The Pedestrian @ Urban Impressions

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The Metro newspaper have brought together a bunch of artists to show work that “explores the feelings and moods, the highs and the lows of living in the city”. And they’re screening my film The Pedestrian at the three day event in Soho. The film will be accompanied with the score of your choice after they show the original. And as long as there’s no iPhone marimba involved, this could be really interesting.

So if you’re p for attending the screenings 19 Greek Street between the 22nd & 24th of October then please contact Philippa Lee at philippa@creativeorchestra.com. More details can be found here.

Stepping Up

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After a couple of interviews I’ve been selected to direct a little film for the Stepping Up project. It’s funded by Creative skillset and BBC Scotland with support from Bectu and Creative Scotland. And is designed for people with industry experience that are looking to step up a level within their department. Or in my case break into TV drama and comedy.

We’re also looking for crew in practically every department. You can get all the info here.

The script itself is a comedy drama and I can’t wait to get started on it.

Some recent & upcoming screenings

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Ollie screened last weekend at the Galtress festival through a programme put together by the good folks at Aesthetica Film Festival.

It’s also being shown before the classic Ealing comedy Whisky Galore. Not only do I love this film, but it’s great when a short film gets played before a feature. For me this is the best place to show them. Again this is through Aesthetica. And they’re being screened as part of a special programme taking place on the night of the Scottish Referendum.

And lastly, The Stash is to be part of Short Sighted Cinema’s programme at the In The Woods Festival on the 28th of August.

Irn-Bru ‘Fanny’ ad reaches 3 million hits on YouTube

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If you ever hear people refer to me as Fanny it’s (hopefully) because of this ad. It’s probably the most popular ad that I’ll ever get to direct, and I’m chuffed to see that it keeps getting the hits.

And along with the two other ads from that campaign (‘Mum’ and ‘New Fella’) that makes a combined total of over 7 million views. Jeezy peeps indeed.

EIFF Talent Lab

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Back when I had a real job I used my holidays to go to the EIFF and cram in up to 5 films a day. Yes, I was single then.

So I’m really looking forward to being part of the Talent Lab at the festival this year. Not only to meet the other filmmakers and to get pointers on my script and career from established pros, but I also get a festival pass to all the screenings, so *relationship status spoiler alert*….5 films a day here I come.

The Roses Creative Awards

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Off to Manchester tomorrow in the hope that Irn-Bru can pick up some more gongs at The Roses Creative Awards,

They’re up for Best TV/Cinema campaign, and Mum & New Fella have been individually nominated for best TV/Cinema commercial over 21 seconds.

Will let you know if they win. Will probably talk about property prices or the weather if they don’t

***UPDATE***

We picked up a silver for best campaign. And ‘Mum’ won a silver for best TV/Cinema ad.

They’re somewhere in amongst this lot (photo courtesy of Jim Swan).

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The Stash @ Short Sighted Cinema

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Big fan of the Ritzy cinema so it’s nice to have one of my shorts showing there. It’s at the impeccably programmed Short Sighted Cinema on Tuesday the 22nd of April @ 19:30. Full details can be seen here.

Highlights include the brilliant ‘Notes on Blindness’ by Peter Middleton & James Spinney.

Plus a Q & A with all the film makers including yours truly taking to everyone verryyy veerrrryyyyy ssslllloooowwwwlllllyyyy for those who don’t speak Scottish.