FRANK – short film

FRANK, the debut short film from acclaimed comedians Ben Target and Joe Parham, produced by the award-winning Turtle Canyon Films, is released online.

The short film “FRANK”, starring Kieran Hodgson of acclaimed double act Kieran & Joe, and written and directed by Ben Target & Joe Parham, has been released online by Turtle Canyon Films after having screened at festivals around the world. Ben Target is a Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee 2012 and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2011, Joe Parham is a honey-voiced comedy writer currently working on shows on Cartoon Network and E4.

FRANK is the story of a reclusive young model maker (Kieran Hodgson) whose unsettling but deeply touching attempt to attract the attention of the woman he loves (Natalie Dibsdale) is sabotaged by his greatest creation.

The film was made on a tiny budget – no more than a few hundred quid – and shot in Joe’s house and the surrounding area with the help of friends and relatives. Everything in the film was built or found by Ben and Joe, and Ben constructed Frank’s creation, as Frank himself does, out of stuff he pilfered from a skip (including a set of manikin legs, a supermarket trolley and some discarded military medals.) This homemade aesthetic was crucial to the production, look and ethos of the film.

Ben and Joe met Stuart Laws and Al Clayton on the comedy circuit, and quickly realised that Turtle Canyon Films was the ideal home for FRANK. Stu and Al shared their artistic vision, and brought the technical expertise to make it a reality. As first time directors, Joe and Ben relished the opportunity to learn from the more experienced Stu and Al.

Turtle Canyon Media is a full-service, award-winning production company made up of highly-motivated, enthusiastic people who have a real passion for film. The team has over 10 years of experience each and are based at Pinewood Studios and in Seattle, Washington. They have made ten short films in the last two years and are achieving acclaim and success online and at festivals worldwide. Their knack for identifying and collaborating with exciting talent is making Turtle Canyon Films one of the most compelling and inventive independent production companies working today.

The creative team behind FRANK are currently in knee deep with their follow-up film THE BIRD. Once again directed by Joe Parham & Ben Target. The film stars BAFTA Award nominee and cult comedy favourite, actress Julia Davis alongside rising star Alastair Roberts. It is a tragic yet touching tale about a son struggling to direct his mother’s attention and affection towards himself and away from a garden bird who visits her every day. The team are currently crowdfunding for post-production to help make this ambitious film a reality, any further help would be hugely appreciated. Click here:

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