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Fresh Film's Thomas Kelly Directs the Exhilarating Journey of a Boxer in 'Animal'

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The short follows boxer James Chaney as he prepares for a fight

Fresh Film's Thomas Kelly Directs the Exhilarating Journey of a Boxer in 'Animal'
Fresh Film director Thomas Kelly has launched a new short film entitled 'Animal'. Fresh Film also produced the project via its office in Thailand. What started as a relatively small idea while pitching for a commercial became much more as the project developed into a short.

The final film presents a portrait of a boxer and, more precisely, the story of a fight he will lose. The lead actor James Chaney is himself a boxer and the narrative focuses on the mental and physical preparation he goes through before a fight - and what happens after. 

The Muay Thai boxing he practices is a particular martial art, sophisticated in staging and at the same time very brutal during the course of the fight. It's visually violent, but the atmosphere surrounding the boxers is fascinating.

The film started as an idea Thomas had while pitching for an advert. The spot was to be produced by Fresh’s Bangkok team, so during preparations for the commercial, he researched the idea of creating a short film that involved boxing. During his search, he came across James Chaney on Facebook.

Fascinated by his story, Thomas managed to capture the whole film in just one day following his commercial shoot. From a small idea grew an ambitious project. However, by pulling together the resources available via Fresh Film, much more was achieved. The result is an intense, exhilarating and yet intimate film.
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Post Production / VFX

Grade: Sylvain Canaux (Saint Louis Post House Paris), Goulven Jouret (Assistant)


Sound Editor: Martin Sumeire

Sound Effects Editor & Mix: Thomas Gabriel & Paul Fourure


Cast: James Chaney, Pathcrida Paykaew, Pongsakorn Lethaisong, Lek Klongsibha

Special Thanks to: Morgan Prêleur, Remi Sello, Sylvain Canaux, Martin Sumeire, Hunter Daly, St-Louis, The Paris, Noside, Louis Arcelin & All the people involved in the process

Production Company

Director: Thomas Kelly

DOP: Hunter Daly

Production Company: Freshfilm (UK) & Noside (Fr)

Producer: Kim Griffin, Simon Petter, Whicha Khokapun

Production Supervisor: Patipat Peangmuang

Art Director: Wichit Chomcheun (Be)

Set Decorator: Chaisuppawat & Cherajerdnapabhorn (Won), Kridsada Junsuk (Biw) (Assistant)

Steadicam Operator: Somsak Srisawat

1st AC: Chantra Wongsrikaew (Ning)

2nd AC: Suphakit Janphong (M)

Boom: Red Snapper

Production Assistants: Sainil Somboon Nattakit Raveewatsiri (AOM) Angkana Muangmun (Dear)

Runner / Driver: Batman Van Team Thailand


Music Company: The / Sound Production Paris


Editor: Alexandre Andre

Edit Assistant: Etienne Penin

Genres: Documentary, People, Storytelling, Action

Fresh Film, Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:32:40 GMT