We Are Pastles Productions

Inspire | Educate | Entertain

Pastles is a young, Bristol-based company, with a passion for filmmaking and for making the world a better place. We have two branches; one is our not-for-profit filmmaking side, producing shorts, features and online content focused around social issues, and the other is our business side, where we provide filmmaking and photography services to musicians, charities and businesses.

The company has three core aims; to inspire, to educate and to entertain, and we put these aims at the heart of everything we do, whether it's a short film, a music video, or an online promo. We want to inspire positive change, educate the public on important social issues, and entertain our audiences.

Meet the team

Owain Astles

Owain Astles is the Company Director and founder of Pastles Productions. Owain has been making films for several years after directing his first short film, KiDS, with Pastles Productions. After a year out, he studied Theatre and Spanish (which, as he is constantly reminded, is an “odd mix”) at the University of Bristol. As well as being director of Pastles, where he organises all the company’s goings-on, films and edits videos, he works as a short film director and documentarian. He likes boxing, Domino’s and any Christopher Nolan film.

Kelsey Stewart

Kelsey Stewart is Pastles' associate filmmaker. Kelsey completed four years of study at a tiny but excellent South African University no-one has ever heard of, graduating with distinctions in Dramatic Arts, Classical Latin and Classical Civilization Studies. She then flew over to the University of Bristol, where she studied an MA in Film and Television Production. As well as having directed a number of her own short films, Kelsey is Pastles’ main editing guru. She loves the Irish Film Board, sushi, and a slow zoom.

Ella Kemp

Ella Kemp is a freelance journalist who writes film reviews for Pastles. Ella is a film critic and photographer based in London. From feminism to fervent love stories, her work focuses on what makes humans tick and unravelling the big feelings that too often go unsaid. She also writes about film, TV and music for Little White Lies, the Independent and Into the Fold.

Why we started

I set up Pastles because I wanted there to be a production company making films about the things I cared about. I wanted to use my skills as a filmmaker to raise awareness of social and political issues which are often hidden or misunderstood, telling stories about normal people and the challenges they face and opening up conversations about bullying, homelessness, mental health and more. This soon branched into commercial work; I wanted to shine a light on the charities and businesses there are out there doing amazing work, and to develop close links with organisations, in my local area and beyond, doing great work that I believe in. This is core to the company, and we aim to only ever take on work we really believe in. If we work together, that means we believe in your message, so you'll get our full commitment and passion.

Why we're different

At Pastles, we stick to our core values of producing content that is ethical and inspirational; with our films, we focus on social and political issues and with our client work, aim to produce content that is sharing an important message and providing opportunities. We’re particularly focused on promoting young talent and providing opportunities to young people, especially within disadvantaged communities. This includes promoting young, talented musicians, providing work opportunities to young people in school or college when producing films and focusing our film work on representing and employing people from marginalised areas of society. To further these aims, we recently partnered with Bristol Works, to provide work opportunities and mentoring to young disadvantaged people in the Bristol area.

Work Experience in Bristol & Exeter

Come and work with us! We're always on the lookout for enthusiastic and creative young people to get involved at Pastles Productions. Simply submit your details using the form on this page and we'll be in touch.

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What previous placements said

“During the work experience placement, we learnt how to use different software and film equipment – from how to write a call sheet, editing scripts, changing camera settings, fixing lighting, recording and syncing sound to colour correcting and editing. This week has been really enjoyable and I’ve learned a lot about the film industry – I’m extremely glad I had this opportunity!”

“This short film helped us gain a lot of experience within the film domain as we were taught in a lot of depth how to operate cameras, software and additional equipment. I believe that this technical knowledge is vital if you want to get into film. I'm glad that I chose this placement as the insight I gained was really beneficial. Rather than stating the obvious, they provided alternative and provoking answers.”

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