Philip Hughes is Competing in Production REELPITCH Challenge

August 15, 2016

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker?

Since I can remember I´ve been fascinated by stories. I started with theater and am currently working as a professional actor both in TV and theater. I´ve played subtle poetic plays at our National Theater but also been in big shows like Dirty Dancing on Stage or The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I use theater as a base and try to transform my experience from that into film making.

What is your favorite part about the short film form?

That anyone can do it and you learn a ton! Putting something good together tough is hard for me and takes a long time. The short format enables me to workshop and test things to grow. I think I will do more short films that doesn’t require so many people and maybe just shoot it on the phone to practice story-telling.

Who were the people that supported the making of this film?

Undead: Rahan Pakravan, Daniel Siegbahn and Rasmus Källström Dir: Rahan Pakravan – DOP: Nicklas Karpaty – Visual Effects: Mattias Larsson – CGI: Martin Karlsson Editor: Nicklas Estberg – Sound design: Anders Kwarnmark – Special Makeup Effects: Anders Maummar – Composer: Mattias Löfroth – Special Thanks to: Cecilia Pakravan Anomalous Films Linus Källstöm Trevor Hughes Marcus Boman

What resources do you use as a filmmaker? Music, locations, props, editing, crew, etc.

Whatever you can get without paying or is too difficult to get to with your team. I helped produced and acted in another trailer/pilot called Big Yard Trailer (Link at end of article.) where we found amazing locations but they where pretty hard to get to and demanded a lot of planning.

Philip Hughes

Watch and vote for “Dead Land Series.”

What is your next project?

I have several but now I am focused on getting this done. Me and a colleague are going to plan for a Swedish comedy-webseries that should be easy to shoot with very low cost. We will have a production meeting soon to look at possibilities and talk to some good writers. I would love to be a part of something like Duplass Togetherness.” It’s just so great. Also me and Rahan are planning a thriller movie. The script is being worked on and we certainly have our work cut out for us.

The independent film business is a difficult one. What keeps you motivated? Where do you see the industry going in the future?

Telling stories and having an adventurous life is what drives me. I can sometimes get off track dealing with all the obstacles in life and the acting business, forgetting why I started in the first place but I pick myself up and refocus. The industry is definitely going more and more on the web of course and also more people have the opportunity to experiment and explore. With cheaper equipment and easier access to knowledge about the craft through webinars etc. it’s definitely going to keep democratizing the industry. Giving a more diverse set of stories.

Which filmmakers, artists or individuals have most influenced your work?

Mark Duplass’ speech is must see!”The cavalry isn´t coming” is a phrase that stuck with me and that I can see in the succesful people that I admire. It’s really a never ending hustle and you can relax with that. Don´t worry, it’s always going to be difficult but you will also grow and deal with it in a better way. It keeps me motivated and makes me pull-up my sleeves and do it myself.

What advice would you give new filmmakers?

  1. Pull-up your sleeves and do it yourself.
  2. Be nice.
  3. Keep learning new things.
  4. Get motivation through Tony Robbins (personal favorite) or whatever is your thing. You´ll need to extra push sometimes.
  5.  Rest, don’t work ALL the time. Plan moments of fun so you don’t forget to live a little.

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I want to give a shout-out to my fantastic agency Hammarström Agency.  The CEO Fia Hammarström gave me a “home” and truly believes in me and acts with no fear. Her relentless energy is inspiring and infections.

Watch and vote for Dead Land Series.

Check out Philip Hughes website here.

Big Yard Trailer: 

This pitch is competing in the REELPITCH Challenge, Remember you can vote once a day for the duration of the contest for as many pitches as you deem worthy!


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