As part of EE’s partnership with BAFTA, the EE Film Stories: BAFTA Scotland short highlights how technology is keeping the film and TV industry connected throughout change – with mobile connectivity relied upon for casting, communication and directing in “the new normal”.
Fresh from her recognition at BAFTA Scotland Awards last week, director Lynsey Miller (Deadwater Fell) makes her on-screen debut in the latest EE Film Stories short film.
Made possible through EE mobile connectivity, the short film features cameos from Scottish stars James Cosmo (Game of Thrones and His Dark Materials) and Katie Leung (The Nest and Roadkill), as well as Glen Wallace (The Secret and Marcella).
Miller said: ““One of the key requirements of a director is the ability to communicate. You have a crew full of people relying on you to relay decisions and formulate plans. Technology is absolutely vital in the continuing conversation between myself, and the team of brilliant professionals that make a piece of tv or film happen.
It is now possible to deliver so much of the important pre-production and post-production process remotely – digital recces, online castings and read-throughs, reviewing large media files… The list goes on! Technology has enabled us to adapt and keep doing what we love.”
In a step away from her current role directing the major new three-part drama about Anne Boleyn (2021), in EE Film Stories, Miller provides a glimpse into production life in the “new normal”.
The short film highlights how technology advancements, such as 4G and 5G on EE, are keeping the industry connected through change, seeing Scottish-born Lynsey Miller connect with, cast and direct, all over her handset.
EE Film Stories opens at a film base unit in the Yorkshire countryside, before we see Miller travel in an Audi Q7 to the set of her latest project, Anne Boleyn, coming to the UK on Channel 5 in 2021, at the famed Bolton Castle.
On the road, Miller catches-up with actor James Cosmo (Game of Thrones and His Dark Materials), of the release of his long-awaited film The Glass Man, who jovially says he’s glad to see Miller “Back into production again” as Miller chimes back that she’s “Excited to get going”.
Sat outside the historic 14th century landmark, Miller is seen again on her mobile, this time running lines with actress Katie Leung (The Nest andRoadkill), who is based in London. Miller can be heard saying “Video castings are now part of my new normal”, before we see Leung gazing down the phone camera, delivering her final line, “And they lived happily ever after”.