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AN INTERVIEW WITH Joshua Griffiths, ACTOR & FILMMAKER
As an Actor and filmmaker, please introduce yourself and let us know why you became a filmmaker?
My name is Joshua Griffiths and I am 21 years old, currently residing in the Uk. I began my Acting career at a very young age, where I would always copy scenes from television shows and films. I would put on daily shows to my Family, Friends and whoever else wanted to listen.
I just loved to perform and entertain. As I grew up I joined a Performing Arts Academy called the "Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts" here in the Uk, where I was introduced to the aspect of making films, learning the ins and outs of how to create masterpieces.
However, It was when I met my two colleagues Jordan Shaw and Ryan Corry, that our production company JJR Films was born.
We would work together to create Films of all genres and lengths, where all three of us would take turns to Write, Direct, and work the Camera.
I would always be the one to edit our films together. Now, there are a couple of reasons as to why I wanted to get into filmmaking.
Firstly, was to allow those that were just starting out within the industry the opportunity to gain some credits and showreel footage, help them to gain experience. However, the main reason and for me the most important is to spread messages. To raise awareness of hard hitting subjects such as Mental Health and Don't drink and Drive. Although, it is always fun to create films that don't have a message as well.
Give us some more information about your Acting experience and the films you have made so far?
As an actor I have performed within London West end twice in two different shows, once at Her Majesty's Theatre and once at Shaftsbury Theatre. I have also recently completed a WW1 Feature film which is in post production and hopefully will soon be released, where I play one of
the Lead roles. I have been an extra within Jessie A boxing feature film set to be released soon by Ross Heath and CJ Livermore
and their production company Epicboss Productions, as well as being an extra in Yesterday a film by Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis.
As for myself and My production Company, I have created many films throughout my time as a film maker. However, I shall tell a little more
on my latest ones. So I have recently completed a Feature Follow up called Stay Inside 2: Vincent's Revenge,
which we travelled to Macclesfield near Manchester to film in a remote cottage. This was a creepy horror, which added to the atmosphere
being in the middle of nowhere. I have also completed a Drama called The Getaway, which was filmed down at the lake district. Finally,
I have just last week completed shoot on SPHYNX. An 80s synth styled thriller.
What are the films or people that had impacts on you and deeply inspired you to become a filmmaker?
Now there are so many films in which have inspired me throughout my life, as well as so many actors. First of all I will mention a few films
who have inspired me, there is Jumanji with Robin William, Drive with Ryan Gosling, Halloween with Jamie Lee Curtis, in fact any of
the series for me is a must see. Moving onto Actors, Tom Hanks, Jean-Claude Van Damn, Jason Statham. As for a film maker it would have
to be John Carpenter as Halloween started off as an indie horror with barely any budget.
What movie do you like best and why?
My favourite movie has to be Drive starring Ryan Gosling and Carey mulligan. This not only captures a completely mesmerising
way of film making with fantastic actors, the score put together for it is pure bliss. I can listen to it over and over, and most often
is the soundtrack I play whilst writing my next film.
What are your favorite genres to work on? Why?
My favourite genre to make and write is horror, as its the most shocking to the audience. Its the type of film you can make people gasp,
laugh and cry to all at the same time. Its the films that people remember. Its the type of film you can go completely abstract with.
Another genre is Action, as it's always great to do a good fight scene.
In filmmaking who do you like to work with if you have a choice?
As mentioned above within why I got into it in the first place, I love to work with those who are starting out. Giving them the experience and footage to further them along within their career. I love working with friends that I have made throughout the years, who I know
will give me the best they can. I will work with anyone as long as I can trust them and they are loyal and hard working.
Of course though if A Listers came knocking on my door I wouldn't turn them down either. Ryan Gosling I'm looking at you.
Your film "Mind" was officially selected in the "American Golden Picture International Film Festival".
What were some of the challenges you faced in Acting and making these films?
Onto Mind, the film that shows the impacts of Mental Illness and how it can be even worse when dealt with alone.
This film is close to my heart in so many ways, especially with the entertainment industry being the one where stress is at its full.
So there was the weight of trying to get it perfect, however my biggest challenge was the portrayal. I wanted to see the despair of the lead character, and how he gets worse throughout. I wanted this to be as realistic and believable as possible, making the audience gasp
at the thought of it. Making audience feel as if they were going through what he is. That was the hardest to get right.
For you what was the biggest lesson you had to learn?
The biggest lesson I had to learn was that money is nothing in the industry, you can throw as much money as you want at a film
but it doesn't always make it the best film in the world. I prefer to watch Indie films that have been made on low budget,
because they are the ones that have been put together with passion and heart.
To you, what part of the filmmaking is the hardest part?
There are two equally hardest parts within the film making prosses, the pre-production of getting the script finalised the characters cast,
and planning the cinematography, and then there is the post-production of editing. Stitching the footage together,
making it look amazing, overlaying sound and music when needed. These are the hardest parts.
The most important part after making the film is distributing. What did you do so far for distributing your films?
As for my Film so far I have released it onto Youtube, to initially spread awareness. However, I am also making my rounds in the
Festival markets such as this one. As I feel that is the one place you get noticed more than anywhere else.
After this I will see how it goes and decide then where I am going with distribution.
What keeps you inspired to continue Acting or even making film?
The inspiration as an Actor and Film maker is knowing how appreciated the arts are, without them there would be no entertainment.
Its something I love and have a real passion for, which is why I am getting my performing arts teachers degree.
So I can inspire the younger generation to push and work hard for their dreams.
What sorts of movies would you like to get involved if you had your choice?
My favourite types of movies are those that make an everlasting impression, the ones with plot twists and hard hitting storylines.
I want a film that makes people remember it years down the line, a film which people want to watch again and again.
Anything that challenges me as an actor is something I want to do, keeping yourself on your toes is the best.
What are your filmmaking goals?
My Film making goals will be to start becoming recognised for my work, and be able to see one of my films on the big screen.
Just to be able to do this as a job is amazing. Its not just a passion for me its my life.
What is your next project?
I have various projects coming up, my main one is Splattered Blood. A film where I have written the story, and Ross Heath is going to be
helping to write the script. It will be Directed by Steven Eljay along side myself, Ross and CJ Livermore.
It will be produced by JJR Films and Epicboss Productions. The story evolves around a family who is thrown into turmoil when their son is killed.
His parents will work together to get revenge on those guilty. However, there is a lot more to the story than meets the eye.
I am also currently involved as an actor in Brutally Tormented, a film all about Anti-Bullying and has a campaign touring the uk.
GOOD LUCK Joshua
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