Script Pitch: Action/Thriller

Posted June 5th, 2017 by Annabelle Amato

April’s round-up of the best Action/Thriller pitches around.

To read the rest of these pitches, and to contact any of the writers, please email Annabelle.

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Filmmaker Opportunity – Make a Film With The Weinstein Co With Lexus Short Films

Posted June 1st, 2017 by Matt Turner

We’re always on the lookout for the best opportunities available to new and emerging filmmakers on SP, and one of the most promising and exciting we’ve recently come across is Lexus Short Films.

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Festival Focus: East End Film Festival Preview

Posted May 24th, 2017 by Matt Turner

Amongst a flood of festivals, the East End Film Festival – created in partnership with Tower Hamlets Council, but now acting independent of it – always feels a little different. Detailing their aims, the festival states their goals are: “using non-cinema venues, engaging with diverse audiences, supporting emerging filmmakers, breaking boundaries with cross-arts & music events, premiering vital new films.” Few festivals can describe their objectives as lucidly as that. Ensuring these aims are acted upon, their 2017 edition comes with two new additions. Alongside the film and event programmes, the festival is also partnering with the University of East London to provide year round education opportunities, but the most exciting new development for this year, however, is the announcement of the EEFF Transit Award, a £10,000 development award for a second time directors, to be granted in time for EEFF 2018. In the meantime however, the focus is on the films already around, with the festival showcasing the best of independent filmmaking both local and international. We picked five events from their packed, five weekend long programme.

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Festival Focus: Sheffield Doc/Fest Programme Preview

Posted May 16th, 2017 by Matt Turner

With just under a month until the UK’s premiere documentary film festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, rolls around, we’ve surveyed this year’s offering.

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Guest Blog: SP Filmmakers & London Calling

Posted May 12th, 2017 by Annabelle Amato

In anticipation of the new shorts emerging from the London Calling scheme, we got in touch with some members of SP who’ve had projects selected this year. We spoke with them about their experiences with the scheme, their careers so far, and the projects they are developing.

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Guest Blog: James Berkery

Posted May 10th, 2017 by Matt Turner

In this guest blog, we speak to SP member James Berkery, an emerging movement director who has been involved in a number of projects via SP recently, and has great prospects ahead of him. He outlines his practice as a movement director, explains what constitutes this work and how he got involved with it, and explores why filmmakers should consider involving movement in their productions.

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Film of the Month March Winners: Anna Biller

Posted April 25th, 2017 by Annabelle Amato

In March, Shooting People worked with filmmaker Anna Biller for our Film of the Month competition. Judge, Biller is known for her use of classic genre modes in her films as a means to talk about women’s roles within culture. Read more about Anna’s filmmaking career, and her two feature films here.

Anna shares her insightful view on the top three films from March’s competition below.

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Film of the Month February Winners – Stephen Woolley

Posted April 24th, 2017 by Matt Turner

For February Film of the Month, we were extremely lucky to welcome legendary producer, distributor and exhibitor Stephen Woolley, a man behind some of the most exciting and important independent British films of the last thirty years. He was pleased to view the films, but found ranking them a difficult demand. We present his insightful comments in full, which will surely be of benefit to our winning filmmakers.

Stephen, commenting on the selection said that he “found it very difficult to judge these films in competition with each other because they were all attempting to achieve different things from stylistically different angles.”

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Jameson First Shot 2017: The One Competition You Must Enter

Posted April 21st, 2017 by Matt Turner

Dear Shooter writers, directors and all interested filmmakers,

One of the greatest opportunities for filmmakers and writers, Jameson First Shot is back for 2017, with Detective McNulty himself, legendary British actor Dominic West, as your lead star. We’ve been saying it for years and years… this is by far the best film competition out there and we’re determined to see UK­-based filmmakers triumph.

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Guest Blog: Ian Neil

Posted April 13th, 2017 by Annabelle Amato

In this guest blog, we are featuring Ian Neil, a music supervisor for the film industry, and a member of the advisory board for the UK & European Guild of Music Supervisors. Neil has supervised for projects such as Free Fire, High Rise, and Kingsman: The Secret Service. He explains this area of the industry, what it entails and who might be suitable to excel at it.

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