Sound Asleep, the short film I wrote, starring Danny John-Jules finally shot! Director’s report and photos

Sound Asleep is the comedy short film by writer, producer, director, Nadaav Soudry. To find out more about Nadaav’s work in TV, commercials and branded content go to www.nadaav.com
 
 

Sound Asleep, the comedy short film I have been writing, producing and directing, has finally wrapped! It stars Danny John-Jules (The Cat from Red Dwarf).

Sound Asleep short film comedy starring Danny John-Jules, written and directed by Nadaav

graphic by peter ayres

Long time coming

  • 6 years ago I wrote a film script.
  • 5 years ago it was runner-up for Film London funding.
  • 4 years ago same thing, different funder.
  • 3 years ago I ran a successful Kickstarter.
  • 2 years ago we tried to shoot the film but it fell through, last minute.
  • 1 year ago the same thing.

After 4 producers, 4 casting directors, 3 art directors, 3 locations, 2 Directors of Photography, 2 builds, and just one resilient director, in December I flew to Spain to shoot it.

 

Director and crew head to Spain

The project had been struggling in the UK. Our budget prevented us from being able to afford both the set build costs and the studio space to build it in at UK prices. In Spain we not only managed to resolve that but also engage the exceptional art director, Marcelo Renieblas Paredes.

Coming with me was Emmy Award winning Director of Photography Franklin Dow (of Oscar nominated documentaries Virunga and White Helmets) and camera assistant Naomi Hancock. Producer Dino Webber, production assistant Nick Gaven and runner Kristen Abel drove the van of SLV film equipment, and a generator loaned by Warner Brothers from London to Madrid.

Nadaav director with Danny John-Jules (Red Dwarf) on the set of Sound Asleep

Nadaav and Danny on set

 

Arriving on set in Madrid

We arrived at the film studio on the outskirts of Madrid to see the amazing set Marcelo and his team had been building. It was a thrill to see Dean’s flat become reality. An odd, hyper real, anachronous reality. Perfect for this quirky comedy.

Sound Asleep - set build, pre-light and camera rehearsal all at the same time. Sound Asleep short film

Set build and camera planning on the set of Sound Asleep.

Danny John-Jules of Red Dwarf on the set of Sound Asleep short film by Nadaav (writer / director)

Danny John-Jules on the set of Sound Asleep

The crew got together and we put the finishing touches to the set and started pre-lighting. When Red Dwarf’s Danny John-Jules arrived, we began a brief rehearsal.

 

 

Danny John-Jules (Cat from Red Dwarf) in a makeup test on the set of Sound Asleep short film directed by Nadaav

Danny John-Jules makeup test.

Danny John-Jules makeup touch-up by Marina H on the set of Nadaav Soudry's Sound Asleep short film comedy

Danny John-Jules in a makeup check with Marina H on the set of Sound Asleep

 

 

 

Danny is an amazing presence to work with. Years of experience and natural talent meant he was unlike any actor I have worked with. He brought precision, skill, comedy timing and wit to the role beyond my expectations. With no one to bounce off on screen, the film really benefits from his inspiring performance and commitment.

 

 

Short Film – Long Days

There’s no point in hiding from it – this was always going to be a tough shoot. A £250,000 film made for £10,000. Days were long, conditions were not glamorous, and Madrid in winter is cold! Much colder than us Brits anticipated!

The team really pulled together. Danny’s performance, Marcelo’s set and Frank’s lighting coming together on screen inspired everyone to give everything they’ve got.

Crew watch Danny John-Jules in Nadaav Soudry's Sound Asleep short film

Watching back Danny’s amazing performance as Deen Peels

Nadaav Soudry director and Franklin Dow Director of Photography on the set of Sound Asleep starring Danny John-Jules

Nadaav and Frank plan the next shot

 

International Film Crew

Working with a foreign crew has challenges; the language barrier primarily. This was overcome with a mixture of patience, drawings and google translate, as well as the efforts of bilingual 1st Assistant Director Josemari Martínez. By the final day, it was barely evident anymore and British DoP Frank Dow finally remembered his Spanish gaffer’s name. (Thanks for your patience Adolfo!).

Nadaav director, Marcello Art director, Adolfo gaffer, Franklin Dow Director of Photography and Danny John-Jules actor on the set of Sound Asleep short film comedy

L to R: Nadaav, Marcelo, Adolfo, Frank and Danny

 

Nadaav Soudry director, Naomi Hancock camera assistant, Marcelo art director and actor Danny John-Jules and crew watch playback on the set of Sound Asleep short film comedy in Madrid

Nadaav, Naomi, Marcelo and Danny nervously watch playback

The final shots were a triumph. All the departments came together and pulled everything out of the bag. As Marcello’s set was blown up, Danny’s character stumbled through his wrecked home. Marina H’s makeup was spot on, smoke and lighting was perfect, props fell at just the right moment, and even the dog barked on cue. We had one chance at that closing shot, and we nailed it.

Marcelo art director, Franklin Dow director of photography and Nadaav Soudry director prepare the final shots in Nadaav's Sound Asleep short film comedy

Marcelo, Nadaav and Frank prepare the final shots

Nadaav Soudry director and Frank Dow director of photography on the set of Sound Asleep, Nadaav's short film comedy

Nadaav and Frank on set

Danny John-Jules on the set of Nadaav Soudry's Sound Asleep short film comedy

Danny as seen from the playback monitor

Exhausted but satisfied, all that was left was to pack up the van and get back to London, in time for a well earned Xmas break.

 

Edit and Post-Production

As I write this, Nick is busy completing the log and we are preparing for the edit. There’s still a lot to do. Edit, vfx, grading, foley, music and sound design. Plus a few pickup shots we need to get in London. We believe this will be a really special piece so we’re not going to hurry – we couldn’t afford to even if we wanted to!

Thanks to all the kickstarter backers and friends and supporters of the project. You can keep an eye on the film’s progress on our kickstarter and facebook.

Josemari Martínez first assistant director, Nadaav Soudry writer producer and director, Marcelo art director, Franklin Dow director of photography and Adolfo Berzosa Rodriguez gaffer on the set of Sound Asleep short film comedy

Josemari, Nadaav, Marcelo, Frank and Adolfo

Sound Asleep

Starring: Danny John-Jules

Producer / Director / Writer: Nadaav
Producer: Dino Webber
Director of Photography: Franklin Dow
1st Assistant Director: Josemari Martinez
Art Director: Marcelo Renieblas Paredes
Sound Recordist: Juan Carlos “Charlie” Arribas
Gaffer: Adolfo Berzosa Rodriguez
Makeup Artist: Marina H
Costume: Sammm Agnew
Original Music: Rich House
Camera Assistant: Naomi Hancock
Art Department Assistant: Luis Morales
Production Assistant: Nick Gaven
Runner: Kristen Abel
Dog Trainer: Mariano Galán
Cuddles the dog: Cavatina

Getting ready to shoot!

Sound Asleep is the comedy short film by writer, producer, director, Nadaav Soudry. To find out more about Nadaav’s work in TV, commercials and branded content go to www.nadaav.com
 
 

We haven’t updated this site in a while as a lot of our activity has been exclusive to backers, via our Kickstarter. But as we approach our shoot, I’ll add some content here too.

New Team Members

I’d like to welcome to the team our latest members. Danielle Harvey is our new producer, Anthony Neale is our production designer and Poppy Lloyd is our casting director. And while I can’t reveal names until things are signed, we have received support from one of the British film industries top foley artists, and we are days away from confirming our very favourite and first choice comedy actor to play the role of Dean.

Set Build/Location

Anthony is planning to build Dean’s flat, and here we are visiting the space we think we might do it.

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Sound Asleep successfully funded on Kickstarter

Sound Asleep is the comedy short film by writer, producer, director, Nadaav Soudry. To find out more about Nadaav’s work in TV, commercials and branded content go to www.nadaav.com
 
 

Thank you!

Thank you so much to all our backers on Kickstarter and to everyone who shared and posted about the project. Thanks to you we not only successfully reached our funding goal, we exceeded it by 25%. The project is now greenlit and we are currently casting, hiring a few additional key crew members, working on locations and developing effects. We are also working on the rewards that you have chosen.

 

Kickstarter Campaign Highlights

The kickstarter campaign was fun, exciting and challenging. Some of the highlights include: Nadaav being interviewed on London Live with a pillow over his head, leading a massive pillow fight in Trafalgar Square and counting it in with the help of Barking Bateria samba band, being retweeted by insomniac comic actor Matt Berry, telling bed time stories, running laughter yoga and another pillow fight to a sleep-over party of 200, giving away loads of prizes, and our final closing party with live music, live opera, short films, magic and quizzes all themed around sleep.

 

There’s still time to back us and get your rewards!

But it’s not too late to get involved. If you would like to join the team of backers and supporters helping make Sound Asleep happen, and attend our backers only parties and events, and maybe even be in the film, have a look here.

 

Here are a few photos from the month.  For more, check out the kickstarter updates.

 

Make A Donation To Sound Asleep

Sound Asleep is the comedy short film by writer, producer, director, Nadaav Soudry. To find out more about Nadaav’s work in TV, commercials and branded content go to www.nadaav.com
 
 

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Make a Donation ButtonFor those angels among you who don’t want anything in return, donate as much or as little as you like  – we’ll give you all our love. You really are special to us.

Sound Asleep Trafalgar Square Pillow Fight – Our Kickstarter Launch

Sound Asleep is the comedy short film by writer, producer, director, Nadaav Soudry. To find out more about Nadaav’s work in TV, commercials and branded content go to www.nadaav.com
 
 

Wow! We launched our Kickstarter campaign with a massive pillow fight!

Sound Asleep Team after Trafalgar Square Pillow Fight and Kickstarter Launch

Sound Asleep Team after Trafalgar Square Pillow Fight and Kickstarter Launch

Sound Asleep is a short comedy about insomnia. And the very best fun you can have when you are stuck in bed and can’t sleep is a pillow fight. Or at least the most fun thing we are allowed to talk about here! So we hit trafalgar square with a ton of pillows to launch our kickstarter campaign.
 

And Wow! I think that might be the best kickstarter launch ever! Several thousand people bashing each other with pillows in central London. There was a samba band (Barking Bateria), lots of pyjamas and some amazing outfits.
 
 
 

 

 

We were featured in the press, including this cheeky article in Timeout. And we took rather a lot of photos.  Check us out on Kickstarter, if you haven’t already.

Sound Asleep is live on Kickstarter

Sound Asleep is the comedy short film by writer, producer, director, Nadaav Soudry. To find out more about Nadaav’s work in TV, commercials and branded content go to www.nadaav.com
 
 

At the Trafalgar Square Pillow Fight today we will announce that Sound Asleep is now live on Kickstarter. This is where you can show your support for our film, and get involved, grabbing some super sleepy rewards, and maybe even an appearance in the film.

Sound Asleep Announce 2014 Pillow Fight!

Sound Asleep is the comedy short film by writer, producer, director, Nadaav Soudry. To find out more about Nadaav’s work in TV, commercials and branded content go to www.nadaav.com
 
 

2014’s Sound Asleep London Pillow Fight is a World Record Breaking Attempt!

Get yourselves down to Trafalgar Square at 3pm on Saturday 5th April 2014 for London’s World Pillow Fight Day. It’s going to be massive!

Full details of Sound Asleep at the London Pillow Fight 2014 here.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for all the latest updates about the event.

 

Sound Asleep’s Official London Pillow Fight Video

Sound Asleep is the comedy short film by writer, producer, director, Nadaav Soudry. To find out more about Nadaav’s work in TV, commercials and branded content go to www.nadaav.com
 
 

Video of Our 2013 Trafalgar Square Flashmob on YouTube & Facebook

 

If you like what we do, please support our movie, coming soon. Check out our Crowd Funding page to see the ways you can get involved.  And drop us an email if you have any suggestions you’d like us to offer or make happen.  Keep ’em clean though!

 

Sound Asleep at the London Pillow Fight – Photos

Sound Asleep is the comedy short film by writer, producer, director, Nadaav Soudry. To find out more about Nadaav’s work in TV, commercials and branded content go to www.nadaav.com
 
 

 

2013 was London’s biggest ever pillow fight and Sound Asleep made it happen

We love flash mobs and wanted to make one so we could bring our film to a bigger audience. Sound Asleep is all about bed time, so we decided on a massive pillow fight, in pyjamas.

You can tag yourself, view loads more and enter our competition on our facebook page.

Note to press, journalists and other organisations – if you would like to use any of our photos please get in touch – we are happy to discuss giving you non-watermarked versions: email soundasleep

Sound Asleep Promo Video Wrapped! Check out the photos

Sound Asleep is the comedy short film by writer, producer, director, Nadaav Soudry. To find out more about Nadaav’s work in TV, commercials and branded content go to www.nadaav.com
 
 

 

We just wrapped the promo shoot for Sound Asleep

 

While we edit the video, which introduces a few of the crew and tells a little more about the story, feel free to enjoy these behind the scenes photos, taken by Digpal Singh Rathore – everyone you see is part of the Sound Asleep crew.

 

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writer / director Nadaav is having trouble sleeping

 

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producers Ajay and PAul practise their lines

 

 

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The crew struggle to stay awake.

L to r: Producer Paul, Casting Director Annie, Writer/director Nadaav, producer ajay, director of photography allen della vaLle

 

 

 

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the crew didn’t realise they’d have to learn lines.

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Finally a happy crew!

 

Welcome To Sound Asleep – A short film comedy about insomnia.

You’ve found Sound Asleep – A Short Film Comedy

This site is still a work in progress as we prepare to launch the final push of our funding campaign. You have found us in our infancy, a perfect time to get involved. While you are here, have a little read about the film.

 

Insomnia

I’m a part time insomniac.  There, I said it. Dean is an insomniac too. And Sound Asleep is the story of the night Dean finally cracks.

 

Dean Just Can’t Sleep

Dean Peels is a self help writer who can’t seem to help himself.  With that name maybe it was inevitable that his need for sleep would permeate his life. Even his motivational books are peppered with accidental references – titles like Wake Up And Smell Your Success, Get Up and Take Control of Your Future, and my personal favourite, Stop Dreaming – Start Winning.

 

Dean’s inability to sleep has driven his girlfriend away and his social skills have been destroyed.  He now lives his life out of sync with the world, or at least in the wrong timezone.  He never sees anyone else. But he hears them.  Oh, he hears them alright! At least he thinks he does…

 

Tonight is the umpteenth time in a row that Dean is kept awake.  But this night, Dean won’t take it lying down!

 

Not quite a silent film

Sound Asleep is a no-dialogue film, but not quite a silent movie. Sound design is central to the film as we hear all the noises that keep Dean awake, and he tries to work out how to deal with them. The performance is influenced by the golden age of silent comedy, and the physical comedy of Rowan Atkinson, but brought bang up to date. It’s a strikingly unusual take on a subject that has affected most of us at one time or another. It’s stylish, witty and universal.

 

Funding and Shooting Status

Sound Asleep is the second independent short comedy written and directed by Nadaav, after 2010′s The Opera Singer. Producers Ajay Arora, Paul Giordani and junior producer Shyam Popat are now driving the project forward, and production is set for summer 2013. The project is partially funded and with the help of Annie Rowe we are currently casting the role of Dean.

 

If you want to know more or get involved, drop us a line. You could also have a look at our Be A Part Of It page, which outlines our current opportunities – at the moment financiers, exec producers and production designers.  We’d also love to hear from artists (digital, drawing etc).

 

Product Placement and Branding Opportunities

The film has some product placement/branding opportunities, especially for sleep spas/sleep centres, and other sleep related products (sleeping pills, remedies and aids, bedding and mattress brands, ear plug brands, sleep clinics etc).  Please get in touch if you are interested in this unique branding and sponsorship opportunity.