WILLIAM McGREGOR

POLDARK FOR THE BBC
Back in the late 70’s (over 10 years before I was born!) there was a TV show set on the wet and wild Cornish cliff tops that captured the atention of a nation. This show, Poldark, is being remade by the BBC. And I’m very proud to say il be directing episodes 5-8. The show is routed in its wind swept landscape, and stars the renegade Ross Poldark, to be played by Aidan Turner (The Hobbit, Being Human). I’ve always been driven and inspired by landscape in my work, that and characters with a dark side… so I’m very excited to be Directing the climax of Poldarks return.
Mar 26

POLDARK FOR THE BBC

Back in the late 70’s (over 10 years before I was born!) there was a TV show set on the wet and wild Cornish cliff tops that captured the atention of a nation. This show, Poldark, is being remade by the BBC. And I’m very proud to say il be directing episodes 5-8. The show is routed in its wind swept landscape, and stars the renegade Ross Poldark, to be played by Aidan Turner (The Hobbit, Being Human). I’ve always been driven and inspired by landscape in my work, that and characters with a dark side… so I’m very excited to be Directing the climax of Poldarks return.

I’m having great fun making commercials at the moment, playing with helicopters and working with some really cool people. But I’ve also been working on something all together darker… the gothic world of my feature film. A dark fairy tale set within the mountains of Snowdonia during the industrial revolution. 

I’ve been working on The Rising for over three years now, longer if you include the time spent on ‘Who’s Afraid of the Water Sprite?’ which is the short film that spawned the feature. But it finally feels like I have a script in my hands that could be a film… and maybe a really good one. Who knows! 

I’ve recently finished the latest draft, working closely with Tom Nash (Development Exec ) and Hilary Bevan Jones (Producer) to ensure that the script is as polished as it can be. The next step is to send the scrip of to the BFI who have funded the development of the film, where the Executive Producers cast their eyes over the script and make their decisions over its future… so fingers crossed. 

Anyway in celebration of completing the latest draft I’ve decided to post the first two pages of my closely guarded mood document for the film… they are two fantastically moody pages…. I’m sure you’l agree.
Feb 20

I’m having great fun making commercials at the moment, playing with helicopters and working with some really cool people. But I’ve also been working on something all together darker… the gothic world of my feature film. A dark fairy tale set within the mountains of Snowdonia during the industrial revolution.

I’ve been working on The Rising for over three years now, longer if you include the time spent on ‘Who’s Afraid of the Water Sprite?’ which is the short film that spawned the feature. But it finally feels like I have a script in my hands that could be a film… and maybe a really good one. Who knows!

I’ve recently finished the latest draft, working closely with Tom Nash (Development Exec ) and Hilary Bevan Jones (Producer) to ensure that the script is as polished as it can be. The next step is to send the scrip of to the BFI who have funded the development of the film, where the Executive Producers cast their eyes over the script and make their decisions over its future… so fingers crossed.

Anyway in celebration of completing the latest draft I’ve decided to post the first two pages of my closely guarded mood document for the film… they are two fantastically moody pages…. I’m sure you’l agree.

I’ve recently been invited by a production company to explore a rather interesting location. The space in question was deliciously dark and gothic, here’s a picture from my visit. Such an inspiring space. Like something out of a fairy tale…
Feb 4

I’ve recently been invited by a production company to explore a rather interesting location. The space in question was deliciously dark and gothic, here’s a picture from my visit. Such an inspiring space. Like something out of a fairy tale…

Jan 31

Here it is! My Pepsi Super Bowl commercial! Very proud of everyone at The Mill who worked on the spot. Hats of to the chaps at Mekanism also. 

The spot made the top 10 in the USA Today Super Bowl commercial poll and was the highest placed half time spot. Happy days :)

'PAN'S LABYRINTH' + 'WHO'S AFRAID OF THE WATER SPRITE?' DOUBLE BILL!
As a part of the BFI Gothic season the lovely people at the Take Over Film Festival in Belfast are showing my 2009 short film ‘Who’s Afraid of the Water Sprite?’. Whats more its billed as a pre screener to Guillermo Del Torro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. 

This screening is of particular importance to me as Pan’s Labyrinth was the film that inspired the script for ‘Who’s Afraid of the Water Sprite?’. So a double bill of the two films for me is a perfect combination and quite an honour. 

For more info please check out www.takeoverfilm.com or www.bfi.org.uk/gothic
Jan 22

'PAN'S LABYRINTH' + 'WHO'S AFRAID OF THE WATER SPRITE?' DOUBLE BILL!

As a part of the BFI Gothic season the lovely people at the Take Over Film Festival in Belfast are showing my 2009 short film ‘Who’s Afraid of the Water Sprite?’. Whats more its billed as a pre screener to Guillermo Del Torro’s Pan’s Labyrinth.

This screening is of particular importance to me as Pan’s Labyrinth was the film that inspired the script for ‘Who’s Afraid of the Water Sprite?’. So a double bill of the two films for me is a perfect combination and quite an honour.

For more info please check out www.takeoverfilm.com or www.bfi.org.uk/gothic

Jan 17

The cinematic experiments continue! This sequence was originally shot on a 7D using my home made lenses, and other ‘optics’ including cling-film and a magnifying glass. I then projected the footage and did an in camera edit filming selected shots on Super 8. 

Thanks to top chap Sam Heasman for the help on the day. 

Jan 5

I’m massively excited to be working with one of my all time favourite DoP’s Bob Yeoman on my upcoming Super Bowl commercial. Bob’s work with Wes Anderson has created some of my favourite films of recent time, including Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and the forth coming The Grand Budapest Hotel. 

Bobs style perfectly suites the vision we have for the spot, so I’m looking forwards to collaborating with him and hopefully making something really special.

No doubt Il be learning a lot from Bob. 

Exciting news! I’m going to be directing a Super Bowl commercial. 100,000,000 Americans watched Super Bowl XLVII making it the most watched television event in US history…. so no pressure… 
I cant currently say what the spot is for, as I’m NDA’d to the teeth. But I can say the commercial will play during half time and shoots in NYC.  
Jan 5

Exciting news! I’m going to be directing a Super Bowl commercial. 100,000,000 Americans watched Super Bowl XLVII making it the most watched television event in US history…. so no pressure… 

I cant currently say what the spot is for, as I’m NDA’d to the teeth. But I can say the commercial will play during half time and shoots in NYC.  

After a recent lens test I messed around with projecting the footage and re recording on a couple of different mediums. One being the LomoKino camera. The experiment didn’t 100% work… but theres something about these scans that I actually quite like. They are almost ghostly… You can see a few more on my Flickr feed. http://www.flickr.com/photos/wmcgregor/sets/72157638762961925/
Dec 17

After a recent lens test I messed around with projecting the footage and re recording on a couple of different mediums. One being the LomoKino camera. The experiment didn’t 100% work… but theres something about these scans that I actually quite like. They are almost ghostly… You can see a few more on my Flickr feed. http://www.flickr.com/photos/wmcgregor/sets/72157638762961925/

Its been a busy few weeks, the latest draft of  my feature film The Rising completed and on its way to my Exective Producers at The BFI. I’m also preparing for the follow up campaign to my Freddy SS13 commercial, which should be shooting in the new year. 
Meanwhile I have also continued experimenting with the home made lenses and various filters and optics that I’ve been building. I’m currently editing my second in a series of experimental shorts for a selection of fragrances by Lolita Lempicka. The first was a dream like aquatic exploration, this version is a more autumnal experience. 
I’ve posted a few stills which demonstrate the effect achieved with the ‘Frankenlenses’, they are a lot of fun to play with and I’m loving the results.  
Dec 13

Its been a busy few weeks, the latest draft of  my feature film The Rising completed and on its way to my Exective Producers at The BFI. I’m also preparing for the follow up campaign to my Freddy SS13 commercial, which should be shooting in the new year. 

Meanwhile I have also continued experimenting with the home made lenses and various filters and optics that I’ve been building. I’m currently editing my second in a series of experimental shorts for a selection of fragrances by Lolita Lempicka. The first was a dream like aquatic exploration, this version is a more autumnal experience. 

I’ve posted a few stills which demonstrate the effect achieved with the ‘Frankenlenses’, they are a lot of fun to play with and I’m loving the results.  

Nov 7

Incredible, outstanding and beautiful work like this is why I work for The Mill. Congrats to my comrades at Mill+ for making something next level for COD Ghost. 

Nov 5

Tomorrow night is my last episode of MisFits. As block one director I got to shoot the first three episodes of this the final the season of the show. But now I must pass on the MisFits baton to the next lucky director. I’m sad that this is my last ep, however I think we may have saved the best to last in block one. I’ve already heard talk that this episode has been put forwards for a BAFTA or two…. which is pretty bloody exciting! So fingers crossed it goes down well tomorrow night. 

Nov 1

I’ve just finished work on a fragrance spot for ‘L’ by Lolita Lempicka. The atmospheric teaser was shot entirely on my collection of plastic toy and home made lenses. Which helps add to the dreamy nature of the macro and underwater sequences, capturing the essence of the fragrance in an experimental short film. Produced by Ben Burdock @ Mill+ and graded by Mikey Rossiter @ The Mill NY. 

Some great reviews appearing for last nights MisFits ep. A lot of much deserved praise heading Joe Gilguns way for his performance as Rudy and Rudy Too. I actually cant begin to tell you how great this guy is to work with, as a director he is the kind of actor I dream of, brave, spontaneous and a genuine one of a kind. Here’s one of my fave reviews of his performance last night: ‘It’s so easy to forget how difficult it must be for Joe Gilgun to play the differing emotions of both versions of Rudy, let alone altering his reactions depending on which character he’s talking to, but last night’s episode saw him portraying every emotion going and he did so brilliantly. Having previously been nominated for a BAFTA for his role in the fantastic ‘This Is England ‘88’, in my opinion, he more than deserves to win the prestigious award based on his performance in ‘Misfits’. 
Oct 31

Some great reviews appearing for last nights MisFits ep. A lot of much deserved praise heading Joe Gilguns way for his performance as Rudy and Rudy Too. I actually cant begin to tell you how great this guy is to work with, as a director he is the kind of actor I dream of, brave, spontaneous and a genuine one of a kind. Here’s one of my fave reviews of his performance last night: It’s so easy to forget how difficult it must be for Joe Gilgun to play the differing emotions of both versions of Rudy, let alone altering his reactions depending on which character he’s talking to, but last night’s episode saw him portraying every emotion going and he did so brilliantly. Having previously been nominated for a BAFTA for his role in the fantastic ‘This Is England ‘88’, in my opinion, he more than deserves to win the prestigious award based on his performance in ‘Misfits’. 

Oct 24

So proud of ep 1 which aired last night, and by the response on twitter, blogs and the critical reviews I’d say we are off to a cracking start. For myself as someone who has come to direct the show as a long time fan it was important to take MisFits back to its routes, these are new characters and MisFits has evolved. But for me series 4 was a disappointment, so hopefully we are starting to make amends with season 5. I feel ep 1 has shown our intention, hopefully its an encouraging sign to fans of our plans for the final ever season. My feeling is that ep 1 did a lot to reassure many of the MisFits faithful, and ep 2 will go on to seal the deal when it airs next week, with a master class performance from Joe Gilgun, I genuinely reckon its his best ever MisFits ep… bring on next wednesday.