Time to celebrate upcoming (or existing) stuff from friends and colleagues.
First up is Dan Turner's feature film The Man Inside. It's a thriller centered on a young boxer trying to distance himself from his father's gangster past and the relationship with his trainer. It stars Michelle Ryan, Peter Mullan, Bashy and David Harewood. TRAILER!
I'm pleased to say I was involved in the early script development process of The Man Inside (Screen East hiring me as script editor), and it was great to work with Dan on the script as he's very receptive to notes and isn't afraid to challenge himself and the story to get the best results (see what he had to say about us working together here, plus a nice testimonial for my consultancy page here). The film went on to be script edited by the one and only Jason Arnopp, and I can't wait to see the finished product. Check out Dan's blog for his ongoing breakdown of how he developed the film, from script to screen. Well worth checking out.
In some breaking news, Dan's teamed up with the mighty warlord James Moran to set up a series of hands-on workshops to share their experiences and to help budding creatives improve their skills. It's called Studio 5, based in Elstree Studios. FULL DETAILS HERE.
Elsewhere, one of my old (young) writing students from Leeds Film School, Peter Handford, has made a horror film with fellow Leeds alumni, Bethany Clift. It's called Heretic. LOGLINE! 'After he refuses to accept responsibility for the death of a teenage girl a Catholic Priest is trapped and terrorised in a house haunted by those he should have saved.' TRAILER!
For more details, check out the website.
Now, have you heard of The Amazing Guerrier Brothers? Non? You will. Simon & Tom Guerrier. They're brothers. They're amazing. I nabbed them to work on Origin (*cough* the AWARD-WINNING Origin *cough*) a couple of years ago and since then, they've made their own films. Their most recent one was for the Sci-Fi 48 Hour challenge. They finished the film but missed the deadline. Simon's blogged about how they planned & made the film, and what went terribly wrong. Some great bits of insight and info there. Read that, then watch the film here.
What else, what else? You p̶r̶o̶b̶a̶b̶l̶y̶ ̶d̶o̶n̶'̶t̶ may remember from the very first Frolleague update that Lara Greenway and Lucy Hay were busy making feature film, Deviation, with writer/director JK Amalou, and starring Danny Dyer. It had a recent cinema release but if you missed it, fear not, as you can buy the DVD here. TRAILER!
Brett Snelgrove is making an animated sci-fi web series (as you do). It's called New Eden, and it looks frakkin' awesome.
My podcast frolleague, Tim Clague, is busy in pre-production on his debut feature film, Friend Request. It's a unique story told entirely from the character's POV (literally). This approach poses some technical challenges so Tim went out and shot a short film test of his new POVcam, and you can follow his progress on the Facebook page. Here's Tim's introduction to the POVcam.
I bring you back to that original Frolleague update for the point of these posts: "...keep busy, keep active and keep working. Get your inspiration from wherever you can. Don't get sucked into a rut or knocked sideways by a rejection. Take it on yourself to do something or change something about your profile. What are you doing to stand out? There's more to writing than just writing, although ultimately that's what it all comes down to, so don't let it fall by the wayside either. Don't let online or other networking activities become the centrepiece of your profile. Let it inform and inspire, but stay focused on what really matters."