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…. 😉
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 %:
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….