Fred Cavender is a local filmmaker, and is looking for English speaking actors from the area to make a series of narrative short films in 2017 – there are no restrictions other than the language (the films are in English). Experience is not required; he’s just looking for motivated people who want to give it a go.
Fred has been in Bordeaux for the last 12 years (after 15 spent in the Lot-et-Garonne). He’s a filmmaker, rugby enthusiast, Star Wars nerd and macaroni cheese lover!
Here’s what he had to say about his upcoming project…
Tuperhero Films – Fred Cavender, director, screenwriter, superhero
2016 was a fun year for me. I was lucky to make a couple of cool music videos for local artists I Am Stramgram and Romain B. I took part in several video competitions including creating a bizarre vertical film called “Tilt”. I also put the finishing touches on a feature film script I’ve been co-writing and, during the summer, shot a short film based on it called “The First Hit”. Plus, I got to watch my daughter grow from baby to taking over as boss of the house.
That’s good, but not good enough (the career bit, not the baby bit).
A couple of years ago, I quit my full-time job as a web designer in Bordeaux to take my chances as a narrative filmmaker (a far too serious hobby of mine). And while 2016 was eventful, there’s still a long way to go.
So I decided to challenge myself: what could I do to get things moving (including myself) and maybe get a little attention?
Oh, here’s a stupid New Year’s resolution – how about creating an original short film every month – sci-fi, comedy, thrillers…?
Now, you’re probably thinking “that’s a lot of work, my man..!”, and you’d be right.
Writing, shooting and editing quality short films is a lot of work. But having previously competed in and won a couple of 48 hour film challenges (Unique and The Night Job), I believe it’s possible. We’ve made films in 2 days, imagine what we could do in a whole month!
The keyword here is “we”. I didn’t win those competitions on my own. Making films is a team effort, and that’s why I’m so passionate about it. It’s always been about friends – old and new – getting together to make cool stuff.
The problem is that, as much as I love France, Bordeaux, the culture, the food, the people and even the constant moaning, I want my movies to be in English. It’s not a language barrier thing, since I’ve lived here most of my life (although I still can’t get over the embarrassment of pronouncing the X in “perdrix” once), I just believe there’s a better flow and a more universal appeal to English in film.
So on top of looking for people who are talented and motivated to act in my films in and around Bordeaux, I have to add “speaks fluent English” to the list which sort of narrows it down a bit.
So, to break the fourth wall: to you reading this, if you speak English and have a knack for acting, or just want to give it a go in your spare time, let me know! I’d love to chat and see what we can come up with. It beats having to lose weight as a New Year’s resolution, plus I’ll owe you, and that’s always good.
Here are my contact details and don’t hesitate to get in touch!