11 Aug 2020

Isolation Cinema: Pytch

In the next instalment of our ‘Isolation Cinema’ series, we’ve heard from some of the team at Pytch, the Bristol-based events production company who provide the tech and staging for our Underground Cinema/Horror In The Caves weekends at Redcliffe Caves. They share what films inspire them the most as creatives, producers, technicians, inventors, story-tellers and designers.

 

“I loved the believable imaginative scientific excitement in Back To The Future. It made you believe that the impossible might be possible and helped develop the geek in me at an early age.”

Alex Thompson, Head of Audio Design

BACK TO THE FUTURE

 

Chef taught me that things don’t need to be overly complex, flashy, or shocking to evoke emotion. A simple story told well can be just as effective. It also has a great soundtrack! Baby Driver also shows how audio and sound can subconsciously influence an audience and tie in with visual cues whilst not being at the forefront.”

Jordan Tomkins, Project Director

 

Jurassic Park was the first film to really deliver on the blend of digital and traditional special effects. To a degree it still holds up today. You could even draw a parallel to the events industry there! Anvil: The Story Of Anvil, meanwhile, is the other side of the events touring industry. This documentary is funny, and almost unbelievable: watch it.”

Dan Giddings, Head of Lighting

Jurassic Park

 

“The characters in Apollo 13 demonstrate brilliant team leadership and communication in a high-pressured situation. I really admire the teamwork displayed throughout the film, and try to remember these good leadership techniques when running a job.”

Lucy Payne, Project Handler

 

Labyrinth is a true piece of art! The music is catchy, and the tricks, imagination and pure skill required to make this film were just phenomenal. The use of people and puppetry together would have been a technical nightmare but this (in my mind) was created brilliantly. Every inch of every scene had to be choreographed in order for it to work, which must have taken ages to rehearse. It is totally dated now, but for its time, it was genius!”

Anika Zold, Logistics Manager

Labyrinth Film Still

 

The Spy Who Loved Me is the ultimate in amazing non-CGI set. In several scenes I feel that the set defines the story more than the acting and dialogue. This taught me that creating a context and universe at events is central to telling a story or sharing a message. Also, the lighting style in The Neon Demon taught me about how the absence of light is part of lighting and how darkness can be a key visual element to a show design – but go easy on the strobes!”

Johnny Palmer, Pytch Founder

 

Find out more about Pytch and their work HERE