Firstly and most importantly they gave us a cuppa. This was presumably to dull the blow they then delivered to a large portion of the capacity crowd when they they told us that Writers don't get any of the RIFE funding.
Hell no, they're writers, so they can write their own cheques!
However, tell 'em you are writer-producer-director and they even supplied the truck to load the dosh into! (No, gullible of Surrey, not really, but the other reader gets my point.)
It was a nice touch when they got us to stand up and introduce ourselves and our industry related job. This was great for targeting who to network with and/or flick biz cards at.
Everyone was friendly and interesting and there was some great networking at/after lunch, during which I met some cool talented people including a local lass who has written 10 episodes of Doctors.
We were invited to join a few local writers groups and a brand new screenwriters group which will hopefully meet and network once a month in Pompey. Possibly in a pub. Doesn't get any better, does it?
The infectiously enthusiastic DV Mission guys want everyone to enter the 48 hour film challenge and sign up to their new networking site at http://dvmission.ning.com/
So go on, do it now. Both the site and the competition look great.
I had a one2one with, bizarrely, two, top local scripity filmy peeps, the aforementioned Steve Bowles and the lovely Susan Beckett from City Eye, who offered me their sagely advice but unfortunately no dosh.
Rounded it all up with a quiet beer and noisy chat about the perceived state of the film industry and the slim chances of selling a new spec script, in the pub over the road.
"Tis just what I sought for my Facebook homepage or what I ought to have grace the drop of the back stage" the Bard said last night...er...via Thora Spectre, medium to the stars.
The portrait, unveiled yesterday at a press conference in London, shows a Hunky Shakespeare with an aquiline nose and a dark, thick head of hair. A bit of "a pinup" as Shakespeare historian Stanley Wells told the New York Times.
Some Historians claim the rendering might be the only known portrait painted during the playwright's lifetime, and was painted only a few years before his death.
It was amongst a rich Irish family's art collection for nearly 300 years and was given to them by a literary patron of Shakespeare's. Some scholars at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, which is showing the painting at an exhibit in April, claim that patron was his lover.
Their press handout gushes:- "This Shakespeare is handsome and glamorous, so how does this change the way we think about him? And do the painting and provenance tell us more about his sexuality, and possibly about the person to whom the sonnets are addressed?"
So what sayeth you, oh sweet fair maidens of scribesville?
Be nice to meet up! I'll be this one on the day as this one is my snazzy fun blog persona. The other being, of course, my assured professional writer bluff. Don't worry, you'll still recognise me as the photo at the top really is me!
They haven't revealed the venue yet, apparently you get an email the day before to keep out undesirables. Yeah, OK, if I sneaked through, so can you.
In their words:-
"Screen South Information Day
Thursday 12th March, Portsmouth
Screen South will be joined by Sue Beckett from our Network Community partners for Hampshire & Isle of Wight: City Eye.
As well as City Eye board member and award-winning documentary filmmaker Steve Bowles, other contributors to the morning sessions will include Lena Samuels from Wessex Media Group,and Bruce Webb from the Isle of WightFilm Network.
The brand new DV Mission networking website will also be launching, with a screening of the 6 winning 2 minute films!
The day will be led by Screen South Head of Production, Development and Training Miranda Robinson.
Information Days give an insight into what Screen South do, the RIFE Open Fund process, along with information on other schemes and funding available. They also provide the best opportunity to have an informal one to one session with a Screen South executive. Please remember to book your one to one when you arrive.
We encourage people in the region who are looking to apply for funding to attend an information day.
To register free of charge, please submit 25 words or less about your project/ideas, along with contact details to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLACES ARE LIMITED - REGISTER NOW !!!
When you register, venue details and a programme will be emailed to you a few days before the event."
http://www.thewriterstale.com/scr.html Six scripts from the great Sir Russell T. Davies, OBE, including "Midnight" a true Master class (pardon the pun) in tight, gripping writing. Pure Class. Top education. Read them!
Plot, Characters, all 3 acts in half a minute...Jennifer Shiman hilariously re-imagines two hour movies in just thirty seconds, and still retains the major plot points! Pitching masterclass for when that Exec says " You've got half of minute of my time."