Of scripts and festivals

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 poster with laurel
MAGIC IS MURDER poster with Finalist laurel

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.

IMPRINT - semi finalist laurel Cairo Indie Short Festival
IMPRINT – semi finalist laurel for Cairo Indie Short Festival

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!

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IMPRINT is a finalist

Today I learned that IMPRINT, the short horror script, is a finalist and had been placed in the top 7 short scripts of the Portland Screenplay Awards. It was in top 30% of 1000 scripts. And also, as this was a horror screenplay being judged against a diverse range of genres, and horror not being everyone’s cup of tea, I’ll that as an almost-won.

Laurel Portland ScreenPlay Awards Finalist
Laurel Portland ScreenPlay Awards Finalist

COMFORT HIM and SVEN GUNNAR news

COMFORT HIM is a Finalist in the Austin After Dark Spring festival. And they nicely shared a small video which features each of the finalists on Facebook.

Austin After Dark facebook video grab
Austin After Dark facebook video grab

Watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/216433355627322/videos/527567911565898 to see what they thought of COMFORT HIM.

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!

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