INVERNESS brothers Ross and Garry Ferrier have been given a boost to their film careers with success in a competition that has attracted entries from across the globe.
The Mobile Motion Film Festival challenges filmmakers to create a short film using only a smartphone with the best entries going forward to the final held last weekend in the Swiss city of Zurich.
Director Ross and composer Garry, who are originally from Holm Park and both former pupils of Inverness Royal Academy, were shortlisted in the Young Talent category for their film Timetable, alongside films from the Philippines and Germany.
"Zurich was an amazing experience and the ceremony was pretty awesome. I’m afraid my film did not win but was received really well by the audience so it was great just to be able to be there," Ross, a third year film student at Queen Margaret’s College in Edinburgh, commented.
"I wasn’t really expecting to be shortlisted at all, so the trip to Zurich is enough of a prize.
"It was Garry who came across the competition on Twitter and he sent it over to me, knowing that I would be interested."
"It was open to pretty much anything. You were given a time limit and not much beyond that other than having to some sort of smartphone.
"It was a bit of a challenge, thinking of ways to make that work. We actually filmed it using a selfie-stick as a camera rig, but it all went quite well."
Given the restrictions on equipment and time, 20-year old Ross needed a relatively simple story for his film, and Timetable, which was shot in Inverness, has a Groundhog Day style premise.
"It’s just about a guy who is trapped at a bus stop. He’s in a basic loop he keeps going round in and gets put back to the bus stop and tries to do things differently to find his way out."
Ross, who has also entered the Edinburgh 48 film challenge, names director Christopher Nolan (the Batman trilogy, Inception) as his biggest influence and a person whose career path he would love to emulate.
Perhaps it is no coincidence that Nolan is another filmmaker known for working closely with his brother, scriptwriter Johnathan.
"Garry does the soundtracks for every film I do," Ross said.
"I’ve been into film my entire life, where Garry was more into the performing side of things. It’s only in the last few years he’s been interested in composing for films, so it’s worked out quite well. We work pretty much on all areas of filmmaking, it’s just that composing is his main one."
While Ross still has another year of his course to complete, Garry (24) is already working as a freelance composer and has been commissioned to score short South African film Operasie E.N.G.E.L. (Operation ANGEL).
Timetable can be seen online at www.vimeo.com/rossferrier/timetable