‘GAS!’ Wins first script award!


I am super excited to announce that GAS! – my first world war script about a mustard gas attack is now an award winning script! I found out yesterday that it won an “Outstanding Achievement” award! That’s amazing, seeing as it is the first official selection, and first festival of it’s new incarnation. many thanks IndieXFest.

Previously, a different earlier version of the script, did get to Semi-Finalist at Shriekfest I believe… but memory is hazy now. But it’s nice confirmation that the changes I’ve made, have improved the script. And I’m keen to see how it fares at some of the other fests.

In honour of its win, I’ve listed it on IMDB, only to attach awards to it – HERE. But I won’t personally be producing, as I don’t have the resources / budget to pull it off. Although I’d love to do a real war movie like this, I’d rather get it to other potentially interested parties / be content to use it as an example of my work. But if it wins a “Best Script” award, I promise to print some limited edition posters of Karen Keslen’s fantastic art work, and get some t-shirts made – if people are interested.

Festival news update

It’s been an eventful week. And some of it I can’t even talk about yet. But, of the stuff I can talk about, let’s begin with MR CLEAN.

MR CLEAN has just won an award for Best Short Film at the August Breakout Film Fest. And we’re super stoked about that. I obviously talk about the selections and the wins, but never mention the rejections. Every time we get selected or even win an award, it’s so heartwarming. And confirmation that every ounce of effort, blood, sweat and tears, was appreciated by others.

GAS! – my WWI short script is a finalist at IndieX Fest. So edging closer to a potential award.

And SVEN GUNNAR – the short horror film that Darwin and I did last year, has been selected to 15th Cyprus International Film Festival, 17-21 November at Nicosia, Cyprus.

SVEN GUNNAR with laurels

Not bad at all. And there is more to come, as soon as I can talk about it. 🙂

Congrats to all the teams! You’re killing it!

2nd, 3rd and 4th festival selections for COMFORT HIM!

2nd, 3rd and 4th festival selections for COMFORT HIM!

Selection email grab from Film Freeway
Selection email grab from Film Freeway

We’re super happy to announce that COMFORT HIM (Comfort him movie) Just got into its second and third festival  – thank you to the Micro Minute Film Festival (http://microminutefilmfestival.com) and to the Independent Shorts Awards for selecting our very short short – we’re very grateful 🙏.

Thanks again to Karen Keslen for updating the posters.

And here’s the latest view numbers / views across different platforms – as of 16th August:

  • 391 Facebook
  • 646 YouTube
  • 6926 Twitter
  • 95 Vimeo
  • 64 Instagram
  • = 8122 views

We are very satisfied with the results. It’s super appreciated. Let’s hope people can also continue to like and share it! Because remember:

  • Liking helps these films get picked up in algorithms, for more people to see them and help us attract more views. 
  • And more importantly, sharing is caring! If you share the film, more people will see it and this will inspire us to make more films. – thanks to everyone that has already done so!

FILM INFO / Links:

Festival selections to date:

  • Official selection Venice Shorts Film Awards.
  • Official selection Micro Minute Film Festival 
  • Official selection Best Microfilm Independent Shorts Awards
  • Official selection Best Dark Comedy Independent Shorts Awards
Landscape layout
Latest poster updated
COMFORT HIM’s 1st official selection & an update

COMFORT HIM’s 1st official selection & an update

We’re very pleased to share that COMFORT HIM had its first official selection – at the Venice Awards. Nice. 🙏 – well done team! Thanks to Karen for updating the posters. And already, as a result a few more film festivals have generously reached out and offered discount codes to submit the film to their festivals, so such results do pay dividends.

We will be releasing some behind the scenes (BTS) materials soon, about the making of the film. So stay tuned for that.

This happened just before we hit 7K views. Nice. So our micro short has begun its film festival journey and people are also enjoying it – well apart from 1 dislike on YouTube and 1 dumb comment on Twitter, but that’s still not a bad success rate if you think about it 😉 .

Breakdown of views across different platforms – 1 month after release:

  • 383 Facebook
  • 635 YouTube
  • 5849 Twitter
  • 86 Vimeo
  • 63 Instagram
  • = 7016 views

We are very satisfied with the results. It’s a great start. Let’s hope people can continue to like and share it! Because remember:

  • Liking helps these films get picked up in algorithms, for more people to see them and help us attract more views.
  • And more importantly, sharing is caring! If you share the film, more people will see it and this will inspire us to make more films. 😉 – thanks to everyone that has already done so!

FILM INFO / Links:

#comforthimmovie #shortfilm #horrormovie #comedy

GENERAL UPDATE:

  • NEW MICRO SHORT FILM: Hasse and I have officially begun pre-production on our next comedy horror short, called TUMBLE DYING. We’ve started asking people to donate socks, we’ve been gathering props and finalising the shooting schedule, with a date earmarked for the end of August.
  • THREE PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT: We have some exciting potential projects in the works. But we can’t really tell you much about them. Sorry – but soon as I can, I will! Two of them are feature projects earmarked for possible development in 2021, and one of them I am working on at the moment. But there’s also a new short, tentatively titled called HEAR SOME EVIL, that I can’t wait to tell you more about, when it is ready. It’s a return to form of more in-depth and ambitious short films. The reason I am so excited about the latter, is that it’s the second script that is being written after all of the work I’ve done forcing myself to plan scripts and to become a plotter, instead of a pantser. However, all three projects are collaborations and so in time, I’m hoping my improved approach to plotting helps bear some impressive fruit and be able to firmly embed this new approach in my ways of working.
  • DESEO EQUIVOCADO: Darwin is off in Barcelona, shooting this latest short film without me sadly, although my gear is there and helping him get it in the can. But good luck to him and the team. The film was originally going to be done earlier in the year, but with it being shot while I’m back at work, and while I’m sick, and have no money for the trip, it’s not really an option for me at the moment. And with things being the way they are with the virus in Barcelona, it was a bit too risky overall. But I can’t wait to see it when it’s edited.
  • MR CLEAN:
    • MR CLEAN – the short – has had a few rejections recently, sadly. It’s bound to happen, especially with the increased number of film festivals that are cancelling, or having to cut down what they can show during virtual / online events. But there are many more festivals that have delayed and still yet to decide its fate. We’re still very positive about its chances after such a positive start to its festival journey. But it’s always dispiriting when one of the choices was quite a key one to wish for.
    • MR CLEAN – the feature – is still sort of on hold. I failed in my task to get it done during the summer. I ended up writing two shorts, planning another two shorts, shooting NO TELL, and working on another feature project, and allowed all of those things to get in the way. Work is ongoing, albeit at a slower rate. I am very conscious that I am at a crossroads, re which direction I choose to take with it. As soon as I wrestle it into place in my mind, I will be much happier to proceed at pace. I just have to fill in an important blank for the middle of the plot. But when i do it, I will let you know about how I’m going about it, as I’m using some interesting tools to help me get there.

And the only other news of note is that I am sick right now. I got sick two days into being back at work weirdly. I hope its not Covid, but I’m not sure what it is…. But I feel pretty rotten at the moment. And as usual work deadlines will and are already having an impact on projects. I do miss being on Furlough, although the reduction in pay was significant. But productivity has been high elsewhere.

SVEN GUNNAR – going to India and Japan

SVEN GUNNAR poster with added laurel wreathes
SVEN GUNNAR – with latest laurels

SVEN GUNNAR has had some recent festival success – it’s going to Japan, to the “BonDance International Film Festival(盆おどり国際映画祭” which is awesome and very much appreciated.

And it has also been accepted to the Kalakari festival in India. Nice!

This is good news, especially as the film is not for the faint of heart or those shy of a little fake blood. Congrats to Darwin and the team!

Read more about SVEN GUNNAR here: