Monday, 28 December 2009

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Tricky Women

An Eyeful of Sound will be screening at the Tricky Women Festival in Vienna in March. It's a lovely festival, I went last year and it was incredibly warm, welcoming and stimulating. Plus, this is how they serve their coffee in Vienna:


British animator Lizzy Hobbs did the trailer for the 2010 festival, which you should be able to see here. SO gorgeous.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Berlinale Talent Campus

Blimey, I've been offered a place on the Berlinale Talent Campus. I applied a few months ago, as it seems I am incapable of knowingly letting a deadline slide by without bunging in an application (it explains so many of my career choices), but with no real expectation of getting anywhere.

The Berlinale Talent Campus has been running since 2003, and is held alongside the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival (also called the Berlinale). The talent campus is meant to be for up and coming film makers, cinematographers, editors, film critics, actors etc. It's a huge brain-storming, networking extravaganza of master classes, talks, workshops and creative buzziness. There's no age limit (which is good), and they choose 350 people from around 5000 applicants worldwide. See, that whole paragraph just terrifies me to read back.

However, this is such an amazing opportunity, I have to go for it. I sent along a clip from An Eyeful of Sound as part of my application, which is very heartening, so someone likes it. I'll pack industrial quantities of Rescue Remedy, and a lot of showreels. If anyone has participated in the Talent Campus, or has any advice, it will be gratefully received!

Saturday, 19 December 2009

B - side

I was interested to hear from the London Short Film Festival that they're using B Side, a web site which allows film makers and, crucially, audience members interact with the festival schedule. You can build your own schedule, review films you've seen and create a buzz about films by viewing their page.

For me as a film maker it means I can customise my films listing, with film stills, synopses and even trailers and film clips. It's cool because usually you're at the mercy of what the festival wants to say about you and your film - you send them a synopsis and then they can write something totally different. This system doesn't preclude that, but it lets you add and modify.

I feel a bit mixed about this, on one hand it's nice to make a bit more of a splash with your work (and I have a gazillion stills that I'm really happy to get out there) but on the other hand it panders to my control freakin' side that really can't let it go...


Monday, 14 December 2009

Animated Exeter

Eyeful of Sound will be screened at the Animated Exeter festival in February (11-20), as part of the Screen Out Loud programme, where it will be up for the Independent Talent Award.

I'm delighted for obvious reasons, but also partly because I studied at Exeter Uni and it will be lovely to go back and see some of my old haunts.