Daily Archives: December 2, 2014

Day 2: Children and animals

As the well known saying in showbiz goes: never work with children or animals, Emmi demanded both.

Our baby was an absolute dream, the only real difficulty was stopping the cast/crew cooing and getting her to relinquish the penguin toy. She was the most tolerant baby we could have wished for.

Baby on film

Then there was Marley the cat. Poor Marley was taken out of his natural environment and considering this, did remarkably well. I must confess to laughing at the B-roll footage of Phil (with his increased frustration) trying to get Marley to perform a basic task such as running down stairs.

Marley the cat

There were also a couple of canine friends keeping team morale up as well.

Here is stick-fetching Indy (for some reason I can’t get John Rhys Davis’ accent out of my head whenever the name is mentioned now) chatting with our camera-man/DOP Danny Macgregor-Gill.


And here is Labradoodle Zozzy, who is one of the more tranquil dogs I’ve met (unless silver foil is introduced into the mix).


As many end-credits will tell you: “No children or animals were harmed during the making of this film” (although some members might have been droooled upon).


Day 1 – Christmas is coming

So the Christmas adverts have hit (which were no doubt filmed over the summer). I remember rediscovering a few childhood gems converting my old VHS tapes years ago from analog to digital (anyone else do that?). Even though not Christmas related, my favourite retro advert is this.

This year there are two very different but well made Christmas adverts. The first looked sure to be the winner early on – yes, John Lewis went all cute and cuddly for Monty the Penguin:

Purely by chance, we even have our own “Monty” for The Choice:

It's all about the Penguins!

Monty was upstaged once the Sainsbury’s advert came along however, marking the centenary of WW1 with a more powerful and arguably superior effort:

If you look back to the first ever Ferny Films blog post, there is a World War One link. Even though time and projects have moved on, I’m glad to say I’m just as excited about making (short) films now as I was when I started this blog, and what are these adverts if they aren’t “short films” in their own right?