The 48 Hour Film Project is a contest in which teams of filmmakers are assigned a genre, a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue one minute before you start. In our case, we were given:
- Title: ‘The Search’
- Dialogue: ‘This one listens, the other… who knows’
- A prop and action: ‘A key – a single key is put on a keyring along with three near-identical keys’.
- Science Idea: ‘In a world where everyone has their own AI assistant, could they be used for an alibi?
From the moment you receive the above you have 48 hours to write, assemble your actors/film crew, shoot your film, edit it and deliver it to the competition organisers. This was our effort.
2014: I went to school in Leicester with a lad called 'Mark Sheffield' and when we met up again 30 years later in London, I was amazed to hear that he had changed his name to 'Max Global' and when I asked him why, he said: 'I although thought I was bigger than a city!'
But what was more surprising is that for years Max has been doing his own sketch show based on a multitude of characters and so to support him I instructed my mate Christopher Signore, who is probably one of the countries finest living cartoonists, (see: https://qwertychris.deviantart.com) to animate an introduction to Max's sketch show and this is the result.
2013: 'Kickoff' is a short film about a protest turning into a riot. Starring Steven Waddington (Sleepy Hollow, Last of the Mohicans). It won 2013 UK Film Festival Best British Short and was a 2013 London Sundance top 5 runner up and it was written by Alistair Moore, directed by Zoran Trajkovic. My job was to find a group of people capable of providing a violent disturbance of the peace (for the record, I was the one in the Spider Man mask). It was a great day out... we had a riot.
2010: A three minute Martin Gooch (writer/director) Sci-Fi short film shot on Super 8 film for the ‘Straight Eight’ film challenge. In this competition you are given a roll of Super 8 film and you edit the film yourself (by taking your finger off the camera trigger). You then send the film off to be developed and the first time you see it, is on a big screen at a cinema. Ours was a finalist in the competition and premiered at the Curzon Cinema (Mayfair) 28th July, 2010.
2010: These are some more sketches I wrote for children. This one was filmed at various locations also, including: Malshanger Park, Rochester and Codrington Rochester, Leighton Buzzard and Basingstoke.
2009: I wrote this show as a TV pilot for children. It is based on the type of television I used to sit down to watch with my mum and dad when I was a lad and as such offends no one. It was filmed at Rochester, Leighton Buzzard and Basingstoke.
2009: The opening music is by Emma Tricca. I first met her in 2001 in a coffee shop in Dean Street, Soho where I used to go to write. Emma went to achieve worldwide fame as a folk singer and this film is my interpretation of a track from her debut album ‘Gypsy and Red Chairs’, called ‘November’s at my Door’. It stars Sophia Krzeczunowicz and Jonathan Sayers.
2007: This short film was inspired by the BBC’s ‘Antiques Road Show’ which I have been a fan of since its conception in 1977. To pull it off we borrowed a country house, invited twenty friends along and kidnapped ‘Mini’, my 84 year old next door neighbour, when I lived in Crouch End!
2006: This was the first sketch I ever filmed. I was fortunate to get the multi-talented Rose Ward to play the lead character for me. She now plays piano with ‘The Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra’, who take their inspiration from popular concerts which took place at the Waldorf Hotel in Aldwych in the early 1900s.
1987: Whilst taking part in 'Operation Keystone', which was a joint exercise in West Germany of 130,000 soldiers (regular, reserve and Territorial Army) from The British Army of the Rhine and NATO, we were filmed for a TV recruiting drive for the TA and my Land Rover can be seen at 00:30. Providing the opposition (Orange forces) were 6,300 German (1 Panzergrenadier Brigade), 3,500 Dutch (41st Armoured Brigade), 3,400 American (1st Armoured Brigade), the 5th Airborne Brigade, the Parachute Regiment and the 10th Gurkha Rifles.