This week’s featured member, Paul Griffin, comes to us from Birmingham, England. This Zoopper and freelance filmmaker has worked mainly as a Producer and Director for advertising agencies. He recently produced a great series of videos for our campaign with Barclaycard about Hugo, a friendly character who enjoys the simple life thanks to the new Barclaycard app. In 2014 Griffin also won the Best Documentary Award in the London Lift-Off Film Festival. Check out his recent work.
1. What brought you to the Zooppa Community?
I came to Zooppa looking for opportunities, to work on great briefs for recognized brands. As a freelancer the opportunity to work for big brands are few and far between. Commercial filmmaking is a very competitive industry, but at least with Zooppa you rely entirely on the strength of your idea and ability to shine through with the film you make; not whether your reel fits the bill. It means you can happily have a crack at something you haven’t done before.
2. What do you like most about crowdsourced film contests?
With Zooppa in particular, the open nature of the briefs, a lot of commercial briefs are set in stone, but the freedom Zooppa gives you to interpret the brief how you like is creatively liberating. It means you can make an idea work for you, use what’s within your means or on your doorstep. That doesn’t mean its any less challenging to create a film for a Zooppa client, in fact its probably more, and it encourages you to seek out like minded people who want the experience or just to collaborate on something exciting.
3. Name 3 films/directors that have influenced your work.
Steven Spielberg influenced me greatly as a child, some of his early films are still my favourites. Christopher Nolan’s films have had much the same impact on me as an adult. But I think Wes Anderson has influenced me most with his quirky story telling, amazing design and thoughtful pace.
4. Where do/did you go to school? How has your education influenced your filmmaking?
I have had no formal training in film-making. Self taught all the way. My father sold video equipment in the 80’s video boom and would bring cameras, edit decks and mixers home for me at weekends to mess about with. I’d make films with my friends and cousins just for fun. My first job at 15 years old, was making tea for clients in an edit suite!
5. What is your favorite genre of film to create?
I enjoy any kind of filmmaking, cars, cooking, documentary, but get a real buzz out of something with humour.
6. Where can we find you on a Saturday afternoon?
Saturday afternoons I’m generally chasing bubbles with my little girl or snoozing while she watches Peppa Pig.
7. Choose 5 words to describe your art.
Meaningful. Structured. Personal. Emotional. Captivating.
8. What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on more projects with writer Dan Gallagher, something a bit out there and something sit-com. That’s all I can say at the moment! Dan and I have collaborated on two projects for Zooppa including the Barclaycard – More out of today. It’s been great fun and really rewarding for us creatively.
9. What drew you to participate in this campaign? i.e. – did the brief catch your attention, the prize money, the love for the brand?
The Barclaycard – More out of today campaign caught my eye because they were looking for something British and a little self-deprecatory, this is generally quite easy for a Brit.
10. What is one piece of advice you would give to your fellow Zooppa community members?
Choose a project that excites you and be adventurous creatively, but don’t overlook the requirements in the brief. It’s easy to get carried away! Be original and bold.
11. 10 years from now where will we see you and your films?
I have no idea where I’ll be in 10 years! But I hope to continue filmmaking and having fun doing it.
Check out more of Paul’s work at griffinproductions.co.uk.