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

SVEN GUNNAR premiere- coming very soon

For all those people who’ve been following the Blog long enough to know what SVEN GUNNAR is, I”ve got some great news for you. Well two things actually.

  1. SHORT FILM youtube premiere – As the film festival run is almost complete. Darwin is releasing the short film on YouTube. Click on the link below to book a place for the premiere. It will also be released on Instagram and Facebook.
Click above to set a reminder for the premiere of SVEN GUNNAR

2. Feature film – secondly, there now exists a SVEN GUNNAR feature film script. At long last, after hinting at working on the plot for a while, and being blocked on it, I have a feature length script.

It wasn’t easy. For one, I had to write it around my day job. For another, I still had a massive gaping plot hole. But needs must, and I had to get this done now or risk pushing other planned projects behind. I almost gave up a few times, due to exhaustion, sickness, and work pressures. But it was important to see if I could get it done in 30 days and replot the end of the 2nd act and start of the 3rd act to make it work, to hit my self-imposed deadline of doing the script in 30 days. And I had to get it done now to clear the decks for other things.

I failed the 30 days part. Had to take a day off due to sickness, and then completed it on the 31st day. But it’s done now.

And it definitely feels like its grown beyond the original short proof-of-concept.

SVEN GUNNAR movie poster
SVEN GUNNAR movie poster with laurels

Future of SVEN GUNNAR?

Who knows. For now, I have to get well, then move onto other things, and revisit it when I have some clarity on what works and what doesn’t work from a structural perspective. But also, now I can wait and see what people think of the vomit draft, to see how much appetite there is to take this script further and to find out what people love about it and what doesn’t work / needs fixing. And to have a few discussions about when, if and how we’re making it.

SVEN GUNNAR feature Title page

The script is currently treading a fine line between Slasher film and Action Thriller genres. It wasn’t planned, but it’s how these things can sometimes change course in the writing – especially when your characters start getting inventive when put under pressure. It’s also completely beyond the original no budget roots of the original short above. It will require a reasonable budget to proceed as currently written. But I think the script definitely delivers plenty of thrills and spills, as well as an entertaining body count.

The other thing is that I have a good choice of 13 potential names for the feature. I was never really much of a fan of the name SVEN GUNNAR to tell the truth. It’s different. But it doesn’t really hint at the content / tone and genre of the piece. But we’ve got some corkers, with one potential strong contender / early favourite to consider for the future.

However, I may yet scale it back a bit, take it more into horror territory in the next draft. But for now, I’m happy that another goal has been achieved for this year. And that people can finally see the short above, and we can find out if despite its flaws, is there an appetite for a feature?

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it. Click on the link above and enjoy the short!

#svengunnar #svengunnarmovie #shortfilm #horrorfilm #featurefilm #slasher #serialkillermovie

5th award for IMPRINT

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.

#shortscript #shortfilm #horrormovie #horror #unproduced

COMFORT HIM – two more selections

COMFORT HIM poster
COMFORT HIM poster with laurels

COMFORT HIM has been selected to two more festivals! Nice. If you look at the bottom laurels on the poster above, you will see that we have (on either side), we now have laurels for:

So, even if we can’t really travel in these covid times, our micro short film is definitely able to travel for us.

Morbido definitely looks to be selecting some very interesting and unique looking horror shorts. Also, as part of Morbido fest, we took part in a zoom Q&A. And in honour of our first video interview, we’re going to release a little BTS action for the film too.

Thanks again for the festival selections! And congrats again to the team!

#comforthimmovie #microshort #shortfilm #horrormovies #comedyhorror #comedy

MR CLEAN selected to Baidefest

Great news! MR CLEAN has been selected to Baidefest Roses in Spain! Excellent news!

The short will be screened on November 06 at the THEATRE OF ROSES (Spain). 

Mr Clean Gold laurels
MR CLEAN poster with latest Fest selection

Links to find out more about Baidefest:

Mr Clean Gold laurels
MR CLEAN poster with latest Fest selection

Thanks to Karen Keslen for updating the posters.