Chris Quick

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Chris Quick
Chris Quick Scottish Editor Producer.jpg
Deputy Director of the
Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance
Assumed office
31 October 2011
Director Andrew O'Donnell
Preceded by Position established
Personal details
Born (1988-08-02) 2 August 1988 (age 30)
Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Political party Labour Party (2011–2015)
Occupation Film editor, film producer
Known for
Website Official website

Chris Quick (born 2 August 1988) is a Scottish editor and producer of independent films. Since 2011, he has served as the Deputy Director of the Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance which he established with Scottish actor Andrew O'Donnell. His editing credits includes In Search of La Che, Broken Record, Electric Faces and The Greyness of Autumn which also marked his directorial debut.[1]

From October 2009 to February 2016, he was the head of post production at Quick Off The Mark Productions which he co-owned with Mark D. Ferguson.

Career[edit]

Quick Off The Mark Productions (2009 to 2016)[edit]

Originally starting in theatre,[2] Quick made the move to video editing in 2007 when he studied television production at the Glasgow Metropolitan College (now City of Glasgow College). It is here that he first met Mark D. Ferguson and Andy S. McEwan and formed a close working relationship with the pair. After graduating in 2009, he co-founded Quick Off The Mark Productions with Ferguson and began working in corporate advertising videos. In 2010, the pair were reunited with McEwan when they began development of what would become their first feature film, In Search of La Che. Starring Duncan Airlie James in his first leading role as an actor, the spoof mockumentary followed John Tavish on his quest to track down fictional rock star Roxy La Che. English actor, Steve Nallon also made a guest appearance in the film as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The film premiered at the Glasgow Film Theatre on 9 November 2011 with the cast and crew in attendance as well as an unexpected appearance form Scottish actor Peter Mullan.[3]

Cast & crew of The Greyness of Autumn. (Top, L-R) Chris Quick, Paul Michael Egan, Andrew O'Donnell, Neil Francis, Andy S. McEwan
(Bottom, L-R) David Craig, Mark D. Ferguson

In 2012, Quick made his directorial debut with the short comedy The Greyness of Autumn which he co wrote with McEwan. The film, starring Duncan Airlie James again in the starring role, followed the story of Danny McGuire, a depressed ostrich living in Glasgow. The film received good reviews upon its release in both the United Kingdom and abroad. Canadian review site Pretty Clever Films wrote:

"Quick is alarmingly funny. The film serves up a copious amount of black comedy that has a great WTF-factor. The film is intriguing simply because it's so strange."[4]

Throughout 2013, The Greyness of Autumn appeared at a number of festivals in the United Kingdom including the Edinburgh Short Film Festival[5] and the Deep Fried Film Festival.[6] Internationally, the film was screened in various countries including the United States where it featured in the Big Little Comedy Festival.[7] It was also shown at the Dublin Short Film & Music Festival in Ireland.[8] In 2014, The Greyness of Autumn also made an unexpected return to the festival circuit in 2014 appearing in the Southern Colorado Film Festival[9] and the Portobello Film Festival.[10] In the same month, the film also made an appearance at the Barossa Film Festival in Australia after narrowly missing out in the selection process for the 2013 edition. 2015 saw the film return to Australia when it received the Best Short Comedy accolade at the People of Passion film festival.

Quick returned to the directors chair in 2014 to direct a short children's film for a competition run by Vue Cinemas. The competition involved filmmakers from Glasgow creating three films out of scripts written by children at a local school. The project was led by Steve Johnson of Futurist Films with Quick directing the short film Minion Vs Minion[11] and Matthew Cowan of Production Attic Ltd directing Princess Butterfly[12] and Arianna.[13]

After nearly seven years in business it was announced on 14 October 2015 that Quick Off The Mark Productions would be closing due to Ferguson's decision to move to Canada.[14] The company ceased trading on 19 February 2016 and was formally closed by Companies House on 7 June 2016.[15]

Freelance Career (2013 to Present)[edit]

2013 saw Quick begin to work outside of Quick Off The Mark Productions for the first time. He edited the short film Sectarian Secret Police for Partickular Films in Glasgow. The film, directed by Joseph Andrew Mclean was shown alongside The Greyness of Autumn at the Loch Ness Film Festival in July 2013.[16]

Chris Quick with Andy S. McEwan on the set of Broken Record.

In 2014, Quick was involved in two short film simultaneously. January saw filming begin on Glory Hunter. At the same time, Chris was piecing together the final edit of Broken Record, the directorial debut for Andy S. McEwan. Broken Record appeared at various film festivals including the Portobello Film Festival in London.[17]

Throughout 2014, Quick worked on the short Sci Fi film Electric Faces directed by Johnny Herbin. Initially, Quick was brought on board to produce the film but was also later offered the task of editing the film as well. The film tells the story of a recovering addict's plan to commit the perfect robbery but is thrown into chaos by a cantankerous bank guard and an increasingly unstable robot. Quick expressed his admiration for the work done by the cast and crew on Electric Faces. In particular, he praised lead actor Euan Bennet for taking on a mammoth task so early in his acting training and director of photography Darren Eggenschwiler for his expert knowledge in the field of cinematography. He also stated that Johnny Herbin had 'the makings of a great director.'[18] The film went on to receive a Best Writer nomination for Herbin at the 2016 British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards.

Originally operating under the banner Mr Q Media, Quick launched Suited Caribou Media in June 2015 as an umbrella organisation of his freelance work after it was clear Quick Off The Mark Productions would close the following year.[19] The company has provided post production and photography services to independent films such as Flux, Miriam and Dog Dayz. He was also reunited with Duncan Airlie James on the television pilot Fanatic and had some of his photography work from the production printed in an edition of the UK publication Digital Filmmaker Magazine.[20]

Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance[edit]

Quick co-founded the Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance with actor Andrew O'Donnell in October 2011. The non-profit organisation hosts an online database with the details of film industry professionals and companies operating in and around the city of Glasgow.[21]

A supporter of independent film, Quick led a campaign to get the British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards recognised by IMDB stating that 'they represented the best of emerging Scottish talent'. The campaign was successful and the awards were introduced to the site later that year. He later repeated this success with the inclusion of the Virgin Media Short Awards after the first double win by Scottish director John McPhail with his film Just Say Hi.[22][23]

In 2014, Quick and O'Donnell wrote an open letter on behalf of the independent filmmakers of Glasgow to the director of BAFTA Scotland, Jude MacLaverty. In the letter, the pair asked the film body to consider a proposal of including three new awards at the annual ceremony aimed at low budget / independent filmmakers.[24] On 28 October it was announced that the proposal would be placed on the agenda of the next Bafta Scotland Committee meeting in December 2014.[25][26]

On 2 April 2015, the BAFTA Scotland committee released their response to the proposals put forward by the Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance.[27]

In March 2017, Quick along with other industry professionals, signed the open letter to the Arts Council, England, objecting to the organisations decision not to renew the visa for American born actor Tyler Collins.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Became a member of BAFTA Scotland in 2012.

Was a member of the British Labour Party from July 2011 to March 2015.

Together with Andy S. McEwan, he considered bidding to represent the United Kingdom at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest as the puppet Nelson from The Greyness of Autumn.

Joined the Guild of British Film and Television Editors in December 2017.[29][30]

Revealed on 23 May 2018 that he is gay.[31]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credited as Additional Roles Notes
Director Film Editor Producer ScreenWriter
2009 Kilt Man Yes
2011 The Tragic Meltdown of Pussy Ralph Yes
In Search of La Che Yes Yes Yes Actor – Wermit (voice)
Puppeteer
Stills Photographer
2012 Mr Cheval Yes Yes Yes Stills Photographer
And Then The Dark Yes
The Greyness of Autumn Yes Yes Yes Yes Actor – Nelson (voice)
Puppeteer
Stills Photographer
Directorial debut
2013 Such A Nice Guy Yes Actor – Employee Associate Producer
Sectarian Secret Police Yes
Dragoon Yes Executive Producer
Utopia: The Temple of Paradise Yes
2014 The Package Yes Associate Producer
Glory Hunter Yes Actor – Santana's Manager
Broken Record Yes Yes Actor – Radio Announcer (voice)
Stills Photographer
Piracy Stills Photographer
Minion Vs Minion Yes Yes Post Production Advisor
Puppeteer
Associate Producer
Passing Place Stills Photographer
Coalition Yes Yes Yes Yes Co-Director
2015 Fish Supper Yes
Fanatic Stills Photographer
Production Assistant
Mary's House Yes Actor – The Boss
Devourer Stills Photographer
Dog Dayz Yes Stills Photographer
Electric Faces Yes Yes Stills Photographer
Broadfoot's Magical Adventure Yes Yes Yes
2016 Miriam Stills Photographer
Round Habbit Stills Photographer
Flux Yes Stills Photographer
Assembly Editor
2018 Autumn Never Dies Yes Yes Yes Yes Actor – Nelson (voice) Post Production
Mia: A Rapture 2.0 Production Stills Photographer
Custodian Stills Photographer
Mountain Yes Yes Stills Photographer

Awards[edit]

Year Nominated Work Awards Category Result
2013 The Greyness of Autumn British Filmmakers Alliance Best British Film of the Month
(Shared with Mark D. Ferguson and Andy S. McEwan)[32]
Won
2015 People of Passion Film Festival Best Short Comedy Film
(Shared with Mark D. Ferguson and Andy S. McEwan)
Won
2016 Broadfoot's Magical Adventure Los Angeles Film Awards Honorable Mention: Dark Comedy
(Shared with Mark D. Ferguson and Andy S. McEwan, Euan Bennet, Steven Patrick, Michael Cooke, Ashley Ford, Andy Clark and Jennifer Gemmell)
Won
2017 Electric Faces Festigious International Film Festival Best Short
(Shared with Johnny Herbin)
Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ British Film Council Listing
  2. ^ Movies Scramble: An Interview with Chris Quick Part 2
  3. ^ Peter Mullen Biography & Trivia
  4. ^ Pretty Clever Films Review
  5. ^ Evening Times Article 'Scots puppet film goes international'
  6. ^ Evening Times Article 'Puppet film is a festival pick'
  7. ^ Evening Times Article 'Scots puppet film goes international'
  8. ^ DISFMF Official Selection Archived 26 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Evening Times Article 'Puppet film's a festival hit'
  10. ^ Portobello Film Festival Official Selection
  11. ^ Futurist Films Minion Vs Minion Blog
  12. ^ Production Attic Portfolio: Princess Butterfly
  13. ^ Production Attic Portfolio: Arianna
  14. ^ Press Release on QOTMP closure
  15. ^ Companies House File: Company Dissolved
  16. ^ Craigmonie Theatre Entry
  17. ^ Portobello Film Festival Official Selection
  18. ^ Movies Scramble: An Interview with Chris Quick Part 1
  19. ^ Suited Caribou Media About Us
  20. ^ Clymo, Rob (March 2016). "On The Edge". Digital Filmmaker Magazine.
  21. ^ Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance Info Column
  22. ^ Chris Quick IMDB Biography & Trivia
  23. ^ HD Warrior Blog
  24. ^ Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance Open Letter to Bafta Scotland
  25. ^ Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance Media Release
  26. ^ "Filmmakers in awards category call". Glasgow Evening Times. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  27. ^ BAFTA Scotland response to Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance Proposals
  28. ^ Open Letter to English Arts Council
  29. ^ Membership Directory of GBFTE
  30. ^ Suited Caribou Media Update on Guild Membership
  31. ^ Chris Quick IMDB Biography & Trivia
  32. ^ British Filmmakers Alliance Award Article

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