Guest Blog: Alex Winckler

Posted Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Now in it’s 10th year, Film London’s Microwave scheme commissions two £100k budgeted features each year. We spoke with two SP members with projects selected for the scheme. The first was with director Ryan Vernava, and below is our second, with writer and director Alex Winckler. Alex is involved in Microwave with two producers, Maria Forsstrom and Jude Goldstrei. Their film, Smalltown Boy is “a rite of passage story about a different type of skinhead.”

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Guest Blog: Ryan Vernava

Posted Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Now in it’s 10th year, Film London’s Microwave scheme commissions two £100k budgeted features each year. Before this though, 12 participating project teams are selected, given extensive development support, mentoring and training; and then, in a way, pitted against each other as they pitch their projects along several phases of the shortlisting process, until the final two are selected. Though, on the surface, this might seems a little like an independent film version of The Apprentice, in reality it’s not quite so

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Guest Blog: Brendan Cleaves

Posted Thursday, January 26th, 2017

In this guest blog, SP member Brendan Cleaves talks about his process, struggles and successes raising funds for his short film Roger via Kickstarter. Some vital, honest input on the ups and downs of short film production, and some insightful tips for those looking to crowdfund.

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Guest Blog: Ira Sachs

Posted Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

We profiled the expanding career of American filmmaker and October Film of the Month judge Ira Sachs at the beginning of the month. Here he tells us his side – how he got his start, how he’s maintained his independence, and how he has been giving back.

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Guest Blog: Pitching to C4 Random Acts with Pegah Farahmand

Posted Friday, February 26th, 2016

Pegah Farahmand is the Editor of Channel 4’s short film strand Random Acts. Dedicated to the arts, Random Acts was created in 2011 to “escape the conventions of arts broadcasting and to expand its possibilities.” Pegah joined them last year, and in this guest blog tells us about her experiences with shaping a new direction for the platform, as well as offering advice to SP members about how to pitch films to her.

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Guest Blog: Pitching to Guardian Docs’ Charlie Phillips

Posted Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

In this guest blog, we hear from The Guardian’s resident doc-head Charlie Phillips about how to stand the best chance of getting a film made for the news organisation’s online documentary strand. Until just over a year ago, Charlie Phillips was Deputy Director of Sheffield’s Doc/Fest, having run the successful ‘MeetMarket’ marketplace there for 7 years. Since then, he’s been at The Guardian, acting as their ‘Head of Documentaries’, the first person at that organisation to hold that title, and as he quipped “hopefully

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The Penalty Q&A: Docs Docs and more Docs.

Posted Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

I went down to Reel Nice Studios, in the depths that is the maze of London Bridge, to speak to the lovely One for Ten team about their upcoming feature The Penalty. This documentary explores the criminal justice system in the U.S  on a deeper level than has been before; lifting the lid on the human cost of the death penalty. They are currently crowdfunding for their feature on Kickstarter here – where you can watch the trailer and find out more

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The Pitch Competition Winners

Posted Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Aurora Fearnley and Nic Crum both picked up prizes at this years ‘The Pitch’ competition. Aurora became the competition’s first ever female winner with her sci-fi short film, Pulsar. Aurora won production support from ‘The Pitch’ who will continue to help develop her idea with a budget of £25,000. Actor David Gyasi, one of ‘The Pitch’ judges, rated her idea by saying: “For me it was the story and the character that grabbed me. I could really envisage the film

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Mob Rule – Crowdfunding and Community

Posted Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

We have recently introduced a new category in the Shooting People bulletins called Crowd Sourced Projects, recognizing that we need to create a new space for Shooters to promote their crowdfunding endeavors to the Shooting People community. I was delighted to moderate not one but two panels about crowdfunding recently – starting with Ain’t Too Proud To Beg at Sheffield Doc/Fest, followed swiftly by another one at CPH:DOX. The Sheffield panel was interesting because it was divided into three sections

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Prenups for Filmmakers and Funders

Posted Friday, August 7th, 2009

Getting funding for your film is wonderful but there are also lots of potential pitfalls and complications. The good folk at Active Voice have created a website to help both filmmakers and funders steer a course through these turbulent waters. Check out The Prenups and download a copy for youself.

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