We just found out today that the dark horror script for IMPRINT has won its fifth award! Nice. This time it was for Best Unproduced Short Script at the Fantastic Festival of Los Angeles. Many thanks! that’s great news.
Let’s hope some producers, keen to get involved in helping bring this to the screen take notice. And I am super grateful for these 5 awards.
The short script for IMPRINT now has its 4th official festival selection, in a week where we also received some very positive but also confusing feedback from another prestigious screenplay festival (where the reader clearly didn’t seem to pick up on some obvious plot elements that other festivals had no issues with) the film has now been selected and also made a Finalist in the Hollywood Blood Horror Festival (where COMFORT HIM won Best Horror). This is great news for a short that I was doubting was too dark for most festivals.
Ironically it comes on the same day where MR CLEAN was rejected from another fest, due to high competition. So it’s all swings and roundabouts.
But this week, good progress has been made on a new feature film script. We’re officially 15 pages in writing SVEN GUNNAR the feature. 🙂
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.
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.