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MannIN Shorts - The Story So Far...
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Our latest mailing list gave exciting news about our scheme for 2014... Read it all here:
2014: Not the title of a new disaster movie, but rather, the year that we should finally be able to run the scheme in the way we had always envisaged, back in 2010.
Yes, it looks like we may have locked in enough support - from names that will be revealed very soon - that should enable us to: hold monthly workshops; regularly invite guest professionals to come speak to us/share their skills with/ work alongside us; hold regular screenings and film nights; re-start our Writers Gatherings; create a really great website packed with filmmaker fun stuff and training elements and lots, lots more. Not to mention MAKE SOME FILMS! Every film starts with a story.
That in mind, at the meeting we announced the:-
2nd MannIN Shorts Screenplay Competition
Get writing NOW, as the initial deadline is going to be midnight (GMT) January 24th 2014.
Screenplays will be sifted and shortlisted to final 6; those 6 will then be workshopped with professional screenwriters then resubmitted to the Judging Panel, who will choose the three MannIN Shorts Screenplays for 2014. Those three films will then be made in conjunction with a series of monthly workshops to get crew/cast up to speed. The shoots themselves will be the final part of the 'training' for 2014, as they will also be run with an element of shadowing from industry professionals.
Each of the three films will qualify to have up to 50% of their budget provided by the scheme (via a party we will reveal very soon) - with the Producers then sourcing the other 50% as part of their training.
Return of the Writers Gatherings
Whether you're already a seasoned screenwriter with festival wins under your belt, or have never written a screenplay in your life but have an idea you're desperate to bring to screen, we all need creative encouragement and inspiration. So we thought we'd bring back our 'Writers Gatherings' to help kickstart the process. These are very informal, fun and a really great way to get started. You just need to show up on the night, no need to book a place. They will be led by the lovely Rosie, who will offer a few tools at the start of the night to get things moving, but then it's up to you all to make of the evening what you will.
The first one will be a week today - on the evening of Tuesday 3rd December meeting at the Crosby Pub at 7pm.
Isle of Man Film Festival 2013
Check out all the fantastic stuff happening at IOMFF2013 here: isleofmanfilmfestival.com. The programme of events includes feature film premieres, Future Shorts film nights across the Island, screenings with Writers/Directors in attendance, panel events and the legendary Guerilla Filmmakers Workshop.
We are also excited to be previewing three of the films made within our scheme over the past year, on the Saturday night of the festival, so be sure to get your tickets well in advance as the venue is limited on space and several of the nights are expected to sell out!
PHOTOS OF EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS
For more photos, along with regular updates about all our events, visit our Facebook Page.
Easter 2013 Film School
Isle of Man Film Festival 2012
Behind the Scenes pics from shoot of 'Closet'
Will Sutton as 'Bobby', and DP John Craine on camera (fore) James Hills, Assistant Camera with Emma Poyntz, continuity Sam Waters clapping the Closet
Behind scenes pics from first day of 'Solace' shoot
Writer Nat readies for Shot 1 Take 1; Liam, Daniyel & Bruno prep the shot; Andy(Dir) & Andy (AD) ponder the heavens...
Scene Stealer Part One? Done.
'The Graduate' - recreated
Congrats to Producer Emily Cook, Directors Gary and Katy Myers and the fabulous crew that worked on our first 'Scene Stealer Challenge', shot on Monday and being edited as we speak (or type).
With Lacey MacDonald on design duties and the unstoppable Ady Hall as DP and camera op (assisted by Dave Armstrong), the team had to deconstruct then recreate the iconic 'Are you trying to seduce me?' scene from the film, as faithfully as possible.
They did an incredible job, as did Matt Corcoran (as Ben) and Ashley Bentley (as Mrs Robinson), with extreme attention to detail that is sure to pay off. Especial thanks to Dorothy at The Hop Garden - her support as location owner went well beyond what was expected, she even supplied sarnies & pies for the hungry crew!
Next up, Bev Lawley and her crew are to recreate the 'Here's Johnny!' scene from The Shining. Rumour has it she's been on the phone to Jack Nicholson's agent, in an attempt to surpass Emily's efforts & distract the judges by playing the A-List card...tut tut Bev! ;) We can't wait to see the finished shorts.
Welcome to MannIN Shorts!
“MannIN Shorts”, based on the Isle of Man, is a new initiative to provide a platform for hopeful filmmakers of any age to build their skills, develop their ideas and make films right here on the rock.
To find out how you can be a part, get involved, learn from the scheme etc, visit 'the scheme' page.
Also, if you're an aspiring filmmaker, visit our 'tips&tools' section for links to useful resources on everything from scriptwriting to directing actors to special fx.