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Making Movies In Your Underpants

Throughout my life, when I'm lucky enough to get a film into a festival, a certificate like this arrives in the mail. A participation certificate, an award or receipt of in-competition selection into this or that international film festival.

I'm usually indoors when it comes - working on a screenplay. Sometimes it's arrives in a quiet email. Sometimes it's a letter which comes with great pizza deals and white good sales. Other times it's registered mail and I don't hear the knock (I check my peep-hole regularly but always seem to miss the knock).

This particular certificate is from Germany. It's nice. Maybe it's worth a frame. It arrived with a well-produced booklet, stills from A Stone Throw and a short synopsis. I always have to haul out myWorld Atlas to see where the city is. Sometimes I get the country wrong. It's always interesting to read how other cultures summarise a film you've been working on for years. I'm probably in bed - or writing - or web-designing or having a coffee with friends when my films screen.

I work from home - so I'm usually here.

I'm about to shoot Yellow, a no-budget feature film - right here in my house. I'm writing this BLOG on my non-linear editing machine and the finished film will be streamed online to a distribution server in HD quality. I've had my eye on several online distributors and I'm watching Telstra (yes, the phone company). By the time Yellow is cut, scored and mixed, I will probably YouTube the film for international festival pre-selection, do a few podcasts for publicity and then walk around the corner to post my Blu-Ray disc for big screen viewing.

Most of this time, I might as well be wearing underpants.

In the Can
Short Film Screenings
Saturday 13th, 8pm Bar 138, 138 Barrack Street Perth

The In-the-Can people offered to donate teh door sales at a local film night. Come along if you've nothing to do this Saturday night and you're in Perth. We'll probably make enough at the door to pay for batteries, sandwich bread and tape for the Yellow shoot.

I'm really keen to make a no-budget film before I do the budget one. I want a fun, creative, happy experience before I embark on another Kafka-esque procedural nightmare.

Hope to see you there.

Comments

Simone said…
Hi!
Just came here from Graeme Watson's blog :)
If you have another 'In the Can', would be able to let me know (there's a contact form on my blog), so I can put it in the event calendar and in the 'what's on this week'.
Thanks :)

Simone
The In-the-can short film screenings will probably happen once a month. They are still finalising venues so as soon as I know where and when, I'll let you know. So - about 3 weeks to go yet.

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