SVEN GUNNAR picked up its 2nd award in Cyprus yesterday! Congrats to Darwin Reina and the team! And many thanks to CYIFF for recognising that our short horror film is a great proof-of-concept. I couldn’t agree more.
It’s a really interesting award to be given, precisely because although it is a self-contained short film, SVEN GUNNAR is the feature film we wished that we’d been making – when we set out to make something more ambitious than MR CLEAN, with more characters and locations, but due to budget limitations etc we set out to do it as a short, but always hoping to later get enough interest to develop it as a feature. It is also one of the feature scripts that I am currently having fun developing, to explore how it will work as a feature film.
And in fact, one of the things that always concerned me about the short, was that I didn’t want to cut it down and weaken it. There was plenty narrative there to make a good long short film. So it’s not a huge stretch to open it up a bit. And we really suffered to get some of those shots, especially the damn mosquitoes which are rampant in Hälsingland. So to get more potential mileage out of it would be awesome.
And luckily there have been some reviews and feedback where others have also recognised it’s potential. e.g. this one on IMDB by Mikief. “…I loved the Tim character – that sweet innocent family guy- “No problem I take you”! and SVEN GUNNAR the fat character of the film so nasty, So weird! I also liked the whole Europeaness of the film – the location Sweden country side, that English accent, and overall a great flick! What I will give as a negative rant is that I really wanted to know more about the town where it was shot, and the Swedish people.…”
So watch this space. Soon we will announce something more tangible regarding the possibility of such a feature version. And congrats again to Darwin and the entire team!
First, it had the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival showing. And it was really good to see it in the festival and I definitely think it held its own. However, although it was an award nominee in the Best Foreign Short category, it didn’t win. But the winners definitely deserved it. I really enjoyed the festival, and I was able to see every film – although perhaps it could have done with a bit more social / community chat facilities during the fest, for networking and finding out how audiences were finding the films? But many thanks to Tony and James for putting on such a great fest. And congrats to all the films that participated. Would definitely participate again.
But weirdly, that same day, we found out that MR CLEAN had won the Best Special Effects category at the Night of the Horror Festival 2020 in Belgium. Wow! Nice. That was a lovely surprise! it’s just a shame that we didn’t get to be there in person due to the virus.
And now, this week it is the turn of COMFORT HIM to be in the limelight, as it is taking part in the Morbido Fest. And then the European Short Film Festival. So busy times ahead. Wish us luck!
Three very cool thing shave happened in a very short period of time for MR CLEAN. As a result, we’re not yet able to update the posters for all three things, But they are as follows, in order of when they happened:
We are so happy and grateful. With six awards now, and 17 selections, the film has already exceeded our expectations and aspirations! Obviously we won’t turn down any more glory for the project. But each bit of positive feedback and acknowledgement is further encouragement for pursuing the feature version of MR CLEAN. In fact, we have some news regarding feature films / scripts and such. But we can’t share that just yet. But hopefully soon! – all I can say now is a feature script has been written and another is in the developmental stage, they’re just not yet for MR CLEAN the feature.
But I am personally honoured to have the cinematography singled-out and celebrated for MR CLEAN. It was a crazy shoot, and far from ideal conditions to achieve the best frames possible, and with a meagre crew and resources, but this amazing festival has the good sense and judgement of evaluating films based on the cameras used. Which I think is an interesting way to show that not all films are equal, that not all films should always compete against each other, when some have more budgets, bigger crews and resources. And thank you to Darwin, Eric and Albin – because without Eric’s colour grading and Albin’s VFX, and Darwin’s help positioning lights from time to time, I’m not sure how I’d have pulled it off otherwise.It was a team effort.
I will say that we’re very happy to have been a part of the SIN CITY FILM FESTIVAL that took place this last week. Although sadly, due to the format (single play stream at time of screening and no consideration for those in other time zones with an extra day’s grace before the clips disappeared, which is sadly a very restrictive choice) and my own life getting in the way, I gave up trying to view anything, as each time I was free nothing was available to view and then they were streaming when I was unavailable or asleep. It’s a shame as they had some amazing films selected (some that I was lucky enough to see during the HP Lovecraft Film Fest). But I think the fault is mine, as I heard others were enjoying the fest.
I am super excited to announce that GAS! – my first world war script about a mustard gas attack is now an award winning script! I found out yesterday that it won an “Outstanding Achievement” award! That’s amazing, seeing as it is the first official selection, and first festival of it’s new incarnation. many thanks IndieXFest.
Previously, a different earlier version of the script, did get to Semi-Finalist at Shriekfest I believe… but memory is hazy now. But it’s nice confirmation that the changes I’ve made, have improved the script. And I’m keen to see how it fares at some of the other fests.
In honour of its win, I’ve listed it on IMDB, only to attach awards to it – HERE. But I won’t personally be producing, as I don’t have the resources / budget to pull it off. Although I’d love to do a real war movie like this, I’d rather get it to other potentially interested parties / be content to use it as an example of my work. But if it wins a “Best Script” award, I promise to print some limited edition posters of Karen Keslen’s fantastic art work, and get some t-shirts made – if people are interested.