Oscar and the Empire

So..it’s a bit late, but HAPPY 2012! At least we just managed to sneak this through in the first month of the New Year 😉

And already we’ve been busy!

Before we go on, though, we have to extend a mighty congratulations to long time MannIN Shorts supporter – and the designer of our logo, no less – the lovely JUAN MOORE.

Juan Moore conducts 'Storyboarding' workshop


Juan not only led an excellent workshop for us in the art of Storyboarding to round of 2011, but just a few days ago was notified that a film he worked on – the fabulous ‘Chico & Rita’ – has been nominated for an Oscar!! A large portion of the animated film was created here on the Isle of Man over a series of months in 2010, by Juan and a small group of fellow hard working artists. We will have our fingers crossed for him and all those who worked on the film on Oscars night!

Speaking of Oscars, our most recent workshop was with the the extremely talented and very determined filmmaker Danny Lacey, who came over from Leeds last week (Jan 26th)

Writer Director Danny Lacey shares his experiences of low budget filmmaking

to share his experiences making three highly anticipated low budget shorts in the course of just 18months. He shot one of them – “Love Like Hers” – immediately after visiting the Isle of Man for our MannIN Shorts launch night in Sept 2010, where he appeared on a panel alongside Hamish Morrow (FutureShorts) and Chris Jones (Guerilla Filmmakers Handbook). Since then, Danny has also written, shot and almost finished cutting ‘Host’ – with DSLR guru Philip Bloom as DP – and is on the final draft of script ‘That Day’ which is due to shoot next month (again with Bloom on board).

Thanks to our sponsors PokerStars, we were fortunate that Danny was able to take the time out of his ridiculous schedule to return to the Island and speak so openly and at length with our crews; sharing his mission to win on Oscar within five years – and seeing how close he has come already – left our would-be Producers inspired, enthused & determined to make their own marks in the industry.

Speaking of which…thanks to the forward thinking of MannIN Shorts Finalist Ady Hall, we could be on our way to winning our first award! A small group of workshoppers had great fun on a one day shoot to bring Ady’s tongue-in-cheek minute long version of ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ to life, which we entered into the Jameson sponsored ‘Done in 60 Seconds’ competition (championed by Empire Film Magazine). At last count, it was looking like there was a good chance of the video getting into the next round…we’ll keep you posted!


Look out for our next workshops, which are ‘Scriptwriting’ with Pathe/Working Title/UK Film Council story analyst Danny Stack on March 3rd (still a few places left), ‘Directing for Screen’ with Writer/Director Lesley Manning who also tutors at National Film and TV School (which is now full and closed) and we also have Cinematography and 1st AD workshops being planned for next month.

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About MannIN Shorts

"MannIN Shorts" is a brand new Isle of Man film initiative set to provide a platform for hopeful filmmakers.  Young or old, local or international it provides a launch pad to develop skills, ideas and actually make films, right here on the Isle of Man.
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