Friday, April 07, 2006

Weekend Noticeboard

FAST TRACK FILMS presents in association with the NPA (New Producers Alliance)

Friday 21st April 2006
9.30am - 5.00 pm @ SOAS Brunei Gallery - Russell Square London

For more information and to book please click through to our website:- Fast Track Films, where you can secure your ticket for this unique event at the reduced price of £ 99 .00 plus vat. A unique one day Industry event for you if you want to be successful in the UK film and TV industry. Designed by film makers for new film makers. Aimed at rookies in the industry or maybe you want a change of Direction. Learn from the experts. Find out to how avoid costly mistakes that people don't tell you.
Email: or call us 0870 919 2801


Tuesday 25th April
18.30 for a 19.00 start
BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly
FREE NPA/BAFTA Members, £20 Non-Members
The nuts and bolts of production.

Concentrating on the shoot itself. We will be looking at location issues such as health and safety, Police matters and liaising with the Borough film officers. Also on the agenda will be insurance issues and solving practical location problems. With so much work already taken care of, you would be advised to pay attention to these matters, alongside other potential pitfalls such as catering, working with stunts and making sure you have enough of the right kind of on set photographs to make your shoot as beneficial to you in the long term as possible.

What is the detailed role of the location manager / line producer / and production manager on the set?. What does the 1st / 2nd ADÌs take responsibility for and how do you work with the HODÌs to ensure a smooth shoot?



The East London Comedy Script Writer's Group is hosting a screenplay reading on April 8th, at the Pitcher and Piano, 69-70 Dean Street in Soho.

"Pretending to be American" is a romantic/comedy about a lazy, American man, Ronald, forced to travel to India, to find his mother when she gets kidnapped by the great Robert Clive. While there, Ronald falls in love with a girl and then looses her when he's unable break free of his domineering mother.

Underneath the comedy the film is a reflection upon the hopelessness many now feel when they think of America. In 1919 Britain was at the height of its power. It was the center of an Empire which covered over 25% of the world's land. But in a generation the Empire was gone. Today the call centers of Bangalore are filled with Indians pretending to be American. But tomorrow they may no longer need to pretend. For tomorrow they may actually be the Americans, and America itself may become like Britain, a sort of shadow of a once great Empire.

The script will be read by a cast of 10 actors and comedians. This script is now in a "finished" state, and will go into to preproduction during the summer of 2005. The film is to be shot in India. We have raised about half of our estimated budget and will soon be looking for the remaining financing. This project represents an opportunity for a producer who would feel comfortable dealing with an international project which spans America, Britain and India.

Please RSVP, to script_reading*at*



Propeller TV is a new national channel for film and television talent and will be able to offer a free European platform for filmmakers to showcase their work on SKY when launched on Channel 289 on February 6th. As a non profit making company, working closely with regional development agencies, and the Sector Skills council, the channel is available as a broadcast resource to help further the careers of new film and television talent.

Funding from the Digital cluster, learning and skills council, higher education funding council (through the NTI), and from the industry itself, means that there is no cost for airtime, or linked web promotion. Any of the sponsorship being offered to the channel will be re-distributed via appropriate screen agency networks into a filmmaker production fund.

The channel, classified by SKY as part of the entertainment genre on the EPG (Electronic Programming Guide), will sit along side the likes of BBC3, E4 and Bravo as the outlet to see first broadcast talent. Content produced by screen agency supported independents, film and television training centres of excellence, film festivals and new film making initiative will showcase a vibrant mix of original unseen programming.

The Film First strand of the channel is looking for short films to be considered for broadcast. They can be any length and genre. You don't have to be Spielberg to be considered for the channel, you could be an independent filmmaker or even a community-based group.

Please send films (DVD preferred) for broadcast consideration to:
John Offord,
Propeller TV,
c/o Screen Yorkshire,
46 The Calls,

For more information please visit Propeller TV.


Raindance Film Festival Opens For Submissions

Hard to believe, but it's that time of year again. Time for us to start accepting entries for this year's festival.

Festival dates have been set for 27 September to 8 October, and we'll be taking submissions from now until July 1st.

Whether you have a short, a feature, a music video, a documentary or a kids film, we'll happily consider it - to find the submission form, along with the rules and regulations, please click below.

Click Raindance for details.


Coming Up

Coming Up is the only talent scheme currently in the UK where new film-makers have the opportunity to make an authored drama with a guaranteed network broadcast. The scheme is run by Channel 4 and IWC Media in partnership with Skillset. Coming Up is looking to make 8 challenging and individual films from the best new talent in the UK.

We'll be looking for bold ideas, strong voices, originality, ambition and wit. Each film will be for a ½ hour C4 slot and must: push boundaries in a way that wouldn’t / couldn’t be done in mainstream drama; be contemporary; be shot in 4 days on a limited budget; and be largely, but not exclusively, young and urban. The closing date for applications is 18 April 2006 – see the following links for more details:

Coming Up



Skillset, Samuelson launch new scheme for emerging producers

UK training body Skillset and production company Samuelson Productions have launched a new producer training programme.

Skillset and Samuelson will select eight up-and-coming producers and place them in a rotation at some major film companies for nine months.
For more information visit New Producer Training.


Straight Curve is running four week courses designed to give students who have finished their studies the opportunity to make and own their own 10 minute short movie without having to spend money on equipment and without having to search for a production team to help them. Further information can be found at Straight Curve.



on 2 May 2006

With Producer Robin Gutch

of Warp X Films as co-chair


To book your ticket email State whether you are an actor or writer, director, producer or development executive

Rocliffe New Writing


The Wormhole Saloon III at The Whitechapel Gallery

On 23rd of June, an intensive evening of surround sound installation and visuals. CALL FOR PROPOSALS for visual art, arty shorts, surround sound work or installations. Email proposals to
Deadline: 28th April .
More info on New Toy


Global-Eyes intern for the Summer session - 10 June - 25 August 2006

We are now in the process of reviewing and accepting applications for this session. Please note that we have a new website and address at
Global Eyes World.


Have a great weekend everybody.

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