Blog Entries from 2012

Entries from 2012, 2103, 2014


Fri

21

Dec

2012

Smasheroo: from page to screen by Evan Marlowe at Sweethomefilms.com

Saturday afternoon found me squatting in my bathtub with a digital camera, distorting my spine and kicking up my sciatica.

 

My wife Kerry was on the toilet, Kaden was at the sink, and a hazardously thin girl named Jamie was struggling to reach in with a make-shift boom pole. This is the cast and crew of our short film, “Smasheroo.”

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Thu

20

Dec

2012

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained, by Jonny Evers

Part 1: How It All Came About

This whole thing started when I attended a scriptwriters event back in June. Props must go to Euroscript, who host them for free every couple of months, as an incentive to sign up to their courses (which, to be fair, look pretty useful...I'm just cheap!). The free events are pretty good too. I learned quite a lot about how film festivals work, and in particular, Cannes.

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Wed

12

Dec

2012

'Colton's Big Night', Behind the Scenes with Sebastian Solberg

Last week we had the cast and crew screening for 'Colton's Big Night'.

 

The showing was in London at the Genesis Cinema. It was a wonderful night with all the cast and lots of the crew members turning up to see their hard work on the big screen.

 

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Sat

08

Dec

2012

Writing Poster Boy by Tracey Flynn

It was said to me recently, “You've been at this a while; about time you saw some success.”  “This” being screenwriting, which I have been “at it a while,” but I realised, after stewing on this comment, that the writing is only part of it.

 

To see some success, you also have to put that writing out there.  And that is where I’d been going wrong for ten years.

It was said to me recently, “You've been at this a while; about time you saw some success.”  “This” being screenwriting, which I have been “at it a while,” but I realised, after stewing on this comment, that the writing is only part of it. To see some success, you also have to put that writing out there.  And that is where I’d been going wrong for ten years.

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Sat

01

Dec

2012

How to recut and remix your film… a terrific example

The power of editing never ceases to amaze me – actors, writers, DPs, designers, all offer incredible contributions to a story, but it’s the editor who takes that heady cocktail of ideas, creativity, drama, misfires, failures, surprises, technical problems etc etc that happened on set location, and makes it all work as best it can. This is a process that requires tough choices, reflection and an unwavering dedication to the audience.

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Fri

30

Nov

2012

The Last Supper... SD Disaster! By James Cookson

As soon as I read the idea for the 50 Kisses filmmaking challenge I knew I wanted to be apart of it. Of all the scripts I read there was one that really stood out, Richard Greens “The Last Supper”.

 

Unfortunately like most projects I work on in my spare time, I left the shooting until the very last minute when a surge of guilt and stress propels me to work.

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Thu

22

Nov

2012

Making Love Letters by Sue Whiting

A snog, Valentine’s night, a two minute script – easy. So what on earth made me think of setting it in an optician's? No idea. Various stuff filters through the murky quagmire that is my brain: sunsets, violins, roses, impossibly handsome men... stop.

 

The practicality button clicks on and all images are dumped in the pink impracticality bin.

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Thu

22

Nov

2012

50 Kisses The Feature Film Enters Post Production

Last night I worked into the wee hours with editor friend Simon Reglar, planning the post production process for 50 Kisses.

 

Simon is an old pal who worked with me on Urban Ghost Story before pursuing a career as an editor – he is currently wrapping up on Merlin for the BBC after which he will jump ship to edit 50 Kisses. FANTASTIC!

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Sun

18

Nov

2012

Playing a Hitman by DJ Donnelley, in 'The Moment'

Evan asks, “How’s your Irish accent, and would you kiss a guy no tongues?”


The text came through on a sunny California Saturday morning. After working with Kerry and Evan Marlowe on their first feature project, “Blood Rush,” I have to admit, I wasn’t as surprised as I should have been at his request, or at its out of-the-blue, laser-pointer precision.

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Wed

14

Nov

2012

Larry Diamond on Writing “A Glasgow Kiss”

I've delayed responding to the invitation to contribute to the blog in the forlorn hope that the filmmaker's submission would be made. I was always concerned as to where the filmmaker would find two "Glaswegians" in Los Angeles! The only E-mail, from the filmmaker, enquiring if the "Bar" as described could be an "Irish Bar" I pointed out that the characters would be unlikely to find an "Irish Bar", with a working class clientele, intimidating.

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Tue

13

Nov

2012

Story of a Near Kiss - Geek Love

50 Kisses is the first screenwriting competition I’ve ever entered, though it’s not likely to be the last! I was struck by its simple yet ambitious premise; 50 2-page scripts, 50 little stories, 50 talented filmmakers, 50 on-screen kisses. It was a chance to write a script that would get read and evaluated and potentially even seen by hundreds of film-makers hungry for material to polish up and turn into amazing shorts. How could I pass it up?

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Sat

10

Nov

2012

Filming Romantic Hideaway by Kawita Sareen

I have never directed a live action film in my life.  So when I decided to direct “Romantic Hideaway” I went through all the emotions of excitement, nervousness, anxiety and panic (especially as I am Producing as well) and then finally ended with a “What the hell…I can do it!” attitude.  I had somehow stumbled across the 50 Kisses competition online and had even submitted a script which made it to the long list.

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Fri

09

Nov

2012

Acting in the 50 Kisses Project

I was delighted to act in « Love », directed by Phil Peel, screenplay by Rob Burke. When I first heard of the 50 kisses, I told myself « I really got to be in it ! ». I searched through the web, but I couldn’t find any team or film-maker taking part in the competition. So, I posted a message on the project’s page inviting directors to visit my website www.lulasuassuna.com and watch my showreel.

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Thu

08

Nov

2012

Colour Grading / Correction - a rough guide by Sebastian Solberg

Colour grading and colour correction is an essential part of the filmmaking process that is often overlooked. For our film ‘Colton’s Big Night’ we were fortunate enough to have the film graded at Molinare, where the ‘Kings Speech’ was graded – How cool is that? However, don’t feel disheartened if you don’t know anyone there that can do the grade for you.

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Wed

07

Nov

2012

How To Record Your Own Foley Tracks At Home - Audio Workshop 2

Having reviewed many of the films for 50 Kisses, one common thread is emerging.

 

A lack of solid audio post production, and in particular, a lack of foley.

 

The video below gives you a really good overview of a professional foley artists job – and you can do the same too.

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Tue

06

Nov

2012

Filming a Kiss Goodbye by Baz Hodson

Every now and then an online competition arises which allows you to push your creative abilities on a self funded production. It’s always a welcome change from the day to day grind of making a buck, which doesn’t get any easier when you actually rely on media for your profession! The competition felt like a right step in terms of how it’s being judged and would also give me the chance to take my writers hat off to solely concentrate on being a Director, (and for now, still a Producer!).

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Mon

05

Nov

2012

50 Kisses Masterclass 1 - recutting your film

As part of 50 Kissses, we have invited filmmakers to act on our feedback and that of the community. Already, one filmmaking team, Sweet Home Films in LA, has made their film over 20% shorter, fixed some audio problems and overall radically improved their work.

 

Here is there first edit... watch and read on.

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Sat

03

Nov

2012

Fancy doing a film with us for 50 Kisses? Pretty please?

The email came on a day I was having a classic actor stress fest about not having had any jobs (with the exception of voicework) in what seemed an age. 'Fancy doing a film with us for 50 Kisses? Pretty please?'.

 

Before I'd even read the script, I knew I'd probably say yes-I'd worked with the director (James Card) in his other career as an actor and was eager to see what his directing was like.

 

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Fri

02

Nov

2012

‘Colton’s Big Night’ – a production designers view

A month ago a friend of mine, Sebastian Solberg, asked me if I wanted to be production designer on his next project, Colton's Big Night, and of course I said yes. I wanted to be a part of this production for a number of reasons.

 

Firstly, I loved Nathan Gower's script. It was really endearing and immediately set my imagination of fire. I also wanted to get involved because it presented a new experience.

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Thu

01

Nov

2012

And the screenplay award goes to...

Amidst the excitement and exhilaration of this weekend’s London Screeenwriters Festival, we announced the winner of the 50 Kisses Screenplay Award to a packed Hall in the Keynote speech.

 

Who won?

 

“Enough” by Kirsty McConnell (Read script here)

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Wed

31

Oct

2012

Bringing the Script to life- an Actors opportunity too by James Kirk

“Some people want it to happen; some wish it would happen, while others make it happen.”

 

I came across this quote only months ago in between another sales call at a very corporate company where I was doing my day job, selling my soul to simply assist in making someone else’s dream come true. The quote certainly complimented my understanding that those of us who want to be successful in this industry, would need to create our own opportunities.

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Thu

25

Oct

2012

Coltons Big Night by Sebastian Solberg

I first heard about the 50 Kisses competition through Chris Jone's blog. I loved the idea of making a crowd sourced feature film and was looking for another project to sink my teeth into. A two page script, I thought ‘how hard can it be’? Boy, was I in for a treat. After narrowing the 50 scripts down to two, I eventually picked ‘Colton’s Big Night’ written by Nathan Gower, it had the charm, humour and quirkiness that I was looking for. The main character was also a ten year old. “This is perfect, I love a challenge”!

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Sun

21

Oct

2012

Unbearable...

"What was I thinking?"  

"Why did I think we could pull this off?"

"I need to be at back work in 6 hours..."

"I wonder if they'll have bagels on set tomorrow morning?"

 

All these things were rattling through my head going into the 14th hour of the 2-day shoot.

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Sat

20

Oct

2012

Enough by Simon Straub

The first desicion we had to make was choosing a script. It was rather easy because we had certain limits, no money, not much time to prepare and the cast had to be easy available. "Enoungh" gave us all that.

 

A simple but strong story, we did not have to change locations and the actors were quickly cast out of an acting school our team has connections to.

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Fri

19

Oct

2012

Close Encounters at 1.15am...

So it’s 1.15am and I look over to see the shop manager looking sleepily at the clock. I had told him we’d be finished filming by 11pm and we’ve still got a couple of shots to do. I look at the crew but they’re working flat out – as they have been for eight straight hours – I can’t say anything. I just have this feeling which is simply… pressure. We’ve had to try and put so much into such a limited time frame and now I’m beginning to panic.

 

An hour later and we’re wrapped.

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Thu

18

Oct

2012

Shooting 'A Ghetto Punk Romance' on RED Epic

I heard about the 50 kisses competition through a friend and decided to read a couple of scripts out of curiosity. When I read Lloyd Morgan's "Ghetto Punk Romance" I instantly felt inspired. It was one of those moments that you can't quite descibe. To put it simply, I couldn't let myself step away from such a strong piece of writing. I wasn't looking to make a short film due to the usual reasons of lack of time and money but this was a spontaneous decision that I knew would be worth it.

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Wed

17

Oct

2012

And the winnner is...

So the votes are in and we can now reveal the top ten scripts for 50 Kisses. The winner will be revealed at the London Screenwriters’ Festival next week.

 

So to be clear, this is just the best screenplay award. There will still be awards for best film which could go to any of the films based on any of the 50 scripts. There will also be other awards for acting, camera, editing etc.

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Wed

17

Oct

2012

A German Dream Date

We chose Dream Date because we found the script charming and witty. We could relate as parents to the storyline, and as filmmakers, well, we are all about the humour. Read Dream Date here…

 

So far in our films, we tend to stretch ourselves and try new things. So of course we wanted to change an aspect or two in this script.

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Tue

16

Oct

2012

What Do Writers Do? By Peter Carruthers, writer and filmmaker for ‘Never Forget’

As soon as my girlfriend told me about 50 Kisses, I knew I was going to go for it. I’d never entered a writing competition before but this seemed like a no brainer to me.

 

2 pages? Anyone can write 2 pages in a month, right? My girlfriend keeps encouraging me to write more and I couldn’t really say I didn’t have time to write a 2 page script could I?

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Tue

09

Oct

2012

Jo Buckman on her RomZom 'You Used to Bring Me Flowers'

It’s this funny thing being known mostly as a Producer rather than a writer. Truth is I write a lot. I’ve got a drawer full of short film scripts ready to go, a TV pilot, a documentary and a feature outline.

 

It’s just that while I’m creative, I’m also a born organizer: I’m very practical and excel at people wrangling. So people keep asking me to produce their stuff and then I’ve been too busy producing their stuff to produce my own stuff or find the right person to produce my stuff.

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Tue

09

Oct

2012

No Excuses

Maureen: For a filmmaker, I always find myself making up excuses not to make films. 'I don't have money', 'I have to work a full time job', 'I don't have time'.


I went to film school thinking: 'I can write, but I can't direct'. I came out thinking, 'Ok, I get what directing is about, but I can't write!'. So that was my last excuse: I can't write.

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Sun

07

Oct

2012

The 50 Kisses competition changed my life by Nathan Gower

There. I said it. In all its seemingly hyperbolic glory, that first sentence is completely valid and one that I will stand by, regardless of whether or not I ever have the pleasure of seeing another of my scripts make it on the “big screen.”

 

Let me give you some context. From my earliest memories (watching THE WIZZARD OF OZ over and over again until the tape stripped from the VHS), I have been in love with movies.

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Fri

05

Oct

2012

'Neil': By Nigel Karikari

The backstory? I hear you ask. Well….I had recently completed a fifth draft of a feature script and was about to lean into working up another feature idea when I saw the 50 Kisses competition. Competitions are great! It’s masochistic but the whip hand of the deadline, it sadly gets things done! I saw the post two days before the deadline and after spreading the news to my writer buddies I went on a long lunchtime walk. I came back with a Nasi Goreng and a pretty fully formed idea.

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Thu

04

Oct

2012

On writing Practice Makes Perfect, by Mark Palis, Guest Blog

I heard about 50 kisses on Facebook. Write a short and get it in the cinema? Boom! Count me in. As soon as I read the challenge, my brain started fizzing with various scenarios. I read on... only one entry per person. What! My plan was going to be to hedge my bets with multiple entries in multiple genres.

 

But now I had to pick just one.

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Sun

30

Sep

2012

Writing 'The Moment' - Guest blog from Stephen Cooper

I was told about 50kisses by a fellow script writer Gareth Turpie (Who made it to the last 100 himself) and thought i’d give it a go. I hadn’t wrote a short in a while as I was mostly concentrating on my feature writing, but the competition seemed like an interesting one. The idea of writing something a little more romantic than my normal violence’s and horror style scripts was a draw, and so was the idea of the competition to put all 50 films together to create a feature.

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Fri

28

Sep

2012

50 Kisses - One was mine! Guest Blog Post From Ross Aitken

Advice was pretty much the first idea I thought of when the 50 Kisses project came up.

 

It's not too difficult to see where the idea came from: Mike is basically me in my early 20s. The first draft was dashed off in about half an hour whilst at work, cobbled into a screenplay format, and submitted.

 

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Tue

25

Sep

2012

World Map Of 50 Kisses Teams Goes Live

We just added all the filmmaking teams to a Google map to get a real sense of where in the world people are making films for 5o Kisses – and we can now see that this is a truly global filmmaking event! Teams are engaged mainly in the UK, Europe and the USA, but who would have thought South Africa, Brazil, Puerto Rica, Pakistan, Singapore, the Philippines, Japan and more…! And every day 20 new teams sign up. Amazing!

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Mon

10

Sep

2012

Meet the first 200 filmmaking teams

With just over a month and a half left to make your film, we can confirm that we have over 200 filmmaking teams signed up, and looking at the demographics, we have some impressive productions taking place right across the globe. There are still a few productions that have not yet found filmmaking teams, and you can see the live stats here…

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Wed

05

Sep

2012

The first stills are in from the first few productions

So the first productions for 50 Kisses have been shot and are in post production, with teams in both the UK and LA shooting over the last few days. And from what we hear, many more are gearing up right now. It’s tremendously exciting for both us, and the screenwriters, to see their work come to life within such a unique and dynamic process.

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Wed

29

Aug

2012

One script races ahead as filmmakers choose their projects

The 50 Kisses race has begun and the metrics are fascinating.

 

Our crowd sourced feature film ’50 Kisses’ is now gaining momentum with (at writing) 73 filmmaking teams committed to a specific project. Last month we announced the 50 winning scripts and now filmmakers are downloading them to produce and enter into the final competition to see if their short makes it into the final feature film.

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Thu

16

Aug

2012

Lost the plot? Why taking notes is essential for screenwriters

One of the most powerful lessons I ever learned was that when someone doesn’t get what I am communicating, it’s not their fault, it’s mine. 100% my fault, and 100% of the time.

 

I get it, when someone doesn’t understand what you are saying it’s REALLY frustrating and annoying.

 

But it’s still your fault.

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Fri

10

Aug

2012

Lucy V Hay, Bang2Write, Feedback on 50 Kisses Winners

It was always going to be difficult, honing a list of 1800+ scripts down to just 50. It wasn’t just a case of picking only the “best” writing either, but balancing the “best” with the “right” subject matter too – we didn’t want 50 smoochy-smoochy scripts, or 50 outlandish ones either.

 

The reading team needed to keep that end outcome in mind of “50 Kisses – the movie” as well! NOT easy.

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Fri

03

Aug

2012

Getting to the 50

It would be this morning that the central line decides to crash and burn as I travel to Ealing Studios early to announce the 50 Kisses winners.Flipping Olympics, don’t they know we have 50 Kisses to announce? I clawed my way through the crowds of infuriating tourists and untrained G4S staff to get to Stratford, got on the Jubilee line and made it as far as Canary Wharf before I thought it best that I just find a place with strong Wifi and stronger coffee to start announcing.

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Mon

30

Jul

2012

50 Kisses Draft 1… time for a redraft?

We have spent weeks refining 1,870 scripts that were submitted to 50 Kisses, down to the final 50.

 

We got there over the weekend, but then we discovered we had a problem. We effectively had a first draft of a feature film, and like any first draft, it’s not ready to be shot.

 

The main difficulties were…

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Wed

25

Jul

2012

Near Kisses manual uploader Harriet Crate leaves the team today!

Today is a sad day in the 50 Kisses office as we say goodbye to the fabulous Harriet Crate. For the last few days she has been relentlessly uploading scripts for ‘Near Kisses’ – she will be hugely missed in the office. If your script has not yet been uploaded, we will still get to it, but remember, the process is manual and labour intensive. If only we had £10k to pay a software developer to build this system for us!

Team 50 Kisses

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