//_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.


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.


“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

tranquility base hotel and casino // dead_parts #004

It is a crazy time of year! This week, many of my students will be handing in there final projects of this semester. It's a stressful and often anxious time for all involved, but it is also a hugely exciting and important moment. Somehow, it has been 6 years since I handed in my own graduate film, and I still remember that feeling all to well. In fact, I wrote a blog post about that feeling back in 2013. I'm not a wise man, but I think some of these words may be of use to those of you who are nearing deadlines. To put it simply, stay calm, work hard, and remember to backup your work!! Make these films the best thing they can! Good luck!


For myself, things are also beginning to get pretty hectic. I'm still working on the pre-production for my film. A lot of this pre-production work is fairly solid now, I have a good sense for art direction and mood, but there are still some details to iron out. So, I'm spending a lot of time writing at the moment, as I attempt to tighten the narrative and interweave theme and motif. It still isn't quite there, but this stage of a project is always so exciting. I sat down for a chat with friend, colleague and bearded genius Phil Gomm last Friday, and he helped spark a lot of ideas that have really pushed things forward.

The fuzzy picture of a CRT is beginning to take shape. The test card has ended...and CFAX is over. I think I can see something in the static...


I sat down on Saturday night to watch The Killing of a Sacred Dear by Yorgo Lanthimos (Dogtooth and The Lobster) and was wonderfully surprised and horrified by it. I really liked The Lobster, but this was on a different level. There is still humour in Lanthamos' work, but it hits more disturbing notes and lingers in mysterious ways.


I've also spent some time this week participating in #sketchadaymay (or #maysketchaday as some call it) which is a hashtag designed to get people drawing. I first saw this from the superbly talented Thomas Scholes, who uses the exercises as a way to relax, experiment and repurpose old work. It also acts as an immunity to self criticism. You get the job done, and put it online before your inner voice tells you that its shit and you should never paint again. The results so far are as follows:

I'm pretty busy this week, so I'm not expecting to keep these up everyday, but the exercises themselves have been hugely rewarding. I'll have some more before the month is out.


And so that is all from me for another week. Time to get back to work. Childish Gambino ended last week with this...(I know you've already seen it, of course you have.)

And this week will be completed with a new Arctic Monkeys vinyl. Backup your work. Stay calm. Be safe out there and be a good human.

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.