April 1, 2018 Episode 211 - Fred Cavender (12 Films in 12 Months)

Fred Cavender (aka Tuperhero) is a British director, screenwriter, and producer currently living in France. In 2017, he launched Tuperhero's 2017 Extravaganza where he made a short film every month for a year straight.

In this episode we chat how he made 12 short films in 12 months, if he built a fan base doing so, using Youtube in the modern age, CGI, and tons more!

Pre Show Notes

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Show Note

[00:13:46] I just I literally was in my bed and woke up and said I'm going to do this. And so it was literally OK I'm going to do this. It's January. I have to make a film so I better get started. That's that's really how it happened.

[00:18:02] Film #1 - The Redemption Act

A young couple's relationship falls apart, revealing the strange, harsh truth behind what's been happening to them.

[00:23:04] CGI in films

I mean everyone everybody gives CGI a bad rap because obviously it's overused in cinema. And you know I for one just touch quickly on superhero movies and things that I grew up as a fan of superheroes and everything but even now now I watch a film and they're very well-made but there's always some point where you watch a full CGI fight and it's just not interesting because it's full CGI but that's not because there's no performance to it you know except obviously the guys who are doing the effects there they're amazingly talented and everything.

[00:24:55] Did you see the Justice League Justice League movie?


[00:34:23] Film #2 - Day Shift

Following a heist gone slightly wrong, a trio of criminals seek refuge in a pub for the afternoon. As they wait for the getaway driver, they have to deal not only with the police, but with the suspicious, by the books bartender.


[00:47:50] Film #3 - A Man's World

Women now only represent 5% of the world's population. One man tries to help the few that are left.

[00:51:54] Film #4 - Get Rich or Try Dying

An 80's throwback Sci Fi comedy where a scientist steals some experimental pills from work, and uses them to get rich, for better or worse.


[00:56:19] Film #5 - 6:16

In a waiting room, four people wait for a job interview. The situation slowly takes a turn for the worst when a mysterious timer appears, counting down from 6:16

[01:02:23] Film #6 - Something Crunchy

As she writes an article paying respect to a hit and run victim, Robyn finds some bizarre coincidences that lead her to believe there must be more to the case.

[01:05:34] Film #7 - Somewhere in France - Part I

Three English-speaking drug dealers venture into the middle of nowhere in the south of France, for an exchange that goes horribly wrong.

Film # 8 - Somewhere in France - Part II

After being tricked into a drug deal by the French police, three English-speaking fugitives look for a hideout in the middle of a village-wide summer party.

[01:10:14] Film #9 - The Golden Shore

A retired professor receives a visit from the representative of a new military-driven government, enquiring about a poem he'd written in his youth.

[01:14:42] Film #10 - California Hot-dog Champions : a horrockumentary

While filming a documentary about themselves, the members of a band get together to rehearse at their new drummer's pub.

[01:19:37] Film #11 - Trust Me

Woken in the middle of the night by an anonymous call, Norman is told to get out of the house to escape some mysterious intruders. Follow the story through his eyes in this immersive 1st person, video game like thriller!

[01:23:51] Film #12 - The Damned

A group of people go through their daily lives, in a city surrounded by a massive wall.

12 Films in 12 Months - A Retrospect

Last year, we made a short film every month!

-- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield - A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul that keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do.



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