Random Clock Film Productions

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Time of the Month: First Day is in the Can

Stuart William Morrison as Alan in Time of the Month
Stuart William Morrison as Alan
in Time of the Month
Time of the Month is an ambitious dark comedy short film, surrounding the domestic, yet terrifying, argument between a vampire and werewolf couple. The film had been in the pre-production phase for a little over two years, but earlier this month all of us here in the team had the pleasure of seeing our baby come to life!

We have two more filming days to go, but what's important is that Time of the Month has had its first big step toward the finishing line. Thank you, everyone, for sticking around. We promise you, you're in for a treat!

For more information and stills from the set, just head over to our Facebook Page!

Sunday, 3 September 2017

A Feast for Film Fans: The Turtle Terminator at the Portobello Film Festival

London's Westbank Gallery was full to capacity  on the opening night of the Portobello Film Festival
London's Westbank Gallery was full to capacity
on the opening night of the Portobello Film Festival

A toast to indie cinema: C.J. Lazaretti (right)  with fellow filmmakers Paul Herbert and Charli Hendy
A toast to indie cinema: C.J. Lazaretti (right)
with fellow filmmakers Paul Herbert and Charli Hendy

The Turtle Terminator had its English premiere  at the 2017 the Portobello Film Festival
The Turtle Terminator had its English premiere
at the 2017 the Portobello Film Festival
Is there popular demand for independent cinema? Yes, and plenty of it, judging by the 2017 Portobello Film Festival. The Westbank Gallery in London was full to capacity during the event's opening ceremony on August 31st, with a diverse crowd keen to watch a bill of indie shorts that included Random Clock's latest production, The Turtle Terminator.

"I couldn't miss the English premiere of The Turtle Terminator," says C.J. Lazaretti, the film's director, who attended the event. "I'm especially thrilled that it was chosen for the opening ceremony of the Portobello Film Festival. Every year they get bigger: new venues, more dates and more independent films from around the globe. Totally worth the trip."

Our film was in excellent company. Highlights in the bill included A L'Arraché (Snatched), a poignant Belgian drama following two young lesbian lovers whose relationship unravels as they put themselves in physical and emotional danger to make ends meet, and the gripping cautionary tale of Los Angeles 1991, which uses filmmaking techniques of estrangement and objectivity to illustrate the pointless tragedy of racial violence.

In its two-decade run, the Portobello Film Festival has established itself as a focal point for filmmakers and other movers and shakers of the British independent film scene. Also in attendance at the opening event was David Viey of Exploding Cinema, another landmark London institution promoting DIY cinema in unusual venues, both in Britain and abroad, since the early 90s. Rounding up the crowd were film directors Charli Hendy (Kubrick's Coat) and Paul Herbert of Blue John Productions.

Get your fix of indie cinema at the 22nd Portobello Film Festival, with daily screenings and events running until September 17th. All events are free and unticketed.


Sunday, 27 August 2017

South of the Border: The Turtle Terminator Has Its English Premiere at the 2017 Portobello Film Festival

London calling! After playing to packed audiences at the Glasgow Short Film Festival and Café Flicker, The Turtle Terminator is heading to the British capital, as part of the 22nd Portobello Film Festival. English premiere, baby!

The Turtle Terminator at the 2017 Portobello Film Festival 
Thu 31 Aug 6:30 PM
Westbank 3-5
Thorpe Close
W10 5XL
Free entry

Director C.J. Lazaretti will be in attendance. Come over to say hello and raise your glass to the ruddy good health of Britain's indie film scene.

Random Clock is delighted to see The Turtle Terminator screened as part of the festival's grand opening ceremony. Other films featured at the prestige screening include Katalin Egely's Land Without Evil, a stop-motion animation exploring ideas of harmony and unity in Native American mythology, and London Overground, a documentary based on Iain Sinclair's eponymous book.

This year's event features the usual mix of local and foreign films, as well as live music, spoken word and stand-up comedy on selected nights. Special engagements include a screening of On The Ground At Grenfell, a film made by survivors of the devastating London fire that claimed more than 80 lives in June, and a screening of seminal English provocateur Ken Russell's The Boy Friend, introduced by the director's daughter, costume designer Vicki Russell.

Founded in 1996, the Portobello Film Festival remains one of the most established events championing true independent cinema. At PFF, content and originality speak louder than big budgets or celebrity names. Feature and short films of every stripe and genre make up the bulk of its programme, which screens British and international movies at four venues over two weeks.

"No one really knows what 'independent' means anymore," says C.J. Lazaretti, director of The Turtle Terminator. "At PFF, though, it means what it's always meant since they started out in the mid-90s: bold ideas made outside of the traditional channels of production and funding. If we want to see new generations of filmmakers renovating the panorama of British cinema, it's essential to give them the space and opportunity to engage with audiences. Few festivals follow that ethos like PFF does."

The 22nd Portobello Film Festival runs from August 31st to September 17th, 2017, at different venues in and around the historical area of Portobello Road in London, UK. All events are free and unticketed – just show up and enjoy a wide range of indie film talent and other treats.

View the full programme for the 2017 Portobello Film Festival.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

"The Turtle Terminator" Returns to Café Flicker

If you missed the world premiere of Random Clock's latest short film The Turtle Terminator at this year's Glasgow Short Film Festival, here's another chance to watch it:

The Turtle Terminator at Café Flicker 
Thu 4 May 7 PM
5th Floor 103 Trongate
Glasgow G1 5HD 
£3 at the door (free for GMAC members)

Monthly short film showcase Café Flicker has a special significance for us. That's where it all began for our chelonian-themed movie, back in August, 2015, when director C.J. Lazaretti submitted a work-in-progress cut of a previous version of the film, and used the screening as an opportunity to find new cast and crew members to finish it.

C.J. walked out of that event with two producers attached. Less than a year later, a completely new version of The Turtle Terminator, shot from scratch, premiered at the Glasgow Short Film Festival, with a 30-strong cast and crew.

"Events like Café Flicker are an invaluable resource for independent filmmakers," says C.J., who worked on other short films that screened at GMAC's monthly event. "Scottish-based beginners and professionals alike find their way to it sooner or later, and so should you. Whether you're a film fan or a star in the making, come down and support independent cinema."

Find out more about Café Flicker and other GMAC projects at facebook.com/gmacfilm.

The Turtle Terminator is a co-production between Random Clock Films and Glasgow Film Crew. Check them out on www.glasgowfilmcrew.com.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A Blueprint for Success: The Turtle Terminator World Premiere at the Glasgow Short Film Festival

"All Boring Films Never Be Made Again." If the slogan of last year's Glasgow Short Film Festival still applies, then Random Clock was in excellent company. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, GSFF took over the Glasgow Film Theatre, CCA and other venues to present a brilliantly diverse range of short films from around the globe, including the world premiere of our newest production.

Piece of cake: C.J. Lazaretti and GSFF director Matt Loyd (far right) queue up for cake at the opening event for GSFF (photo: Eoin Carey) GSFF screened The Turtle Terminator on Thursday, March 16 as part of Blueprint: Scottish Independent Shorts, a special engagement of the ongoing short film showcase that brings ultra-independent productions to Glaswegian big screens every three months. Hosted at the CCA Theatre, the event was a special engagement with a bill devoted entirely to the shorts of Glasgow Film Crew, a grassroots creative network that fosters collaborative projects between filmmakers at different career levels.

"Events like GSFF are indispensable for indie filmmakers," says C.J. Lazaretti, director of The Turtle Terminator. As a seasoned festivalgoer who's attended film events in America and Europe, C.J. knows first-hand how the exposure of festivals can prevent non-mainstream films from vanishing in the overabundance of audiovisual content that pours out of the many digital screens so much of our culture is made of these days. "A big-screen world premiere announces your project with a bang. Daring, boldly curated festivals like GSFF amplify that noise even more by attracting an engaged, curious audience hungry for unique films."

Click for more about C.J. Lazaretti's short film The Turtle Terminator

A Rich and Daring Programme

Bold curation was the underlying principle in the GSFF programme. Next to The Turtle Terminator, the Blueprint bill included Ian Hendry's internationally acclaimed silent drama Blizzard and sketch-turned-meme Bruar. Also on the menu were the world premieres of Aimie Willemse's The Distances Between and David McCarrison's Last Request, an ambitious family drama fragmented both in style and content.

Ryan Pasi and Hans Lucas introduce the sold-out Blueprint screening of Glasgow Film Crew shorts at the CCAA second Blueprint showcase, titled Blueprint: B-Roll, featured 23 international short films that probe the boundaries of propriety and acceptability in a formidable stampede of controversial mayhem. The audience cheered, cackled and groaned at the likes of Eat My Shit, a scatological tale of revenge against online censorship, and No One Is Thirsty, Matt Lensky's film adaptation of the eponymous Perry Bible Fellowship comic strip. B-Roll was fully curated by experimental maverick Bryan M. Ferguson, featured elsewhere in the GSFF programme with similarly edgy productions like the irreverently deadpan Rubber Guillotine.

Many of the most distinctive films screened at the five-day festival were as provocative as they were short, often lasting no more than two minutes, or even one. Glasgow Film Crew founder Ryan Pasi attributes that to an "indie rogue feeling" inherent to GSFF. "The fact that Blueprint had two programmes speaks volumes," says Pasi, who has collaborated on featured shorts directed by himself and by others as well (and co-produced The Turtle Terminator). "These filmmakers may not have had any aspirations further than sticking their film online and sending it to friends and family. To give them the chance to screen it to a sold-out theatre is something I'm really proud of, and in debt to the festival for."

In fact, sold-out screenings have proven to be the norm with the series. "Blueprint has consistently demonstrated the quality of work that exists in non-institutional short film practice, and the appetite amongst audiences to support it," says Hans Lucas, who launched Blueprint at the Glasgow Film Theatre in September, 2015, with support from GSFF. "It's time our cultural and institutional leaders recognised this too. Selling out two programmes in one weekend is a special feeling and I hope it represents a watershed moment moving forwards."

Party With the Film Industry

A wide range of industry-focused events permeated the GSFF schedule, proving that professional standards and ambitious development are not the preserve of big-budget blockbusters. The best illustration of that committed ethos was arguably The Magic Lantern Returns, a programme of sophisticated shorts by female directors off the beaten path, some of which have since gone on to become household names in their own right, like Jane Campion and Margaret Tait.

ShortOfTheWeek.com's Penelope Bartlett introduces the all-female film programme The Magic Lantern Returns (photo: Jassy Earl)
Taking its name from the late-noughties short film showcase that preceded the festival in its current form, the screening was hosted and co-curated by GSFF co-founder Penelope Bartlett. Like her filmmaking heroines, Bartlett achieved great success in her career, moving from the humble beginnings of a shoestring short film night to influential roles in curation and programming for ShortOfTheWeek.com and Filmstruck, the streaming website operated by TCM and the Criterion Collection, after similar positions with the Palm Springs Shortfest and the Tribeca Film Festival. Now based in the US, the Scotland native also contributed her expertise to Is There Life Online, an instigating and informative panel on digital distribution opportunities and how to combine them with a constructive film festival strategy.

Great films may be the essence of a good festival, but great festivals expand that brief into a raucous celebration of the art form. True to that spirit, the tenth GSFF offered ample opportunity for a right knees-up in after-parties hosted at the Joytown Grand Electric Theatre in Garnethill. Sponsored by Auchentoshan whisky and the Brooklyn Brewery, the late-night revels treated festival passholders to concerts by Jacob Yates and the Pearly Gate Lock Pickers, as well as London jazz quintet Ezra Collective. Rounding up the festivities was DJ Ronan Leonard (of RingoMusicBingo.com fame), manning the pickups after the awards ceremony on Sunday and plugging Indie Cork, an Irish festival of independent film and music.

The entertaining power of short film events is constantly in the mind of John Perivolaris, award-winning screenwriter and director of Random Clock films. "There's little point in making an ambitious short like The Turtle Terminator, with a 30-strong cast and crew, if we can't get films and audiences to connect. GSFF provides the spark to ignite that furnace of creativity. Filmmakers and audiences are all the better for it."

Follow the Glasgow Short Film Festival and Blueprint: Scottish Independent Shorts on Facebook for the latest news from Glasgow's fiercest purveyors of short film brilliance. We cannot disclose all that's in store yet, but can assure you that 2017 will bring exciting new developments for local indie film fans. Stay tuned!


Sunday, 12 February 2017

The Turtle Terminator – World Premiere Date Confirmed

Our ambitious three-minute short film – proudly sporting a 30-strong cast and crew and an animation segment – is not only complete, but will soon have its premiere at this years Glasgow Short Film Festival on Thursday, March 16th! You can buy tickets for the event here. For more details about The Turtle Terminator, check out the official web page here.

Massive thank you to the extraordinary cast, crew, and co-producer Glasgow Film Crew, whose passion and dedication to the project led to a first-rate film we can all be proud of. Take a glimpse into the world of The Turtle Terminator in the trailer below.

Stay tuned for more updates, and please follow us on Facebook!

Saturday, 12 November 2016

BAFTA-Winning Cinematographer Joins Time of the Month

We are thrilled to announce Time of the Month, our comedy horror short film directed by the exceedingly talented Jo Osborne, has found its cinematographer: BAFTA-winning cameraman Leo Michael Bruges.

BAFTA-Winning Cinematographer Leo Michael Bruges Filming On Location
Leo Michael Bruges on location

Leo has been involved as a cinematographer, gaffer and director in a number of short dramas, documentaries and various promos for broadcast and film festivals. His work has been screened at Cannes Critics Week, and has won major prizes in the US Palm Springs, San Francisco International Film Festival and Premier Plans in France. In 2010, Leo had the honour of winning a BAFTA Scotland New Talent award, for best factual film Fistful of Roses. You can watch the full film below:

Finally, Touch Life, a film he both co-directed and shot for the Scottish Documentary Institute, premiered at Edinburgh Film Festival in 2014. The trailer of the film is available below:

We can't wait to see how Leo will tackle the cinematography of Time of the Month, and the great result he will come out with.

Make sure you stay tuned, more news to follow soon!