After completing a Masters of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing at Waikato University, Scott Granville set up production company Chasing Time with his filmmaking partner Ben Woollen in 2008. Together they have created feature film Pictures of You, about a promising young rugby player whose dreams lie elsewhere, and a plethora of short films including the award-winning Serve and Protect, a comedy about a small-town police officer. Granville and Woollen have since moved their productions into the world of education, making short series specifically for learners and teachers of the English language.
What we hope to do is to push dramatic narrative as a viable way for students to either learn independently, or for teachers to use alongside communicative based classroom activities. Scott Granville on production company Chasing Time English, ELTjam website, 27 November 2017
Made to tie in with director Joe Hitchcock’s feature debut Penny Black, Lapwing is a quirky homage to the camp superheroes of yesteryear, with costumes and a villain that would make Adam West's Batman feel right at home. When Lapwing (Sash Nixon) takes on the evil Dr Curem and finds himself outmatched, he needs the help of the aerially talented Mousegirl to conquer. Full of more mixed metaphors than you can shake to the brim, plus plenty of intentionally lo-fi special effects, the comic short features two heroes saving the day by biting the hand they're dealt.
Strange things are going down at the Bailey farm in this deadpan short film. A pile of mysterious crates requires some serious detective work: small-town cop Darryl Kitchen (Roy Snow from Go Girls), ably assisted by best mate Brian and a stash of sandwiches, is up for the challenge. Officer Kitchen's dedication to getting his catch includes a chase that could be used in police recruit videos. Serve and Protect won audience choice awards at both New Zealand's Show Me Shorts Film Festival, and Nevada's High Desert fest — among the 16 festivals it was invited to around the world.