I just learned that the short screenplay for IMPRINT is a quarter finalist of Outstanding Screenplays competition. That’s great news that it was selected and made it through to the first stage. Congrats to the other entrants!
In other IMPRINT related news, I’ve been putting together a pitch to show potential collaborators / investors what could be in store for this short film – regards to other related products and formats that could also work to expand on the world created for the short. So fingers crossed that it goes down well.
We’re very happy to announce that our hygienic serial killer short MR CLEAN is an official selection of the 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival in Indonesia – the same festival that IMPRINT recently won an award at. This makes it the 25th festival selection. Nice.
I’m also pleased, as it was killing me, to finally announce that I’ve finally finished scripting the 3rd feature script of the year, for a feature-length pagan horror project entitled: BLÖDA (aka ‘The Bleeding’).Soon i will be giving it a read, and trying to work out what needs fixing, as well as checking in with some trusted friends and fellow writers / filmmakers, to find out what they think of the project, but also, as I’ve already begun assembling some props, I’ll be working out when and in what form I will make this feature film. My desire was and still is to shoot it this autumn. However, that may not be reasonable or feasible. But we’ll see, more on that soon. For now, I’m just super happy to tick that one off the whiteboard as being done… for now.
It was a hard script to write. I was already burned out after the last two. I was working long hours. I got my second dose of the Covid vaccine, had a rough time with the symptoms, and then a resurgence of Shingles as a result of my immune system being weakened and run down. Nice. So Instead of the allotted 4 weeks, this took 6 weeks to write, due to having to take a week and a half off, and actually take a couple of evenings off for my sanity, to see friends and help my relationship. It’s weird, knowing the story you want to write, and having zero energy or fuel in the fire to get it done. But again, 2.5 average pages a day, in anything from 1-2hrs slots, is enough to get it done. Although there’s still much in the way of pre-production to even be sure of going into production, and more work to do on the script until I will be happy with it I’m sure. But for now, I’m very happy to have gotten this far. And for all of the support.
It’s been a good week and I’m very happy to share that IMPRINT has won it’s 8th award and been selected to and has placed in its 16th festival, and MAGIC IS MURDER, has been selected to its second festival.
IMPRINT picked up an award for Best unproduced script at the Florida Shorts fest. It has also now been selected and is in the finals of the 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival in Indonesia, where there is stiff competition, but the judging won’t conclude until the end of July.
The feature comedy horror script for MAGIC IS MURDER has been selected to it’s second film festival at Cult movies International Film Festival. There is some exciting news around casting (and hopefully some other news) which we hope to be able to share soon. But I’m very happy that this script that I co-wrote with Simon O’Kill is also doing well in its’ festival run.
IMPRINT, the horror short script, has done well this week. It made it through to the Semi-finals of the Golden Screenplay Competition as well as Florida Shorts in the ‘best unproduced script’ category. Both festivals aren’t done judging yet. But it’s great news that the screenplay has placed in some more festivals. 🙂
Also, as a result of the Golden Script placing, I got a new badge on Coverfly. That was nice. I’m very grateful. It’s good news while I’m writing this current screenplay for BLÖDA. Have a great weekend everyone.
We’re awaiting the results of the Rotterdam fest – which I think are announced June 20th. But congrats to the team behind PATRON which won “Best experimental film“
Also, work on BLÖDA, the Pagan horror feature is going well. The main story beats are plotted. Now I’ve just got to finish off the character breakdown and write the damn thing. 😉 But I’ll be really happy to share the way I’ve been working on this, when it’s all done. Definitely have been enjoying a lot more mind-mapping and writing by hand, to get the creative juices flowing.
I’ve had some computer issues, one where I’ve needed to re-install my editing machine software, to fix a crash after installing a recent plugin. Got a little more work to do on that to free up some space on the drives too. But hopefully soon I can resume work on TUMBLE DYING again. Luckily, despite my system crashing, no data was lost. Just the time to fix it. But I definitely had a brown trouser moment when I first saw the black screen of death.
I hope everyone’s doing well. There’s been a lot going on – including the first Covid-19 vaccine dose knocking me for six. But let’s focus on the scripts and festival news.
MAGIC IS MURDER, the horror comedy script I co-wrote / polished last year, has made it through to the finals of the Beyond The Curve International Film Festival in Paris. It was a great test, to see if I had the chops to work on someone else’s feature screenplay and collaborate. Firstly, it was a good test to see if I could get it done before my birthday last year – and despite a heavy workload, it took me 5 weeks to do a complete rewrite. And it was a real pleasure to get to know the author and original screenwriter and producer Simon O’Kill and to collaborate on all of the changes. So despite it being a little unconventional, I’m chuffed for the team that this script has been received so well.
Next, IMPRINT, the very dark horror short script, has just made it through to the semi-finals of the Cairo Indie Short Festival and hopefully we’ll find out on June 10th if it progresses further in the competition. But super chuffed that there’s life in the project yet.
Lastly, I spent this weekend chatting with Hasse Brontén and Johnny Vikeväkorva Johansson – both of them the leads of the horror short SVEN GUNNAR, and although I can’t reveal what was discussed, or agreed, I can tell you that so far there are multiple people who are raving about the horror / thriller feature screenplay. So once the jury is in, we hopefully will have something to announce around that project. Perhaps the name may also change… although it makes sense to work on the back of the original, we do have some better potential titles which are more fitting for a feature project – to help attract fans and financing.
I am currently working on the plot for another horror feature. This is a new project that I’ve mentioned here before. I have 1/3rd of the plot sorted for it. I’m toying with the title BLÖDA (aka Bleed, formerly known as BLÖT), for this pagan horror feature. But nothing’s set in stone yet. But I am making efforts to bring this one to the screen asap and get this feature project off the ground this year – if doable. I’m already on the hunt for materials to make some of the props I’ll need. As soon as I’ve figured out the plot, I’m knocking this one out in script form.
One last thing… I’m currently evaluating whether I should do a Patreon site. The idea being that perhaps I can share more of my filmmaking journey, including lots of unseen BTS materials, give people early sight of screenplays etc, more information on filmmaking and screenwriting tools, techniques and information, in return for some support to help me keep at this filmmaking journey. Hopefully the idea appeals. Please let me know please if the idea of a Patreon does interest you!