Film Director/Producer of no-budget feature film, "Cosmos" - Trailer: https://vimeo.com/288262320
Making of: https://vimeo.com/296035264
Company Elliander Pictures. (ellianderpictures.co.uk)
An Independent TV Producer and Director, supplying HD Factual Entertainment Documentaries to International Television Broadcasters.
- Discovery Networks Europe
Film by Elliander Pictures Director/Producer COSMOS is a contemporary sci-fi mystery following three amateur astronomers who accidentally intercept what they believe is a signal from an alien civilisation. Realising they may have just stumbled across Mankind’s greatest discovery, they must race to document their finding, prove its authenticity and share it with the world before it is lost forever. But the truth they uncover is even more incredible than any of them could have imagined. Inspired by Amblin-era adventure, set over one night and against the backdrop of a World changing discovery, COSMOS offers spectacle and thrills but reminds us success is nothing without people to share it with. COSMOS is a no-budget feature. Directing brothers, Elliot Weaver & Zander Weaver, self produced the project, taking on all major crew roles throughout production, with the exception of writing the score. The movie is complete, primed for the festival circuit and currently seeking distribution. Please contact us for more info.
Documentary by Elliander Pictures Director/Producer
Robert Gilson: Memoirs of an Infantry Officer
Documentary by Elliander Pictures Director/Producer The second of three documentary films commissioned by King Edward’s School, Birmingham as part of their 1914-1918 commemorations. Over 1,400 former pupils of King Edward’s School served in the First World War and 245 lost their lives, 52 of which during the Somme campaign of 1916. This film explores the disastrous first day of the Somme campaign through the beautifully written letters of one infantry officer, Robert Quilter Gilson, son of the school’s Headmaster and closest friend of J.R.R. Tolkien, who also fought in the war. As an eloquent and sensitive observer of life, the words of 22 year old Robert Quilter Gilson preserve one very personal account among the vast and unfathomable story of the First World War - tragically, he was an eyewitness to history who simply never came back home.
Apollo Astronauts: Training NASA's Moon Men
Documentary by Free Spirit Film & TV Director/Producer In 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and into the history books as the first of only twelve men to walk on the Moon. But in 1961 when Kennedy pledged to put a man on the Moon, NASA had barely put a man into orbit. They had less than 10 years to train a team of astronauts to overcome the unknown challenges of a mission to the Moon. What followed was an intense training period that put America’s first astronauts through their paces; testing their physical and mental strength, stamina, flying skills and bravery to ensure they were made of the right stuff. But centrifuges, probing medical tests and jungle survival training was just the beginning, planting flags and footprints wasn’t enough; the select few would not only need to pilot the complex spacecraft to and from the moon but also be skilled photographers, geologists and scientists. Featuring stunning NASA footage and expert interviews with Apollo space scientists, this inspirational film explores the early days of astronaut training, following those pioneering pilots from selection to the lunar surface and back again.
The Apollo Experience: Apollo 17
Documentary by Free Spirit Film & TV Director/Producer Between 1968 and 1972, NASA successfully sent 24 men where no human beings had been before or since. The final mission, Apollo 17, flew in December 1972 and closed the final chapter in NASA’s triumphant Apollo Program. Journey with astronauts Eugene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt and Ronald Evans through their extensive training and across their 14-day mission to the Moon and back, and share the discoveries with Cernan and Schmitt as they explore the lunar surface for 3 days, while Evans performs experiments and reconnaissance in lunar orbit. Using spectacular NASA high-definition archive footage, mission audio and rare astronaut interviews, this is a unique documentary film that comprehensively chronicles one of the greatest moments in mankind’s history. Uninterrupted by narration or expert interviews, this documentary immerses the audience inside the action as it happened on the day, over 40 years ago. The Apollo 17 Experience is an emotive, informative and inspirational tribute to the spirit of human exploration and mankind’s final steps on the Moon.
Assault on the Senses
Film (short) by Elliander Pictures Director/Producer In the midst of fighting in the pacific, a US Second World War soldier contemplates the aftermath of battle. Where once there was respite from the chaos of war, now there are a million small things that wear away at morale; the ringing in his ears, the crackling of his mess tin on the fire and the relentless rain that pats on his tin helmet. Assault on the Senses explores the mental war that follows a battle.
NASA's 10 Greatest Achievements
Documentary by Free Spirit Film & TV Director/Producer Since it’s formation in the early 60’s, NASA has continued to be the leading power in space exploration. Working with other space agencies, it has contributed substantially to the ongoing exploration of our universe, achieving incredible firsts that span the decades. This film comprehensively chronicles the finest moments in NASA’s triumphant space program, reliving some of the most inspirational and famous moments that have captivated audiences and inspired generations around the world, over the last five decades. Using stunning NASA archive footage and featuring expert interviews with space scientists, NASA’s 10 Greatest Achievements reveals the importance of space exploration and uncovers the ways in which this knowledge has benefited all of Mankind over the last five decades. Nowhere is our potential for greatness more clearly demonstrated than in our constant quest to explore the cosmos, and this mini-series highlights the finest moments in a fifty-year quest.
Tolkien's Great War
Documentary by Elliander Pictures Director/Producer The first of three documentary films commissioned by King Edward’s School, Birmingham as part of their 1914-1918 commemorations - over 1,400 former pupils of King Edward’s School served in the First World War and 245 lost their lives. Tolkien fought on the Western Front as a young officer, as did many of his school friends, and this film explores his experiences during the First World War, and how the nature of war and the scale it’s sacrifice went on to shape his culturally defining works.
13 Factors That Saved Apollo 13
Documentary by Free Spirit Film & TV (Documentary) Director/Producer April 13th, 1970, 180,000 miles from Earth, a devastating malfunction leaves Apollo 13 leaking previous oxygen and its crew of three astronauts facing a life and death crisis. If Mission Control cannot find a way to bring Apollo 13 home, the astronauts will be stranded 200,000 miles from Earth in their dying ship. Now with limited power and supplies on board the spacecraft, the ground teams work around the clocking, engineering creative solutions to overcome carbon dioxide poisoning, dehydration and the freezing temperatures of deep space, to ensure the crew’s survival. Using spectacular NASA footage, exclusive interviews with Apollo space scientists and stunning visual effects; this film explores the thirteen remarkable factors that brought the crew safely home, and the full story of the courage and ingenuity that cemented Apollo 13 as NASA’s finest hour.
The Mysterious Disappearance of M.M.Bayliss
Film (short) by Elliander Pictures (Thriller) Director A young man is woken one night by a set of haunted keys that float before him. Guided through his empty house by the possessed keys, he discovers a dark room hiding an even darker secret.
The Saturn V Story
Documentary by Free Spirit Film & TV (Documentary) Director/Producer In 1961, when President Kennedy pledged to put a man on the Moon by the end of the decade, no rocket existed with the power or capability to rise to the challenge. In order to win the race to Space, the United States would need to establish a multi-billion dollar space program. One man; Werner Von Braun, believed he had the knowledge and vision to make Kennedy’s dream a reality. With the American public galvanised and the expertise of over 200,000 scientists and engineers, Von Braun masterminded the development of the Saturn V; the rocket that flew 24 men to the Moon and launched the greatest adventure in the history of exploration. This is the story of the most powerful machine ever built, and the men and women who believed it could fly. Using visual effects, stunning NASA footage and expert interviews with Apollo space scientists, this inspirational film tells the story of the colossal challenges NASA faced to fulfill Kennedy’s pledge. With the accolade of flying 24 men to the Moon, the Saturn V will always be considered one of Mankind’s greatest technological achievements.
Britain in a Day
Documentary by BBC/Scott Free Productions Contributor
New Street Remembered
Film (short) by Elliander Pictures Director/Producer
The Price Of Freedom
Documentary by Elliander Pictures (Drama) Director/Producer Using the emotive works of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, A.A. Milne, Wilfred Gibson, Rupert Brooke and John McCrae, The Price of Freedom tells a story seen through the eyes of just one British soldier, but told from the hearts of every man who fought when the world first went to war. The Great War Poets painted a vivid picture of the inner war that every soldier fights within himself. A war in which man discovers the true cost of sacrifice, a true loss of faith and the true fragility of life. Locked within their poetry is that truth; A soldier’s realisation that no-one would ever understand what was asked of him and an experience of fear as he had never before known.
Apollo 17: The Untold Story of the Last Men on the Moon
Documentary by Free Spirit Film & TV (Documentary) Director/Producer Astronauts Eugene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt and Ronald Evans were the three brave men chosen to fly NASA’s final mission. They have been written up in history books and acknowledged by the space and scientific communities, but have never received the public recognition they truly deserved. Apollo 17’s voyage to the Moon was the crowning glory of man’s lunar exploration. This documentary features spectacular NASA footage and exclusive interviews with space scientists who worked on the Apollo program during the 60’s and 70’s. This is the remarkable story of the determination and courage of a generation. A tribute to three brave astronauts and the thousands of men and women behind them during the final days of NASA’s Apollo program.
Young Independent Film & Television Award: Best Music Video