Yup... that's right... I won the Smoke & Mirrors 48 Hour Film Challenge! This is great news on so many levels, non more so than the main prize, which is a first-look development deal for a feature film.
Despite the hang-over, I'm incredibly excited and just want to say thanks again to everyone who helped out on the film.
You can check out what my production company had to say about it and watch the film here...
So, a few weeks back, I entered the Smoke & Mirrors 48 Hour Film Challenge - a theme is announced at 7pm on Friday and you have until 7pm on Sunday to write, film and edit a 5 minute film... which is not easy.
With the help of a stunning cast and wonderful crew, my film has been short listed for the final. Very fun news for a Friday.
Screen-grab from the film - titled Lost & Found
A massive thank you to cast...
Lisa Cawthorne and James Merry
Alan Stewart - DOP
Will Jasper - 1st AD
Claudia Brewster - Production Designer
Avshalom Caspi - Composer
Brian Greenway - Focus Puller
Claire Pie - Clapper Loader
Gabriella Thorpe - Make Up
Jake Whitelee - Sound Mixer
Marc Specter - Sound Supervisor
Udit Duseja - Sound Effects Designer
With additional thanks to...
Sam George and Adam Saward at Another Film Company
Arri Media for camera kit
Panalux for lights
A massive thank you to the Ventura Film Festival for awarding Lab Rats with the BEST SHORT FILM AWARD!!! This is beginning to be a bit of a habit. Now I'd better get on and open up Photoshop... I need to find space on the poster for another set of laurels!
Lab Rats has made the Official Selection for the Ventura Film Festival, a very cool festival in the very, very cool town of Ventura (about an hour north of LA). Not only that, but they have selected Lab Rats to open the festival! A big red carpet extravaganza will kick the whole thing off, followed by a special screening of West Side Story, followed by the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Academy Award Winner George Chakaris... then... wait for it... a screening of Lab Rats followed by a kick-ass after party! And yes, you guessed it, I can't go... again! And yes, I'm annoyed. But hang on a minute - West Side Story side by side with my film, opening the festival... How annoyed can I be.
...well, New Jersey anyway. Lab Rats has made the Official Selection for the Hoboken Film Festival. It is screening at 4pm on Tuesday June 7th at the Cedar Lane Cinema, Teaneck, NJ. Once again, I can't make it (am I ever going to get to see my own film play at one of these!?) so if any of you New Yorkers are able to go, I'd love to hear what you think. The first New Yorker to post a comment on this blog after the screening, gets a special prize...
So, I just got back from shooting a commercial in Barcelona. I'd love to tell you all about it, but it's all very hush-hush, so I've got to keep it under wraps for now. In the mean time, here's a picture of me with the security team that was there especially for the top secret celebrity star of the ad... Check out that guy on the right!? My head doesn't even come up to his shoulders!?
Did I happen to mention that I'd made a short film...? Anyway, Lab Rats is screening in LA on Sunday at the Los Angeles Comedy Fest. This is a great festival to get into. Sadly I can't go... I'm shooting a commercial in Barcelona, so don't feel too sorry for me.
If you happen to be in the area, go check it out and let me know what you think...