50 Kisses Blog

Entries from 2012, 2103, 2014


Mon

29

Dec

2014

Listen to the filmmakers and screenwriters ‘chat track’ for ‘50 Kisses’ and find out how they did it

We released ’50 Kisses’ online last week and today we are releasing the official DVD chat track for the movie. On this version of the film, over 30 of the filmmakers and writers discuss their experiences of ’50 Kisses’ and just how it all came together for them. The film is played in slow motion so everyone gets chance to share their journey. We do hope you enjoy it and remember to leave feedback.
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Fri

12

Dec

2014

50 Kisses Will Premiere on Xmas Day 2014

Following the news that 50 Kisses has been rejected from Sundance (thanks LA based Marlowes for chasing it), we can announce that there is no reason to hold back the movie from the internet.

 

On Xmas day, you will be able to watch 50 Kisses online, download an MP4 (for your own device) and embed it on any of your websites and blogs.

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Sun

02

Nov

2014

50 Kisses Success Story from Nick Grills

The other day I was at work doing my boring supermarket job when I looked across to the book section and saw The Guinness Book of World Records 2015. It gave me a surge of excitement to know that I had some small part of page 165.

 

My script Last Chance was one of those chosen for 50 Kisses and I’m happy to say that it even made it into the finished feature. I attended the premiere, brought my mum along too, and couldn’t help but feel proud when Chris Jones made all the writers stand up and pointed out that, “It all started with you guys.” That moment was better than my graduation; it was recognition in an industry where the writer is mostly invisible.

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Mon

15

Sep

2014

50 Kisses in the Guinness Book Of Records

I just got my copy of the 2015 Guinness Book Of Records and can confirm that yes, 50 Kisses is listed on the bottom right of page 165 in the movie makers section. We are in very good company sharing the page with Steve Spielberg, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Junior and Stan Lee. How cool is that? You can get your own copy as the book is now on sale.

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Wed

10

Sep

2014

50 Kisses on London Live with the World Record

As with most media exposure, you get a call, jump in a cab and 30 minutes later you are on TV – and it happened again just now, with 50 Kisses being featured on London Live to help publicise the launch of the new Guinness Book Of World Records today, now in its 60th edition. Great fun!
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Sun

07

Sep

2014

Phil Peel takes 50 Kisses to the Rhode Island Film Festival

50 Kisses with extra Love wows America.

Well that was quite a journey..   From filming our short film Love in London  ...to Edinburgh, New York,  Genesis Cinema, and finally Rhode Island International Film Festival. ...and being applauded by 3000 people.

50 Kisses - the Directors Cut  ...or as I like to call it 50 Kisses with Love finally got shown in the full uncut original version at its North American Premiere at the Rhode Island International Film Festival ...and walked off with the 2014 International Vision Award.

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Mon

11

Aug

2014

50 Kisses wins the Rhode Island Film Festival

Great news, 50 Kisses has won the Rhode Island Film Festival in Providence, RI.

 

Filmmaker Phil Peel and actress Holly Jacobson (from the segment ‘Love’) were there to collect the award on all our behalf’s. We actually created a ‘directors cut’ of 50 Kisses reinstating ‘Love’ for this North American premiere and by all accounts it played extremely well – so well in fact that we won the festival! I am sure more news from Phil and Holly will follow once the land back on planet earth! So a big congratulations to the whole 50 Kisses community for yet another milestone.

 

Chris Jones

Creative Director

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Wed

23

Jul

2014

Closed Captions and subtitles in 35 degree heat for 50 Kisses

We have been working hard for the last few days creating subtitles / closed captions for VoD platforms. Hannah Mark who is working with us right now has been stuck in a tiny office, diligently working through the film with a program called Subtitle Workshop.

 

You would think you could just use the scripts, but you can’t do that as so much changes onset, and of course there are no exact timings.

 

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Sun

13

Jul

2014

50 Kisses selected for the Bay Street Film Festival, Ontario

We just got this email about the Bay Street Film Festival in Thunder Bay, Ontario!

 

Congratulations! Your film 50 Kisses has been officially selected for this year's 10th annual Bay Street Film Festival in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The festival runs from September 3th to September 7th 2014. We’d like to invite you to attend our 10th annual Festival and present your film. If you’re interested please let us know and we’ll add your name to the lottery for a travel grant of $400...

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Tue

08

Jul

2014

50 Kisses Gets North American Premiere at Rhode Island Film Festival

GREAT NEWS! We have a North American Premiere for 50 Kisses at the prestigious Rhode Island Film Festival!

 

Site HERE

Dates: August 5th to 10th 2014

 

This is a GREAT festival, I went about five years ago (video blog here) – the venue and audiences are outstanding and I am really amped that we have been selected for competition (the pic here is from the opening night when I attended).

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Wed

28

May

2014

50 Kisses in Digital Filmmaker Magazine

50 Kisses director Sebastian Solberg knows the value of PR, and has managed to secure a fantastic four page spread in this months Digital Filmmaker magazine. You can read the whole article HERE.

 

Well done Seb for keeping going – and we hope you and all the other writers and filmmakers will make it the MASSIVE Imax screening of 50 Kisses on Saturday June 7th – more HERE

 

Chris Jones

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Fri

23

May

2014

10 Things I gained from from writing 'Nothing Ventured' for 50 Kisses

By Nina Haerland

When I entered the 50 Kisses script competition, I hadn’t written anything for quite a while. I wasn’t even sure if I would again - but when I saw the competition mentioned on Twitter, something sparked. I looked up the details, and came up with “Nothing Ventured” - the story of a florist and the man who loves her. OK, it’s a naff title, but it was how I felt when I wrote it. I sent the script off, made a note of the date of the first cut, and got on with my life.

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Fri

09

May

2014

50 Kisses Review by everyfilm.co.uk

50 KISSES / Cert 15 / 89 mins
BBFC advice: Contains strong language, sex references, violence and bloody images

Overall rating: 8.5/10

I have never seen such an effective collage of short films. 50 Kisses made me jump, laugh and very nearly provoked a tear and yet none of its parts amount to much more than three minutes.

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Wed

07

May

2014

50 Kisses plays that HolmFirth Film Festival... IN A TRUCK!

This year 50 Kisses will play inside a Truck at the HolmFirth Film Festival in Yorkshire. Continuing the unusual journey for this film, this has to be our most unusual venue yet! Check out the pictures of the theatre being delivered and setup in a field!

 

Get your tickets here... http://holmfirthfilmfestival.co.uk/events/50-kisses/

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Thu

01

May

2014

68th Edinburgh International Film Festival decline '50 Kisses'

So Edinburgh is a no...

 

Thank you very much for submitting “50 Kisses” to the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival. This year we received over 560 feature fiction film submissions from all over the world. This provided us with a fantastic choice of films from which to compile our programme but sadly also meant that there were many worthy films which we were unable to select.

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Tue

29

Apr

2014

50 Kisses Filmmaker Publishes Novel

There are many ways filmmakers can get their projects made: secure financing from investors, out-of-pocket, crowdfunding... just to name a few. Well now, writer-director and 50 Kisses winning filmmaking team Kerry and Evan Marlowe, in Los Angeles, have added another approach.

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Wed

23

Apr

2014

Chatting 50 Kisses on Colourful Radio with Pip Henderons and Jacqui Grant

I have just returned from a splendid conversation on Colourful Radio with actress from 50 Kisses, Pip Henderson and presenter Jacqui Grant who I met at the world premiere. Lively conversation ensued!

Chris Jones
www.50KissesFilm.com
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Sat

19

Apr

2014

London Film Review gives 50 Kisses 5 stars at LIFF '14 screening

To call the film groundbreaking is (really) something of an understatement, given that it was a crowd sourced film initiated by the London Screen Writers Festival in 2012, and has since entered the Guiness Book of World Records for most co-writers on a film.  After setting up the project (which was created as a non-commercial venture, aiming instead to give filmmakers more exposure), over 1,000 two page scripts were whittled down to just 50...  FULL REVIEW HERE

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Tue

15

Apr

2014

Sarah Page's mum, came to BAFTA and wrote us a blog

Sarah Page, writer of 'Beryl' and winner of the Audience Award for 50 Kisses, brought her mum to the BAFTA screening. And she wrote us a blog about her experience. Here it is...

 

At the ‘50 Kisses’ showing at BAFTA Chris Jones asked me to do a blog about the film. I admit I have “blagged” a few times before, but never blogged. My daughter was very sceptical at the time especially when Chris walked away and I told her I didn’t actually know what a blog was. I don’t tweet, twitter or use the face book.

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Tue

15

Apr

2014

Sweet Home Films Take On California for 50 Kisses

Sweet Home Films in LA have confirmed they are playing the field for the 50 Kisses community. I just got this message from Kerry…

 

‘We have submitted 50 Kisses to Santa Monica FF, San Diego FF, AFI and Hollywood Reel Independent FF. We will submit to Sundance too when the deadline opens in August as we are happy to travel there if we get in.’

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Tue

15

Apr

2014

50 Kisses at BAFTA for Guinness World Records, the video

Just over a week ago, the writers of 50 Kisses gathered at BAFTA to celebrate the news that they had collectively entered the Guinness Book Of Records for the most co-writers on a feature film. Here’s the video of the event!
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Thu

10

Apr

2014

Meet some of the writers and filmmakers behind 50 Kisses

Candid short interviews with some of the filmmakers and writers behind 50 Kisses. Filmed at the BAFTA screening to celebrate the Guinness World Record we secured on April 4th 2014
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Tue

08

Apr

2014

50 Kisses Film Festivals Update: Good news and bad news

So the bad news first. We didn’t get into Cannes. Well that was to be expected as it was really a long shot, but we had to try. Here’s what they mailed us yesterday…

 

I have the regret to let you know that your film “50 Kisses” has not been selected for the Festival de Cannes 2014. As every year, there are many films submitted and we take so few in regards that we have to make choices. We thank you very much for having submitted the film to the Selection Committee and we wish the film the best success.

 

But here's the good news...

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Mon

07

Apr

2014

50 Kisses – Together we are strong! By Tom Kerevan

Last Friday marked a special occasion in the British Film Industry – 50 Kisses, a London Screenwriters’ Festival initiative, went into the Guinness Book of Records for most co-writers on a feature film. The special screening, held at BAFTA, provided yet another layer of icing in the remarkable journey of a truly innovative project.
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Sun

06

Apr

2014

Former Time Out Editor Dominic Wells reviews 50 Kisses

The result is a triumph. I watched it for a second time yesterday, when overall director Chris Jones celebrated with a special screening at BAFTA for all the writers, and it actually improves with a second viewing. The quick succession of twists and terrific ideas, swinging from comedy to tragedy and back, is almost overwhelming first time round.
FULL REVIEW HERE

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Sat

05

Apr

2014

50 Kisses Screenwriters' Celebrate Their Guinness World Record!

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Thu

03

Apr

2014

50 Kisses World Record Certificate Arrives!

We just received the official World Record Holder certificate from Guinness, ahead of the official Awards at BAFTA tomorrow afternoon.

 

When I was a kid I remember watching Record Breakers and being inspired to do something extraordinary. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would lead here! Come and celebrate with us all tomorrow, watch 50 Kisses on the BEST screen in London, get your photo taken and network with filmmakers, writers, journalists and agents at the reception after the awards. Tickets HERE and below.

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Wed

02

Apr

2014

PRESS RELEASE: 50 Kisses enters Guinness Book Of Records

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Tue

01

Apr

2014

'50 Kisses' achieves a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD

‘We are delighted to confirm that you have successfully achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for ‘Most co-writers credited for a film’. We would like to congratulate you on your record-breaking achievement. You are OFFICIALLY AMAZING'

 

The co-writers of ‘50 Kisses’ are now WORLD RECORD HOLDERS and will appear in the next Guinness Book Of Records!

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Tue

01

Apr

2014

Final Draft come onboard the 50 Kisses BAFTA Award Ceremony On Friday as Sponsor

It’s just days now till the 50 Kisses BAFA Gala event and we are delighted to announce that Final Draft have come onboard as official sponsors of the event, and even issued us a discount code so you can buy the newest version of the industry standard screenwriting software for 30% off (use code 50KISSES here to get 30% off)

 

We will officially announce our BIG news tomorrow and then celebrate with a screening and awards at BAFTA on Friday, followed by industry drinks.

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Mon

31

Mar

2014

2nd Directors Commentary Lands at 50 Kisses HQ, direct from Hollywood

Smasheroo director Evan Marlowe shares his insights on his own journey making Smasheroo.
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Sun

30

Mar

2014

Recording The Directors Chat Track For Dream Date, the film that keeps on giving!

As is true with many things that came out of Dream Date, this was our first ever Director’s Commentary.

 

If you're hoping to find a detailed discussion from which you might learn specific filmmaking techniques, this probably won’t be it. We decided to keep it simple and so it's more of a genial description of our shoot and just follows what we saw on the screen while talking.

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Sat

29

Mar

2014

Screenwriter of 'Neil', Nigel Karikari remembers his 50 Kisses premiere in Australia

Screenwriter of 'Neil', Nigel Karikari remembers his 50 Kisses premiere in Australia.

 

So… 50 Kisses the Movie premiered and I was gutted not be able to be there as looking at the pics it was a pretty swish occasion! Luckily I had some friends and family who rocked up to check it out and keep me in the loop.  Thanks guys for the four thumb tweeting updates all through the night.

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Fri

28

Mar

2014

The First Directors Commentary For the 50 Kisses DVD / BluRay Is In!


Filmmaking team Andromeda Godfrey (also lead acrtress) and Diana Juhr De Benedetti of MakeLight Productions sent me their iPhone recorded chat track last night – and here it is.

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Thu

27

Mar

2014

The 50 Kisses Film festivals push begins

We have begun submitting 50 Kisses to festivals and we have high hopes for our extraordinary movie.

 

So far we have taken on the cost and time of submitting to…

 

Cannes Film Festival (Un certain regard)

BFI London Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Rhode Island Film Festival

Bahamas International Film Festival

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Wed

26

Mar

2014

A new album of 200 photos from the premiere of 50 Kisses

This morning I just received a lovely CD brimming with another 200 photos from the 50 Kisses Premiere, shot by Mark Wakefield. You can see them below (need to be logged into Facebook). Feel free to use them on your own social media channels too.

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Thu

20

Mar

2014

Recording a DVD Chat Track For '50 Kisses' BluRay and DVD

Not content with the ‘herding cats’ experience that was getting filmmakers to send us their films for 50 Kisses. We have decided to do the DVD / BluRay writers and directors chat track!

 

What we plan is a special version of the film on the disk where the film will run in slow motion, giving filmmakers and writers triple the running time of their film for their chat tracks.

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Wed

19

Mar

2014

How to Crowdsource a Film: Chris Jones on the Omnibus Movie, 50 Kisses

by Randy Astle, first published on www.filmmakermagazine.com

The Internet and digital filmmaking tools have opened up new possibilities of crowdsourcing material–Life in a Day, Declaration of Interdependence, One Day on Earth, even the interactive Star Wars Uncut–and given new life to the omnibus/anthology film format. The latest project to adopt the form is 50 Kisses, a film created by the London-based Chris Jones and hundreds of collaborators from around the world.

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Mon

17

Mar

2014

Watch trailer for 50 Kisses winner Starè Yildirim's next film

From Starè...  The trailer of my last film "Lovers of the Other Side" is competing at Krakow Film Festival, can u watch and if u like the trailer, can u click on the vote button next to the trailer? Big hug to my cast and crew 💕 lead actor is again non actor, just a regular student who wants to be an actor....didnt have any time for pre-production either.. Next time i want to shoot with proper time and budget!! VOTE HERE and watch the trailer below.

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Fri

14

Mar

2014

What I learned producing 50 Kisses by Gail Hackston

I can’t even begin to tell you how much producing 50 Kisses has enriched my life. But I also must tell you how much a pain in the arse it has been too! Like all film projects the buzz of the start quickly fades when you are knee deep in contracts at 2am and find a discrepancy. All in all, a few weeks after the premiere, and knowing 50 Kisses has been submitted to Cannes, I’m feeling pretty damn good about my Executive Producer credit.

 

First the good stuff...

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Thu

13

Mar

2014

Can an android feel love? Project ‘NEIL’ from ‘50 Kisses’, an open screenwriting and filmmaking laboratory

Watch the eight films produced from the single two page screenplay ‘Neil’ by Nigel Karikari.

 

A few of the 50 Kisses scripts were very popular with the filmmakers, including ‘NEIL’, which resulted in eight films being made from the same script. Here are the eight films back to back.

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Wed

12

Mar

2014

50 Kisses ~ The Contest ~ The Feature ~ The Premiere in Houston, Texas by Laura Koons

What an incredible journey for those who made it from script to screen. My own script was not chosen, so why in the world would I want to host a premier? Humbly, I declare I had a lot to learn and 50 Kisses was a great teacher. What the contest allowed for many of us new to the craft was simply an opportunity. There was something uninhibited about it that led many of us to buck up and give it a go.

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Sat

08

Mar

2014

REVIEW: CHARLIE'S CAHIERS DE London/Exceeding expectations hugely as the Guardian points out

Review by Charlie Wiseman from IMDb

This put it among the top rated films of the week. Is cinema at a Crossroad?Taking a step back for a more controlled step forward, in a crowd funded feature, acting as a catalyst for change? I used to write culture reviews for the Aga Khan appearing in India, Africa and also for the Guardian newspapers. I still enjoy it.

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Fri

07

Mar

2014

REVIEW: Roses are bled, Violets a strew, how wonderfully refreshing, to see something new!

By Roger Smith from IMDb

The film finished and we were invited by the good shepherd on stage to go to the IMDb page to let the world know what we thought. OK so I have started this review in reverse, so let's go back to the beginning. I'm an American in London and I was asked by a good lady friend of mine if I would like to attend a special film screening as her guest and that was that, oh and just one more thing, I needed to have a dinner jacket.

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Thu

06

Mar

2014

REVIEW: A sign post for a future wave of film makers and a mile stone in British Cinema...9 out of 10

By Alex Heaton from IMDb

When I first heard of the concept for the 50 Kisses film (50 writers, 50 different production teams making 50 different films about a kiss, mostly taking place on Valentines Day that would form into one feature film) I have to admit I was completely sceptical. How could it work? I decided to set myself a bench mark for it to live up to in terms of entertainment - looking to more mainstream films similar to this concept which have to include the work of Love Actually and the barely tolerable Valentines Day.

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Tue

04

Mar

2014

50 Kisses Audience Awards Arrive: Reflecting on ‘Beryl’

As we package up the audience awards for 50 Kisses, it has caused me to reflect on the strengths of the winner, ‘Beryl’, written by Sarah Page and made by Capital City.

 

What struck me at the premiere was just how much the audience loved the film. I knew it was good, but I wasn’t prepared for how people really connected with the characters and how the gags made them laugh…

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Thu

27

Feb

2014

The ‘50 Kisses’ Audience Award Goes To…

I am delighted to announce the winner of the 50 Kisses Audience Award.

 

At the premiere, we handed out voting slips and the results are below…

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Wed

26

Feb

2014

'50 Kisses' Plays Gallup, New Mexico

On the evening of February 13th, here in Gallup, New Mexico, we held a pot-luck dinner and screened “50 Kisses” in the private showing room at the El Morro Theatre in downtown Gallup. A number of local filmmakers and film enthusiasts were in attendance. Twenty people turned out for our little premiere, which was perfect because the dinner-and-a-movie setup only sat twenty. Full house!

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Tue

25

Feb

2014

'50 Kisses' Plays In Switzerland

I'd volunteered to host the Swiss showing, and although I couldn't find a cinema to show the film at relatively short notice, I did manage to find an ideal space to show it, courtesy of Peter Stevens, developer/marketer of the EeBee iPad feedback app.

We figured we could comfortably seat about 30 people and with only a few no shows we were 90% full. Nobody really knew what to expect, but everyone was interested in the idea, and keen to see how it all fitted together.

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Tue

25

Feb

2014

'50 Kisses' Plays In Montreal, Canada

Here in Montreal we had a little get together of 18 people in my downstairs media room on Feb 16th.

 

It was a fun evening of friends and fellow tech heads anxiously waiting to finally see the final product that was years in the making. Everyone was punctual and from the moment I hit Play on the DVD player, the room grew quiet. It was exciting!

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Fri

21

Feb

2014

Download the hi res signed poster file for 50 Kisses

At the premiere of 50 Kisses, I invited all filmmakers, actors and writers from the films to come and sign a poster.

 

We have now managed to get it scanned, cleaned up and it’s available for download for you to print out, or use on your own sites and social media.

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Wed

19

Feb

2014

50 Kisses HUGE Box Office Success... The numbers are in!

Charles Gant of the Guardian and first stop for all industry players looking for last weekends box office analysis just wrote in his piece on the UK box office figures… 

 

‘Showing in a one-off screening the day before Valentine's Day, 50 Kisses achieved a robust £9,435 at east London's Genesis cinema. Billed as the world's first crowd-sourced feature film, it emerged from a challenge presented at the 2012 London Screenwriters' festival. The guideline for submissions was that they should be set on Valentine's Day and feature at least one kiss’. FULL ARTICLE HERE

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Tue

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Feb

2014

Video Postcard from the 50 Kisses Premiere

We are visual storytellers after all, so I thought I would create this video post card of some of the most extraordinary memories from the 50 Kisses World Premiere.

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Tue

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Feb

2014

How Making 'Romantic Hideaway' and 50 Kisses Fuelled my Filmmaking Ambitions by Kawita Sareen

All my life I thought about making this film or that film and never actually did anything. Since being a part of 50 Kisses I have been inspired by your passion, dedication and hard work.

 

Having completed my 2nd short I have a few more projects in the pipeline now and this is all thanks to 50 Kisses!

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Mon

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Feb

2014

I was dreading the 50 Kisses Premiere as I was not expecting to enjoy the film...

50 Kisses is amazing! While it could be argued I’m biased, as I a) wrote one of the segments b) got given a shiny award for doing so c) am a huge fan of Chris Jones, Judy Goldberg and the whole London Screenwriters Festival team, I assure you I’m colder than an outside toilet in Frozen, and am speaking purely from an unemotional and clinical perspective – honestly!!

 

Because of what I’m going to go on to say, I can be perfectly brutal here.  I was not expecting to enjoy 50 Kisses.

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Sat

15

Feb

2014

The 50 Kisses World Premiere and Awards: A night I will never forget

Over 500 people attended the world premiere of 50 Kisses on February 13th 2014.

 

It was a knockout event with red carpet, WamBam burlesque performers, awards, an after party and of course a movie premiere!

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Wed

12

Feb

2014

A Valentines Love Letter Video to Everyone Involved in 50 Kisses

Ahead of the premiere, I thought we should share a short photo montage from the 50 Kisses journey, featuring lots of the 127 films and filmmakers involved, plus music from the 50 Kisses soundtrack challenge.

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Tue

11

Feb

2014

Yes We Made The Lesbian Film: What 50 Kisses Means to Us at MakeLight Productions

Over a year ago, my partner, Andromeda Godfrey, said that we should do this 50 Kisses competition.

 

She has an uncanny intuition about these kinds of things so I always listen to her. Now we have a remarkable little film that is taking us places we always wanted to go and we have our first feature film credit. Pretty amazing.

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Tue

11

Feb

2014

Our 50 Kisses journey and one Dream Date at the Valentines premiere

Our script, ‘Dream Date’ was our first ever film script – short or otherwise.  Which is why, when we found out it had been chosen as one of the fifty winners of the 50 Kisses competition, we were surprised and thrilled!

 

The initial online feedback seemed positive enough, though we were slightly perturbed by the criticism of the positioning/length of our ‘slugs’ (only because we didn’t - and probably still don’t - know exactly what a ‘slug’ is!)  

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Mon

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Feb

2014

How 50 Kisses has led directly to my first feature film in under 18 months by Andrew T Wright

I produced and directed one of the versions of Kulvinder Gill’s ‘Romantic Hideaway’. Our journey in making this short film, both within and outside of 50 Kisses has been extraordinary and exhilarating to say the least. With two film crews and the male lead bailing out at the eleventh hour and then our two locations being vandalised and burnt out the night before shooting, it seemed as though our film was doomed before it even got started. 

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Mon

10

Feb

2014

How 50 Kisses got me writing... and I now have a Manager in Hollywood, by Rob Burke

With the premiere of the feature length film coming up, I found myself thinking about what has transpired since that day in July, over a year and a half ago, when I found out my script, LOVE, was one of the final fifty short screenplays chosen to be part of the 50 Kisses project.

 

Actually, let me back up a little. 

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Sat

08

Feb

2014

Brazilian filmmaker Carolina Rodrigues shares her 50 Kisses Journey on Youtube – WATCH VIDEO BLOG

How one filmmaker made their first film, against all odds, and it was part of 50 Kisses!

 

Carolina shared in an email '"50 Kisses" and "Never Forget" not only reminded me of how much I really love bringing images to life, but also taught me the responsibility of creating art. It showed me that with hard work great things may come, if it is what you are expecting or not. Those are the perks of being a filmmaker.'

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Sat

08

Feb

2014

How I Learned To Love Again by Baz Hodson

So, where are we at these days?! It's 18 months down the line from the wrap on my short film 'A Kiss Goodbye' and we’re now on the final PR push for 50 Kisses, which after a long haul has got its BBFC 15 certification along with the wonderful DCP drive required for the projection of feature films in this modern age. It will premiere at Genesis Cinema, London E1 on 13 February. There you have it, a blatant plug! No apologies for any further ones that may arise further in this post.

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Fri

07

Feb

2014

Do you as a filmmaker or writer involved in 50 Kisses want to see it play at festivals?

What Shall We Do With 50 Kisses AFTER the Premiere? An open question and a few words of tough love.

We have a number of things we can do with 50 Kisses after the premiere. First, we could release it on the internet free. This would mean anyone can watch it, anyone could embed it on their pages, blog etc. And most likely it will get millions of views. That’s a REAL result.

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Fri

07

Feb

2014

How 50 Kisses Gave Me My Filmmking Mojo Back

I had decided to give up. Movies. Filmmaking. Writing. The lot. I was spent - in every sense of the word after a feature film that I had been working on passionately for several years as the writer/director crashed and burned 3 weeks before shooting was to start in the USA - leaving me broken and broke. Time passed and then I saw Chris Jones' post about 50 Kisses. Interesting concept. Hmmm. No. Even short films are tremendously hard work. Pass. I just couldn't.

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Thu

06

Feb

2014

50 kisses – The Moment… by screenwriter Stephen Cooper

I still find it crazy that ‘The Moment’ has created so many different opportunities and previews of life ahead. Through this little two minute script and the 50 kisses competition I have seen my idea come to life through a number of fantastic and exciting film makers, I have networked with producers, wrote a pilot for a TV show and received my first paid writer’s credits for this show.

 

I have spoke to agents and still today get regular emails from different people involved with the different versions of ‘The Moment’.

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Tue

04

Feb

2014

Talent Scouting Agents now requesting Premiere tix for 50 Kisses

Last week we spent some time approaching producers and agents to come to the premiere of 50 Kisses, but now word is out and talent scouting agents are now asking for tickets - of course we will accomodate them as it would be an amazing outcome if one of our 50 writers were signed at the premiere.

 

So bring along your business cards to what is starting to look like a fabulous networking event too.

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Tue

04

Feb

2014

Get YOUR 50 Kisses Poster Now

The most remarkable thing about 50 Kisses the enormous cast and crew employed during the making of this global movie. The end credits of the movie list around 2,000 creatives and run for 17 minutes – writers, producers, actors, editors, DPs…

 

And while we couldn’t fit everyone on the poster, we have managed to fit the writers of the 50 scripts, the production companies of the selected films and their key crew as well as cast.

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Mon

03

Feb

2014

The Final Cinema Version of 50 Kisses Is AMAZING!

This afternoon I headed into Soho to watch the final DCP (Digital Cinema Package) at SDC for ‘50 Kisses’, alongside a journalist friend who writes for, and reviews films, for the broadsheets.

 

His reaction? ‘50 Kisses significantly exceeded my expectations…’

 

I won’t say more till reviews begin to appear.

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Mon

03

Feb

2014

Mmmmm.... Chocolate for the premiere darling...

50 Kisses just went Fair Trade! From one community aware project to another.
 
We’re very excited to announce that Divine Chocolate will provide 50 Kisses premiere guests a sensual taste overload by seducing us with their new and utterly scrumptious Toffee and Sea Salt flavour chocolate... That's chocolate for everyone!
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Mon

03

Feb

2014

50 Kisses on BBC London with Sunny and Shay

Last night I spent an hour on BBC London with Radio hosts Sunny and Shay, discussing film, music and of course 50 Kisses.

 

This came right off the back of 50 Kisses Training Day on Saturday. Around 60 filmmakers and writers involved in 50 Kisses, gathered at Ealing Studios to focus on how we, as a collective, can ramp up the press and marketing in the run up to the release on Feb 13th. We will have a full report on Training Day in due course.

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Thu

30

Jan

2014

50 Kisses: Making The DCP part 2

I have just retuned from a visit to the office of the lovely people at SDC who are making the DCP for 50 Kisses.

 

I know a great deal more about the process of making one now and plan an extensive blog on the matter post 50 Kisses premiere (as it is so essential for filmmakers to understand).

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Thu

30

Jan

2014

Writing Love Songs by a Hopeless "Realist"

I wrote the song "Good" while living in NYC, with most of my thoughts and songs ranging from the love-lost scorn to the revengeful strong woman  to the forever young anthem of taking on the world. When I wrote "Good", however, I let myself wonder again about love, just pure, simple, happy love. Nothing perfect, just a simple tale of a romantic meeting and where that could take you.

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Wed

29

Jan

2014

50 Kisses Twitter Competition... send us a Tweet and win...

WOW – LondonSWF has made a feature film!!

 

To celebrate the amazing 50 Kisses World premiere in London on Feb 13th, 2014 Team LSF are delighted to announce a LUVERLY new Tweetfest competition based on romance!

 

In 2012, Team LSF launched the gargantuan task of creating the world’s first crowdsourced feature film. It’s been a long and rocky road, with countless writers’ & filmmakers’ submissions and lots of hard decisions had to be made. But we’re finally at the end of the journey … and the finished film is ready to go!

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Tue

28

Jan

2014

From London to New York with 50 Kisses

I little expected, when filming Rob Burke’s  LOVE script in the London Underground, that nine months later, I would be on the New York Subway on route to see our film screened at the Tribeca Film centre.

 

Also our little film, shot guerrilla style in a day and a half, helped in my selection by Creative England for the Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab.  

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Tue

28

Jan

2014

50 Kisses Final Mastering: Making The DCP

To screen 50 Kisses in a cinema, we need to make a DCP.

 

This is a specific file supplied on an industry standard drive. We could make our own DCP using OpenDCP (low budget and a little risky), but the lovely people at Soho Digital Cinema are helping us out. I have always been in favour of letting professional do the final industry standard mastering to avoid things all going wrong at the very final hurdle.

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Mon

27

Jan

2014

Don't miss out on the big publicity opportunity at the 50 Kisses premiere

Are you trying to build a reputation as an independent filmmaker, writer, actor?

 

Are you on social media? If you are, then you’ll know the currency that photographs have – especially pictures of you and your friends/family at your premiere would have.

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Sat

25

Jan

2014

Small City Canada, Big Screen Premiere

Canada is a large, beautiful country. If you haven’t been I highly suggest you someday pay a visit. When people think about Canada, the cities most likely to pop up in an Internet search are Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver. Though those cities are fantastic, I do not live in any of them. And when I talk about my script RED LIGHT and its success being part of '50 Kisses,' it is the fact that I do not live in a large metropolis that makes me most proud.

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Fri

24

Jan

2014

50 Kisses Now Screening in 7 countries and 17 cities

50 Kisses is going global!

 

With the film being now being screened in over seventeen cities in seven countries, including the USA, UK, Australia, Puerto Rico, Switzerland and the Philippines (and more may well follow), we can truly start to see just how far this amazing project is reaching. 

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Fri

24

Jan

2014

Why 50 Kisses has given my music career a boost, by Fuzzy Jones

50 Kisses has given me the boost and confidence I needed to launch my music out into the world of film.

 

A track I sing on and wrote the lyrics for, 'Swans', is being used in the end credits of 50 Kisses (track below). After having so many doors shut in my face and blank responses to my letters, being chosen to have my song, 'Swans' on the end credits, gave me the confidence to write to Feature Editors like Lisa Gunning.

 

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Thu

23

Jan

2014

Can you write us a blog entry for the official 50 Kisses site? Where has 50 Kisses taken you?

The Premiere to 50 Kisses is less than a month away.

 

Over the past few weeks on Twitter and Facebook, we have been showcasing individuals and their journeys to date and we want to hear more – more from writers, filmmakers, songwriters, heck even cast and crew. We want to know what your 50 Kisses journey has been like and where it has taken you.

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Wed

15

Jan

2014

Help! I can’t make it all the way to the premiere for 50 Kisses!

I get it, for many it’s too far to come to London. While we will miss you on the red carpet, we REALLY want you to stay part of the process.

 

Do you want to hold your own local premiere on the 13th or 14th of February? It can be small (your living room) or BIG (a local cinema or anywhere with video projection and sound). Heck, why not an open air DIY cinema if you have the weather for it?

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Wed

15

Jan

2014

Welcome to 50 Kisses Training Day, Feb 1st 2014

Do you want a free one day training course of distribution and marketing?

 

Do you want to support 50 Kisses?

Date: Feb 1st 2014 (9.30am to 4.30pm)
Venue: Ealing Film Studios
Price: FREE
Sign up HERE

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Mon

13

Jan

2014

Join the writers, filmmakers and actors of '50 Kisses' for the world premiere and walk the red carpet!

Where: The Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, London E1
When: Thursday Feb 13th
How Much: £19.99 (includes a 50 Kisses cinema poster for your office!)
Dress Code: Posh frocks and dickie bows, we will have a red carpet.

GET YOUR TICKET HERE

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Fri

10

Jan

2014

50 Kisses FINAL Films Revealed

I am delighted to announce that we have locked the 50 Kisses feature film – and it’s running to 90 minutes almost to the second!

 

The team and our post production volunteers have been working through the holidays to overcome some technical challenges and get the film finished in time for the premiere.

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Wed

08

Jan

2014

50 Kisses... run up to the premiere

First of all, my apologies for not making the final announcement before Christmas as promised, we had some technical issues that are now resolved, and I got hammered by the flu and am only just recovering.

 

So here’s what you need to know about what’s going on.

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Thu

19

Dec

2013

Final Mastering for 50 Kisses

We are completing the final mastering of 50 Kisses right now and have hit a whole pile of technical niggles, but we have time to work through these before the premiere on Feb 13th 2014.

 

I can also announce that ALL films that all films that were produced for 50 Kisses have in some way, be used in the final edit. Also 29 films have been included in their entirety.

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Thu

12

Dec

2013

Save the date! The World Premiere of 50 Kisses will be February 13th 2014

The 50 Kisses team just spent theday working out all of the logistics for getting the final movie out there in 2014.

 

So save the date for a swanky London Premiere on February 13th 2014 – posh frocks and dickie bows! February 13th will also be the night of the 50 Kisses Awards.

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Fri

23

Aug

2013

Rhys Howell on writing his 50 Kisses script 'Boxes' - interview by Michelle Goode

Your short script, Boxes, saw success in London Screenwriters’ Festival’s 50 Kisses initiative. What inspired you to participate?

 

I’d been following the London Screenwriters’ Festival on Twitter for a while and had bought myself a ticket for the 2012 festival. I saw that this initiative had come up. I did umm and ahh a bit before entering because I was slightly scared by the 2 page limit. How was I suppose to fit a whole story into that amount of space?

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Thu

15

Aug

2013

The end titles for 50 Kisses are running at fifteen minutes!

Editor and VFX master Ricky Milling has been working hard on the end credits - and they are running at 15 minutes, complete with clips from films.

 

It’s been quite a challenge to corral writers and filmmakers into sending their stuff, but I think we have got there. Just a few minor tweaks now and we can do the final export.

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Thu

15

Aug

2013

'50 Kisses' UK Cinema release strategy and plan...

We now have a fine cut of the movie with around 26 films included. This is still in slight flux for a few reasons, but essentially we are there. The running time is around 90 minutes.

 

I can confirm that all filmmakers that responded to our request for credits have been credited and a short clip of their film is featured in the end titles.

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Fri

05

Jul

2013

Dream Date Cannes, Poster and Festival Update

We’ve been very busy with Dream Date over the last few months.

We had this poster designed by talented Kaya Simson using the fantastic photo taken by stills photographer Veronica Trickett. We are really pleased with how it has turned out.

We also took Dream Date to the Cannes Short Film Corner. It was our first Cannes. In the beginning it was incredibly daunting but by the end of our 4 days there we felt like old hands. Petit Majestic was our home away from home!

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Wed

03

Jul

2013

50 Kisses WILL be released in the Cinema in the UK

Today we reached an exciting agreement with a UK distributor. I am not going to reveal any details just yet, for reasons that will become apparent later, and we will be contacting 50 Kissers over the coming weeks to explain ‘in secret’ what our plan will be.

 

But… HOORAH! More will follow soon.

 

Chris Jones

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Wed

03

Jul

2013

What is the REAL value in entering 50 Kisses?

When 50 Kisses offered the opportunity to be included in the making of a feature, and particularly one with a theatre release, I jumped at the chance.

 

The concept was that Chris called for 2 page scripts loosely based on ‘a kiss’. From over 2000 entries he selected the top 50 and put them on-line for filmmakers to choose from, to make a film.

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Wed

19

Jun

2013

Near Kisses Script 'A Love Unrivaled' gets produced

A bunch of us (camera students and AmDram actors) have made short film from the Near Kisses: http://www.50kissesfilm.com/near-kisses-2/scripts-1-to-50/a-love-unrivalled-by-carly-godfrey-bridger/
 
The whole experience was incredibly enlightening and will really benefit my writing in the future.  I realised how much I had tried to cram in two pages! And reading (and watching) some of the scripts that made it in comparison has also been an eye opener.
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