• PEOPLE WITH DETERMINATION

    On a recent visit to Dubai I was checking the information on The Frame and in the ticket section I noticed as well as being free to people over 60 it was free to People with Determination.

    PEOPLE WITH DETERMINATION. It took me a few minutes to realise this meant People with Disabilities and perhaps this had become a bit confused in the translation but I thought it was a far better description.

    With the ending of the recent INVICTUS GAMES in Sydney whose participants all showed great determination and are such an inspiration with their courage and strength of mind, in future I’ll be thinking PEOPLE WITH DETERMINATION, not disabilities.

    If you are in Dubai then I would recommend a visit to The Frame. Amazing.

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  • The London Screenwriters Festival - 2020

    The London Screenwriters Festival has been and gone. It was another great success. For me the Pitchfest worked well. The Actors Table Read was excellent. The one hour Script Surgery with a script doctor from Euroscript was inspirational and has helped me fill in the enormous big hole in my script. I’ve started a re-write and feel this is going to be good.

    There will be NO London Screenwriters’ Festival next year, boo hoo!

    However, in 2020 it will come back on the scene and will be amazing as that will be the TENTH anniversary. The dates have already been set - 17th, 18th and 19th April 2020, one week after Easter.

    Soooo, what are you waiting for? Get your Early Bird ticket now at the cheapest rate possible. It will be £13.75 a month. This deal expires on Sunday night…

    As Chris Jones says…

    If you want to come to the next festival for this crazy ticket price, you MUST act before midnight on Sunday. After then it will go up. You can get your pass for what will be out tenth festival, the biggest, most empowering, most exciting and frankly awesomest event for screenwriters on planet earth! Sign up here…

    https://sable.madmimi.com/c/29319?id=9630683.17443.1.af18c89d6c21a18ee7149d70db8ead21

    If you miss this deadline go to the website:

    https://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com and see if there are other offers.

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  • London Screenwriters' Festival

    The London Screenwriters’ Festival starts this Friday on 7th September and finishes on 9th. A fantastic event and one I’ve attended since 2011 and have never been disappointed.

    As well as the choice of lectures and script to screen viewings I will be taking part in the Great British Pitchfest. There are different slots during the three days of the festival with different executives in film and/or television. This is where a limited number of us will have a chance to Speed Pitch to ten executives. We get five minutes to pitch before we have to move on. Normally we manage to pitch to five or six executives in 90 minutes.

    During the festival my script for TOGETHER FOREVER is having an Actor’s Table Read where it will be workshopped by a director and two actors for an hour. This is such a useful exercise as it can show where there has been repetition or dialogue doesn’t work and also how easily the actors can get into the part, or not!

    Then on 9th I finish with a 50 minute consultation with a script doctor from Euroscript – www.euroscript.co.uk to discuss my horror script THE HEN PARTY FROM HELL.

    All of these initiatives are included in the price. You just have to watch out for the appropriate deadlines and make sure your work is ready to upload.

    What’s not to like.

    https://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com

    As soon as this festival is over you can book your Early Bird Ticket for 2019 at a good price and choose to pay for it by instalments.

    Just do it!

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  • SPITFIRE

    A friend of ours, David Fairhead, has produced and directed Spitfire. He is a professional film editor and 3 years ago felt he must do something to recognise the great achievement and sacrifices very young men and women made during the Second World War - especially those who flew SPITFIRES. Of course he realised that those young men and women who survived the war were now in their 80's and 90's.

    So using his own money and crowdfunding, 3 years in the making...

    Spitfire is screening TOMORROW on 17th July in 200 cinemas across the UK, for one night only.

    Tickets are available from www.spitfire.film

    It is going to be an excellent feature length documentary and should be viewed on a large screen.

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  • Two Short Films

    It is surprising how two short films can take up so much time and effort.

    I have written and produced my short script ‘Norah’s Ark’ for the Create 50 – The Impact.

    I have also produced and directed the short script ‘Up Up and Away’ for the Create 50 – The Impact.

    Under is a link to how we went about making Up Up…

    https://www.impact50film.com/2018/05/22/up-up-and-away-by-surrey-border-moviemakers/

    Under is the link to the two films – both short but both needing lots of time in preparation and the edit:

    https://www.impact50film.com/films/watch-films-2/

    Hope you enjoy them.

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  • CREATE 50 - The Impact

    This is from Chris Jones. Create 50 is his vision. Create 50 - The Impact is your chance to make a short film about the end of the world - but NOT from your own script - you need to option one of the 55 final scripts. Read on...

    www.Impact50film.com

    The Impact50 Trailer Has Been Launched… Get involved and make your micro-budget apocalyptic short

    Watch the trailer here https://www.facebook.com/chrisjonesfilmmaker/videos/10155900256835091/

    for the crowd created feature film project #Impact50, about what would happen in the last few hours of humanity before an asteroid impact.

    And if you are a filmmaker, there is still plenty of time for you to get involved and have YOUR work showcased in this revolutionary global project.

    Why get involved?

    Impact50 is a global filmmaking initiative designed to showcase the best emerging screenwriters and filmmakers. By featuring lots of short films, no single filmmaker has to carry the burden or production of an entire feature film, but can benefit from all the experience, connections and exposure this project offers.

    The screenplay leg is now closed with the 2,000 scripts being whittled down to the selected 55. You can read them all by going HERE: and select one you want to make.

    You should of course read the rules and guidelines too. HERE. www.impact50film.com

    Optioning a script costs £7 and you MUST upload something BEFORE the closing date of May 31st. There will be an additional month to finalise an edit and upload your final cut / sound mix / grade etc.

    So what to do?

    First, rustle up some kit, crew and actors and make space over a weekend in the coming weeks.

    Second, choose a script and option it.

    Then make it.

    Finally, upload an edit to the site. Get feedback. Re-edit and watch some other films and offer feedback there too.

    There really is NOTHING stopping you from getting involved in this global epic movie.

    Looking forward to seeing your film and shaking your hand at the premiere!

    Chris Jones

    www.Impact50film.com

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  • Create 50 - The Impact

    It was really difficult choosing a script from the finalists of the Create 50 – the Impact. After much deliberation I chose UP UP AND AWAY. These scripts are short, 2 to 3 pages, but just because they are short doesn’t mean they are easy to film. This one posed many technical challenges.

    We planned to have a technical rehearsal for Up Up and Away on Saturday 17th March with the actual shoot date on 18th - weather permitting. Well, weather did not permit. With snow expected and freezing temperatures we decided to postpone the shoot date until the following Sunday, 25th March but went ahead with the technical rehearsal on 17th.

    A number of challenges faced us, mainly involving the chair lifting into the air with actor (Brian O’Connell) on board. It was time for the game to commence in trial terms so we trooped out to inspect the pitch. The snow was falling fast and those words in the script came to mind:

    EXT. BLUE SKY – DAY

    An azure sky filled with puffy clouds.

    Rita discusses the chair lift with Geoff Bentley, tree surgeon, who knows all about pulleys and knots.

    She also wanted to try out lifting the chair on poles.

    Sharing a giggle.

    It was at that point we decided to return the sheep to the field and for us to go indoors.

    We then had some fun trying out the green screen.

    And Brian practised falling from the chair.

    We did manage to film on Sunday 25th March despite a strong, and very cold, wind.

    More on that later.

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  • February

    February already and it’s only 7 months until the London Screenwriters’ Festival. This year the dates are: 7th, 8th and 9th September with a full programme in the week before. Check it out at: www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com

    I’ve got a short film to make in time for the Create 50 – The Impact – but what to choose?

    https://www.impact50film.com

    Don’t forget to check out the competitions page.

    Happy writing.

    Rita

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