Those of you who are on our mailing list will know that we’ve experienced extensive delays in our funding (a frustrating issue which has been ongoing since last October!) but, determined to keep the scheme going, we have continued with workshops and tutoring as much as possible regardless. This has left us way behind on our timeline of having three Finalist short films produced by our fully trained crews in time for this year’s Isle of Man Arts Council Film Festival in September.
HOWEVER – it recently led to an interesting and extremely encouraging scenario…
As you’ll know, we had shortlisted 6 Semi-Finalist scripts, to be whittled down to the final 3 based on resubmission with production pack / crew / cast attached and final judging by an invited panel of noted international Producers. Obviously, due to the problems mentioned above, we were forced to put this on hold. But while Dave, Phil and I tried to think of ways we could keep the momentum going without the financial support we needed, one of the teams was very busy ‘getting on with things’!
Semi-finalist Writer Ady Hall created his production team around his short film ‘Hide & Seek’, as per the MShorts rules. But rather than be dragged into the holding pattern we were caught up in, Producer Debs Gwinnell and Director Laura Jones decided to try raising some money for the scheme (and their film) themselves. And once that ball was rolling, there wasn’t any stopping them!
So, with a view to helping us promote MannIN Shorts, Debs, Ady and Laura called on some of the professionals attached to the scheme (Lynda Reiss from Lynda’s PropShop, Bev Lawley from Ex-Isle, producer Rob Craine, DP and award winning young independent filmmaker John Craine to name a few), alongside some of their fellow MShorts trainees, and went into pre-production. Their goal? To get a short film made under the scheme’s name before the end of the year – private funding or no private funding!
And this weekend, they shoot…it’s all very, very exciting. Dave, Phil and I are extremely impressed with what this merry band of folk have achieved, and are supporting them in any way we can. Dave and I will be on hand throughout the shoot to advise and assist, with Dave also having official title of Gaffer and I’ll be on the usual BTS duties. We (as DAM Productions) are also supplying much of the kit, as they’ll be shooting on the 5D. We’ll let you know how it all goes, but in the meantime, PLEASE show your support – check out their blog here and their Facebook page to read about their achievements.
See you on the other side!