July 31st, 2014

After working together on Fairy’s Make A Wish Foundation commercial ‘Directing’, Mill 2D artist Gareth Brannan and director Jamie Childs quickly forged an unstoppable creative partnership. Most recently, the duo co-directed the charming and witty short ‘Paper Planes’.

'Paper Planes' follows a determined young boy trying to attract the attention of a sunbathing beauty from afar. Jamie and Gareth directed, shot and posted the short film entirely themselves and Mill colourist James Bamford polished the piece with a beautiful Ektachrome inspired grade. Jamie and Gareth discuss their partnership, their creative process and the inspiration behind the Lycamobile competition winning short film below...

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The Partnership

Jamie and Gareth have similar upbringings and complementary experiences, making it an ideal partnership. Jamie explains, "We both come from different sides of production. I have a very good understanding of preproduction and Gaz is much more on the post side, meaning we have all bases well covered. We also tend to think along the same lines with stories because we've had similar upbringings. We both grew up in the north of England on the same kind of street, meaning we've been inspired by similar themes and imagery growing up."

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The Process

Both artists have a background in commercials so they tend to think in a very commercial style, beginning with a simple tagline or concept and then working out the idea from there. The duo tends to steer towards comedy and character driven pieces. Jamie elaborates, "We just want to make beautiful imagery and beautiful stories that inspire or can have the ability to make people of all ages laugh. So far we’ve shot three pieces, but have only released 'Paper Planes' and I would hope that all three of them could be shown in any country in the world and still be understood -and with any luck get a laugh!"

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The Inspiration

For the Lycamobile competition, they originally came up up with an idea about a young couple who send each other messages around the world via paper airplanes whilst traveling. From there, the idea naturally evolved and simplified to the final film. Gareth adds, "The nice thing about having zero resources is that it forces you to be creative and think on the spot. You can only work with what you have and there is something so freeing about that. In all honesty… I think we're both just trying to remake Ken Loach's ‘Kes' at every opportunity."

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What’s Next

With so many concepts to explore, but so little time to explore them, both artists hope to continue the partnership. They tell us, "The aim is always to find time and sit down to discuss which one of our many ideas to pursue next. What normally happens is that we come up with a completely new one and go and make that instead, so watch this space…"

Watch ‘Paper Planes’ below and keep an eye out for more work from this creative duo in the near future…