Here is a short collection of videos I’ve worked on, either as a writer, director, editor or actor.
Going Down, 2010 – Writer/Director
Filmed in 2010, this is my degree film from my final year on a Media Production course at Northumbria University.
Specialising in writing and directing, I created this piece with the help of a brilliant crew. The idea was a short comic film about two people in a claustrophobic relationship, getting stuck in a lift.
It was an incredibly challenge undertaking this film as, with the exception of the opening shot, the rest of the film was created on a set we purpose built. Creating that sense of claustrophobia was difficult, but I think it pays off.
While the film has certain flaws, I’m incredibly proud of my first real writing and directing experience, as I feel I achieved what I set out to do. The crew worked together well, and between us, we created something I’m very fond of. Writing and directing is certainly an area I would like to explore again.
Written & Directed by Rob Gilroy
Produced by Anna Holderness
Cinematography by Harriet Critchley
Sound Production by Andy Greenshields
Edited by Danielle Smith
Starring Abby Herron & Rob Gilroy
‘Be Honest with Me’
Written by Gene Autry & Fred Rose
Performed by Dean Martin
(C) Copyright EMI UK
Composed by David O’Brien
Published by Audio Network PLC
The Real Life, 2009 – Editor
This is a short documentary exploring the phenomenon of reality TV. Filmed in 2009 by David Morse, it formed part of his final year Media Production course at Northumbria University.
As part of my second year, I was required to assist a third year crew in a discipline of my choosing. I decided to specialise in Editing as it has always been something I enjoy, and I feel I have an aptitude for.
This film was particularly challenging as I worked closely with David to not only piece together the narrative from interviews and footage, but also play with some of the editing conventions found in reality TV. I also contributed additional material as we needed links to bridge the gaps between segments.
I am incredibly proud of this film and my work on it, particularly as it won me a placement with a production company in their post-production department.
Co-Directed by: Oliver Whitehouse & David Morse
Presented & Produced by David Morse
Edited by: Rob Gilroy & David Morse
Cinematography by: Simon Rogers & Geoff Jones
Sound by: Redford Stephenson
Script by: Joe Gilmore
Additional Material: Rob Gilroy
Glass, 2007 – Writer & Director
Filmed in 2007, as part of my first year course at Media Production at Northumbria University. The course required us to pitch ideas for documentaries, then we were randomly assigned production roles on the selected pitches.
Glass was based on an idea by Amanda Aiken, following the day-to-day life of her mother, stained glass artist, Emma Butler-Cole Aiken. I was assigned the role of writer/director as was tasked with crafting the narrative of the documentary during the filming, working closely with the crew.
It was an exciting opportunity to take control of a larger crew, and I feel we worked well together to create and interesting and visually satisfying piece.
Written & Directed by Rob Gilroy
Produced by Amanda Aiken
Cinematography by James Boughen
Sound Recording by Warwick Baines-Bennett
Lighting and Boom Operating by Harriet Critchley & Polly Blake