The ups and downs of filmmaking

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.

IMPRINT temp poster
IMPRINT temp poster

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.

An update on GAS! and more

Fresh Voices selection
GAS! is a selection and into the quarter finals

It’s been a strange, stressful and very long week. But one where it was great to learn that my WWI Short Script GAS! made it into the Quarter Finals of Fresh Voices screenplay competition. Nice. That made up for the rest of the drama and stress.

Also, it’s been fun! Each evening, the whole week, I’ve been doing a course by Lucy V Hay of Bang2Write fame, called SUBMISSION SECRETS, re helping creatives master the tricky art of presenting themselves and their creations in the best light to prospective publishers and production companies, with a view to getting work published / commissioned – like creating a creative resume, query email, one-pager or synopsis etc. It’s been very useful and nicely complements two other courses I did at the end of last year, which were also geared around different parts of the same process. And it’s also been good to meet with the same creative peeps, and network a little online this week and find out that everyone pretty much feels the same out there. You – as a creative entity – are not alone! And I’m hoping that the course will come in very handy, in the near future, when we look to secure funding for SVEN GUNNAR the feature and MURDER TOURS.

But now I need to decide if I am going to give GAS! a little polish and pay to resubmit it to Fresh Voices????

Meet the directors – interview with L’HIFF for GAS!

a chat with Darwin Reina at L’HIFF

I recently did a 30 minute interview with Darwin Reina for his L’HOSPITALET DE LLOBREGAT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALhttps://www.lhifilmfestival.com – to talk about the official selection for the WWI short screenplay GAS! and you can watch a 7 minute cut down version of it above. And enjoy my corona-do; my lockdown hair cut. 😉

Thanks to Darwin and L’HIFF for the interview.

Gas! picks up a third script award!

My WWI short script GAS! has picked up it’s third award! It’s unbelievable and very much appreciated.

Gas! poster with 11 laurels
GAS! poster with latest laurels

GAS! has won the Best Short Script award at the Indie Shorts Awards October 2020 at Indie Shorts Fest.

Screengrab of the Indie Shorts Fest announcement
Screengrab of the award list from the IndieShortsFest website

This is amazing, considering that for a good number of years, it has been sitting in a folder on my hard drive and forgotten – after a previous abortive attempt to submit it to major festival, which somehow left me thinking that it wasn’t really worth continuing to submit to festivals any longer. And now it’s picked up three awards and ranked as a semi-finalist at a 4th festival. It’s already done so well!

Thanks again Indie Shorts Fest.

Laurel for the Hollywood International Golden Age Festival
Gas! is a finalist at the Hollywood International Golden Age Festival

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Gas! is selected to L’HIFF

Gas! poster with 11 laurels
GAS! poster with latest laurels

The short script for GAS! has been selected to its fifth film festival – L’Hospitalet de Llobregat International Film Festival (L’HIFF) – a new festival that is already making waves, and raising the cultural profile of Barcelona.

The festival is on from the 9th to the 13th November, Barcelona, Spain.

It’s great that the script is doing well on its festival circuit. And thank you to L’HIFF for this great honour. Thanks again also to Karen Keslen’s fantastic art work and tireless work updating the posters.

Here are the other competing short scripts: https://www.lhifilmfestival.com/selections

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