cinematography

//_sleeper - a short film by jordan buckner

It’s been a while. The grey skies persist, the rain continues to fall, and the factory lights are still on. As 2019 looms, I return to this internet land to share new work - so here it goes.

Since May, I’ve been working on my latest film //_sleeper, a short animation about creepy obsessions in dying industrial towns. The film premiered at the BFI Southbank on November 19th, and then went on to play on BBC Four on December 2nd. It has been a wild ride, and it is honestly a huge honour and achievement to be recognised by the BBC and BFI.

If you live in the UK, you can watch //_sleeper on BBC iPlayer until January 2nd 2019. Alternatively, you can also see //_sleeper on the BFI Player here.

Set in a dying industrial town, //_sleeper tells the story of Frank, a recluse who wakes each day to a strange anomaly on the horizon. Black treacle skies, glowing monitors and strange phone calls are the backdrop to this unsettling character journey, as Frank looks ever watching towards the horizon - the anomaly awaits him.

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I want to say a huge thanks to everyone who helped get this film made. Specifically, Nainita Desai, my sound designer who made so much of this tone possible. And also to Emily Clarkson and Diana Buzea who helped animate this strange tale. And of course, to Phil Gomm for providing his professorial wisdom.

I’ll be back soon, and elsewhere on the internet, with some more info on //_sleeper, plus new details on future projects. Best of luck out there. The world continues to spin…the end has not yet come.

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“As soon as you finish a film, people want you to talk about it. But the film is the talking! The film is the thing! So you go see the film.”

David Lynch

wong kar-wai // the colour of romance

I'm embarrassed by how long it took me to discover Wong Kar-Wai. The minute I sat down to watch 'In the Mood for Love' a few years ago, I knew he was my kind of filmmaker. This video from Barry Jenkins [Moonlight] and Criterion explains why.

The Hong Kong director weaves charming, struggling character narratives, with beautiful cinematography and soulful music choices.  There is both hope and meloncholy in these loves stories, and as I continue to watch, they continue to move me.

I won't say much more, as so much of this magic is intangible, but I would suggest starting with 'Chungking Express' or 'In the Mood for Love'. My two favourites and both masterfully catured. If you are as soppy and romantic as myself, you'll fall head over heels.