And the winner is…..

The End

The winner of “Best Horror” at the 2014 Limelight Film Awards was no other than our short film, The End.

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It’s been a long time since I worked on this short film script and saw it go into production. It was very a very surreal experience sitting in the gorgeously decadent, art deco venue, The Troxy, in London’s east end watching a clip of our film played as the nominations were read out.

There was so much talent at the award ceremony, including of course my fellow film makers – Director and Producer, Raj Pathak, from We Are Heroes Films, cinematographer, Louis Vella  and special effects aficionado Nik Karma from N-FX. The two actresses also attended the ceremony; Shelley Draper (who provided an immensely compelling performance of the mother in the film) and Eva Nicholson who played her daughter. Director, Crash Taylor unfortunately couldn’t attend the event.

(My one regret is that we didn’t get pictures of the event – we all went up as a team to receive the award and the official photographs have never been released of all the winners. Note to the organisers – there’s a lot of PR each of the film awards winners would probably love to generate for the awards, so its a shame these haven’t been available!)

Of course for us this isn’t The End – but only the beginning of the end. With a feature length film script already written, a crew that’s raring to go all that’s left is to gather together more investment – I say ‘all that’s needed’ of course this is one of the trickiest elements of getting a film made. I’ve no doubt it will be another long wait…. but it will be worth it!

 

 

Behind the scenes – The end

As I’m still unable to show the full film – here’s a short 35 second continuous take of actress Shelley Draper preparing before action is called. The camera was sitting on a tripod, the shot was being set up. You will see the clapper board and people walking around. Her dedication was first class and acting brilliant.
Scriptwriting is interesting work – you never quite know how things will look on the screen, and I’m so glad such a wonderful actress was involved in this project

After The End…

The Halloween excitement is over. Our film The End showed on You Tube for just 5 hours and got over 600 views. You can’t now catch it online, but it’s heading off for consideration at various festivals.

In the meantime, I’ve posted a link to an interview the directors, Raj Pathak (We Are Heroes Films) and Crash Taylor (Coldwater Canyon Pictures) did for Nottingham Live.

http://www.nottinghamlive.co.uk/live/interview-the-end-raj-pathak-crash-taylor/

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Cast & crew of The End

It’s The End…..

Or perhaps a new beginning.

Some months ago a film director asked me to work on an outline script they had for a Zombie short film (8mins).  The result is this film (only on till 10pm GMT so watch it quick!) It’s been an amazing journey and I’m so proud of all those who worked on it to turned it into something really special. Take a look right now!! Only on Haloween night 5-10pm GMT

Occupancy

When a property developer visits an abandoned house, advertised as a development opportunity, he encounters two macabre sisters, unwilling to share occupancy.

I’ve spent most of the last year splitting my time between finishing my novel and writing a number of short films.

Occupancy will be the first of my scripts to make it to film. The film will probably only be around 3 minutes in length and its main purpose is so the director can work with the location and some of the actors we intend to use for a zombie film (which I script edited/co-wrote). The film is being produced by Cold Water Canyon pictures by a very inspirational guy called Crash Taylor.

He’s written a bit more about the process of making the film and the people involved here:

http://coldwatercanyonpictures.com

Crash Taylor is an award winning photographer turned cinematographer. He has infectious enthusiasm and, being from California originally (now based in Nottingham), a very positive view of life. Crash puts his all into every project. Many of the scripts we’ve worked on have gone back and forward via various film script critics, to ensure they are the best they can be before anyone shouts ACTION!

Also in the pipeline is a ‘store hold-up’ short film and a slightly longer short called Watching Over You. Watching Over You is my favourite of all my scripts so far and is the one I desperately want to see made. The script is being put forward to the BFI to see if we can get funding – if we can then it could really become something special – fingers crossed.

It’s nice to be able to blog some positive news – let me know how things are going with your works-in-progress…?