Founded in 2011 by filmmaker Daniel Harding, 23½ Films is a UK production company based in Brighton. They strive to make unique and original stories. We caught up with them to find out what they’d been up to in the studios recently.
Where does the name 23 1/2 come from?
The name 23½ Films comes from the age I was when I started the company. I wanted to make myself sound more professional than I was, whilst not having a name that didn’t mean something to me. I also liked the idea of being able to write Daniel Harding, 23½ at the bottom of a document – odd, I know.
What inspires you to create the films that you do?
The ideas I get inspire me to make the films that I do. I don’t know where they come from, but if it lingers with me for long enough, or I am particularly taken in by an idea, I’ll want to develop it into a script and eventually shoot it. That initial idea can vary considerably – a title was once an inspiration.
How did you hear about the studios?
The Copperdollar was actually recommended to me by my cameraman who knew about it and wanted to shoot there.
Can you tell us a little bit about what you’ve worked on recently at the Copperdollar Studios?
We shot a few scenes from a short film called S.A.M. at the studio – it’s a bleak love story which explores relationships in the internet age.
What do you like most about the Copperdollar Studios and what would you say makes it different from other studios you’ve used?
The Copperdollar is naturally a very interesting space, and KT is a great point of contact – very friendly and helpful. I don’t know anywhere else in Brighton that caters for that specific type of space.