Building a Better Site and Engine for Create 50

For the last month or so we have been Beta testing and building the new site for the next Create50. Key to this new site is community and creative interaction. People can, and are encouraged, to offer feedback and collaborate on projects and scripts. And so far it’s coming along very nicely. For the tech […]

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Create 50… Which idea do you think we should do?

So we are VERY close to launching the next Create 50 after the success of ‘50 Kisses’ and I wanted to ask for your feedback on some ideas we have before we commit and launch. You can get more information on the last feature film we made on the 50 Kisses website HERE. We have […]

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We did it! Funded AND Stretch Funded in under 24 hours!

YES! Patrick and Tila can now find a home! Yesterday afternoon, when I saw that our campaign hit the front page of IndieGoGo, because we apparently had the GoGoFactor, I know we were headed for success. If you missed the story, you can read it HERE, but in short, two of our LSF volunteers from […]

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LSF volunteers Tila and Patrick had all their money stolen by a devious con-artist and are homeless… Let’s get them back on track!

CONTRIBUTE HERE Tila and Patrick are two of our wonderful volunteers who offer their time and incredible support to The London Screenwriters’ Festival and delegates. They make a difference in peoples lives. Last Autumn they took a huge risk and flew over from Canada to the UK, not just because they love London, but because […]

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Life is occuring…

For the past four months or so I have been pretty much offline, off social media and not updating my blog. Life has thrown me some pretty significant curve balls. Last summer, Lucia and I underwent IVF. We were delighted that on our very first round we had success! We now know (pretty much down […]

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Talent is great but relationships get you hired: top ten tips to getting the gig in film and TV (aside from your talents)

Talent is great but relationships get you hired. I offered this advice via Facebook to a filmmaker friend today who was frustrated after applying for a mountain of jobs (mainly in TV production) and getting virtually no traction, let alone interest or meetings / interviews. Film and television is a highly social business and this […]

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Top Quotes from spectacle-meister Cecil B. Demille

The first film that impacted on me significantly was ‘The Ten Commandments’ which I believe was the first film I saw in a cinema. It was, for a five year old by in the seventies, a quasi religious experience that has never left me. Whether god truly exists or not, to me, God was present […]

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Will you be forced to register for VAT? New VAT Rules From January 1st and how the will impact you as a filmmaker, screenwriter or digital creator

This one new rule could force so many of us out of the exciting new world of selling our creativity online. I have run several companies over the years and almost always I have registered for VAT (value added tax), the advantages being clear to me, and ultimately. the turnover of these companies forcing me […]

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Listen to the filmmakers and screenwriters ‘chat track’ for ‘50 Kisses’ and find out how they did it

We released ’50 Kisses’ online last week and today we are releasing the official DVD chat track for the movie today. On this version of the film, over 30 of the filmmakers and writers discuss their experiences of ’50 Kisses’ and just how it all came together for them. The film is played in slow […]

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’50 Kisses’ Released Online on Christmas Day… Looking back at the journey

Download ’50 Kisses’ as MP4 (1.8gb) CLICK HERE Right click and save the file to your computer. 50 Kisses will be released online on Christmas day 2014, for viewing online and download for viewing on your own device. It’s been a LONG road to this day, with great highs and challenging lows. Like every movie, […]

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Stop Wasting Your Time And Make Your Damn Art

Guest post by writer and filmmaker Luke Kondor I’m going to get serious with you. The odds are, you’re never going to make it. Not as an artist, a writer, a filmmaker, whatever. You’re going to spend your life ‘trying’ to make it until the day you lose the energy and resign yourself to a […]

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Why I think The Sony Hack and email revelations are shocking and deplorable

As the Sony Hack spins in myriad directions, one thing that seems to have been swept under the carpet has been bothering me. In this internet age of trying to find the balance between internet free speech and that of online privacy, I have been somewhat staggered at how many people have ignored the privacy […]

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Casting: Top Eight Tips For Nailing An Audition For A Commercial

I asked my actress friend Vanessa Bailey (@vbaileyactor ), who makes a living as an actress appearing in commercials, just how and why she gets so many gigs. Here are her top eight tips for actors who want to nail an audition for a commercial. Do apply for everything Even if you don’t get the […]

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50 Kisses Will Premiere Online on Xmas Day

Following the news that 50 Kisses has been rejected from Sundance (thanks LA based Marlowes for chasing it), we can announce that there is no reason to hold back the movie from the internet. On Xmas day, you will be able to watch 50 Kisses online, download an MP4 (for your own device) and embed […]

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Steven Spielberg: Top 15 Quotes for filmmakers and storytellers

As a kid, no director inspired me more than Spielberg. Sure there were others whose work was hugely influential, John Carpenter and Ridley Scott foremost. But Spielberg remained the person I most admired, someone whose films I wanted to model, whose career I wanted to emulate. Perhaps it’s because he started his filmmaking career by […]

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