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Electric Faces

Electric Faces is a BAFTA New Talent Award nominated* short film.
A young crook's plans to commit the perfect robbery are thrown into chaos by a cantankerous bank guard and an increasingly unstable robot.
*Best Writer 2016 - Johnny Herbin

  • Johnny Herbin
    Mugging For Amateurs
  • Johnny Herbin
    Mugging For Amateurs
  • Chris Quick
    The Greyness of Autumn, Broken Record
  • Euan Bennet
    Key Cast
  • John Gaffney
    Key Cast
    Broken Record
  • Calum MacAskill
    Key Cast
    Mugging For Amateurs
  • Rasmus Kull
    Key Cast
  • George McWilliam
    Key Cast
  • June Hazel
    Key Cast
    Mugging For Amateurs
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  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Crime
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 22, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    600 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Student Project:
  • BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards
    Best Writer (nominee)
  • UK Screen One International Film Festival
    Leicester, England
    April 16, 2016
    Winner 'Best Short'
  • Los Angeles CineFest
    Los Angeles
    January 21, 2016
    Private Online Screening For Film Industry Specialists
  • The INFLUXPalooza 2015 Awards

    Best Short
Director Biography - Johnny Herbin

Johnny Herbin is a BAFTA NT nominated* independent filmmaker based in Glasgow. After graduating with a BA Cinema from the University of the West of Scotland, he worked at (now defunct) production studio 55 Degrees. He has self funded two short films and continues to work as an independent filmmaker.
*Writer - Electric Faces

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Director Statement

ELECTRIC FACES was born out of a desire to see Glasweigans and robots on screen together. Seeing 'real' people and the fantastical sharing the frame struck me as an opportunity for comedy. As the concept developed and characters evolved, the situation's pathos and theme of melancholic mischance began to emerge.

ELECTRIC FACES' influences are a coalescence of pickings from cinema's rich genre history and elements of contemporary social issues. Fragments from Lumet's DOG DAY AFTERNOON, Otomo's AKIRA, Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST and Scorcese's TAXI DRIVER enmeshed with public attitudes towards drug addiction and our ongoing over-reliance on technology as the story, look and tone of the film took shape.

With everyone involved on the production occupied with day jobs, ELECTRIC FACES has taken over a year to find its way from inception to final cut. Working to a tiny budget, the extensive level of planning allowed us to work fast in public locations during filming. Shoots would often take place over night and the following evenings would be spent honing and refining edits, music scores, sound effects and digital environments.

The talent and efforts of cinematographer Darren Eggenschwiler, digital effects artists Nicole Anderson, David Reynolds, producer Chris Quick, sound engineer Omar Aborida, musician Daniel McLearnon and practical prop maker Thom Wall were married with results that do justice to the original vision.