Guest Blog: Andy Conway

Posted Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

To coincide with the relaunch of Script Pitch on the SP site, we’ve spoken to the man behind it. SP’s Andy Conway, a Birmingham based lecturer, screenwriter and novelist.

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Festival Focus: Shorts 2 Features at Encounters

Posted Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Each year, Encounters features several features amongst its programme of short films. These films, from alumni of the festival or favoured filmmakers demonstrate successful transitions from short to feature filmmaking, as well as the appeal of moving back and forth between varying lengths. We spoke to the filmmakers who have features at Encounters, about the differences between short and feature filmmaking, their experiences with the industry and their thoughts on Encounters.

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Festival Focus: Shooter’s Encounters #2

Posted Monday, September 5th, 2016

Last week, we spoke with three Shooting People members who have films included in Encounters Short & Animation Festival later this month. Here, we hear from two more – the talented, comedy focused filmmaker Kate Herron and Finland-born, Edinburgh-based new artist filmmaker Katri Vanhatalo.

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Film of the Month: Matt Ross

Posted Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Matt Ross is an American actor, writer and director who has managed to straddle the two worlds with remarkable success. As well as juggling leading roles in film and television, he’s directed several shorts and two features in the last few years – the most recent of which, the Viggo Mortensen starring Captain Fantastic has proved both a critical and audience favourite, winning multiple awards on it’s festival circuit and drawing an impassioned response from viewers.

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Film of the Month Winners: April

Posted Monday, May 9th, 2016

Robert Eggers, director of the terrific horror phenomenon The Witch, has returned with his feedback on the April finalists for Film of the Month, choosing Cowboy Ben as the clear standout within a trio of impressive, and particularly beautifully shot, shorts. Congratulations to the various cinematographers who are not mentioned here, as well as the directors credited.. A terrifically well shot, compact but fully realised drama that plays out the whole history of a relationship in less than 10 minutes, for Robert, Scott

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Festival Focus: Sheffield Doc/Fest Programme Preview

Posted Friday, May 6th, 2016

Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the world’s foremost showcases for documentary filmmaking, have revealed their programme in full ahead of the festival next month. The programme includes 160 films and 25 alternate realities projects, a talk with Michael Moore alongside the (premiere) of his new film, and mini retrospectives on the recently departed Chantal Akerman and the very much alive D.A. Pennebaker, who’ll also appear in conversation. As we have noted before with no small amount of pride, there are 20+ films

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Script Pitch: Sci-Fi Special

Posted Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

May the 4th be with you! Yes, it’s our annual SCRIPT PITCH SCI FI SPECIAL. That means you have before you the best new script projects in the SF genre. Anywhere. That’s a fact. Here are the loglines from this year’s Sci-Fi Pitch. To read complete pitches and to contact any of the writers, please email Andy.

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Guest Blog: Breaking Into Film with Robert Eggers

Posted Thursday, April 21st, 2016

After receiving a raucous reception and the Directing Prize in the U.S. Competition at its Sundance premiere, Robert Eggers’s debut film The Witch has proven to be a far greater success than he could have ever anticipated. We spoke with him about how he got to this point, his route from a career in art and production design for fringe theatre, into making short films and finally financing a feature.

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Film of the Month Winners: March

Posted Monday, April 11th, 2016

The esteemed Mark Cousins has provided his thoughts on the highest voted entries for March Film of the Month.

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SP: Spring Shooting

Posted Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Spring is officially here, not that you can necessarily tell yet, and its the busiest time for production. Join SP (at 50% off until April 5th) to meet fantastic collaborators like those below, and get those productions rolling going forward into the summer. In case you are not familiar, Shooting People is the largest and best network for independent filmmakers in the UK, a 38,000 member community that is host to filmmaking events, opportunities, training and funds, in which 200+

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