Virgin Media Shorts has begun
Well the next competition is in our sights. With the Sundance and Reed comps behind us, both with good results, I feel positive about the next project. The problem as always has been deciding on which idea is strong enough to dedicate the next chunk of your time to and so I have been deliberating for a week, caught between several ideas and unable to make any real progress. However yesterday I managed a breakthrough with one of the ideas and so now think its this that we’ll tackle for the competition. And I’m looking forward to it a lot. The film will give us a chance to experiment with some different ways of shooting, some colour correction and different edit techniques. At last something different from a mockumentary.
Watch this space.
Even though I was sure I had watched all the films submitted to the Sundance competition, I was surprised not to have come across either the winner or another film by Ben Williams called Bonsai. I thought Bonsai was brilliant – sad, hopeful, frustrating, funny, brilliantly acted and most importantly left me really wanting to find out what happened next. Looking further, Ben’s other film Fan is well worth a watch.
Strike Two! Two hits in two days.
Well we’ve been waiting a long time for the announcement of a shortlist for the Sundance London short film competition. Ran in partnership with Greenwich Council and Ravensbourne, the competition called for films that interpreted the theme ‘The Story of Our Time’.
There were around 50 entries to the competition, far fewer actually than I was expecting, all very different in their interpretations of the theme. We chose to take the title literally and crafted a 5 minute film in a similar style to our previous project ‘London: A Guide for the Naive’, giving a brief history of the invention of time in Greenwich.
Sundance announced the winner today alongside four other films worth special mention, and we were extremely proud to get a mention as one of them. In contrast to our previous film ‘London: A Guide to the Naive’ we made a conscious effort to make ‘The Story of our Time’ a lot drier and straighter in delivery, removing a few jokes which were slightly more surreal in an effort to sell it as a serious documentary. I actually found out that a lot of people who watched it didn’t even realise it was a joke, which frankly I’m shocked about, but equally pleased that we managed to fool them. I think the enjoyment that comes from films like this is fairly similar to the enjoyment of April fools day, when the penny drops and people suddenly realise that they’ve been led on. I’m glad a lot of people enjoyed the film.
Our film ‘Lonely At The Top’ is chosen in the Reed short film competition long list.
I held my breath yesterday when I saw that Reed had announced their long list of short films, whittling the massive list of over 500 films down to just 50. Despite having a lot of confidence in our film, I had to prepare myself for the fact that we wouldn’t have made it, and as I scrolled quickly down the list of selections trying to spot the keyframe of our film, I had to concede that we hadn’t been successful. Oh well. Onto the next project. And then my eye suddenly fell on a picture of our leading actor and me sitting at a desk and realised our film had been chosen afterall – it’s just they’d chosen a completely different keyframe to throw me off the scent… the bastards.
Anyway, we are thrilled to have made it down to the last 50 films and weren’t remotely surprised to see a lot of our personal favourites from the competition had also made it through. I particularly like ‘The Boss’ by Alex Emslie which is a very inventive short and has already had astronomical online views, and ‘The Cake Fairy’ by Shooters Media which is beautifully shot, coloured and scripted. You can see both films below, but also take the time to look at all 50 of the other selected films here: http://www.reed.co.uk/film/2012/longlist
And of course you can watch our film once again right here:
Time Out and the Londonist post the London guide on their blogs.
So I was very casually lying back watching a film last night when I decided to check the viewing figures of my Vimeo channel, and was more than anything confused to find that ‘London: A Guide for the Naive’ seemed to have shot up by about 500 hits. I couldn’t work out why seeing as it started off strong a couple of months ago, then slowed down to a small trickle of viewers and has had very few people watch it over the last month. When I looked into it properly I realised that the reason it had had so many views was because it had been posted on Time Out’s blog. Then I noticed that from there it had also been posted on the front page of the Londonist, from which it had garnered roughly another 300 views.
Time Out went so far as to describe it as a “half-hour masterpiece of metropolitan mendacity”. Well if they’re listening, there’s plenty more where that came from. If they want it, they can give me a call.
Anyway, here are links to the relevant articles:
Feel free to keep passing the guide around.