Had a bit of feedback from competitions I was involved in recently.
First the British Short Screenplay Competition: I entered this back in June with my first ever screenplay attempt. Visiting their website the other week I had a pleasant surprise to see that my screenplay was on a list of those that had made it through to the 2nd round of judging, dodging at least two cuts I believe. Hurray. Not bad for my first try, a screenplay that quite a few reviewers on Urbis had said was very much a retread on a well explored concept (what isn’t nowadays?). Though sadly when I looked again more recently I found that I had not made it through to the 3rd round. I’ll definitely try again next year. And my writing self has been awoken a little by this small success. I’m now pretty sure that I’ll try to do NaNoWriMo again this year – despite the demands of my C&G course. I’ll just have to not have a social life in November.
2 Days Later Competition: Dan and I, and three of our friends had a crack at making a 10 minute horror movie for this competition. I wrote the script – comprising a massive 4 lines of dialogue and much stage direction. Dan did the camera work. Our friends Scott and Wen starred, and Scott produced. The film was directed by our other friend Matt. For almost all of us it was our first film. Scott had worked on a few short videos for work previously. We learned an awful lot. Our film wasn’t good enough to make it into the evening showing for the competition, but we’re getting screened at the matinee showing instead with the rest of the less lucky entrants. It will be a good chance to go meet up with people further down the filmmaking road than we are now and get to watch some awesome lowbudget short films.