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    Welcome to Ferny Films
    The homepage of Andrew Carslaw
    Director, Producer, Editor, Composer
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    Based in Oxfordshire
    Award winning independent filmmaker
    Passionate about filmmaking/film music
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    Latest Project
    With Gareth Jones
    During his time as Artist-in-Residence at St John's College, Gareth Jones
    collaborated with me on a sci-fi travelogue for the college website, exploring
    less familiar aspects of Oxford's landscape. Jones grew up in the new city of
    Milton Keynes during its Utopian phase and this film develops his interest in
    Modernism and the ideal city. Click here for further information.

Welcome to Ferny Films, the homepage of Andrew Carslaw.


  • On location: Spare Change
  • On location: Etiquette
  • Filming Emmi
  • Group shot: Shadow the Good
  • That's a Wrap on Emmi

Ferny Films makes independent films in Oxford and collaborates with other filmmakers/organisations such as Film Oxford.

The debut project was a short film called "Gardening and other crimes" (2010), which was initially conceived just for fun. It later became a charity endevour to raised funds for the local Heart centre at The John Radcliffe Hospital.

Our latest project is a short film called "Emmi" made in collaboration with the Film Oxford Production group which is due for release in 2016. Other project collaborations have been BAFTA shortlisted, shortlisted for Film London borough awards and gone on to win awards on the Festival circuit.

To find out the updates as they happen you can visit the Ferny Films Blog. Please get in touch if you would like us to collaborate or need a soundtrack to your short film.


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A selection of my music on Soundcloud:



A selection of short films and trailers (click to open in a new window):

  • The Choice

    Teaser trailer
  • Cityscape 9

    with Gareth Jones
  • Spare Change

    Short film
  • Cancer Hair

    Teaser trailer
  • Legacy

    (contains adult themes)
  • Etiquette

    Short film


Click to expand recent blog posts below:

Recently I met The Choice production team to discuss our assembly edit. Most film-makers will tell you this is usually a bit depressing. Once the niceties were dispensed with, I started to get information back from the crew about what worked and what didn't. I set about correcting things enthusiastically. Feeling good, I went to the Guerilla Filmmaker's Masterclass and got chatting to some of the editors. More feedback: Click to read more...

I've just returned from The Guerilla Filmmaking Masterclass run by Chris Jones over the weekend. With short-film The Choice in post-production, this seemed like the perfect time to get re-energised for the slog ahead (as well as try to meet other filmmakers and potential collaborators). The primary aim of this Masterclass was facing and overcoming fear (including getting audience members to do things they normally wouldn't such as glass walking barefoot). Overcoming fear really resonates with me as it is the central theme of The Choice and making this film has definitely taken me way out of my comfort zone (in a good way).

One of the other (nicer) surprises was the Q&A with Director Jonathan Newman who has made a number of prominent features and short films. A few years back Jonathan also kindly agreed to answer a few questions I posed to him. Hopefully this will inspire other filmmakers (and anyone who attended the Masterclass over the weekend). Click to read more...

Recently I had the privilege to work alongside Artist Gareth Jones (1965). Gareth studied Fine Art during the mid 80's before moving on to varied projects such as a new edition of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray (with Four Corners Books) and a solo exhibition at the Milton Keynes Gallery. In 2006 he received a Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts.

It was quickly apparent that Gareth influences are Utopian architecture, in particular Milton Keynes where he grew up as a child. In 2011 he produced a short film entitled "Looking for Milton Keynes". Click to read more and view video...

Today started in an unusual manner. I woke on a normal school day and the children were already up and dressed (odd). Whilst making a cup of tea my wife told me to read the screen on her mobile phone. I read it, but it took a moment to fully digest: "Film Composer James Horner aged 61 dies in a plane crash". I was quietly devastated.

The very first time I recall remembering his music was for the trailer of Backdraft back in 1991. I remember thinking "WOW", that music has a real emotional punch to it. Click to read more...

My favourite band of recent times is Goldfrapp, yet I'm an 80's child at heart. My favourite 80's band is Tears for Fears. I had no idea of any link between the two until recently (Will Gregory collaborated on saxophone for Tears For Fears). Will is currently touring with his Moog Ensemble - something of a "Super Band" including the talents of Ade Utley from Portishead and film composer Graham Fitkin. The ensemble recently played in Oxford, I naturally felt compelled to attend.

Moog synths are analog with no presets but plenty of twisty dials and buttons to help sculpt sounds. They are also monophonic meaning you can only play one note at a time. As you can imagine, bringing this together takes skill. We thought it would either be complete genius or total disaster (and were extremely curious to know which). Click to read more...

Despite my best intentions (and claims) that I will never edit another film I've directed I'm back at it again. Unfortunately the original editor (being in a similar situation to me) didn't have time to devote to the project. It's now been about half a year since we filmed The Choice. To be fair, I should have chased harder. On the other-hand, it's been several months and I've now dropped a lot of the baggage swimming around in my head during the production phase. In fact, I've rekindled my love of editing (at last I can see the forest for the trees). Click to read more...

If you are a fan of the spy genre (which is my favourite) you are in for a treat this year. We have been spoiled with three new trailers just within the last week or so:

Spooks: The Greater Good
Based on the TV series (known as MI5 in the States). Great to see the wonderful Peter Firth back as Harry Pearce (plus Tim McInnerny playing the shifty Oliver Mace). Those familiar to the series will know no-one is ever safe, which should keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Click to read more...

Whilst I was intending to have a quieter 2015, you'd be forgiven for thinking I'd completely given up at blogging for good. Well, bad luck - I haven't!

Music is perhaps one of the most subjective forms of creativity on the planet. I compose purely for fun (being self taught rather than classically trained). In particular I enjoy score-writing and would love to do more, although things don't always work out. Click to listen and read more...

I clearly remember the moment at my dear Gran's house, armed with a cassette recorder waiting quietly by her Ferguson television. I was patiently waiting to watch and record Moonraker which was on telly (Bond on the telly was a big event back in those days). Even if I was unable to record the picture, I could at least record the sound. I remember thinking the music was one of the most amazing things I'd ever heard. Indelibly marked in my psyche was the music during the opening pre-titles, the gondola chase, the hand-glider escape/following to the Aztec lair, the flight into space. I listened to these every bedtime, night after night. This along with John William's Jaws score were my introductions into the power of film music. My older daughter...   Click to listen and read more...

Well sadly there just wasn't enough interest in the Christmas song (thanks to those who did vote however). In place of this - I'll share the teaser I previously mentioned. It's only rough but features some new music and I hope you enjoy the very first glimpse into the project. Meanwhile I'd love to know what you think. Click to watch and read more...