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Monday, April 7th, 2008
5:43 pm
Monday, October 23rd, 2006
4:40 pm
Shorts Film Festival - on soon!
Get your tickets ASAP for the 2006 Shorts Film Festival, 25 - 29 Oct.

Shorts Film Festival
Monday, October 2nd, 2006
4:14 pm
Get your tix for SHORTS 06 & SHORTS 06/AFTRS Master Classes
Shorts 06, one of Australia’s premier national short film festivals and competitions is now on sale!

Shorts 06 will feature:
  • more than 50 of the best short-films from across Australia
  • winning international short films from overseas’ festivals
  • indoor & out-back alfresco screenings, with evening starlight sessions
  • fine food & drink
  • master-classes and information sessions

    From Wednesday 25 - Sunday 29 October the screenings will occur at the iconic Garage Bar & Dining. Evening and matinee screenings give patrons the chance to celebrate some of the best short-films from emerging Australian film-makers.

    SHORTS 06 has limited tickets available for purchase ... so get your tix now because the festival always sells out!

    The SHORTS Film Festival aims to ensure that this premier event remains affordable for its patrons, film-makers and supporters to attend.

    Tickets are available through Ticketek: 13 28 49 or www.ticketek.com

    SHORTS 06 & AFTRS - Master Classes

    The SHORTS Film Festival proudly announces that as part of SHORTS 06, a series of half-day master-classes will be presented in collaboration with AFTRS (Australian Film & Television Radio School) and held at the Garage Bar & Dining, 25 - 27 October 2006.

    Maximise your chances of festival success!
    A Free seminar presented by Ruth Saunders, Distribution Manager at AFTRS.
    Click here for more information and enrolment form

    Horror stories from a design perspective
    Presented by Jon Rohde, Head of Design, AFTRS and Local Production Designer Robert Webb.
    Click here for more information and enrolment form

    The Producer's role in delivering strong story-telling
    A Masterclass with David Lightfoot, acclaimed producer and founding director of the SHORTS Film Festival.
    Click here for more information and enrolment form

    Note: Applications for all three master-classes close on Monday 16 October and enquiries and registration is direct through AFTRS on (08) 8331 9577.

    Film-makers around the nation are waiting to receive news of whether their short film has made the cut into Shorts 06 … confirmation will come through early next week! ... its taken 170 entries, and 44 judges and many weeks to view them all, but the official program will be available on the SHORTS website by Friday 6 October.
  • Sunday, April 23rd, 2006
    4:58 am
    A documentary idea
    Need an idea, for something that hasn't been done before? Look at my icon ;)
    Friday, December 24th, 2004
    8:50 pm
    My Fantasy Films Part 2
    All right, so here's the story, in a nutshell. It's constantly changing, but this is what I have at the moment:

    The first film chronicles the defense against a siege at a passageway to more lustrious lands. Much like Thermopylae (without the ocean), the defense is for a pass between two great mountains against an evil force. Beyond this pass is...well...the rest of civilization. If the siege can be quelled at this place, then the rest of the land can have time to muster its force and counterstrike. The pass is perpetually guarded by a great fortress led by a dying king. One of his two sons is very loyal, and will defend the fortress in the name of his kin. The other is exiled, because, in a Jacob/Esau type thing, the other stole the first son's birthright to a great blessing by their patron god. This makes him very powerful and formidable. He now lives in the forest and rules a tribe there. Towards the beginning, the great king dies on the brink of war. The evil forces have mustered and are ready to attack the pass. The loyal son spends much time trying to gather many to defend the pass, including his own brother, who he has not spoken to for a long time.

    Wow, that's a lot already. Didn't even finish with the first film! It seems like so little in my head. I'll write more later.
    8:42 pm
    i am interested in doing a bit of superhero/fantasy screenwriting and would like some feedback, if anyone would care to give any.
    this is a continuation of the divided superhero archetype, along the likes of spiderman, batman, the x-men, clark kent etc. all of whom share a relative number of characteristics-they have the choice to 'come out' as superheroes, or hide their identity and let it divide their separate, lonely lives.
    my story would open from the other side of the division, and is centered around a boy who discovers, through his girlfriend's death, that she was a superhero crime fighter.
    he is indignant at first and is fatefully presented with two options: revenge and investigation out of curiousity. since he does not possess any inborn super-human traits, he is relegated to the status of investigator and the story takes on the tone of a murder mystery investigation. throughout the bulk of the rest of the story the main character does take on the divided archetype role only this time as a learned warrior. this is somewhat batman-esque but less driven by revenge than by curiousity. he learns his girlfriend died because of a dividing conflict between two factions of the superhero groups. at the end of the movie he solves the crime by stumbling into a conflict-his very much alive exgirlfriend and somebody he thought she was aligned with. it turns out he (again) misjudged her by assuming her membership to a particular faction, and then he helplessly watches her kill her opponent. through this interaction he realizes that she is a renegade superhero. he is able to fully realize the constructed nature of the superhero world, controlled by a private organization-like group that monitors, places, and possibly even makes superheroes via genetic mutations. the story ends when she makes a silent invitation to let him fight alongside her, and then they walk out of our sight as two renegades.
    so now what do you think? i'm interested in developing this because i love the divided superhero archetype more than any other realm in science fiction and fantasy, but i'm not sure how to play this. does it assume the audience is too dumb? does it elicit a 'so what?' type of response at the end? is action and plot the most central aspect of the story or should character development and setting be the focus? is it for too narrow an audience, and by that i mean, does anyone care about the divided superhero archetype when the story isn't told from the divided superhero himself/herself?
    i appreciate any feedback. thanks for reading and for letting me post.
    Tuesday, December 7th, 2004
    7:22 pm

    If the citizens of the East would have known what they were getting for Christmas that year, they would have been running for cover a week before the present was wrapped with a big red bow and stuck under the proverbial holiday tree. On the evening of December 18, they all slept, some tossing and turning in their nightmares and some as motionless as the corpses of their ancestors who were also getting some shuteye in the old Eastern Cemetary out on Harlow Road. Not everyone was fast asleep however. Take for example, Joseph and Mary Valento, who were dancing in the shadows of their bedroom on the fourth floor, dripping sweat. The outcome would have been twenty one years old this July. As the clock struck midnight at the Eastern Correctional Facility, Billy Westwood quickly threw the switch on Arnold Armstrong, who was wrongly convicted of the murder of his wife last fall. Armstrong kicked and screamed as his brain was liquified by the charge of what the old timers had dubbed "riding the lightning." He was pronounced dead at 12:01am on December 19 by Dr. Millard Rouach.
    On the contrary however, James Bauer stepped foot on Eastern soil for the first time in thirty-six years the next morning. He had served his time for child molestation and was now free to go about his lusts in life while cell block four all sat like Buddha on drug charges. In the papers that morning read the growing approval rating of East's mayor after his re-election the month before, but also spoke of hundreds of thousands gathered across the ocean raising banners and speaking out against the injustices of the West. Mayor Johanson passed a thirty-seven year old man named Ed on his way into the office that morning who asked him for a dollar so he could get a loaf of bread at the grocery store. The Mayor pretended he didn't hear Ed, but stopped on the steps of City Hall and checked his watch in the rain. That afternoon, he signed a paper that came across his desk that would put nearly seven hundred people out of work the following month at the tire plant. "Merry fucking Christmas," they would have said as they opened up the mail the following Monday. Had he paid attention in those economics classes that he skipped out on in his freshman year of college, he would have known that the people behind the initiative would be gaining a net total of around two million dollars by laying them all off. He would receive nothing, until the next election year came up.
    At Eastern Elementary School, Mrs.Brown's fourth graders were all sitting down in their chairs for music. Across town, Jacky Swick was ditching out on class for the day so that he could see a picture at the Main Street Theatre that he had heard so much about. He sat through the entire movie eating a box of popcorn and thinking about two things: how he really should be in his English class right now and how the critics were so wrong about what he was watching. He tried denying this at first, but as the picture went on and the actors became so disgusting to him, he accepted defeat and left the theatre and returned to school for the last class of the day, history.
    On Christmas day, December 25, at 1:15PM Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Hatheway welcomed Patrick Junior, a son, into the town of East and three hours later Western forces dropped twenty tons of weaponry on the small city and leveled every building, killed every citizen and left a thick cloud hovering over East that didn't go away for five and a half months. There is a monument there now, with a memorial quote that says something superfluous.
    Wednesday, December 1st, 2004
    6:23 pm
    Let me know what you think...
    I have started a new writing project. It's a screenplay about a movie theater, modeled from the one in Medina which my family once owned. It follows the owner, his family and their future after his untimely death. I've got around fifteen minutes of running time finished so far. It begins, shot in black and white, in present time, with the owner's great grandson chaining himself to the doors of the theater in protest of its being torn down. As the police show up and accost him, he begins to speak in a soapbox about the grand tradition of the theater and his family's history. This dissolves into a technicolor frame of the nineteen forties and begins the process of telling the story. It will move quickly through the forties and fifties, highlighting certain genres and eras of cinematography and the certain gimmicks that went along with this. The theater and the family themselves are competing with surrounding cities in creating an atmosphere that beats out the big dollar houses and stays true to the tradition, bringing in literally thousands of people every year to the small town. The crux of the plot will take place in the summer of the owner's grandson's senior year of high school and end as the owner himself meets his demise and the family is faced with back taxes and debt. They sell the theater to a shrewd local attorney in a last dash effort to keep the building's tradition. Of course, the key word is shrewd and the attorney goes through many different clubs and discos, etc. before we reach the climax of the picture. This last part, after the owner's death, will run by very quickly. The resolution lies in cutting back to the epilogue, with the great grandson. The shot is now also in technicolor and shows the town coming together and joining the young man in his protest of the building's destruction, ultimately ending with it being fully restored under his ownership and it ends openly as the theater is faced with the competition of the cheap corporate movie theaters of the time. The picture currently has the working title of, "The Projector," as the owner starts off as a projectionist and the first shot in technicolor is that of a projector.
    Tuesday, November 16th, 2004
    6:36 pm
    My Fantasy Films, Part 1
    This is the first entry for my ideas on a Sword/Sorcery trilogy I plan to make one day.

    The first thing to ask is: How can I top LOTR?

    The answer is in its flaws, of course.

    One of the problems that I had with Two Towers and Return of the King is that it alternated scenes too much. Fellowship o' the Ring stayed with the aforementioned fellowship, while the latter two were forced to split into different journeys, straying away from the true one. The books, of course, better executed this, as they didn't alternate; rather the book was split into halves, detailing different stories completely apart.

    One of the best things I think I could do is keep the whole journey in one place. Anyway, that's it for Part 1. I have a story, trust me. But I'm too lazy to write it all out in one sitting.

    Current Mood: dorky
    Wednesday, September 1st, 2004
    4:47 pm
    Ok so I was thinking about a concept involving Boot Camp, for some reason. I don't know why, and it probably wouldn't work out because I know nothing about how Boot Camp really is. It was about rebellion and refusing to submit to the comformity of discipline. Then it turned too Hollywood and I got pissed off. Oh well, at least this is an actual movie idea.
    Sunday, August 29th, 2004
    10:35 pm
    My favorite movie.
    I just have to say my favorite movie is BioDome! WIth Poly Shore, damn he is one funny guy. Also I think that Quentin Tarintino is a huge ass!
    Wednesday, August 25th, 2004
    8:04 pm
    Welcome to Ideas for Films. Get the ball rolling if you want. Don't be shy!

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