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About The Film

Bubbles is a bitter sweet, short comedy drama set on the outskirts of London. Written by Rhys Hicks, the film tells the story of two young people: Max, a barista working in a coffee shop; and the title character, Bubbles, a heavy-set, loudmouthed prostitute. 

Max is frankly a loser, who’s frustrated with his life, not least by the fact that the object of his love and lust - his café colleague Tracy - barely acknowledges him. 

And even though she is resolutely dedicated to her profession, Bubbles has the same feelings for Max, which he is, in turn, oblivious to. 

The two of them tumble and twirl together through the short film, in an amusing, sexy and slapstick series of events and verbal exchanges, which don’t pull their punches or sugar-coat who they are and what they do. 

The film ends with a poignant encounter between them and a waitress in a diner, which brings the whole story full circle.

About the Team 

Writer 

Writer - Rhys Hicks 

Rhys Hicks is an Australian screenwriter who is currently studying film production at SAE Byron Bay. Rhys began writing and performing standup comedy at a young age and gradually his work evolved into writing comedic material for short films, feature films and teleplays. Rhys's knowledge of story structure and his ability to craft compelling stories for a variety of genres, budgets and audiences makes him a diverse and versatile screenwriter and filmmaker.

Directors Department 

Director - Zak Harney 

With a wide range of experience, spanning commercials, music and corporate videos and short and feature films, Zak is the right man to have at the reins of ‘Bubbles’. He hones in on character driven storytelling and gives a real style to everything he produces. Having covered taboo subject matter such as transgender issues, PTSD and mental illness, Zak does not shy away from realism. His style pulls no punches, while being truly filmic. 

1st Assistant Director - Niall Coffey 

A keen collaborator, who pays great attention to detail, Niall has carved out a reputation as a creative but easy-to-work-with 1st Assistant Director. He developed his skills by directing, shooting, editing, producing and 1st assistant directing for the likes of Sony, Universal, Vice, Prince, Shell, L’Oreal, Domino Records, Red Light Management, Chevrolet, The Guardian and Raw Power. 

With a feature length documentary recently released in cinemas and a number of highly acclaimed music videos also under his belt, Niall continues to develop and hone his craft with a sincere intention to make each new project the best it can be. 

Script Supervisor - Marianne Huet 

After completing her baccalaureate, studying editing and post-production, Marianna found her passion in the process of script supervising. She defines script supervising as being like a jigsaw, which is constantly in motion until the end of production, when a beautiful picture is made and a story is told. Marianna has worked on Splinter Unit, VFX Unit or as 2nd Unit script supervisor on major feature films, but also as Main Unit script supervisor on smaller productions and short films, including two previous Little Dude Films productions. 

Production 

Producer - Little Dude Films / Ian Beaumont 

Little Dude Films is dedicated to writing and producing high quality short and feature length films and TV programmes. 

The company's films have appeared in numerous festivals and have won or been shortlisted for a number of awards. These include Shades of Beige, starring Michelle Dockery, which won Best Drama in the Portobello Film Festival in 2012; Deathless, which was screened at BAFTA and in the L.A. Indie Film Festival in 2013; Red Shadows, which was shortlisted for a Golden Trailer Award, also in 2013; and Drift, which was completed in 2015. 

Little Dude Films is led by Ian Beaumont, who has over 25 years experience of working with the visual media, including with numerous film and TV companies. Prior to founding Little Dude Films, Ian worked on a number of feature film projects with acclaimed Slovakian producer Patrik Pass and film company Trigon, including Heaven, Hell, Earth, Nicky's Family and English Rhapsody. 

Assistant Producer - Alexandra Mai 

With most of Alexandra’s credits being in front of camera, her knowledge of performance and script make her a great asset to any production. Starring in acting and performance, she is now expanding to work behind the scenes, using her first hand knowledge to improve and streamline the film making process. 

 Art Department 

 Production Designer - Zuzanna "Zee" Skurtys 

With a strong eye for aesthetics, framing, composition and an awareness of its dependence to storytelling, Zee’s visual style is vivid but honest. It’s a balance between a stylised film language and a believable delivery, bordering on delicate surreality. 

She continues to explore and experiment with light and colours and aims to bring more substance and dimension to on-screen stories. Her multicultural upbringing is what propels and fascinates her, recreating situations, emotions, worlds and collisions.

Assistant Art Director - Erica Morris 

After receiving a BA Hons in Acting for Stage and Film, Erica has been involved in several film projects both on and off the screen. Starting as a runner and now working within the art department, Erica has developed a passion for the creative side of bringing a film to life. 

Alongside this, Erica joint started up her own film company, Christopher Chimp Films, winning several awards for her short films. She has also branched out into theatre management within the West End, as her passion between theatre and film are one and the same. Erica is very excited to be a part of Bubbles and with her professional, artistic and warm character she is an asset to any team. 

Camera Department 

Director of Photography - James Butler 

Starting in TV news and quickly progressing to documentary and narrative work, James’s dark cinematic style has earned him credits on commercials, documentaries and feature films made from London to the US and Japan. His passion for storytelling and technical knowledge of lighting digital cinema makes him a huge asset for any director or producer. From high budget commercials to run and gun documentaries, James is at home on any set and with any medium, be it Alexa, RED or 35mm. 

1st Assistant Camera - Jay Coates 

Jay Coates has worked on a range of projects, stretching from music videos to commercials and even major feature films such as London Has Fallen. He is currently getting experience as a steadicam operator and continuing as a camera assistant in the meantime. He has worked on award winning projects in the past and is looking forward to the production of Bubbles. 

Camera Trainee - Rebecca Doctor 

Rebecca is passionate about creating beautiful and powerful imagery for narrative shorts. Currently studying cinematography and assisting James Butler on commercial projects, she has shown her skill in the camera department. She is young, innovative and dedicated to being professional. 

Costume Department 

Costume Designer - Charli Parker 

Charli recently graduated from the London College of Fashion, specialising in costume for performance, with an interest in merging structural, conceptual costume with modern digital technologies. Since graduating, her work has featured in fashion films; art work with renowned artist, Alexander James; and most recently The Lamda Theatre production of Fiddler on the Roof. 

Experimenting with traditional processes and developing new and unconventional mediums to create innovative materials/construction combinations, Charli delivers exciting conceptual works. 

Hair & Make-Up 

Hair and Make-up Artist - Edie Flowers 

With a background in painting and sculpture, Edie's interest in film and prosthetic makeup led to her career in makeup. Her eye for detail and passion for outstanding effects has taken her onto productions of all sizes, from short films, through music videos and also huge feature film productions. 

After studying at the only Makeup Academy in London run by award winning makeup artists, her knowledge in effects has led to recent work with renowned artists in London. In persevering with her career in film, Edie brings experience and passion to any set.

Sound Department 

Composer - Ben Pearson 

Ben is a composer, producer and musician. He has composed music for the London based collective ‘Trashousefilms’. He has scored a number of other short films, working with directors MchenryBros, Sienna Lion Stone, Alice C. Sidgwick and Zak Harney. 

Ben studied at the Southwest Music School with Richard Evans before going on to study composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where he learnt with Ed Jessen, Stephen Montague and currently with Nye Parry. While at college, he has written for the Old Royal Naval College Chapel Choir, The Contemporary Music Group at the National Portrait Gallery and the Trinity Laban String Ensemble.

Sound Recordist - Chris Gayne 

Chris Gayne is a BAFTA nominated sound designer and location sound recordist. Originally from Glasgow in Scotland, Chris has lived in Belfast and Edinburgh and now lives in London. Chris specialises in sound recording and sound design for film and TV and has worked on a diverse range of projects from short films, advertising and corporate films to feature documentaries and dramas. 

Chris graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh with a first class honours degree in film and TV, specialising in location sound recording and sound design. He has been working freelance ever since. Shortly after graduating, Chris was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA New Talent Award for sound for his work on the short film ‘Anna’.

Post-Production Picture and Sound

Editor and Colourist - Arthur Graham Maw 

Arthur Graham-Maw is a freelance offline/online editor and colourist. Experienced with a wide range of projects and formats, from music promos shot on 35mm, 16mm, Arri Alexa, Sony F55 and Red-Epic-X, to commercials shot on DSLRs and Red-Epic-X. Arthur’s skill has earned him credits and awards on music videos, commercials and short films.

Sound Designer - Dan Pugsley 

Dan is a freelance sound designer based in London. He has worked on a huge variety of projects and for a massive range of clients - everything from YouTube to AAA games and feature films. He also co-runs Cassini Sound, which is a music and audio post production studio based in Somerset House in London with full ADR facilities along with all the normal post services. Dan records and creates his own sound effects and foley but also has access to huge sample libraries.

Risks and challenges

Our main challenges for Bubbles are two fold: completing the project in a timely fashion, which we are confident we will do; and making sure that as many people as possible get to see the film when it is completed, including through the film festival circuit.

Again, we are confident we will achieve this. Bubbles is a very different film, which we believe stands out from the crowd; and the team we've assembled have considerable experience of making award winning films that are of great appeal to festivals and filmgoers around the world.

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