Siena Oberman: Making Waves

Interview by Jakob Lewis Barnes

We always strive to support the women in film movement here at JumpCut UK, by highlighting the outstanding women making waves in the industry. Our focus here is Siena Oberman; a producer hailing from Los Angeles,¬†a woman on a mission, hoping to inspire and effect change whilst telling the stories that matter. Her latest short film ‘Iconoclast’ just got accepted into Cannes 2017, and she’s got plenty more where that came from.¬†


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Conscientia: Poster and Details Released

Whilst you’ve all (hopefully) been enjoying our latest short film ‘Harlequin’, our filmmaking team has been working hard behind the scenes developing our next project. Now, we can tell you a few things about our upcoming short film, titled ‘Conscientia’.

‘Conscientia’ is a short, mysterious, horror film, which will see Nick Deal make his directorial debut, as well as Jakob Lewis Barnes making his acting debut, alongside Hannah Thomas. Nick and Jakob wrote the screenplay for this film, afConscientiater collaborating with Naim David to develop a story. The film will also see JumpCut UK Productions join forces with Felix Mater Society once again, after a successful collaboration on ‘Harlequin’.

Synopsis: As Samuel once again struggles with his inability to sleep, his grasp on reality is challenged when the events of a single night lead him to question his own morality.

If that wasn’t enough to get your tongues wagging, we’ve also got this wicked¬†poster for ‘Conscientia’, courtesy of our Art Director, Oscar Barnes. Filming begins on 19th February 2017. Release date TBC.

Harlequin: An Update

If you follow us on Twitter (you’d be mad not to), you may have noticed that our latest short film ‘Harlequin’ is complete, which is very exciting. The short film, directed by Jakob Lewis Barnes and starring Kenton Hall (A Dozen Summers), is a dark drama about a clown who reaches his breaking point – very appropriate with the recent outbreak of crazy clowns on the streets. That’s nothing to do with us though, promise.

The film has been sent as a private screener to a select few, for advanced reviews, and the response so far has been overwhelmingly positive. Please take a moment to check out these reviews from these lovely people:

Moving forward, ‘Harlequin’ is now in the hands of its executive producer over at Felix Mater Society, who is navigating the minefield that is festival submission. Due to this, we are currently unable to nail down a general release date, but rest assured, we will bombard you all with the link to watch the finished article once it’s up on YouTube. You can watch the trailer here in the meantime (please do). Thanks to everyone who has supported this project so far.

Harlequin’s Leading Man

Our next filmmaking venture – the short film titled ‘Harlequin’ – has found its star. We are delighted to announce that Kenton Hall, who you may recognise from the brilliant indie flick ‘A Dozen Summers’ (a film which Kenton also directed), will play the lead role in ‘Harlequin’.

With the film being something of a one-man-show, all eyes will be on Kenton Hall and his portrayal of a troubled clown. Personally, we think Kenton will be perfect for the role (not that we think he’s a clown or anything), and we’re very excited to work with such a talented performer.¬†

Harlequin Gets An Executive Producer

We are delighted to announce that Felix Mater Society will be acting as Executive Producer on our next short film – ‘Harlequin’. After discussing the project with the head of Felix Mater, an agreement has been put in place and the company have really got behind us on this one. Isn’t it great when you connect with people who share the same vision as you?

The short film – written and directed by Jakob Lewis Barnes – is set to begin filming in May 2016. Look out for more details in the near future and please, continue to support indie film!

Our Next Project

If you enjoyed our debut short film ‘Layla’, you’ll be happy to hear that the wheels are in motion on our next project. Filming is set to begin at the end of this month on ‘Harlequin’, a short film about a clown suffering with mental health issues (and no, there’s no links to The Joker or Harleen Quinzel, sorry).¬†

‘Harlequin’ is a story written by Jakob Lewis Barnes, who will also direct the film. Look out for updates on this project and any other filmmaking information on our new JumpCut UK Productions Twitter page.

Our First Film Is Here

Great news! A month earlier than we originally planned, our first short film is now available online for everyone to watch. At just 10 minutes long, you can easily squeeze a viewing of ‘Layla’ into your busy schedules. Please support indie film and give it a watch (as many times as you want) and spread the word. You can watch ‘Layla’ in full, free of charge¬†here.

Interesting facts: we made this film on an iPhone 6 (because you can do that kinda thing nowadays) and shot the whole thing in just one day. This first venture into filmmaking from directors Jakob Lewis Barnes and Samuel James is rather experimental, and with a budget of just ¬£200, ‘Layla’ was always going to be a challenge, but hopefully you’ll enjoy the film. Please let us know your thoughts.

Layla (2016); Drama – Horror – Fantasy

Synopsis: Trapped and mistreated by her oppressive captor, Layla longs to escape and enjoy the freedom of the outside world. Will the mysterious woman in red offer Layla everything she wants?

Sneak Peek At Our First Project

Our first filmmaking project – a short film titled ‘Layla’ – is in post-production and nearing completion. During the final stages of production, we will be updating you all with various sneak peeks and stills from the film.¬†

So, without further ado, here’s a look at the first three stills we’ve taken from the footage.¬†

Layla 1Rules are there to be broken
Layla 2Black patrols the garden
Layla 3Red loses herself in paradise

What do you think? What’s the deal with these Black and Red characters? Who set fire to that sign? Please feel free to share your thoughts with us and keep an eye out for further updates.

JumpCut UK Productions Presents

JumpCut UK is spreading its wings, and from 2016 onwards, we will not only be reviewing films but also making them! Our first project – a short film titled ‘Layla’ – is currently in post-production, and will be available for all to see early next year. Throughout the course of 2016, we plan to produce a total of 6 short films, at the very least.

You can keep up to date with all the latest from our filmmaking ventures right here, in the JumpCut UK Productions section; from sneak-peek stills and posters, trailers, news and information. We hope you enjoy, and support our work.