If anyone is up for a challenge, read on…
This Wednesday 27th at 7pm (Central London) we are holding a “Blur the Line” workshop with a difference. We did try in a previous workshop to shoot a scene that required a character to cast a spell whilst chanting on top of a rooftop of a sky scraper overlooking the City of London skyline. Unfortunately getting such a prime location seems beyond the means of a workshop. But I never say never. So instead a solution is to shoot the scene in green screen.
Below are some rough 3D modelling rendered out from Octane Render that I did. There is texture warping here, will be fixed later. Once I’ve added some weathering in textures too, then it will also start to look more real. This environment can move in 360 degrees which is what we need.
So the idea is to use markers placed on a green screen and then track them to get the camera movement that allows the 3D model and background to match the camera movement, and hence the actor.
The actor (playing The Prince of Demons) will be standing on the gravel to the right of the silos. The actual scene to shoot is a minute long approx.
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Here is a link to placing markers on green screen www.hollywoodcamerawork.us/greenscreenplates.html
To reserve a place, please email
For further info on what “Blur the Line” workshops are about, continue reading
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The London Screenwriters’ Festival 2013 – it’s like Glastonbury, only for screenwriters and filmmakers,
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Anyone who went to either of the last two Kino screenings will testify: their new venue, Electrowerz, is pretty damn cool. When not hosting the likes of our oh-so-fabulous film night, they make ends meet by showcasing buzzworthy bands like Theme Park, Youth Lagoon, and Braids, and are the venue of choice for hipster weddings. So demand is high, making an early August date difficult to obtain. They thought you’d prefer to spend those days desperately soaking up what’s left of this almighty heatwave anyway, and have …opted to host the fifty-third installment of Kino London slightly later this month, on the 20th August, when they can expect a respectable 18°C – pretty damn cool. Join them for a short film night like no other in London. WANT TO SCREEN AT KINO #53? As always, filmmakers register in advance to screen their short at each event, sight unseen. There are no themes, no pre-selection and no restrictions, other than:
- films must be under 6 minutes
- films must be on DVD
- films must include the Kino logo + screening number (53) at the end, just for our screening
- the filmmaker must present the film in person.
Screening slots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’d like to screen your short drop them a line ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org They’ll need your name, the title and duration of your film, along with your contact details. WANT TO MAKE FILMS WITH THEM? Alongside the open-mic shorts they initiate a new filmmaking project each month that anyone at all can take part in. This month’s team of challengees are in the process of making ‘Reality without the emotion of love’, the results of which shall be pragmatically screened at Kino #53. If you want to take part in August’s challenge session, it’s easy. Just coming along to their screening on 20th August and volunteer. They’ll co-ordinate the team there and then. After that it’s up to you! They’ll also have an extra-special two-week filmmaking challenge between August and September’s screenings. More details about that on the night. If you’ve never made a short, are stuck for an idea, or just want to work with new people, the Kino Challenge is a great way to get those filmmaking juices flowing.
Kino’s Open-Mic Short Film Night (#53)
Tuesday 20th August
at ELECTROWERKZ (AKA ISLINGTON METALWORKS)
7 Torrens Street
Nearest tube: Angel
Doors at 7:30pm, films start 8:15pm
£4 entry, £3 with flyer (save some paper and get it on your phone)
Details Online: http://bit.ly/160zZDW
Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1396684510551375/
After a successful first year, we are excited to confirm that the London Feminist Film Festival will return for its second year! From now until the end of August, they are looking for submissions of feminist films from women filmmakers around the world. The deadline is 31st August 2013.
• Women directors from any country may enter. In the case of multiple directors, all should be women.
• Films should deal with feminist issues and/or be feminist in their representation of women.
• Films can be of any length or genre, and from any year.
• Non-English language films should be presented in English-subtitled versions.
Full details can found here
Abertoir, the National Horror Festival of Wales, are looking for professionally made submissions, which may be hosted online (streamed online or file transfer) or on DVD (NTSC/PAL). If selected, DCP (digital cinema) is their preferred screening method, however they are also able to show 35mm, digibeta, HDCam, bluray or DVD. All entries must be received by July 29th 2013. No late entries will be accepted. They are unable to return screeners. There is no submission fee.
They are looking for professionally made features for inclusion in their lineup and welcome submissions from all over the world. Previous films have found sales agents from inclusion in Abertoir’s program. Features should be over 60 minutes and submissions that have received a general UK release (theatrically or on DVD) before the festival will not be accepted. Members of the audience will be voting throughout the festival to determine the Audience Award for Best Film.
The maximum running time for each short film is 15 minutes. Submissions must have been made in 2012/2013. Entries are accepted from around the world however films from the EU will be eligible for the Méliès d’Argent award. The overall winning short film will win the Abertoir Short Film Award. Successful entrants will be responsible for transport of their film. Audience members will be asked to rate each film shown on a scale of 1 to 5. Whether independent or big budget, we are looking for professionally made entries for inclusion in our lineup. Fantasy as well as horror will be considered.
The Méliès d’Argent Award for Best European Short Film
They are proud to be part of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation, and eligible short films will be competing towards the highly esteemed Méliès d’Argent for Best European Short Film. The winner of this will additionally be given a nomination for the Méliès d’Or Award for the Best European Fantastic Short Film, to be awarded at the 2013 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain. To be eligible, short films must be under 15 minutes, made in 2012 or 2013, be European and cover fantasy or horror
Full details can be found here
Submissions are now open for Greenhorn Short Film Festival 2013.
After a very successful year in 2012 they are back and looking for submissions for this years festival.Greenhorn Short Film Festival was founded to celebrate new and emerging film making talent with an unusual slant. The festival provides a platform for the best upcoming film makers to screen and discuss their work, while offering the audience a unique insight into the creative process through post screening Q&A sessions.
The selected films will be screened as part of the Greenhorn Short Film Festival 2013 on the 6th – 7th October, which the Directors are invited to attend. They accept films from all genres, including (but not limited to): Documentary, Artist Moving Image, Drama/Fiction, Animation, Music Video, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller and anything else you can think of! Films must be under 15 minutes in length.
To submit a film please visit their website:
The news that British film producer and writer Joseph Lang died last month at the age of 33 was a considerable shock to many in the film industry here. He was a very talented individual working independently who produced some excellent films and had the great success of seeing two of his productions, Thomas Clay’s “The great ecstasy of Robert Carmichael” and “Soi Cowboy” get into competition at Cannes. It was a shock for many people at Non-Multiplex Cinema as we got to know him when we hosted a screening of Soi Cowboy at the ICA. We would therefore like to send our condolences to his family and friends.
Crowd funding has become so accessible and realistic an alternative (as well as supplement) to traditional fund-raising, that it can no longer be easily dismissed or ignored by serious private investors as a marginal option for small-time fund seekers. The event is organised by Film Means Business. The panelists:- Chris Jones – director / producer / Creative Director of London Screenwriters’ Festival, Emily James – director / producer, Elliot Grove – founder of Raindance + BIFA, Ed Blum – director / producer. Hosted by Anita Lewton – Screenwriter, Producer + founder of Corazon Films UK.
Half price tickets for a limited period for £15 (normal price £30)!
For more details and to book online http://www.filmmeansbusiness.com/Events.aspx