DAILY MAIL READER

DAILY MAIL READER

Genre: Spoken word - Live action - Music video

Status: Available

 

“I’m no racist... but it’s a well-known fact that French people only ever smile when they see an animal in pain.”

Welcome to the world of the Daily Mail Reader, an archetypal Middle-Englander spouting small-minded delusions like the sprinkler on his immaculate lawn. He's a symbol of our times - in the wake of Brexit and the muck-slinging of the election he represents every Brit who believes everything they read.

Listen to the demo version here:

In this hilarious mix of satirical spoken word (think The Daily Mash in musical form) and slick visual comedy (think Edgar Wright does the video for The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony) the Daily Mail Reader takes us on a tour of his neighbourhood, directing a stream of ridiculous paranoia at the people around him.

Germans, single parents, the blind… everyone is out to get him. He may not be a bad person - who knows? He’s so ill-informed it’s impossible to tell.  

The Daily Mail Reader is played by spoken word performer Ruari Barratt, complete with balding pate and Basil Fawlty moustache. His walk to the newsagent (to buy The Daily Mail, naturally) takes him past each of the victims of his vitriol.

Made Better Media have a track record in producing music videos for clients such as Armada Music, Dreamland Margate and AK/DK. The song is a demo recorded by Ruari but never released. For this film it will be re-recorded by Brown Bear Audio, Brighton with new backing music.

Provocative and absurd, Daily Mail Reader is a tongue-in-cheek take on ignorance that’s awkwardly close to the real thing.

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STICK 'N' POKE

STICK 'N' POKE

Genre: Spoken word - Live action

Status: Available - In Production

 

"True tattoos only come from true agony"

For Patrick Bates, modern tattoos are commercialised, often tacky , rarely edgy, and widely available at low cost. More to the point, they don't hurt like they used to. 

Patrick is a traditional stick 'n' poke tattoo artist. Using his 6'7" body as his canvas he’s almost at a point of self-completion, with over 300 tattoos.

As Patrick shares his poem 'Something/Nothing', the voyeuristic camera lingers on the painful process of a stick 'n' poke session. Patrick administers a tattoo onto a willing victim with a very, very large needle, jabbing it into the skin over a thousand times. Conventional tattooing using an electric gun is, by comparison, a relaxing experience. 

The poem ponders the concept of 'peak tattoo'… the point of maximum output before a steep and terminal drop in production.

A mix of spoken word and cinematic visuals, by turns seductive and challenging, Stick 'n' Poke is an exploration of modern tattoos as seen through the eyes of a true believer.

 

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EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

 

Genre: Live action

Status: Available - In Production

 

"Who needs a soul when you've got work?"

Rupert is an office manager at a digital agency. Years of competing against younger, cooler, less awkward colleagues has taken its toll on his personal life. Jealous of his girlfriend's efforts as a painter, he works late on the night of her career-making private view.  

Alone in the office, he discovers someone else is burning the midnight oil... but who?

A unique mix of psychedelic fairy tale and classic horror, Employee of the Month appeals to audiences that found Black Mirror both captivating and terrifyingly close to home. 

 

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SATAN ON SOCIAL

SATAN ON SOCIAL

Genre: Live action - Animation

Status: Available

 

It's a little known fact that, despite being over 6000 years old, Satan has his dark, scaly finger on the pulse when it comes to Social Media.

Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat: He's embraced them all as excellent outlets for humanity’s awfulness.

Here at Made Better Media we struck a deal with Lucifer himself (it involved interns’ souls) to gain exclusive access to the devil’s inbox for a day. In ‘Satan on Social’ we lift the lid on his private life, with video messages from Azrael (Angel of Death), Mahalath the succubus (Satan’s girlfriend), Nigel (Satan’s accountant) and Jesus (Son of God).

With animated backgrounds and creative costume changes, all these characters will be played by the same actor and shot in the same space at the Made Better Media studios. Think Big Train re-booted for the YouTube generation.

The format of the video messages will be familiar to any regular users of social media, though the exact platform is never specified, for copyright reasons.

Satan on Social is based on an audio piece, Satan's Answer Machine. Listen here:

Colourful, creative, this is a modern take on an age-old story perfect for sharing on the very platforms it lampoons.

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SEAGULL MAN

SEAGULL MAN

Genre: Live action

Status: Available

 

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

Others throw in the towel and become a seagull.

 

Lonely 40-something Peter lives in a seaside party town, works in a menial job, and is totally disconnected from the fashion, hedonism and seedy glamour that surrounds him. Living with his overbearing mother, the closest thing he has to a friend is his neighbour, Karen.

The only time he feels peace and fulfillment is when he’s feeding the local seagulls. For him, they are a symbol of freedom, fraternity and self-reliance.

When a chance meeting with Karen’s boyfriend leaves him bruised, shaken and unemployed, Peter withdraws into his own world, crafting an elaborate costume and remaking himself in the image of the brash, cocky birds that he admires.

Taking flight from everything that is ordinary and secure, Peter sees life on the messy streets from a scavenger’s perspective.  Leaving the urban environment behind,  he sets out for a new life on the white cliffs. Will he find what he’s looking for?  

The film will be shot in location  around Brighton, making use of Made Better Media’s extensive network of local contacts. The seagull costume will be made by local puppet theatre company Sabotage.  

With a nod to  the films of Terry Gilliam, particularly Brazil,  and the surreal claustrophobia of Jeunet and Caro’s Delicatessen, Seagull Man is a dark comedy with an inspirational twist.

 

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Goodbye Analog

 

GENRE: ANIMATION

It's coming and there's nothing we can do - but calmly walk through the digital take over, but as we do let's tilt our hat to dear old analog. This abstract yet jovial film works on an almost chaotic, archaic vision of modern film making - of cut up white noise and pasted fuses and junction boxes that create a patchwork landscape that emulates the current switch over, or switch off.

Within this frenetic, animated cartoon cut up patchwork world of white noise a character is let loose, a toddler zips heroically, haphazardly in and around the abyss like ancient video game heroes, jumping climbing swinging through the landscape, what's to say? Goodbye Analog.

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Canvey

 

Genre: Spoken Word

(Part two in series - see previously commissioned 'Margate')
The intrepid poet revisits his home town of Canvey Island, with a certain displeasure he vents his own personal recollection of growing up in this microcosm world. This message seems to be translated back to his younger self, who sits alone in his bedroom and is viewing the scene through an old zoetrope toy, spinning the ancient toy, scenes are played out and interlaced through animation in the zoetrope and live action footage, the words of warning echo through to the boy who reacts, in the final scene, by destroying the toy.

Perhaps there is an underlying message from his future self “Don’t get stuck in this old town”

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The Broken Vase

 

Genre: Dance

A pastiche of 40's/50's film noir paranoiac spy thrillers. Kafkaesque maze like film exploring a fun poke at old time thrillers, black and white, grainy, deteriorated film quality, long shadows and quizzical eyes. The piece is made up of a mosaic of roughly cut and pasted footage of cityscapes sliding in and out of view, roads enter and leave, as do houses, walls and chimneys. Live action footage of a dancer will be digitally manipulated and put into this Escher like landscape, to dance, climb and run around the landscape. The general plot is simple, a character is lost, or getting nowhere fast in the inescapable metropolis. An overly theatrical soundscape will backdrop the film.

 

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At The Beach

 

Genre: Spoken Word

A minimalistic film of high colour and texture, gently animated to show a maturely psychedelic view of the sun on a cloudless day. Seagulls and kites drift in and out of shot, gently the abstraction slices into the scene as footage of ice creams and beach scenes intertwine with the bright, warm film that is set to a simple chiming soundtrack and poem about the sensations heard and felt when snoozing on a beach, read by a 7 year old girl which only adds to the serenity, naivety and strength of the film.

 

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The Knowledge

 

Genre: Animation

This film follows Scott, a will-be taxi driver who is embarking on ‘The Knowledge’ – A gruelling 3 year taxi driver course to mould his mind to be at one with every; road, side street, alley and pub in the sprawling metropolis of London town. Scott’s naturally entertaining account of his experiences form an interesting, if graphically confusing world, translated to film with interviews and footage of him out and about the city and an ever growing, almost haunting animated net of maps and diagrams filling him in as he tunes the viewer in to The Knowledge and a landscape anew.

 

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Apricot Bill

 

Genre: Utter Random

A family of four are embarking on a day trip, a normal domestic scene can be observed as they ramble off down a road and onto a motorway. Motoring along, Dad’s head drifts away into an imaginary, mildly hallucinatory world where children are not squabbling on the back seat and something magical can occur on a perfectly ordinary, English afternoon, as they rattle off down the road. Apricot Bill is coming! - Look! There’s Apricot Bill!
A shadowy, somehow friendly character is standing on the bridge, on every bridge, a vision of Apricot Bill. Who is he and what does he do all day? There is a buzz in the car as fiction is given life. This short celebrates and reflects on simple family moments. It also explores the idea of how we, as children, totally believe in adults, trust in adults and the imaginary characters they create.

 

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Mixtape Hero

 

Genre: Comedy

‘Mixtape Heroes’ is a simple film of instruction for ladies, Ladies need to understand the; pains, tragedies, joys and the hours spent in making a mix tape by a guy when he's in love.
The pain of the tape running out mid track, the weight of complexity judging the juxtaposition of one track and another, the depths of meaning in each song, and when the mix tape is done, the track list written, the cover made and it has been handed over, nervously to the girl… It is tossed into a hand bag and left there for several weeks until, perhaps the first track is listened to whilst she chats on the phone. This is a public information film for the Ladies - When you get a mix tape from a guy it's massive - it’s a token that he wants to get serious. This film is an ode to the pain of the Mixtape Hero.

 

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Punch drunk Prawn

 

Genre: Visual Art

Extracted from a larger project, which stands perfectly as a film in its own right, shows the fleeting affair of a seaside couple; a Prawn and Mr Punch, the kiss-me-quick atmosphere shows the couple meet at the beach at the dawn of a new day, they dance, they play, and as the day grows old, so does their love, until the evening and a grand banquet in a forest, complete with the ghosts of the wood who plague their final waltz. Visual art: Spoken word, Live action, puppetry, animation, papier-mâché costumes, full dining room sets in forests, the beach - this visually explosive film documents a beautiful, modern/Lewis Caroll-esque poem about love lost.

 

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Hello Analog

 

GENRE: ANIMATION

A short about how we need to distance ourselves from technology from time to time. An illustration of a collective thought process that happens to a lot of us, all separate individuals who unbeknown to each other are the member of the same club - they have immersed themselves in technology in work and social life, and one day decide to step, momentarily, away.


Including a jaunty interview with Sam, who felt a great need to revisit a more carefree, 'art school' approach to life and took up screen printing. The film will use stop frame animation of a cardboard laptop to create a mock-laptop advert with the narrators’ story animated on laptop screen. The interviewee’s account of why and when he took a step away from the screen will undoubtedly strike a note with all of us.

 

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Simon Vs Harding

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Genre: Live Action

This short follows the ramblings of eccentric extrovert Simon Harding, his witty, flowing vocabulary bounces around his unkempt apartment in a jumble of ranting spoken word with sudden outbreaks of (unexpectedly talented) song. This is infused effortlessly with his minor Tourettes which he uses in a positive way to enhance his dark comedic performance.
Simon explores his bachelor lifestyle and daydreams of something bigger.

 

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