Royksopp Genero TV Competition for the Technically Roused, or for those Roused Technically.

I went to Edinburgh this past weekend to do a reading of a play I’m performing in this summer at the Fringe.

As if that wasn’t enough for me to handle, I decided to do a quick short film whilst up there. I messaged my Norwegian actor friend Magnus Sinding to solidify my intent, and he came up with an explosion of brilliant ideas (after mumbling something about me being slightly insane).

Röyksopp  is teaming up with Genero TV to offer budding filmmakers the opportunity to submit a music video to go along with the song “Running to the Sea”.


ROYSOPP The song is available here:

I am deadline-driven.  I love the music. I like our concept. I am like a moth to a flame.

In terms of camera shots…
I credit Magnus for the idea that we go against the grain, forget about technological insecurity, and film on the most minimalistic means possible. Use an i Phone.

Interesting.  This is particularly rich when one looks at his Bachelor of Film Degree…

It gets better!

Tripod? No need.

Lets use a stick.

Clamps? Nah, that’s for wimps. Lets use an elastic band.

From the moment I arrived in Edinburgh, we took our elaborate kit, jumped in the car, and literally chased the sunset. The results are fantastic – nothing short of magical:

Melissa Jean Woodside and Magnus Sinding in

We both love genuine performances and strive for excellence in this regard. The results speak for themselves.

As my sister Alicia Woodside says in her marathon running context: “I’m not going for gold”. What I/we mean by this is that win or no win, the results are pretty stunning. The competition fuelled us to get out and do what we love.
Sometimes letting go – the focal point of our story – is the only way forward.
This applies nicely to our technological purge of any such “hindrance” be it a DSLR lag or a battery related issue. It’s refreshing to try once!Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 10.50.32 PM

… Plus, with fewer fancy focus pulls and VFX shots, one can really see our pleasant faces.

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… I mean, one can really see our pleasant locations (CRAIGMILLER CASTLE, ARTHUR’S SEAT)!

This in turn, enables us to focus on the overall feel of the song, as oppose to getting hung up on particular lyrics. Actually, come to think of it, the “running to the sea” lyrics worked out OK in the end. 🙂

Running to the Sea Video Submission can be viewed here!

Melissa Jean Woodside and Magnus Sinding in

Melissa Jean Woodside and Magnus Sinding in “Running to the Sea” Submission for Genero TV Competition

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Ashes – Cannes 2015

Here are some stills and photos of the award winning short film “Ashes” I had the pleasure to star in at Cannes 2015 and compete for Best Actress as part of the Creative Mind Groups “Made in Cannes 2015” filmmaking program.

I loved my team and we became family very quickly. I know this happens on most projects, but something about the international mix and dynamic range of energies (queue hippy music!) really struck a chord with me and I think that influenced my performance.  Ok, I won’t get into frequencies of love, I promise!

Pics below and a teaser video here:

Melissa Jean Woodside in Ashes

Temi Tokosi, Nate Hapke, Melissa Jean Woodside and team after the award show swooping two awards for Ashes

Director – Temi Tokosi (Winner of Best Director – Made in Cannes 2015)
Editor-Bianca Vitureira
Writer-Nate Hapke (Winner of Best Writer – Made in Cannes 2015)
Producer-Viviana Mauri
Cinematographer-Zaid Dabus


Melissa on set in hair and makeup with Viviana Mauri


Stills of Melissa in Ashes 2015


Melissa Jean Woodside still in Ashes 2015 DOP – Zaid Dabus

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“Thou art a dreaming thing, A fever of thyself.” ― John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

Cleaning going well x

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Happy to be working with Director Adam Comrie again this week on his latest project. Please see stills from his last award winning film and our last collaboration.

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Melissa Jean Woodside

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HRH Nouf Al Saud and Miss Woodside… My Kind of Fun!

HRH Nouf Al Saud and Miss Woodside... Fun.

HRH Nouf Al Saud and Miss Woodside… Fun.

Interestingly enough, I enjoyed a very wonderful event at Sandown Park earlier this year.

The event was in support of Not on Our Watch charity, headed by the likes of Jerry WeintraubBrad Pitt, Matt Damon etc. Just to name drop!

I was honoured to be sat at the same table as the Beauty from Saudi Arabia (pictured above), amongst other illustrious guests. I am proud to hereby announce that I somehow managed to not get myself kicked out for saying anything too embarrassing… I minded my P’s and Q’s in other words, as my father brought me up to do.

What else does one talk about in such circles you may wonder? Well, I went on and on about random auditions I had attended, potential roles, that kind of thing. Nothing too successful or impressive by anybody’s standards. I bragged about my bravery and desire to chop my hair off “GI Jane style” for an upcoming feature film called Scarred..

“Are you going to go all Demi Moore on me?” Various high profile types wondered as I went off on this topic. I was going off on a tangent in Melissa Land that was for whatever reason entertained. We ate deliciously as you do at these things, and then there was a generous auction. We were far from reality.

… Though the auction didn’t actually last too long …

“Trip to space anyone?” Eric Meijer culled the bids in front of an intimidating crowd at the upper echelons of nobility. Ok he didn’t ask it in such a vulgar way, but you get my drift.

In the end, it was a wonderfully exciting event. Whilst I’m usually not really one for schmoozing or dressing up, I just couldn’t turn down the opportunity to drool and pay money to watch masses of muscle rush through the air! Those horses were something else…

I will certainly attend more to come in the future. All in the name of charity of course!

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10 Random Pub Quotes – The good, the angry, and the wanna-be sexy..


1. “I’ve loved legal briefs since I was a child!” –  Kipped an old man that looked vaguely like Jeremy Clarkson would on Christmas morning. …Wow, he must age had a fun childhood!

and then when the drinks arrived..

2. “Ah, so you know there were two nuns.. They were told a blind guy would come to service them. They were expecting him to be visually impaired.
They eagerly anticipated his arrival and got excited what he would be like in bed. Days went by and they got more and more curious about this blind man coming to service them.
The day came, he walked in, changed their blinds, and left… HA HA”

3. “You’re fired.” – I have no clue who was firing who at this point. I just heard a very Sir Allan Sugar type voice and turned around to see some old men casually chatting over beers.

… Someone said this to me in response to my positive comments on Keira Knightly’s acting:

4. “Nooo! Don’t like Keira Knightly! She’s a poor man’s Titanic!” – This was at the Phoenix Arts Club, a place meant to generate support for the acting community!

And I have heard quite a few wanna-be-sexy conversations at pubs that in many ways I wish I hadn’t:

5. Girl: “Yup, he was good in bed.”
Guy: “Ergh… Out of curiosity,  what makes a guy good in bed from a girl’s point of view?”
Girl: “Orgasm.”
Guy: “Oh, right!”

… Back to the awkward work related pub chat:

6. “False loyalty is something difficult to fall back on at this stage mate!” – And he walked out.

7. “Don’t you ever say that stupid bitch%^{‘s name around me again.” -A random douche spat a bit as he said it, and then stormed off leaving most of the bar confused senseless.

8. “Excuse me, what’s better, gin and tonic or gin and elderwater flower? I’ve never had gin before and I really wanna taste it..” – An incredibly camp man to an incredibly frustrated, inpatient Scottish barman.

.. Must not forget the barristers providing a personal favorite..

9. “I’m falling out with judges at a rate of knot!”

And finally.. I had to look up from my book in disbelief as I heard a young man say to his girlfriend:

10. “If I give you 50 pents can you get the next round? I owe the bar 40 quid.” – Tell me where has this man has gone, so I can wed him!


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