I just wanted to stop by briefly to share some news about DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE (DFTB), the short film I wrote for director Darwin Reina.
We’ve received a special mention from the Med-Limes festival in Salerno, Italy – which as I understand it is like a ‘honourable mention’, meaning that you’re not in the normal selection / winners, but the film is worthy “… of exceptional merit but not deserving of top honours” – enough to celebrate it’s contribution. Hopefully this was because of the message behind the film – because we want to show the horror of domestic abuse, so that we can help to prevent it.
Congrats to Darwin Reina, the producers, entire cast and crew.
The film has already exceeded our expectations. A win would also be very welcome. But this is already better than we hoped for. Nice.
In other news, I’ve been quiet, because I’ve been working away on MR CLEAN in the rare moments when I get any free time. So far I’m playing with / refining the edit of a trailer and already had some very positive feedback on it. As soon as I’m happy with the final version of the trailer, and then completed post production on it (colour grading, score and sound mix), I will indeed share. I’m keen to get to that point, so that I can move back onto editing the actual film.
I’ve never edited a trailer before. It’s been a valuable learning experience. This is my third short film and I’ve never gotten to this point before.
Anyway, enough wittering. Thanks again for stopping by Cherished Reader.
Hello folks! Hope you’re all doing well. Just thought I’d guiltily stop by and share what’s going on – to reassure you that things are indeed going on, albeit slowly.
If you care for excuses, I have a pretty good one for being fairly quiet – with having the builders in for a week, working on my house and then my 20 year old, senile cat, deciding to go missing for 5 days until we tracked him down 2.5km away from home. All that running around, flyering and searching for him etc was pretty exhausting. He’s back now, safe and I think that I’ve almost recovered. Almost.
Exhausted cat is exausted
DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE news:
DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE has made it into three film festivals – nice. That in itself is great. It would be nice to win, but even being selected is a great honour.
We’re having the premiere this month in Barcelona and Darwin and I will be in attendance. 🙂 The film will be shown on the 15th May.
We’ll also be doing a recce for a future untitled film, to be shot in Barcelona.
And here’s the invitation:
Invitation DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE premiere
MR CLEAN news:
The edit is still under way. it’s been hard to find time, but I’ve averaged about 30-60 mins a day of editing for the last month, despite my busy workload.
I’ve made it to day 4 of the 4-day shoot footage. So I am nearling the end of the rough assembly stage. So there is light at the end of the tunnel. And I have two more scenes to do a rough assembly on.
Next I have to do a complete rough assembly of the complete short film. And try and play around with it. That will be another whole journey in itself.
I already know a couple of shots I’d love to get if a reshoot was called for. But so far I think I can work with what I have, even if it doesn’t match up to what I wanted.
But perhaps I should get on with a trailer for the film, so you can begin to discover what the fuss is about?
But that’s enough from me. I need to crack on. I can hear MR CLEAN getting impatient for his next victim…
But I was even more surprised to find out that as part of the festival process you can now rent all of the films, for a small fee, including ours! Here is the link and it’s open to anyone for one week!! And please, please, please vote for us!
So some progress is being made on the edit. “At last!” the angry villagers cry, as they wield their burning torches angrily… and I’ve resumed posting to the instagram account, only to find out that we had a post liked by Rue Morgue Magazine! How cool is that! – but it hasn’t all been straightforward and plain sailing…
It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned this film – to anyone that reads the blog. But I wouldn’t blame you for not knowing about it, seeing as three years of blog posts are still missing! But I thought it best to update people on the film… and I will try and recreate and repost the original blog posts about the writing of the film – the ones that explain why I couldn’t be there for the filming (back in July 2017). And there’s a little mention of a new project at the end – so keep reading!
RAINDANCE posted a great article on “How to make it with a short film in Europe” that nicely sums up how times have changed for the film industry. It shows that although there are less obvious paths into the industry for those trying to break in by making a short, there are still ways to monetise your film and get your start – if your smart and prepared to work hard that is.