COMFORT HIM was officially selected and is now a finalist at Fotofilm Internatıonal Short Film Festival in Istanbul, Turkey. Congrats team! Sadly, due to covid, our dreams of going to Turkey and attending in person seem unlikely, but the festival is looking at an online solution / format. As soon as we have details of what that is, we will let everyone know.
The short horror comedy film is a finalist in the Best Super Short category.
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!
Mike is an amazing sculpter and made the tentacle and severed arm effect. And I made the intestines, applied the blood etc . So it’s more Mike’s award than mine. And of course, Rinat and Darwin were totally essential for puppeteering the tentacles and helping us get it right on screen. 🙂 – Visit Mike Strick’s website.
This is great news. This is our 4th award and it now brings the other award nominations to 3. According to their context submission figures, we made it in the top 12 %:
And you might notice the use of the special wording: ‘the short film’ above….
That’s right, I am finally working on the feature version of MR CLEAN! I’m still in the planning stage, but work is definitely under way on bringing the feature script to life. I usually pretty much just ‘pants’ my feature scripts (as in write them with very little to no planning). Yes I know, it’s a shocking admission. But having reached various points in past feature scripts, where I need to do a rewrite, I have since recognised the value of trying to properly plan out the task ahead, to make it less of a nightmare to fix, once the inevitable first draft is done. In the past, because the film was in my head, I would just blurt it all out. But as time passes and you need to question details, and long periods of crazy workload get in the way, and you have to pick up the piece and start going back over the plot, to fix things, you realise that having more planning data to hand would make the whole process so much easier rather than relying on memory.
I’ve been waiting until this moment to properly tackle the script. I’ve been in a hell of crazy work load and long work days for the last three months and have been officially put on furlough, due to the effects of Covid on my company’s financials, so this is literally the first moment I’ve had to properly sit, find a quiet space and devote actual thinking time to the project – instead of trying to do that and being constantly interrupted by my lovely partner, the job and life. I’ve got some resting to do first, to build up the energy for this rewrite. The scripts I’ve been writing for work and the pace that I’ve been working at, have really taken it out of me. But this is a perfect time to build up my energy, polish my concept, flesh out my characters and work on the beats / conflicts etc. I have two months before I go back, although at reduced pay. And yes, weirdly, rather than worry about the world, my financial situation or fate of my job, or this virus, I can only think for now of putting the work in, to get MR CLEAN out of my head and down on paper for others to read… because it’s itching to get written already.
Fingers crossed that I get to do that. I mean life has a way of getting in between of me and my creative goals. But let’s hope that I can use this time for good. Because I hope that if I can pull off what’s in my head, you’re going to love it. Who cares if we don’t have the budget for it yet… and no one can really make a film with the virus screwing things up….
SVEN GUNNAR (2020) – which was properly finished and premiered this year, earlier in March – now has its first offficial film festival selection – at the Lift-Off Sessions! (PineWoods Studios In London UK) . That’s great news! We designed this film very much in line with trying to get it into some film festivals, so the fact that this film is now on it’s way towards achieving that goal, is really great!
“Flesh to cut… Flesh to eat! Don’t let Sven-Gunnar get his meat!”
Read the SHOOT DIARY, to find out more about the co-production with DR TV.
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PS. Now if MR CLEAN would only get its first selection that would be great. Pls thx! So far SVEN GUNNAR is winning in this friendly competition. 🙂 – sadly, the first festival to notify us, cancelled due to Coronavirus. The 2nd only picked 10 films out of hundreds and we didn’t make the semi-finalist cut. However, two other film festivals we didn’t submit to, have requested us to submit after seeing the trailer… but there’s many more to await. So fingers crossed!