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Jonny Phillips
2013, 13m, drama, mystery, thriller

An ancient Oak tree awakens a jaded tree surgeon to the intensity of life when a routine job suddenly turns out to be anything but.

Produced by: Jonathan Blagrove
Cast: John - Jonny Phillips, Geoff - John Kirk
The 3-week run for Woodwoo ended on Aug 17th, 2017. Thank you to all the fans that supported it!
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Fans of this film

  1. j n blagrove
  2. robin hayter
  3. rosalind chao-templeman
  4. fiona laird
  5. joel morris
  6. alison sterling
  7. angela bruce
  8. ben ingham
  9. mike packer
  10. nigel homer
  11. kenneth thomas
  12. kevin short
  13. kathryn oleary
  14. philippa perry
  15. nick phillips
  16. matt phillips
  17. robert miller
  18. simon ellis
  19. jessica trethowan
  20. jeremy hyde
  21. lynette homer
  22. lucy phillips
  23. Add Your Name Here

The Ten-Day Interview

6 questions with Woodwoo director, Jonny Phillips at the half-way mark.
Sunday, August 6th, 2017
  1. 1 Hi Jonny! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that inspired you to make Woodwoo?
    The initial seed that inspired 'Woodwoo' came after I had completed several short films as an actor, including the award winning SOFT, directed by Simon Ellis - I've alway admired the short film form and I was looking for something to direct myself.

    As an actor often presented with periods where you are not working. During one such period period I worked as a grounder for a tree surgeon friend and I realised that I could make something around this subject.
  2. 2 You seem to really know the nuts and bolts of what it's like to be a tree surgeon. Do you have experience doing it in the past? If not, how did you become so familiar with the job?
    Working for a few months as a tree surgeon I realised that the skills you pick up as an actor, basically where you watch and absorb physical behaviour were really useful. I became fascinated by the work and the ritual of the job. It was also a very difficult time and I knew I had to make something out of the experience to go forward.
  3. 3 I never thought cutting branches off trees could be so tense. Were you worried that intensity of the situation wouldn't translate on film or did you always know it would work?
    As soon as I got into a tree I knew that I had to make the film. The extraordinary, 3D visuals of moving through the canopy and the high up views are amazing. Combining this with the danger of tree work and any kind of human story was the something I thought I'd never seen before.
  4. 4 You acted in the film as well as directed. Why did you choose to go that route and what was your biggest challenge wearing both hats?
    Woodwoo, was a big risk to take as a first time director. I knew we could get lucky if we kept the operation as small and tight as possible.I knew exactly what I wanted and I knew how to do it as I'd had that experience. I didn't feel I could get another actor to learn how to do the action and take the risks in the time frame we had. I was extremely lucky to have worked with DOP Andy Parsons before and after the script was meticulously storyboarded we trusted each other to make the shots.It was difficult but I am very proud of what we achieved.
  5. 5 This film wonderfully illustrates how a single event can really open someone's eyes and give them some much needed perspective. Have you had any experiences that have opened your eyes in a profound way?
    This is a very interesting question. I have had some transformational experiences, and I think we all crave those moments, but I think transforming usually occurs some time after the moment. Working as a tree surgeon and then making this film was transformative for me; life imitated art.
  6. 6 What's next?
    I've directed another short film with the same team, 'A Simple Fracture' that is presently on the festival circuit and we are developing a low budget feature, which will hopefully shoot next year in the UK.
  7. About the Interviewer: Ben Hicks
    Ben Hicks is a writer/director and co-founder of Fandependent Films. Ben is currently working on making Fandependent Films awesome and is finishing up his first feature film entitled Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time which was selected for the 2017 IFP Narrative Lab.
    Ben Hicks

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