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Saturday, March 01, 2008

My One Regret

I haven't posted in a while as i haven't much news to report, all is quiet on the frontline.

Emily's Song is continuing to play at festivals around the world. It is currently touring in America as part of the International Film Festival of Cinema and Technology. We also recently screened in the Bangkok International Children's Film Festival and at the Kurz Film Festival in Cologne. And although things have slowed down with Emily's Song we are still getting requests to see it from other festival, which is nice.

No news on Bill, For Short, but the festival I've entered don't close their doors for months to come, so I reckon it will be a while before I hear yay of nay. But it's getting a good responce from the few who have seen it, I'm happy to say.

I'm currently helping my friend John Lawlor with his college films, which is loads of fun. We shot a fake commercial for an iPod, which involved a 1985 Steve Jobs in a Back To The Future tie-in, it was funny.

We also completed a 9 minute comedy short this week called "My One Regret." About a guy who has the worst day of his life, where everything goes wrong. I'm the guy!


Me in "My One Regret" a film by John Lawlor.

It involved diving into bathtubs, summer-salting out doorways, running around town and generally acting like a buffoon! But it was fun, I enjoyed it and so far the results have been getting big laughs. Especially from my Dad, who watched it today and almost had a heart attack he laughed so hard at one particular scene! So was worth it for that alone!

Again it comes down to having fun, gorilla style, with digital technology in the "Shut up and Shoot" school of filmmaking. Perhaps the stuff I'm doing right now isn't high-art and I don't expect it to win any awards, but hell, it's good fun and getting home stiff and sore from spending the day rolling around like a fool and laughing is a good feeling, I'd recommend it to anyone!

I'm starting to write the next in our series of "Shut up and Shoot" films, another comedy, which is a bit more complicated then the last three, but should be loads of fun and hopefully very funny. I'll keep you posted on what's to come.

On the grander projects, I have finished the second draft of "Ghoster" and I'm happy with it. There are still some changes I want to make. I feel like I need to get deeper into the characters and the subtleties of their relationships. I'm only touching on it now, but I could take it much further.

"The Race" is still being sent around and we're looking at the possibility of shooting it in Australia! I'm talking to a producer down there who is interested in it. Hopefully some more news there in the coming months.

I'm back working on another draft of "The Wolf of Nevermore." I'm excited about it. I made a lot of changes and I think it skips along at a much better pace with a lot more going on. I've been dying to make a Horror film since I started writing, but a certain kind of horror, there's a type of foreboding atmosphere I want to capture. That feeling you get when walk through a forrest at dusk, just as the sun has dipped behind the horizon and darkness is coming and you suddenly realise you're not quite sure how to get out, panic rises... I love that feeling and I think I know how to get it with this script.

Well, that's all from me for now. It just leaves me to congratulate Darren Thornton for his continued success on "Frankie," it has been doing amazing business. Having won at Cork and Galway it has gone one to recieve the UIP Prix at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival, which automatically qualifies it for the European Film Awards. So well done there, long may it run.

I also just wanted to say that I'm delight the guys won the Oscar for Once! I loved that movie and I found it very moving to see those guys on stage recieving that little gold statue! And I was excited to see Daniel Day-Lewis pick up the Oscar!

That's me! Hope all is well readers, whoever you may be?! Please feel free to leave comments, ask questions, I'd be happy respond. Thanks!

Bye for now
Frank