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Thursday, 27 August 2009

(165) Shorts::Cut '09 screening @ No.3 tonight!

See you there!

From Dylan Pank @ http://www.shortscut.org.uk

Time: August 27, 2009 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Central Library
Street: Guildhall Square
City/Town: Portsmouth

Event Type: short, film, screening

Our Second screening of the summer in Portsmouth's independent Arts Cinema, No.3 in The Central Library, Guildhall Square. Showing local films from filmmakers in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and West Sussex. Some of the films shown are also eligible for The News Guide Award for best local short film.

Tickets £3 (on the door)

The Watch - directed by Guy Murray-Brown. (Drama) Reformed drug addict Joe seeks his father's acceptance, but is forced to make a hard decision when things do not turn out as he had hoped - 13 minutes.

Mark - directed by James Harrison. (Documentary) Professional BMX rider and local resident mark Webb ignores medical advice after breaking his back, and travels to China to compete in the international X-Games 10 minutes.

Swap - directed by Adam Harding. (Drama) a "Meet-Cute" by Southampton water - 7 Minutes

Donkeys leading Horses - directed by Drew Boxall. (Documentary) Nick Hall runs Sabre Sales, a treasure-trove of military history - 4 minutes

Pesticide - directed by Cameron Kerr. (Animation) Has Bob's computer been possessed by a malicious virus intent on persuading him to commit murder, or is it his own subconscious trying to tell him otherwise? - 6 minutes

Picnic - directed by John Small. (Drama) A man pulls into a deserted woodland park to eat lunch, but meets a strange jogger with some stranger ideas. (10 minutes)

Dead Air - Directed by Welsey Skelly. (Drama) The lives of a DJ and listener intermingle as things start to get creepy. A strange fate meets radio DJ George, one that may also affect his audience. - 11 Minutes

The Girl Of My Dreams - directed by Russell Oastler. (Documentary) Adam Pacitti is searching for his true love, a girl he met in a dream. (4 minutes)

Bloody Daisies - directed by David White. (Comedy) Two men are sent to a blind date with the same woman, but there's only room for one man in her life. Who will she choose? And why does she need a spade? (4 minutes)

Ballet School for Over 50s - directed by Stuart McKears. (Documentary) Open day performances and interviews with the members of the Balandis Lilley Ballet school in Bognor Regis - 4 minutes.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

(164) He's back...

He's back. Lock up your daughters!

She's back. Lock up your sons!

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

(163) Short Film Workshop

Hi ya gang!

Thought this would be of great interest to any scribes local(ish) to Pompey.

And, yep, your favourite Monkey will be there...

From the DV City Screenwriters web site:

Wed 9th Sept - Writing the Short Film Workshop

* Posted by Roy Hanney - Mission Coordinator on August 14, 2009 at 10:26am in DV City Screenwriters

The workshop is intended to start the process of writing a short film script with the intention of submitting a first draft to the 2010 Screen South Digital Shorts programme In November this year. The workshop will include a screening and critical analysis of previous Digital Short winners from the last three years. An invited guest (TBC) with hands on experience of the scheme will also be in attendance to give a short talk and answer your questions. There will also be an opportunity to workshop your own “Premise Statements” as a prelude to developing your ideas further. The group will meet again to review draft scripts in October.

When: 6.30pm – 9pm Wednesday 9th September 2009

Where: The Lodge Arts Centre
The Gate Keepers Lodge
Victoria Park
Angelsea Road
Portsmouth, Hants

Cost: we share the cost of hiring the rooms usually around £2 each.

Preparation: If you would like to contribute ideas/premises to the practical ideas development workshop you must submit one or more premise statements to the DV City Screenwriters online group in advance (by Wednesday 26th August) by responding to this discussion. You can still attend the workshop presentations and participate in the practical workshops as an observer without submitting ideas.

Screen South Digital Shorts: Digital Shorts is a UK Film Council Funded scheme delivered through regional partners. News of this years scheme will be announced in the autumn. For more information go to: http://www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk/digitalshortdigitalnation

It is quite usual for Screen South to require applicants to the scheme to have attended an Information Day in advance of the submission date. You can find out more about where and when these are happening here: http://www.screensouth.org/content.aspx?page=67

What is a short Film: this is a very broad question since there are a wide range of formats for this form of filmmaking. Generally anything under 15 minutes is usually considered as a short film. You can find out more about what Screen South think about this topic by reading the 2008/09 Digital Shorts Guidelines (attached).

What is a premise statement: a short statement of dramatic intent usually in the form of a title and a short sentence or paragraph outlining the WHO, WHAT and HOW of the story. Sometimes called a synopsis the premise statement is an opportunity to pitch your ideas and get feedback at an early stage of development. The attached document “What is a Synopsis” was produced by the Australian Film Commission and aims to try and answer this question.

Any questions please post to this discussion.

Guides/advice attachments:

* AFC whatissynopsis.pdf, 101 KB
* Digital Shorts Guidelines 2008-9.pdf, 188 KB

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

(162) Good week so far!

Due to the overwhelming "success" of my previous sketch show collaboration, ahem*, I've been invited to contribute to another new one!


The Dos Directors are still slugging it out over my short, enticing me with budgets, champagne (if it features at a festival) and even actual film (or that digital thingy me wotcha call it) in their cameras.

Double Yey!

And now the Madmen site 'puter thinks I look like a cross between 007 and Bruce Willis!

Triple yey!

(* The show's going up & down the committee escalator striving ever closer to the golden commissioning light, which is apparently green.)

Saturday, 15 August 2009

(161 )My Script on Screen?

Two Directors want to film my short "Nightguard"!


This time it might actually get made...

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Friday, 7 August 2009

(159) Advice needed...

Hi ya Peeps! Thought I'd share this with you all from the Talent Circle site:-

"DV Mission 48hour Film Challenge 2009
Posted by Roy Hanney
Deadline: Nov 01 2009 | Organisation: DV Mission
Seeking: What is Dvmission? Teams are given a film title, genre and one line of script at 7:00pm Friday night. Each team then have 48 hours to get their 2 minute film back for 6:00pm Sunday night. The Premier is at 8:30pm and the winners are announced at 10:00pm.What does it cost to enter Dvmission? It is free and you get 10 tickets per team to the premier night along with the opportunity to win a coveted 'Pompey Oscar' along with other prizes!"

View full details here

I've signed up for it and collared a talented camera girl - with a working, (albeit prehistoric camera!) Our 48hr Challenge name is 2Scribes, check us, and the competition so far, out on http://dvmission.ning.com/groups/group/list

So, to the nub, my friends...

This blog has many multi talented readers, many of whom have shot, edited, lit and staged their own mini-epics...

Any advice on what to do, and perhaps more importantly, what to definitely NOT do?

Thursday, 6 August 2009

(158) Like Arnie said...

Ye-ha! I'm back!

It was the mother board, or, as Samuel L would say, the Mutha...