There are always a handful of new faces at the monthly Aberdeen Actors and Directors Networking event.
We met screenwriter and TV extra James Stewart at the May event (listen to his IADF podcast), and among the new people who turned up this month were freelance video editor Neil Gillies (hoping to get him in a podcast in the future!) and Chris Scott and J.Scott Murray who drove up from Dundee.
Scott (on the right) is the more established actor of the two, with TV credits including BBC Scotland’s soap River City and BBC 1’s Garrow’s Law, and a bunch of short films and theatre credits, too.
Chris did most of his acting during time spent in Wales. He’s had time away from performance, but after some years back in Dundee he’s now looking to get back into it. He’s also currently involved in the Dundonian Shakespeare production ‘Tambo and Juliet’.
He uses the Dundee-based Jam Collective as a way to network in Dundee.
The pair met recently on a film by Dundee filmmaker Peter Reed, called Mr Davidson.
While checking some details about people and films mentioned in Chris and Scott’s interview I discovered that the Dundee-based Jam Collective is in production with a film called Ninth Maiden.
Like the Edinburgh-based short film Boat, directed by David Lumsden and produced by Katie Crook (listen to Katie’s podcast) of Blue Iris Films, Ninth Maiden appears to be a post-apocalyptic vision, this time of Dundee.
The Jam Collective’s Facebook Group says it is:
A creative collective who meet with the intention of creating a short film in a short time frame, working creatively and collaboratively on low to no budgets.
That’s pretty cool. I’m not sure that’s a production model that exists in Aberdeen at the moment.
You can see production stills in the link below – shot by none other than J.Scott Murray, who also plays one of the lead characters in the film.
Aberdeen Actors and Directors Networking event
J.Scott Murray and Chris Scott
Sons of Spielberg
IADF podcast with Sons of Spielberg
Peter Reed’s short film ‘Mr Davidson’
Quids In Theatre Company
Tambo and Juliet