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Newsletter issue 139
NEW SHOOTS: ACTORS DEADLINE

NEW SHOOTS: ACTORS DEADLINE

Calling all Actors! There are just three days left to enter SP’s Actors' Competition, for the chance to win a headshot package from London Headshots, a £250 Actors Grant, a year's Mubi subscription, sound recording equipment, Final Draft 11 screenwriting software and promotion throughout the SP filmmaker community. Submit by 30 November.

FICTIONAL MOVIES BROUGHT TO LIFE

FICTIONAL MOVIES BROUGHT TO LIFE

The music video for Joywave’s track ‘Obsession’ is a wonderful labour of love by the production/direction team of Laura Gorun, Cooper Roussel and Dimitri Basil. Featuring a series of flawlessly art-directed and styled title sequences from fictional movies, including spaghetti westerns, exploitation flicks and B-movies, all beautifully shot on film.

SAM MENDES’ SINGLE SHOT EPIC

SAM MENDES’ SINGLE SHOT EPIC

With Oscars buzz approaching, there may be a new frontrunner with Sam Mendes‘ World War I action-drama, ’1917,’ which Peter Bradshaw has described as ‘a single-shot masterpiece,’ in his five star review. This fascinating behind the scenes video gives a real insight into how Mendes and legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins applied boundary-pushing technology, using a mix of cameras transferred from human hands to wire mounts to moving vehicles, sometimes all in the same sequence. The film hits cinemas in January.

 DIRECTING NUDITY AND SEX

DIRECTING NUDITY AND SEX

Directors UK have produced fantastic guidelines for directing scenes featuring nudity and simulated sex. The guidance gives tips and advice for collaborating with each of the key partners that directors are likely to work alongside on this kind of material, from actors and writers, to wardrobe and make-up. The advice covers topics such as rehearsal techniques, directing scenes of sexual violence, planning shots so they adhere to individual contract clauses, and finding creative solutions to challenges that occur on set.

COWS GET VR HEADSETS

COWS GET VR HEADSETS

It seems cows enjoy the mooovies too. A farm in Russia is using modified VR headsets on cows to see if it improves their mood and their milk production. The headsets show simulated summer fields with colours tuned for the animals' eyes. Experts studying the results of this experiment recorded a decrease in anxiety and an increase in the overall emotional mood of the herd.

HETAIN PATEL WINS 2019 FILM LONDON JARMAN AWARD

 HETAIN PATEL WINS 2019 FILM LONDON JARMAN AWARD

A huge congratulations to SP member Hetain Patel who has won the Film London Jarman Award 2019 and its £10,000 prize for his works exploring cultural identity through popular culture. From recreating his childhood memory of jumping off the sofa dressed as Spiderman, to turning his Ford Fiesta into a Transformer, Hetain’s playful work connects marginalised identities with the mainstream.

THE STREET

THE STREET

SP member Zed Nelson’s fantastic debut feature ’The Street’ is a film about love, loss, and a community unravelled by gentrification. This tragicomic documentary captures the changing faces and facades of Hoxton Street over a four year period, charting the toxic collision of gentrification, austerity and the nation’s slide into Brexit. The Street arrives in cinemas this Friday.

GO MEMBERS

[] Kate Jessop, Anna Ginsburg, Andrea Vinciguerra and Max Hattler have films screening at the London International Animation Film Festival this month.

[] 10 members screened at Leeds International Film Festival.

[] 10 members screened at Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

WATCH THE NEW SHOOTS WINNER & ENTRIES

WATCH THE NEW SHOOTS WINNER & ENTRIES

Members can watch David McShane’s brilliant stop-motion animation ‘Solar Plexus’ which won the Autumn round of the NEW SHOOTS: FILMMAKERS competition. You can also browse through all the entrants along with their films. You will see where members are based, what other collaborators they are looking for, as well as watch the films submitted.

PEARS SHORT FILM FUND

PEARS SHORT FILM FUND

The Pears Short Film Fund is open for applications. Two grants of £13.5k are available for the production of a short film: drama, animation or factual, up to 10 minutes in length. The fund focuses on supporting the production and exhibition of short films that reflect British-Jewish life, history and culture. Deadline - 12 January.

GO GET

[] The 17th Sofia Meetings will take place 18-22 March 2020 in the framework of the 24th Sofia International Film Festival and includes Feature Films Pitching to more than 100 key industry decision-makers. Deadline - 1 December.

[] EKRAN+ is a 22-day project-based professional training programme, primarily designed for directors/writers, focusing on the vision of their future film. Deadline - 1 December.

[] FLAMIN Productions will be investing production funding through awards of £30,000 each for up to three moving image projects. Deadline - 2 December.

[] FOCUS is the only UK event to bring in film commissions, locations providers and production service companies from over 70 countries. FREE entry. Registration is open to all professionals working in the creative screen industries. Taking place 3rd & 4th Dec.

[] The Creative Review Annual awards celebrate the best creative work from the past year, those who create it and commission it. The best work is showcased in Creative Review, on the website and to over 2m followers on their social media channels. Deadline - 6 December.

[] ANDxSomerset House Studios will commission a new live audio-visual artwork responding to the industrial waterways and themes of AND Festival 2020. This opportunity is open to women and non-binary artist/s of all ages, at any point in their career. Deadline - 11 December.

[] NEW CREATIVES is open for applications - they are looking for strong ideas for short-form films up to 3 minutes in duration. Deadline - 13 December.

[] Film the House is a parliamentary-based film and scriptwriting competition for students and independent filmmakers based in the UK with prizes including cash, mentorship and screenings, amongst others. Deadline - 19 December.

[] The Digital Orchard Emerging Cinematographers Fund is supporting cinematographers with affordable and/or complementary services and equipment. Deadline - Thursday 31 December.

[] The Global Action Plan competition is looking for content to showcase alternative, sustainable ways of living that are better for us and the planet and is open to anyone in the UK who is between the ages of 18-29. Deadline - 31 December.

[] The Last Word Film Fund is looking to support 4 emerging filmmakers to create new short films for The Last Word Festival, exploring one or both of the themes of migration and climate change or the intersection of those themes. Deadline - 3 January.

[] The Co-Pro Pitching Sessions present a selection of series projects in development to an audience of key industry decision-makers and are currently accepting submissions. The Pitching Sessions are followed by 1-on-1 meetings with potential financing partners and the winning project is awarded €50k prize. Deadline - 10 January.

[] The Whickers Film & TV Funding Award is awarded annually to an emerging documentary filmmaker, with a main award worth £80,000 and a runner-up contribution of £15,000. Deadline - 31 January.

We have a range of funding opportunities listed on Shooting People for cast and crew, including development money, completion funds, grants and commissions. 'Follow' our Funding page to receive the latest news direct to your inbox (member access only).

#ClimateStoryLab UK

#ClimateStoryLab UK

Doc Society are hosting a 4-day Climate Story Lab in London from March 9th. The Lab will gather 9 of the best creative climate projects to reimagine how they can connect the climate crisis to diverse audiences across the UK. They are looking for up to 9 creative storytelling projects with climate at their heart. Deadline - Friday 6 December.

The Insight New Producer Programme

The Insight New Producer Programme

Are you a producer approaching your first feature? Help is at hand from the BFI NETWORK’s Insight New Producers Programme. This nine-month professional development programme aims to equip 12 emerging producers with the confidence and ability to realise their creative and business ambitions. Deadline - 6 January.

GO LOOK

[] watchAUT, a new Austrian Film Festival is coming to London this December!

[] Watch writer and director Quentin Tarantino share fascinating insights from his longstanding and iconic career at BAFTA.

[] Screenwriters, make sure to have a look at BAFTA’s screenwriters lecture series.

[] Looking to save money on location scouting? You can use Google Earth to scout your next shoot.

[] Nicolas Cage gets role of a lifetime... as Nicolas Cage.

[] Iconic director Kevin Smith talks about heart attacks, vegan diet, and Weinstein.

GO SUBMIT

FLAMIN (2 Dec) / Sci-fi London (3 Dec) / Scriptapalooza (16 Dec) / BFI Flare London LGBTQ+ Film Festival (19 December) / British Independent Film Festival (20 Dec) / Loco Film Festival (5 Jan 2020) / Rare Disease Film Festival (5 Jan) / Flatpack (26 Jan) / Films and Alternate Realities (14 Feb) / Open City Documentary Festival (8 May)

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