This year's Filmdash event took place last weekend in anticipation of The Oscars. This is the rather manic weekend where teams of budding film makers get given the name and theme of a film to make from scratch in 48 hours and don't usually sleep that much. I've done it before but couldn't make it this year. Happily however, Messrs Squier and Eaves carried on regardless and put together the comic Silence is Gordon. And a little making of... video too. The Oscars may still be far away but damn it's fun to make films. Well done lads!
From time to time, I am invited to help out with some film-making by my friends Dan and James. Indeed, early last year I spent a couple of days with them manning the camera for their current project Iniquity. Dan let me know last night that he and James have just finished editing Iniquity and have submitted it for inclusion at the Edinburgh Film Festival in June this year. So I’m crossing my fingers for them and hoping that one day soon I’ll get my own legitimate IMDB entry.
From the film’s website:
For Detective Jack Thompson, the system is failing around him. His decision - play by the book, or take the law into his own hands.
Plagued by the continuing media profile of a past case, Jack is trying to move on - make a difference. Then he meets Dennison Tophet - a man seemingly without a past, without a motive - but a man most definitely with an agenda...
You can also download a number of behind the scenes clips and the trailers from the film’s podcast page. Here's the trailer.
I got invited back onto a film set for the first time in two years yesterday. Not anything big you understand, just a no-budget no-frills shoot at the house of the director. Three crew plus me and two actors.
And damn if I hadn’t forgotten how much I enjoyed making films. It’s even more fun than watching the finished product once it’s all been cut and mixed.
Warren has mentioned it briefly and so too have Torrentfreak and .NET magazine, so as a fully paid up Angel, it seems right to mention it as well. A Swarm of Angels is a new initiative to create and produce a £1m feature film that is funded and crewed almost completely via the internet. The film will be Creative Commons licensed and could well mark a new way to create indie films. It’s exciting and there are already well over 700 talented people on board. It has indirectly become a LinkedIn equivalent for creative types as well. Join up and contribute. Full details can be found here and here.
It’s been a while but our director \ producer has finally made available the video (Windows Media File only) we made for the 48 hour movie challenge last summer. It’s not perfect, but it’s none too shabby. Have a look and let me know what you think.