KARL JOHNSON – ‘CLAUDE’
Although Claude doesn’t utter any dialogue during the film, the story required an actor with a great ability to convey the complex emotions of a man at the end of his life, faced with the mortality of his one time partner and friend without letting it spill over into a mawkish or cliched performance. With the deftest of touches Karl brought Claude to life on the screen, in a moment switching from mischievous satisfaction to crushing sadness.
Whilst Benny only appears in the film ‘posthumously’ in photos and newspaper clippings, it was essential to find the right actor to portray this Music Hall star. Amy had worked with Jack Warner on many productions when she was an AD, and had even discussed the project with Jack back when it was first being written. When the time came to make the film, some years later, Amy had no hesitation in approaching Jack to appear in the film.
AMY COOP – Writer/Director/Producer
Amy started out as an AD before moving into Directing. Her first short film ‘The Fairweather Girl’ screened at many prominent Children’s film festivals (TIFF Kids, CICFF) and won ‘Best Film’ at the inaugural OneCloudFest in 2011. She has produced more than 20 short films, and Epitaph is her third as Writer/Director. She directed the feature documentary ‘Little Stars of Bethlehem’ for Elfin Productions, supported by Film Agency Wales. it screened in the Breakthrough strand of the London UK Film Focus (LUFF) at the BFI in 2012.
TREVOR COOP – Director of Photography
Trevor is an award winning veteran of more than 40 years in the film industry. His films as Camera Operator and 2nd Unit DoP include many Oscar and Bafta winning productions (Amadeus, Henry V, Closer) as well as Hollywood blockbusters (Star Wars Ep1, Troy, Harry Potter).
TANDIS JENHUDSON – Composer
‘Epitaph’ is Tandis’s second collaboration with Amy, after he scored her feature doc ‘Little Stars’ in 2011. He has composed original scores for many short films, commercials and dramas, including the Bafta nominated ‘Love you Joseff Hughes’.
Production Manager – Chris Hughes
1st Assistant Director – Casey Levie
3rd Assistant Director -Carys Brehme
1st Assistant Camera – Jason Coop
2nd Assistant Camera – Catherine Staples
DIT – Luke Spencer
Grip – James Sams
Key Grip – Mark Morley
Crane Technician – Ben Edwards
Gaffer – Greg King
Make Up Designer – Chris O’Toole
Storyboard artist – Jeff Cummins
Production Designer – Kate Stamp
Art Director – George Leonora Phelan
Stby Art Director – Chris Passerotti
Art Dept Assistants –
Art Dept Construction – Derek Horner
Unit Photographer / EPK – Neil Rouse
Editor – Amy Coop
Online Editor – Theo Cowen
Colourist – Darren Mostyn
VFX Artist – John G Lashley
Sound Designer & Dubbing Mixer – Gurdeep Singh
Production Supervisor for Sequence Post – Kabir Jutla
Production Supervisor for Wise Buddah – Natasha Redhead
Associate Producer – Cat Cooper
Executive Producers –
Produced by Amy Coop
Watford Borough Council
MK Ginder & Son
Harvest Mouse Designs
Arri ALEXA camera equipment supplied by Arri GB
Lighting equipment supplied by Arri Lighting
Moviebird Crane & grip equipment supplied by Alpha Grip
DollyCrane HD supplied by Floatcam UK
Online Creative, Brighton
London Filter Company
The Plant Room
Special Thanks to
Filmed at 3 Mills Studios, London and on location in Hertfordshire, England.