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Working in Film - The Clap!

An obsessive music fan wants to be the first clapper at the end of every piece. But when he inflicts the clap incessantly on his idol, the virtuoso decides to fight back.

Director Geoff Lindsey
Production Breakthru Films
Released 2004
James Francis Brown
Staring Steve Furst,
David Bamber
Awards Best Film at the Montecatini International Short Film Festival
Buy online from www.futureshorts.com

James' involvement in the film

From September to October of 2004 I worked with Breakthru Films on the production of the short film 'The Clap' with director Geoff Lindsey and producer Hugh Welchman. This had come about through a scheme within my NESTA fellowship which enabled fellows to get together and work on new projects. It was a fascinating and exacting experience. Aside from the general soundtrack, I researched and devised the musical material, taken from the classical repertoire, for the concert scenes within the film, also composing additional original material for several concert scenes.

My involvement was often quite 'hands on' - as part of the film crew, coaching the actors to behave as musicians, devising solutions to certain visual-musical effects. I actually appear in the film as a 'hand - double' for the scenes involving the piano, and even as an extra in certain other scenes.

After the premiere at the Edinburgh Festival, 'The Clap' was presented at the Curzon, Mayfair and then shortlisted to the final six nominations for the prestigious Turner Classic Movies awards at the BFI. There were also regular broadcasts on the TCM channel. It seems to have acquired a minor cult status but must have annoyed many people who were searching the internet for a sensible solution to an embarrassing problem!

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