Soon! – VFX and Subs are done for COMFORT HIM

Current status of production tasks

We finally received the last VFX shot for COMFORT HIM on Thursday the 18th June. The relevant files were then dispatched that night back to Eric Lau for Colour Grading and to Luca De Sensi for the sound mix. And today we finished the subtitles for the three key languages: English, Spanish and Swedish.

So now it’s just a matter of time before COMFORT HIM is out there and people can watch it! Hopefully no more than a week. And hopefully people will enjoy it!

In other news:

I’ve been trying out some new plotting tools and taking a deep dive into story structure:

  • I’ve greatly enjoyed the Screenwriters’ Goldmine course, by Philip Gladwin (sadly no longer live on the internet) – for the best explanation of a complete process to get from no idea, to finished script. It’s an eBook and Audio book combo (complete with example planning spreadsheet tool and beat sheets etc) and it’s good for both Film and TV screenplays – I only wish I’d taken it back when I bought the damn thing! And I wish more people could experience this course!
  • I’m re-reading lots of older texts, but I am also reading some new texts – pictures of the relevant books on my Instagram
  • I just bought a license to a plotting tool – Plottr – on the strength of the ease of use, the fact that it is compatible with Mac and PC and works with dropbox etc, helpful demo videos that they are currently producing and the coming integration with Scrivener, to then import your planning work into that program and take your work into the draft stages.
  • I’m nearly done with the Robert McKee Storylogue webinars, but they’ve been incredibly helpful in clarifying things that I had not properly understood when I first read his books all those years ago.

And why?

– Because I am very much in the planning stage of MR CLEAN the feature. I could have written the damn thing by now. But like the four previous feature screenplays and two novels, I would like to really plan this one out, firstly so that I can create the best screenplay possible, and ease the rewriting process – as opposed to my usual pantsing. But also, for when I consider adapting MR CLEAN as a potential novel. After all, a good friend just read an old script of mine and accurately nailed the structural issues that are preventing it being a top draw action horror script. These would have been easily identifiable if I’d not shirked the previous refresher into story. But yes, time is ticking. Got to get it done! I have one month left!

And lastly, we’re prepping our next short film. Another micro short. It’s tentatively called TVÄTTSTUGA (Swedish for ‘Laundrette’), but actual title to be announced soon. So I’ve been doing a great deal of storyboarding. Not easy with the heat we’ve been having and we’re currently in pre-production on it – and trying to figure out how to make this film, as well as how to make it during Covid.

5th festival selection for MR CLEAN

MR CLEAN has been selected for its 5th film festival! So that makes us ahead of the game, with 4 festivals previously not selecting us. Nice.

Congrats to the team! We’ve been selected to the Horror ShowFest, in Florence, Italy, sometime in July. We’re very honoured.

Visit the official page to find out more about MR CLEAN.

Visit the IMDB page.

Read the Shoot Diary.

Watch the trailer:

Each festival selection or win is added fuel to the fire of me currently writing the feature script. It tells me that there is an audience for our continued adventures of MR CLEAN.

MR CLEAN picks up a 4th award!

MR CLEAN illustrated poster with added festival laurels
Winner – Best Special Makeup – at Indie X Fest

MR CLEAN [the short film] – has been nominated for three awards in June’s edition of IndieX Film Fest! Nice. And during the time of writing this post, I found out that we won the award for Best Special Makeup – for Lee Bailes and Mike Strick! Congrats team!

We were nominated in three categories (2 in genre categories and 1 in technical categories):

Mike is an amazing sculpter and made the tentacle and severed arm effect. And I made the intestines, applied the blood etc . So it’s more Mike’s award than mine. And of course, Rinat and Darwin were totally essential for puppeteering the tentacles and helping us get it right on screen. 🙂 – Visit Mike Strick’s website.

This is great news. This is our 4th award and it now brings the other award nominations to 3. According to their context submission figures, we made it in the top 12 %:

  • Official Selection: 33,3%
  • Nominations: 24,6%
  • Award Winners: 12,2%

If you want to find out more about the short film, visit the IMDB page or visit the official film page.

MR CLEAN photographic poster with added festival laurels
Winner – Best Special Makeup – at Indie X Fest

And you might notice the use of the special wording: ‘the short film’ above….

That’s right, I am finally working on the feature version of MR CLEAN! I’m still in the planning stage, but work is definitely under way on bringing the feature script to life. I usually pretty much just ‘pants’ my feature scripts (as in write them with very little to no planning). Yes I know, it’s a shocking admission. But having reached various points in past feature scripts, where I need to do a rewrite, I have since recognised the value of trying to properly plan out the task ahead, to make it less of a nightmare to fix, once the inevitable first draft is done. In the past, because the film was in my head, I would just blurt it all out. But as time passes and you need to question details, and long periods of crazy workload get in the way, and you have to pick up the piece and start going back over the plot, to fix things, you realise that having more planning data to hand would make the whole process so much easier rather than relying on memory.

I’ve been waiting until this moment to properly tackle the script. I’ve been in a hell of crazy work load and long work days for the last three months and have been officially put on furlough, due to the effects of Covid on my company’s financials, so this is literally the first moment I’ve had to properly sit, find a quiet space and devote actual thinking time to the project – instead of trying to do that and being constantly interrupted by my lovely partner, the job and life. I’ve got some resting to do first, to build up the energy for this rewrite. The scripts I’ve been writing for work and the pace that I’ve been working at, have really taken it out of me. But this is a perfect time to build up my energy, polish my concept, flesh out my characters and work on the beats / conflicts etc. I have two months before I go back, although at reduced pay. And yes, weirdly, rather than worry about the world, my financial situation or fate of my job, or this virus, I can only think for now of putting the work in, to get MR CLEAN out of my head and down on paper for others to read… because it’s itching to get written already.

Fingers crossed that I get to do that. I mean life has a way of getting in between of me and my creative goals. But let’s hope that I can use this time for good. Because I hope that if I can pull off what’s in my head, you’re going to love it. Who cares if we don’t have the budget for it yet… and no one can really make a film with the virus screwing things up….

Stay safe and well people. <3

Another official selection for MR CLEAN

We are very happy to share that MR CLEAN has been selected to another film festival. We are official selections to the first year of the Montreal Indie Short Film Awards 2020.

It’s great that MR CLEAN has been selected. To another festival, especially when so many festivals are cancelling or delaying their selection process. We’re very honoured to be selected by this new festival.

Read more about the film, the cast and crew: MR CLEAN.

Visit the MR CLEAN social pages:

Read the shoot diary

Watch the Trailer.

MR CLEAN Coming soon in 2020, from Eibon Films and 3R Films / DRTV (www.darwinreina.com)

#shortfilm #horrormovie #MrCleanmovie

SVEN GUNNAR’s first award

SVEN GUNNAR (Directed by Darwin Reina) has picked up its first award – an honourable mention from the GLOBAL SHORTS film festival! Congrats to the entire team!

It’s great! And coming after a few more recent official film festival selections, SVEN GUNNAR is well on its way. Not bad for a film I co-wrote and the first film that I’d shot for someone else.