Simeon Duncombe, a.k.a. Semmo
Making a feature film with zero dollars is a stupid idea. It’s a wonderful idea too, otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it, but mostly it’s foolishly ambitious. An indispensable crew member is the DoP, the Director of Photography, in charge of the look of the film.
I’m super lucky where I know this man, Simeon Duncombe. Simeon (pronounced Simon or Semmo) is an animation supervisor at WETA digital and has a ridiculously massive project coming up in 2015, but he doesn’t let his mega long days stop him creating independent content.
He owns an entire film studio’s worth of gear, more or less. A camera, some rigs, editing gear, he’s nailed it. We’ve made a couple of projects together already, namely Dick Off, and we get on very well. He’s a fantastic collaborator and is on board for this ridiculous project we’re doing.
Simeon is also an accomplished director. His visually stunning short film Trick Meter (follow the link) has been acclaimed, featured on Short of the Week and hitting hard with not just the skateboarding community, but the filmmaking community too.
This is Simeon in Wellington cafe Loretta during a meeting with me about the look of the film, which we are currently referring to as Chronesthesia.
Chronesthesia got into Shanghai! We first got the email in February, 2017. I was in the South Island on a voluntary tour of primary schools for a charity organisation called Duffy Books in Homes. “Congratulations!” it started. “Chronesthesia has been selected for the 20th Annual Shanghai International Film Festival.” In the body of the […]Read More ›
We got an international sales agent! How ridiculous is that? Chronesthesia is now being represented internationally by WPE, operating out of the United States of America, selling around the world. As many territories as possible, as much money as possible, getting seen as far and wide as possible. Hold up – what’s […]Read More ›
To play in cinemas Completing a feature film under the age of thirty. That made me feel pretty damn good. Sometimes I wake up and remember it, in the same way that you often wake up and remember it’s a Saturday, and I feel fuzzy. And warm. And inspired to do more. But […]Read More ›
PREMIERE! It’s been a long road and a lot of work. Chronesthesia played to a sold out cinema audience as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival on Friday 29th July 2016. The positive response and reviews we’ve been receiving have made every single minute of hard work on the film worth it. […]Read More ›
Finished? Yes, completely finished. Visual effects: check. Colour grading: check. Sound: check. Score: check. Weird, weird feeling. Early last week I took the final finished film into a cinema and tested it all the way through. It was a great experience watching what we made out of nothing. A year ago we […]Read More ›
CHRONO HAS A PREMIERE!! Big news dropped today. Chronesthesia has a premiere. It’s playing for the first time in the world in the city is was shot in – Wellington, New Zealand. We are stoked to be screening on the big screen, obviously, and Wellington at the NZIFF (New Zealand International Film Festival) […]Read More ›