Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Shooter's TV premier

Very proud to have managed to have my multi award winning short film 'Shooter' broadcast on Sky Super Shorts Channel 219. The broadcast was on the 18th April 2011, at 9.30pm with a repeat on the following Sunday.

Shooter was released on the 15th May 2009 at the Short Film Corner Cannes, you can see the video diary here
So the film to this date has not yet reached it's expected 2 year festival tour, I managed to rake up 27 festival Official selections, 2 jury nominations, 4 International wins and 1 Best in Festival accolade. On this blog you can read the very encouraging reviews that have been written about the film over the last 3 months, and to have it's first TV broadcast in the 2 years time scale is very exciting and a little daunting. Also looking forward to being interviewed by Claire Bueno of Premier Scene which means a little trip to London town in the next couple of months.

The learning curve that I have endured with this project has been very steep indeed, with no choice but to pursue the project to the end, with the lack of paying jobs and a very poor year due to the credit crunch, I still feel that it has been a very successful journey and would gladly live the experience again. However it is time to regroup and assess the future.

The second draft of the poster for my new film 'The Rape Fields' is ready for a look at. I wanted a plane look, with only 3 colours, with scope to expand.
With a Sci-fi movie, we expect to see explosions, space ships, monsters and planets, but with this I wanted to create something that is a more suggestive design, that is explained once you are immersed in the story of the movie.  More to come on this soon.
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Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Mofilm and Possible Futures film contests

With a 1 hour window of weather opportunity a couple of weeks ago, David Clements and I trekked out with the camera and shot a short story line for the Mofilm Pepsi Challenge, and with what we thought was a very strong contender for the challenge, we waved it goodbye as it uploaded to the Mofilm judges, yesterday we received the news that the little film was not successful in getting through to the finals, you can see the finalists here, once we have clearance I will post the short film that we entered.

The Possible Futures film contest has just opened, and I received a youtube message from the Possible Futures crew, saying they would like me to enter the short film Orla the Golden Eagle, I promptly contacted Stewart Robertson at the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre and asked permission to enter the film, he said yes, so the little film about Scottish Birds of Prey is soon to be judged:)

Facebook and Twitter have proven to be a great asset to my campaign, and helped to have my award winning short film 'Shooter' recognised, but little did I think it would get me in touch with a great friend of mine from a few years ago, Kevin Harrigan got in touch using the social network, and last Saturday we took a drive in his amazing car and reminisced. What a fantastic day, the sun came out at the Culag Guest house on Loch Lomond, a complete stranger gave us some food, we took some pictures and planned some projects for the future, including dusting down my ski's ready for next winter.

Ro Goodwin, a good friend and film maker, dropped me a line a few weeks ago, saying, a new feature film is being planned in the Shetland Islands, called 'Between Weathers'. On studying the web site, I found a name that I had associated with quite a few years ago, so I contacted and managed to organise a brief 'one on one' interview with the films director, if anything develops from this, I will post details soon.

A couple of days ago, a beautiful young woman from the USA, called Judi Ward, hooked up with my Facebook page and watched Shooter, she then shared the post and opened it up to her FB friends, at this point an actor called Bill Oberst Jr,  left me a great complementary message on my Vimeo account, saying he had been pointed to the film by a guy called Vincent Deporter, so of course I had to track down the name, and there he was on FB, I checked out his links and low and behold, he is an awesome photographer, cartoonist and artist, having worked on a plethora of very impressive projects from Scooby Doo to Spongebob, and coincidently, Gregor Narholz, who wrote the score for Shooter, is also responsible for Spongebob Square Pants, his website is here Vincent Deporter and for all my students who are into comics, give this a guy a visit on Facebook 
More to come soon