So unfortunately we didn’t make the shortlist of the Reed short film competition. Down from 500 to 50 is something to be proud of though. Was really excited to make the long list, and very sad not to have gone further, but there are some really great films that made it so it’s hard be too disappointed. Now the remaining films are up for vote for the People’s Choice Award, and I’m going to watch the films again before giving a vote. I do particularly like ‘The Devil’s Apricot’ and ‘Going Up’.
I’m still very proud of ‘Lonely At The Top’ because it was exactly what I intended it to be. It whips along at a good pace, and has a lot of character. People’s universal response was that “it’s sad but funny” or “sweet”. Michael did a great job at playing the part of the boss, and really look forward to working with everyone else in the film again soon.
Next it’s Virgin Media Shorts and the deadline is in July. We’ve got an idea which has been going around our heads for a while and I think we’ve got a script together that should be quite fun to film. I look forward to working again in a way that is quick by leaving a lot of what happens on camera until on the day. The script is really a rough outline and I have confidence in everyone’s talents to come out with something which is quite fresh and spontaneous. With a bit of luck we’ll get round to filming some time next week.
If you didn’t yet see ‘Lonely at the Top’ then have a watch here:
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.