fecund film



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"slowly their characters begin to exist as beautiful, truthful people interacting in the 'real' world"

a unique and intelligent improvisation process

John Keates works intensely with actors to devise and improvise dynamic and beautifully drawn characters. Through these characters he creates the highest quality of fictions that are surprising and entertaining but also moving and provocative. The process is challenging and exciting and pushes expectations and boundaries to create works of depth, emotion and verve.

Actors research characters in detail before they are sketched out through improvisation. Stories, plot lines and dialogue are created and explored. Tangents and relationships grow. Stories emerge.

He works in rehearsal studios and various 'real' locations including bars, shopping centres, parks, city streets. Actors improvise in these situations and slowly their characters begin to exist as beautiful, truthful people interacting in the 'real' world. Clothing, settings, props are decided. In this way the cinematic fabric and form evolves alongside the films content. As such, the broad scope and cost of pre-production takes place in tandem with the content being developed.

Unlike many practitioners working in improvisation John marries the best of the improvisation "materials" to the laws of story telling. All the script generated is edited into well crafted scenes and several drafts of the script will be produced. This process produces a complete, fully considered script long before a film moves into production.

As the written scenes are being explored and shaped by actors, the real world in which they are being created is simultaneously explored visually. Video cameras capture visual ideas to feed the creative process. Location ideas feed shot styles, colours, patterns. The relationship between the film's content and its style are fully realised at the early stage of scripting and the cost efficiency and artistic quality of the product are exemplary.

This is John's unique method, harnessing the talent of actors, designers and technicians he organically fuses script and visual forms to shape a vital film. Created with a freedom and spontaneous energy but controlled with intellectual rigour and methodology. The films created are an exciting and truthful reflection of how we live today.

The quality of his process is exemplary and creates vibrant films fusing cracking modern stories and great acting.

"The quality of his process is exemplary and creates vibrant films fusing cracking modern stories and great
acting."



fecund film


fecund film