This episode of podcast myself and Danny rock up to interview Peter Stanley-Ward and Natalie Conway from Treehouse Digital. We've known them for ages. I've known them for even longer than that. As Pete mentions, we first met when he came along to an evening class I was running at the local college. Going to writing classes, or starting your own class or group (one was started at Treehouse Digital this week!) is always a good idea. Just to meet other people you find a shared vision with.
Pete and Nat are unusual in that they are a couple of writers who are also an actual couple! They made their way into the creative industries via a low budget horror feature called Small Town Folk which they used both a self-funded training course AND a calling card.
Fast forward a few years and they launched a production company which does paid gigs as well as making fantastic shorts like Litterbugs. We like them as they do kids entertainment too, so we get to have a good industry gossip with them and share tips and leads. And then lent us their room for an audition for our next top secret project ;)
How did they do it? Who helped? What lessons have they learned? We asked them!
Is it better to make a feature and learn that way than go to Uni? And we compare our self / crowd funded movie with their one funded via Creative England - which way is better?
Fun fact: Pete filmed some of our behind the scenes footage on Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?
Treehouse Digital: http://www.treehousedigital.com
Litterbugs (their short): http://www.litterbugsthemovie.com