The life to death story of a compulsive dancer who is born into poverty, sucked up by the fame machine and spat out the other end.

Airdate

Channel 4 – Wednesday 12th March 2014, midnight

Awards & Achievements

Vimeo Staff Pick (2014)

Official Selections

London Comedy Film Festival – London, UK – 24/1/2014
Encounters – Bristol, UK – 16-21/9/2014
New Culture Festival – Moscow, Russia – 17-21/9/2014
Grenoble Int. Short Film Festival – Grenoble, France – 26/6/2014

Screenings

Leeds and Reading Festival – Leeds/Reading, UK – 22-24/8/2014
Flatpack Film Festival – Birmingham, UK – 29/3/2014
Bar Shorts – London, UK – 26/3/2014
Bar Shorts – Salford, UK – 2/4/2014

Links:

IMDB | BLOG

Screening & Distribution Enquiries:

For distribution and screening enquiries contact:
louis@diceproductions.co.uk

Info:

March 2014   |   2:50min   |   Colour   |   Stereo   |  Live Action   |   Comedy

Credits:

A Dice Productions film in association with Balletboyz and Channel 4.

CAST:

Gregory – Tom Reid,
Young Gregory – Freddie Fawke,
Voiceover – Richard Heathcote
Mum – Claire Corfield,
Dad – Craig Deeley,
Media Mogul – Padje Mescall,
Wife – Joanne Billingham,
Pub Regular – Pat Carney,
Mistress – Carrie-Anne Bowyer,
Waitor – Cameron Moon,
Playground idiot – Phil Ravenscroft,
Pub DJ – Ian Ravenscroft

CREW:

Director – Louis Hudson

Writer - Ian Ravenscroft & Louis Hudson

Producer – Ian Ravenscroft & Louis Hudson

MusicRob Connor

Sound Design – Rob Connor

Colour Keying – Steven Spencer

Green Screen Director of PhotographyCraig Bush

About:

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. At least we didn’t use Futura for the titles.

Biographies

Tom Reid

Tom Reid – Gregory

Tom is a multi-skilled sketch actor and general funny man. He also dabbles in music, writing and stand up.

Claire Corfield & Craig DeeleyClaire Corfield and Craig Deeley – Mum and Dad

Claire and Craig are both members of Birmingham based Improvisation Comedy Group, Foghorn Improv. Claire is a film and stage actor, while Craig is a touring stand-up comic.

 

Louis Hudson

Louis Hudson – Director/Writer/Producer

Louis Hudson is an animator/director and co-founder of comedy film duo Dice Productions. He has created work for UK Film Council, Channel 4, BBC Comedy, Warner Entertainment and Oxfam.

 

Ian Ravenscroft

Ian Ravenscroft – Writer/Producer

Ian Ravenscroft has written for UK Film Council, Channel 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra and Citroën. He is currently producing short films for Channel 4, developing concepts with independent production companies and was selected for the Cofilmic Comedy Lab to develop a comedy feature film.

 

Rob Connor

Rob Connor – Musician/Composer

Rob Connor is a recent graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire in Piano. He is now Head of Music at Birmingham based film production company Little Bad Wolf. His work can be heard at robconnormusic.com

 

Craig Bush

Craig Bush – Green Screen Director of Photography

Craig is a film maker/cinematographer who is the other half of Little Bad Wolf. You can see his stuff at Craig Does Stuff.