Darren Scales learns about scoring his film

Darren Scales has been working on his sci-fi epic “The Drift” since August 2011, and the movie is now in post production, scheduled for a Christmas 2013 release. He’s recently been working on the original musical score. As well as producing this low budget movie, Darren (who describes himself as the executive bully,) has regularly updated his production video diary “Driftcasts”. Here’s the latest episode, in which Darren meets with James the Score, composer for THE DRIFT, and asks him what it takes to write a score:

THE DRIFT is Backyard Productions’ latest venture. A completely original Sci Fi adventure set 100 years from now… Continue reading

Universal Pictures’ Emerging Writers Fellowship

From Marcella Forster:

The Emerging Writers Fellowship is an exciting new program at Universal Pictures designed to identify and cultivate new and unique voices with a passion for storytelling. We are looking for talented screenwriters who have the potential to thrive, but don’t have access to or visibility within the industry.

Universal Pictures’ will entertain applications for the fellowship beginning on September 3, 2013. Interested applicants should submit an original screenplay as well as additional background materials in order to be considered. All semi-finalists will then be asked to submit a second screenplay. Ten finalists will be selected and interviewed in Los Angeles. Up to five fellows will be chosen to participate in the program.

Full details and application

Make a trailer for the Giffgaff challenge

From Micaela Levachyov:

Here’s a fantastic film-related challenge – a chance to show off your film making skills and win some great entertainment prizes. The challenge is called ‘Tailor a Trailer’ and we’re looking for people to create a trailer for an imaginary film, related to mobile phones in some way. It must be under 40 seconds in length and can be whatever genre: action, horror, comedy, drama, etc. Entries close 20th of August 2013. Full information on the Giffgaff blog.

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TomSka runs YouTube for a day

LSM graduate Tom Ridgewell, alias TomSka – was selected as one of only seven individuals from the entire YouTube community to curate the site for a day, as part of a global online event celebrating all things science fiction, comics and gaming.

“Geek Week” is YouTube’s second themed content strand following the recent “Comedy Week”, and Tom, who has over two million subscribers on YouTube, was invited to launch the event. Continue reading

Barbican Shorts 2013

Short film submissions are invited for screenings at the Barbican‘s Framed Festival. Films must be under 10 minutes and must link to one of the following themes: ‘Imagine’, ‘Insight’, ‘Slice of Life’ or ‘Taboo’. For ages 16-25: Full details.

 Barbican Young Programmers 

An opportunity to programme and review films for Barbican film festivals and monthly events. For ages 16-24. Apply by 2nd August. Also, our Documentary Showcase, judged by Polly Nash, is open to submissions from filmmakers aged 16-30 until 1 August.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and Baltic Film and Media School of Tallinn University are calling for entries for Student & Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers (19 – 23 November 2013). The deadline for submitting entries is 15th September 2013, and the festival is billed as “.the only international short film festival IN THE WORLD that gathers a film lover, a filmmaker, an industry professional and a film student under the common denominator – a sleepwalker. We call a filmmaker whose short film story runs its course in a dream pace a sleepwalker. Once a year, our mission is to mark these four sleepwalkers, whose vision brings praise and glory to the short film kind. They are our ambassadors!” Continue reading

Cinema and Graham Greene

Lincoln Film Festival, 6.30 p.m.Tuesday 25th June, LPAC: Screening: The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949, UK, 104 mins). One of British cinema’s most enduring and atmospheric thrillers, this endlessly watchable adaptation of Greene’s Cold War spy classic set in the backstreets of ravaged Vienna helped make Orson Welles a screen star.

Ticket price: £5 full, £4 concessions [including LFS members]. Free glass of wine from 5.30pm

Discussion led by Professor Neil Sinyard, Lincoln Visiting Professor for Film and Director of the Graham Greene Festival.

Aleysha Minns – student film producer

Being a producer for a low budget student film is extremely hard work, especially if you are part of a large group with such big aspirations for our final project at university. Continue reading

Lego book film competition

From Sarah Swindells, Octopus Publishing Group. We’ve published a book called Brick City: Lego for Grown Ups by Warren Elsmore. To celebrate it, we’re asking people to submit a short film or animation, under a minute long. The only condition is it has to have at least one Lego constructed building in it. This competition ends at midnight on the 30th June. We’ve extended the entire thing to allow people more time. Continue reading

Degree show programme now on line

The School of Media Degree Show 2013 starts at midday on Wednesday 5th June and ends midday on Friday 7th June. The show is open to the public, free of charge, so why not drop in to the school by the pool for a real media treat? You can pick up a programme at the degree show reception desk in the Atrium from 5th June, or to help you plan ahead, Ben Atkinson has produced a web version of the Show programme.