Grant Orchard is just one of a tidy number or directors
working under the umbrella of Studio
AKA, in London. He's created
advertising spots for Compaq, Virgin, Skype, BUPA, Barclays
and MTV. Meanwhile, his short film cv includes "Welome
and "Park Life" - films which led, in turn, to
a series of "Lovesport"
shorts for QOOBTV...
And now, he's got a new long-gestating short film to
Or possibly three. You see, "A Morning Stroll" is
on a real-life event recounted in "True Tales of American
Paul Aster, and the story is told in three distinctly different ways.
The 6’47” film has been self-funded by Studio AKA and
to premiere at this year's Annecy festival, in June. You'll
a trailer over on the studio's official site. And here's the
equally-official studio spiel:
Based loosely on a real life event recounted in Paul Auster’s
brilliant book ‘True Tales of American Life‘, ‘A MORNING
STROLL’ tells the story of one New Yorker’s early morning
encounter with a chicken, an event that plays out over
Director Grant Orchard was looking to do a quick project
as a break from a large, ever more complicated script he
was working on, and had always loved this one paragraph
account of a city dweller’s casual encounter with a chicken.
Sweetly humorous & intriguing - but also brilliantly slight
the story seemed ideal. Ultimately this new ‘small, quick
project’ ended up taking 2 years to make during studio
downtime, and in addition, instead of simply making one
short story, Grant decided the story would be 3 times
better if we made it 3 times in 3 different ways!
As Grant says; 'There is something in the constant
repetition of the story that intrigues and yet underlines
the utter whimsy of it all, and I like the narrative conflict