House Shorts

Nic Alderton

Shoreditch House

Nic Alderton is a British writer, director and producer. He made his first film at 12 – a retelling of Hamlet featuring time travel, sword play and in-camera special effects. After a stint in computer games programming, he trained at LAMDA and went on to write, direct and perform theatre, including Coda at the McCowan and Druff at the Tristan Bates, London. He founded Complexity Ltd in the UK and Simplicity in Europe, creating commercials, virals, documentaries and films including Tras el Telòn for the Madrid Royal Opera House. His most recent play No Hemlock, This was commissioned and performed by innovative company The Factory at The Hampstead Theatre.

He frequently collaborates with writing partner Sam Callis; in 2011, they won a development deal for their feature romantic comedy from Kudos Entertainment / Shine Pictures / New Regency. This year they teamed up again to write supernatural thriller The Seer, currently out with producers. Nic’s script Shadow Boxer won a Soho House ‘House Shorts’ production award to direct a short film set on Soho House premises. His recent short film The Deadfall is about to go out onto the festival circuit and he is currently developing a feature length screenplay to direct.

Mandy Kean, Head of Cinema at Soho House said of Nic’s House Short treatment:

‘A simple but completely engaging pitch – very visual – that employs great use of the space and blends real humour with great moments from cinema’.

Tell us a little about yourself…

I made my first film at twelve with a retelling of Hamlet involving time-travel, swordplay and in-camera special effects. Apparently nothing has changed.

When and why did you get into film?

Following drama school and writing and directing theatre, I adapted one of my own short plays for the screen. Laurence Blyth (Cinematographer on Shadow Boxer) shot it on Super-16 and I fell in love with the medium and the collaborative process. I’ve been somewhere on either side of a camera ever since.

What’s your short film about and where did you get the inspiration from?

Our short features a young man alone after-hours in Shoreditch House who does what most young men do in such a situation: he pretends he’s in a martial arts film. He’s interrupted by his crush but is saved from embarrassment when she complements him on his skills – but has his imagination brought something dark to life? Where these ideas come from is a mystery – but that’s what makes exploring them such fun.

Which scene are you most looking forward to filming/which scene will be the hardest to film?

We’re most anticipating seeing our actors’ chemistry on screen in their first meeting; nothing beats an unspoken love story; and their last, in which we learn more about them. The hardest scene will be pretty much every one in between.

What would it mean to you to win House Shorts 2012?

It would present a great opportunity to offer my stories to a wider audience but more importantly it would be recognition of everyone who is collaborating with me on this short and generously investing their time to bring it to life. They have gone without sleep, worked like maniacs and been kind and patient throughout. Without them, the script would be just words on a page.

Photos by: Fabrizio Accettulli & Crew

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