Ok with very little activity over the past six months it seems like my films are like buses; You wait ages for them and then three come along at once. In July of this year I put together a homage of the opening scene of Reservoir Dogs in celebration of its 21st Birthday. It was a great time to do it and I had always wanted to see what Taranino’s classic film would have felt like with Glasgow Accents. So here it is, now available on Youtube!
You may wonder why this was done by me? It’s not an Original film, but it was more about having some fun and seeing if a story that was made popular in America could be adapted. I think Scotland has a wealth of talent and we have so many movie stars and acting talent that there’s no reason we as a country should not be able to produce some quality films. I often wonder if some movies would have worked set in Scotland, such as Law Abiding Citizen starring Gerard Butler. Years ago we only had really one big movie star, Sean Connery, but times have a changed. So hopefully that will change soon with some new films on the Horizon from Scottish companies like Filth and Sunshine on Leith. I hope to see more Scottish films coming out that can perform well locally and Globally.
It had been a quiet six months for me, but in Mid June I got the chance to direct my first two short films since The Waster. In June I directed two short film entries for the Virgin Media Short Film Contest. The film had to be 2 minutes long. Both film entries were written by Kolin Ferguson so this marked the first collaboration with Kolin and I since The Crews.
Traitor is the story of stan who is believed to be a Traitor to the gang, but can the villainous Michael get him to admit to it. And Blink is a conspiracy story about a man who is visited by a mysterious figure after what appears to be a very complicated surgery.
Of my three slated short films, the first one that I started was the last one finished. It was The Lost Purse and was the only one of the films that was produced by me so I had not set any deadlines that I did not think we could attain. All I wanted was the film to be as good as it could be, not to have it finished by a certain time. Early spring there was a deadline for a film fest I was interested in sending The Lost Purse to, but the music wasn’t quite right. So rather than rush the process I said to Frank (MacDonald – films composer) to take his time and get what we needed. The film was finally finished by the end of July. For me personally there may come a time where I have to learn to be a bit more aggressive towards deadlines, but at this point it was not and I feel like the film has been rewarded for it’s patience.
The only deadline we did aim for was the Action on Film Festival. We had submitted to this Los Angeles Festival and based on the work in progress film was selected to play at the festival. The young star of the film, Declan-Michael Laird is studying at the Stella Adler Academy in LA and was in attendance for the films World Premiere at the Krarkorian Theatre in LA. I was unable to go, but Declan got the chance to see the film on the big screen and represent the film at the festival. I also learned that The Lost Purse was the first European film to have played at the Action on Film Festival.
Our next success for the film was with the Write, Camera, Action Awards Night at Cineworld Cinemas in Glasgow. The film played alongside 11 other short films and music videos. The film picked up awards for Best Director, Actor, Music, Film and Audience award for favourite films.
The film is now in consideration for selection on some film festivals. I will not say which ones as I don’t want to talk about what hasn’t happened yet. I will up date the blog as soon as there is more success for the film.
Your Number’s Up has been selected to play at the Edinburgh Short Film Festival. This marks my first film to be selected at a proper film festival. The film also won an award of excellence at the the Best Shorts Competition. Hopefully more selections on their way.
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