For all those people who’ve been following the Blog long enough to know what SVEN GUNNAR is, I”ve got some great news for you. Well two things actually.
SHORT FILM youtube premiere – As the film festival run is almost complete. Darwin is releasing the short film on YouTube. Click on the link below to book a place for the premiere. It will also be released on Instagram and Facebook.
2. Feature film – secondly, there now exists a SVEN GUNNAR feature film script. At long last, after hinting at working on the plot for a while, and being blocked on it, I have a feature length script.
It wasn’t easy. For one, I had to write it around my day job. For another, I still had a massive gaping plot hole. But needs must, and I had to get this done now or risk pushing other planned projects behind. I almost gave up a few times, due to exhaustion, sickness, and work pressures. But it was important to see if I could get it done in 30 days and replot the end of the 2nd act and start of the 3rd act to make it work, to hit my self-imposed deadline of doing the script in 30 days. And I had to get it done now to clear the decks for other things.
I failed the 30 days part. Had to take a day off due to sickness, and then completed it on the 31st day. But it’s done now.
And it definitely feels like its grown beyond the original short proof-of-concept.
Future of SVEN GUNNAR?
Who knows. For now, I have to get well, then move onto other things, and revisit it when I have some clarity on what works and what doesn’t work from a structural perspective. But also, now I can wait and see what people think of the vomit draft, to see how much appetite there is to take this script further and to find out what people love about it and what doesn’t work / needs fixing. And to have a few discussions about when, if and how we’re making it.
The script is currently treading a fine line between Slasher film and Action Thriller genres. It wasn’t planned, but it’s how these things can sometimes change course in the writing – especially when your characters start getting inventive when put under pressure. It’s also completely beyond the original no budget roots of the original short above. It will require a reasonable budget to proceed as currently written. But I think the script definitely delivers plenty of thrills and spills, as well as an entertaining body count.
The other thing is that I have a good choice of 13 potential names for the feature. I was never really much of a fan of the name SVEN GUNNAR to tell the truth. It’s different. But it doesn’t really hint at the content / tone and genre of the piece. But we’ve got some corkers, with one potential strong contender / early favourite to consider for the future.
However, I may yet scale it back a bit, take it more into horror territory in the next draft. But for now, I’m happy that another goal has been achieved for this year. And that people can finally see the short above, and we can find out if despite its flaws, is there an appetite for a feature?
Anyway, I hope you enjoy it. Click on the link above and enjoy the short!
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!
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.
We’re very happy to be able to learn that the super dark horror Short Script IMPRINT has been awarded its 4th award for Best Script at the LA Sun Fest. This is huge news and so many in such a short space of time. We’re very grateful.
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.
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.