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Gregory is a Dancer to screen at LOCO 2015


Fun news! Gregory is a Dancer will be screening at the BFI for LOCO London Comedy Film Festival 2015.

The screening is at 16:10 on Saturday 24th January in NFT3 at The British Film Institute Southbank in Comedy Film Showcase One.

LOCO is one of our favourite festivals. We won the inaugural short film prize with Man in a Cat, judged the shorts competition the following year, and screened Don’t Fear Death there last year. Now Gregory gets his chance to shine at the BFI.

It’s always a great time at LOCO and we always wish we could see more than we do. Come along! Check out the rest of the programme here.


Vote for Gregory in the British Comedy Awards

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Gregory is a Dancer needs your votes! It has been selected in a long list of online comedies for a shot at a mega-prestigious British Comedy Award. It’s a straight popularity contest, so all you have to do is click this link  and hit vote below the video.

We’d quite like to be patronised by Jonathan Ross, so it’s for a very good cause. We won’t be spamming people with this as it is unseemly and ungentlemanly, but you can go nuts and spread it far and wide. That’s fine. Thanks!

Gregory Is A Dancer at Leeds & Reading Festival

Leeds & Reading Festival

Artist’s impression of the Film Oxford Cinema Tent

Gregory Is A Dancer is screening at Leeds & Reading Festival this Friday at midnight! Directors Notes have curated a series of late night screenings that are happening from 12-3am in the Festival Republic Stage (aka Film Oxford Cinema Tent). If anybody’s going it’d be great to get a recording of the audience reaction.

The film will be showing alongside the likes of Ben Mallaby and Dan Castro. Our friend and yours, Will Anderson, will also be in Reading on Saturday showing Big Dunc Loves Finder. Here’s the full film line up:

Gregory & Don’t Fear Death at Encounters

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Gregory Is A Dancer and Don’t Fear Death are going to their first festival together at Encounters in September. The secret is obviously using extreme closeups with pinky-red backgrounds.

Don’t Fear Death will be screening in the Late Lounge and Encounters had this to say in the programme description:

What makes this programme most poignant and a must-see is to hear Rik Mayall deliver a coincidental yet almost prophetic script on what ultimately comes to us all.

Indeed. Late Lounge is Friday 19th September, 22:00 – 23:30 at Watershed Cinema 1.

And another little factoid for you, Gregory is a Dancer was actually conceived as an idea on the way to and from Encounters when All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat) screened. Gregory’s going home!

Interview with Bar Shorts


Bar Short Interview

Gregory Is A Dancer recently screened at Bar Shorts, run by Chris Shepherd and 12foot6. By all accounts (Ian’s) it went down a treat, and as a result Bar Shorts decided to do a little interview with us. You can read the results on Bar Shorts’ blog:

Here’s a pic of Ian and Chris Shepherd ‘on stage’ with Imogen Woolley and Matt King.

Bar Shorts with Chris Shepherd

The image is taken from the promo video for event, which was filmed by Nich Kelleher.


Gregory Is A Dancer & Behind the scenes shots

It’s great to finally have Gregory Is A Dancer out in the open. Big thanks to everyone involved again, and to everyone who watched it.

It’s interesting how much work and accuracy needs to go into something to make it look silly and shambolic. The tracksuit combinations alone took a lot of consideration.

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Kirby Skank was played on a loop for days as our rehearsal and dance track, with Bob Mortimer providing a bit of inspiration. We knew Rob had cracked the score the day it finally pushed that skank out of our heads.

While that’s playing here’s some behind-the-scenes photos. You can also find out more information about the film at:

2 Day Green Screen Shoot:

Pre/Post and Location Shooting:

Shot Breakdown of the Newspaper Scene:

Gregory Is A Dancer Airing 12th March

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Our second Random Acts film for Channel 4 will airing on Wednesday 12th March at Midnight (end of the day). It’ll be showing after a classy exposé called ‘Strippers’. Classy.


It’s also screening as part of special sound-focused edition Bar Shorts organised by 12foot6 and Chris Shepherd. The first screening will be at The Book Club, London on 26th March, 7pm. The second screening will be at the Eagle Inn, Salford on 2nd April, 7pm.


Here’s some background to the film.

Gregory Is A Dancer is our second Random Acts film for Channel 4 and was commissioned by Balletboyz. This was our first live action commission but still has an animated sensibility and contains the same surreal approach we use in most of our work.

Part of our pitch was for this to be an ‘anti-dance’ film. However it still needed to be entertaining and work physically to deliver the right emotions and comic timings. That’s where Tom Reid came in. He’s an incredibly talented comic performer with a lot of physical control. Rehearsal sessions helped us find out which parts of the dancing could be pushed and where it needed restraint. To over the top and it would look too staged, losing the humanity in the performance. To small or too loose and there was nothing to hang the scenes on. Although Tom would say that he just based it on how Louis dances. After one of the funniest days ever spent on or off a set, it was obvious that nobody else could have brought what Tom did to the film, especially under the low-budget conditions and filthy tracksuits he had to endure.

Having almost no dialogue we re-united with Rob Connor to help tell the story through music. The general idea was for the film to be perceived as a driving music video that happened to match the emotional beats of the music. It was a nice process of starting with our points of reference, particularly our rehearsal track, and hearing Rob slowly build up different ideas and changing the nuances of the track to capture the tone of the story.

We looked at different ways to show so many scenes with our tiny budget. After first being put off by weekend hire of green screen spaces, we realised that a small kit green screen filmed at one end of our studio offered a garish, shabby feel that suited the main character’s upbringing as well as pulling the sleazy glitz of stardom down to the same level. Using flat lighting rather than matching up the environment light also enhanced the feel of all of the characters not quite fitting in their disjointed world. Keying and compositing was then a tricky balance of retaining  green screen artefacts and the cheapness of the production while making sure it was slick enough not to be distracting.

Quirky symmetrical single-point perspective has been very much done but it was a very convenient way to reinforce that this film is all from the main character’s simplistic point of view while being surrounded by the things that have made him.

That was a lot of text. Here’s some pictures: