Guest Blog: Screenwriting with Michael Lengsfield

Posted Monday, February 29th, 2016

Michael Lengsfield is a Screenwriter, and Scriptwriting Lecturer at the University of East Anglia. We spoke briefly with him about teaching the craft, developing your writing process and the (free) online course he is launching with FutureLearn.

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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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Festival Focus: BFI Flare Programme Overview

Posted Monday, February 22nd, 2016

  BFI’s LGBT-orientated festival Flare returns for a special 30th edition next month, and the programme has now been released. The festival, known as London LGBT Film Festival until a re-envisioning a few years ago, is the biggest LGBT film festival in Europe and seems to grow in scale and stature each year. This year sees the inclusion of over 100 features and 50 shorts, and a wide looking events and industry programme. This year’s programme is split into three enigmatically titled

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#FilmmakersTell: Orlando von Einsiedel

Posted Monday, April 13th, 2015

Investigative documentary filmmaking can impose real challenges and risks, especially if you’re taking on one of the biggest oil exploration companies in the world. Director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Virunga and long-time Shooter, Orlando von Einsiedel, opens up about making a film that really takes a stand. Touching on Netflix distribution, teaming up with Leonardo DiCaprio and his career in filmmaking. Orlando started off shooting snowboarding videos before delving into documentary filmmaking, tracking down incredibly varied stories across Africa, Asia, the Americas and the

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Film of the Month: David Oyelowo

Posted Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Fresh from portraying Martin Luther King Jr in Academy Award-winning Selma, acclaimed English actor David Oyelowo has come on board as April’s Film of the Month Patron. David is a graduate of prestigious LAMDA, and his past films range from indie darlings to blockbuster treats with roles in A Most Violent Year, The Butler, The Paperboy, Interstellar and Lincoln. . Now one of Hollywood’s most sought after acting talents, David will be able to provide fantastic insight on your films.

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Good Morning, Austin: Mayor Peacock

Posted Monday, March 23rd, 2015

As the sun sets on SXSW 2015 – we look back at some of the highlights. Here’s some more from Chris and Ben’s time in the deep south, their screening of Nina Forever and when they met the ruler of the roost…

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#FilmmakersTell: Charlie Lyne

Posted Monday, March 9th, 2015

Making your first feature film is no easy feat. Since there isn’t a direct route to take to come out on the other side unscathed and on top, taking on a feature can seem like quite a daunting prospect. Luckily for you, Shooting People members are willing to share their experiences to give you insights on the reality of filmmaking – from development to distribution. Charlie Lyne is a filmmaker and freelance journalist. He directed and edited his first feature, ‘Beyond Clueless’, which is

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Yes, That Kevin Smith: Film of the Month

Posted Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Iconic writer, director, producer and podcaster Kevin Smith is gracing us with his presence and acerbic feedback this month as Film of the Month patron. Kevin made his iconic film debut at Sundance with ‘Clerks‘ (1994), filmed at the convenience store where he worked outside of working hours. Other films in the shared canon of the View Askewniverse include ‘Chasing Amy’, ‘Dogma’, ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’ and most recently he has released the horror flicks ‘Red State’ and

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Film of the Month: January’s Finest

Posted Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

This month’s patron is American Screenwriter and Director, Desiree Akhavan. Best known for her web series ‘The Slope’ and more recently, her 2014 feature film debut ‘Appropriate Behaviour’. She won the Grand Jury Prize for Appropriate Behaviour at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. This month’s top 10 continue the comedy streak, with some quite notable short filmmakers in the running. Voting ends midnight on Saturday, so make sure you take a look because members would appreciate your feedback. 1.

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Film of the Month December Shortlist

Posted Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

A variety of films made the leader board this month, all racing for the opportunity to be seen by the UK’s leading documentary distributor Dogwoof. The Act of Killing and Blackfish are only two of the sensational features Dogwoof have on their resume. We caught up with the lucky ten on the shortlist for a little bit about themselves and their films. Round 2 voting is now well underway. SP, take a vote and decide who deserves to win. A Tragedy

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