COMFORT HIM and SVEN GUNNAR news

COMFORT HIM is a Finalist in the Austin After Dark Spring festival. And they nicely shared a small video which features each of the finalists on Facebook.

Austin After Dark facebook video grab
Austin After Dark facebook video grab

Watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/216433355627322/videos/527567911565898 to see what they thought of COMFORT HIM.

Also, SVEN GUNNAR – the short film – has been selected to two film festivals: to the Osaka International Film Festival Japan and to Kinosmena Short Film Festival in Belarus. This is great news, especially as I am 58 pages into writing the feature film version!

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5th award for IMPRINT

We just found out today that the dark horror script for IMPRINT has won its fifth award! Nice. This time it was for Best Unproduced Short Script at the Fantastic Festival of Los Angeles. Many thanks! that’s great news.

Let’s hope some producers, keen to get involved in helping bring this to the screen take notice. And I am super grateful for these 5 awards.

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The ups and downs of filmmaking

It’s been a good week in festivals for IMPRINT. Not so good for GAS! The IMPRINT poster was shared by a festival which is considering its selection, was then selected by the Berlin Movie Awards, was selected by and then has been considered as a Finalist in the Vancouver Independent Film Festival and lastly, received extremely detailed, positive and insightful feedback from the Portland Screenplay Awards – although we’ve got to wait to see it if places in that competition. However, GAS! didn’t make the quarter finals of one of the most prestigious top-tier screenplay festivals.

I share this because some people might be forgiven for assuming that these scripts are always winning. They’re not. And as this top-tier fest explained, writing is subjective, so what might not even get selected at one festival, may in fact win at another. So if you’re a writer who’s keen to find out where there writing is currently at, I would recommend getting people to read it and eventually trying to enter into some festivals to get some form of benchmarking.

Also, two potential planned short films, that were being discussed and considered for production in the coming months, are no longer happening. I don’t understand the sudden change in viewpoint, but I wholeheartedly agree with the reason why – which is it’s time to get features happening. Although I definitely still want to make some quality shorts, like SEPULTURE, GAS! and IMPRINT, which would serve as proof-of-concepts for more ambitious feature-length projects, I do have a burning need to make a feature. However, IMPRINT is definitely a short worth making and I am going to start actively shopping that one around to find a way to get it made, even if someone else directs it. Currently though, it will need some investment – just to help us pull off a couple of key moments / give it the production value it warrants.

IMPRINT temp poster
IMPRINT temp poster

Luckily, the latest screenplay, for my vampire feature BLOOD RAGE, has had two reads, and both “loved” it. Still waiting on two other readers. But so far so good. Despite then dealing with the crushing weight of being exhausted after delivering that script on top of my other work demands, I am now making progress on the planning of my next feature project. And work is resuming on the micro short film TUMBLE DYING, which has been sadly neglected of late. I need to get it done.

And COMFORT HIM is a Semi-Finalist

COMFORT HIM poster
COMFORT HIM poster with laurels

COMFORT HIM made it into the semi-finals of the 2021 Kalaburagi International Film Festival in India. Nice. Many thanks.

And soon I shall have news of two short film projects that Darwin Reina and I are considering. And hopefully in the not too distant future we can announce some details about a new script which has been doing the rounds. And one of these scripts was written with a new plotting / planning process that I’ve been using and it’s really paid off for the short films, to enhance them from a structural and tonal perspective. Let me know if anyone wants to find out more about that?

I’m also playing around with a new Storyboarding app on the iPad and loving the ease of drawing. And the ability to create Animatics from it – it’s called Spielreel. This was just a test to see if I could figure out the interface. But It may or may not be from an upcoming short film…. 😉

A quick test render from Spielreel

18th and 20th festival selections!

JellyFEST in LA, selected both COMFORT HIM and MR CLEAN to their 6th season, and has also awarded both films Semi-Finalist placings. Both films were in the same Narrative Short category and at the same festival. Nice! Many thanks. And congrats to the team!

Film Freeway Win notification
COMFORT HIM and MR CLEAN festival notification

That means that COMFORT HIM has now been selected to it’s 18th and MR CLEAN has now been selected to its 20th film festival! That’s amazing and both films have done far better than our original dreams or expectations!

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