Festival competition on wildlife sounds?

I wanted to explore the idea of "play" and children's natural ability to immerse themselves in imaginative play. As a nursery school teacher (my day job) I have been inspired by this and the characters of Gran and Granpa are also inspired to go and join in and essentially be children again. The wildlife sounds are integrated into the story as opposed to being central to the story - I think in hindsight I could have made them more prominent and we are hopefully going to have another stab at the sound design. The film was a lot of fun to make because Seb and Gus the non-identical twins in the film really set the tone on set meaning we all had to be more intuitive, spontaneous and childlike in our approach which was absolutely fantastic.

You have produced a lot of fantastic short films. What appeals to you about this length of film?  Does it offer you more creativity?

 I think short film can be a very creative medium and is an excellent opportunity to learn.

What have you found to be the best way of getting your films out there and watched?  Film festivals?

 Film festivals can be great but I find lots insist on exclusivity and the cost to submit can be very expensive which certainly makes it a real challenge to find the right strategy. I think its important to find a producer who is aware of this and willing to put in the work after the film is finished as there is still a lot of work to be done.

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