Beyond Staffing is the most ambitious international collaboration we have done so far. The collaborative team included people from USA, Malaysia, UK. Spain and New Zealand

Not For the Faint Hearted

When Mindy Kelly wakes up in a recruitment agency she is in for a few surprises. 

This is the basic premise of our new short film, Beyond Staffing, which is in the final stages of post production. 

Co-written by Stephen O Reynolds (USA) and Paul Russell (UK/Malaysia), this weird, dark crossover leans heavily on Monty Python and Kurt Vonnegut influences. It’s a dark trip with a twisted sense of humour, definitely not for the faint hearted. 

Kiwi comic Adrianna Aye adds a terrific nuanced performance as the bewildered Mindy, who has to think on her toes if she is to get her next reward.

Once finished, Beyond Staffing will go to selected film festivals for viewing, before becoming publicly available some time in 2020.



Adrianna Aye as Mindy
Maying Sobey as Janet
Paul Michael Connor as Tropy

Paul Russell, Producer, Director, Editor

David Yáñez Barroso, DOP
Rosli Basir, Assistant Camera
The Enigmatic Chloe, Production Assistant/Grip


Gene Parsons 2019 Redux

An American Eccentric Revisited

In 2012, while on a Grand Tour of 33 states of the USA with his family, Paul visited former rock star Gene Parsons in California with the intention of buying a new guitar. 

Gene is a very interesting and talented man, and so Paul shot this profile of him.  In 2019 he revisited the colour grade using Red’s IPP2 colour science, and in the process made some tweaks to the intro and the cut. 

The result is a very warm and engaging fireside chat with the man himself. He talks about his invention, the String Bender, his fascination for model steam trains and his love of restoring ancient banjos.

Technical notes.

This was shot in 4k with a Red Epic MX in raw format. The glass used was an old set of Mamiya 645 medium format, 35mm, 45mm and 80mm. Remastered in Da Vinci Resolve using IPP2, 2019.


It’s been a good week, with Cats! being selected for some more international film festivals, including the Short Cine Fest. It also won Best Comedy in the South Cinematographic Film and Arts Festival couple of weeks ago. Top work by all of the team, including the star Keren Bala Devan, who will definitely be famous one day, I promise.

I’m writing this in Manila airport waiting for my connection to Malaysia. Glad to be coming back to KL today after an 8 day shoot in Cambodia and the Philippines for Dentsu/Toyota, working with one of my favourite directors/collaborators, Tom Radford. I’ve got a week to catch up with the paperwork before heading to Vietnam for the final phase. It’s a very interesting project that will be very nice when it comes out. The logistics are incredible and there are lots of complications, but it will all be alright on the night.


Some of what we are doing involves the Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment, the South Bank’s house orchestra. Without doubt one of the finest orchestras I’ve ever seen/heard, and a lovely bunch of people too. They are playing KL on 13th November in the auditorium at Petronas Towers, and I highly recommend this to anyone who is into classical music. You might even see me there.

However, the trip has not been without incident. Only yesterday I was served half a dead cockroach in my dinner at a Pasay City restaurant. Yuck! I don’t know who got the other half, but I didn’t stick around to find out. I’ve seen enough Gordon Ramsay Kitchen Nightmares to know that any kitchen that lets a cockroach get into the food chain is not one you want to wolf down a lunch at. I’ve eaten Crickets and Grubs in Thailand, Balut in Davao and Durian almost anywhere I can find it, but cockroaches are way too crunchy for me.