I recently directed a music video for a charity Christmas song. The idea came from a musician friend of mine, Ian Roberts, who felt money should be raised for Shelter and the Trussell Trust ...
Ian had written a Christmas song which he recorded. Within just a few days, he had arm twisted a number of people to give their time to get the music and accompanying film out by the 30th November, which was a pretty tight deadline.
"I was charged with casting and directing the actors."
I'll let you into a secret here. It's all in the casting. We had about 4 hours in which to shoot the film and, therefore, you need to know that an actor can cut the mustard and isn't going to take hours 'getting into character' or keep asking what their motivation is.
The other thing you need is a great cameraman, which we had in Frank Scarito. iI can't overestimate how important the camera crew is. Also bear in mind he was walking backwards most of the time. Frank also edited it, with input from Ian, tying in the music. A very skilled job indeed.
Putting together a music video is a real team project. Frank and I, who had never worked together, got on very well and the actors came in and, with the help of a few volunteer runners and a group of very jolly extras, we had the footage done in the allotted time.
We had no Winnebagos or fancy dressing rooms. No meal breaks and assistants notifying the actors of their time on set. Nope, we were all out on the high street in Olney, working hard to get it in the can.
Ok, we did have a room at the 2 Brewers kindly donated by David Church to dash up for a coffee or a quick change for the actors as they came in. And that's all that was needed. We all worked hard and just made it happen.
And here it is. Ians record and Ians dream. Please buy it. It would be great to get it to number one, and remember this all for charity. Everyone volunteered their time and skill for nothing and all money raised goes to charity.
"I'm very proud to have been part of it."
I'm also ready to go off for a few weeks to play an ugly sister at Haverhill. Variety, as they say, is the spice of life and there's certainly been a variety of jobs recently. And that's just what I love.
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.
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