And COMFORT HIM is a Semi-Finalist

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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!

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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!

Find out more about MR CLEAN

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Festival update – COMFORT HIM and MR CLEAN

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COMFORT HIM poster with laurels

COMFORT HIM is a Semi-Finalist – in the ‘Super short (0-5 minutes)’ category of the Nightofcomedy festival. Many thanks! We can’t complain, it’s just an honour to be selected to so many festivals. It was 16 selections in all, 3 nominations, and 5 awards. Not bad for an experimental Micro Short, in a world that doesn’t quite understand that format yet.

Visit the COMFORT HIM page to find out more. 

Visit the COMFORT HIM IMDB page.

STUFF MX FILM FEST poster 2020 edition - online fest 28th Dec to 8 January 2021
STUFF MX FILM FEST 2020

Also, MR CLEAN is currently playing as part of Block #9 FRIGHTS – of the STUFF MX FILM FESTIVAL. You can view the films for free by registering on the Fest Home platform here: https://tv.festhome.com/festivaltv/stuff-mx-film-festival up until the end of 8th January 2021 – Please understand that not all of the films are available in all countries, due to a ridiculous limitation by some of the distributors. So apologies if certain films aren’t playing for you. Do contact the festival if you would like to see specific titles.

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MR CLEAN poster with latest Fest selection

CLICK HERE for a direct link to view MR CLEAN as part of that festival: https://tv.festhome.com/festival_film/195/2525/192670 – and do tell us if you watched it and enjoyed it!

COMFORT HIM is a finalist at Fotofilm

COMFORT HIM was officially selected and is now a finalist at Fotofilm Internatıonal Short Film Festival in Istanbul, Turkey. Congrats team! Sadly, due to covid, our dreams of going to Turkey and attending in person seem unlikely, but the festival is looking at an online solution / format. As soon as we have details of what that is, we will let everyone know.

The short horror comedy film is a finalist in the Best Super Short category.

COMFORT HIM poster
COMFORT HIM poster with laurels

Visit the COMFORT HIM page to find out more. 

Visit the COMFORT HIM IMDB page.

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!

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MR CLEAN poster with latest Fest selection

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.

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MR CLEAN poster with latest Fest selection

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