When Heledd asked me if I would make a short promotional film for her wedding photography business I did virtual cartwheels. I adore Heledd’s work and we collaborate a lot documenting weddings in North Wales and Cheshire so it only made perfect sense to produce her video.

She organised a styled wedding photoshoot at the stunning Rivercatcher Cottages in Llandrillo, Corwen and brought together many well-established wedding suppliers from North Wales to style a dream wedding.

It was a wonderful experience filming Huw & Dilwen’s wedding at Capel Gellifor and Ruthin Farmers Auction House while Heledd Roberts photographed the wedding.

The theming was beautifully rustic to tie in with the couple’s agricultural background and we had a fun (but cold!) photoshoot at a lake near their farm with stunning views of North Wales.

This wedding will always stick in my memory because it was my first Welsh-speaking wedding. If only I could speak Welsh! The couple were very pleased with the highlights video and it had a good reception on social media.

I loved Fran and Nathan’s gorgeous wedding – it was fun and exciting to photograph them enjoying their falconry experience in the lovely grounds of Pentre Mawr. I must thank Heledd Roberts for getting me on board as her second shooter; it’s always a joy to work with her and I’m grateful to learn all I can through working together.

 

A short documentary about Lindy Martin, a ceramicist and beachcomber from Llansteffan. We follow her beachcombing and making one of her signature teapots. Finally, we chat about her dad who was a famous local photographer in Aberystwyth. The documentary was created while studying at Aberystwyth University for the Documentary Production module in our third year.

Equipment

We filmed using a Nikon D5100 and Nikon D3100 with kit lenses. Aberystwyth University let us borrow a camera slider and a TASCAM audio recorder with a wireless tie-clip microphone to improve production quality.

Reception

The final film received 73% which is a First at University level and was screened at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. It was also selected as part of The Eye: Ceramic Season exhibition which was shown in the foyer of the Arts Centre in a pod shaped like an eye.

WINNER in the 19-25 category for Best Documentary at the ZOOM International Film Festival (BAFTA approved) March 27th 2015
Official selection at AUBG Film festival
Shortlisted at the AMIRANI Student Film Festival 2014 in Georgia
Shortlist for best documentary at Freshly Squeezed International Film Festival 2013
Shortlist for best new talent award at Freshly Squeezed International Film Festival 2013
Nominated for best documentary at Fuse Film Festival 2013
Nominated for best direction at Thurrock International Film Festival 2013
Nominated for best documentary at Thurrock International Film Festival 2013

Other screenings:
Glastonbury Film Festival 2015
Filmed up, Cornerhouse, Manchester
Kino Shorts, Manchester
Gloustershire Film Showcase

A Documentary about love and happiness. The film follows a couple and their everyday life together. Filmed below the waistline along with the sound of their poems is an experimental way to see if the audience can understand characters without seeing their faces…

Director: Natasha Hawthornthwaite
Co-Director: Emily Roberts
Camera & Sound: Emily Roberts, Natasha Hawthornthwaite
Editor: Emily Roberts

Kevin McNally (Actor, Pirates of the Caribbean)
“Delightful and imaginatively shot”

Mick Jackson (Director of L.A. Story, Volcano and The Bodyguard)
“Natasha Hawthornwaite’s touching film is commendably brave and honest and quite unafraid of seeming sentimental – for which I would applaud it. It’s a really neat idea to hear the affirmations of love spoken over shots of everyday house-keeping activities As we listen to the couple’s voices, we come to know them and appreciate their relationship, even though we don’t see their faces until the last minute.”

Sally Lisk-Lewis (BBC Developer)
“What a delightful film. Made me feel strangely proud – and grateful for the happiness that exist between two people. It’s not easy to show that kind of contentment on screen but you did it in a very charming, heartful way, beautifully observed.”

Christopher Morris (Lecturer at Newport Film School & BBC Producer & Director)
“This was a perfect short film that did not outstay it’s welcome – it delivered a simple idea and was flooded with warmth, humour and love.”