The Outer Darkness – Interview with Ben Franklin & Anthony Melton

Lauren Clarke chats with the guys behind Bloody Cuts and new web series The Outer Darkness.

If you haven’t checked out Ben Franklin and Anthony Melton’s The Outer Darkness Part One you are really missing out. I must confess I am not always a huge fan of horror, but these two killed it with this short film. There is intensity, moral dilemmas, intrigue, and of course some gore. The execution of the film is brilliant and visually stunning- I think I am a newly converted horror fan and I cannot wait for Part Two!

Please tell us a bit about yourself and what sparked your career in Filmmaking. 

AM: Ben and I are both worryingly committed movie fans who both pursued media degrees with the hope to end up in the movie business. We independently found ourselves several years after graduating working in the corporate video business calling ourselves filmmakers, without really having made a single narrative piece of note.

We’re both from the same home town, but had never met growing up, I’d moved back to the area for a while 5 years ago and when I saw an ad for team members to join a filmmaking collective taking part in the sci-fi London 48hr film comp, I jumped at the chance to get in touch.

Thankfully Ben and a group of friends from London had taken the initiative to get out there and make a film, and fortunately for me they took me on board to do a touch of vfx for the short.

The film our team made called Two Years of Summer made it into the top ten and we were hooked… We were so surprised at the quality of the film we were able to create within 48hrs, so we hatched a plan to do it again, not once, but many times and thus Bloody Cuts was born…

5 years on, 9 short horror films, 3 short sci-fi films, an international film competition run by BC Horror and now our newest TV horror pilot, we’re going stronger than ever.

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March Open Mic Night: Call For Submissions

WSC Open March sWe return to the Banshee Labyrinth on March 9th for another open mic film night of screenings, pitches and networking.

Call for Submissions! 

Although it is open mic, you still need to submit your film to register (specific call outs will be made for these events), like any open mic night you need to book a slot. We only have two hours and so we are assigning slots on a first come, first served basis.

There are two kinds of slots:

  • Films: 10 minutes and under – can be short film, music video, web series trailer, anything really.
  • Pitches: this is a 10 minute slot to speak to the audience, pitch your script, film, yourself, your crowdfunding campaign etc…. if this includes a promo video then that time comes out of the ten minutes.

There are a few rules in terms of the open mic nights:

  1. To screen you have to show up. If you don’t show up we pull the film.
  2. You must present your film and then partake in a Q&A afterwards.
  3. If you are doing a pitch we cannot show PowerPoints/Slide shows, only video content.
  4. Films must be submitted as a downloadable Vimeo link. No other transfer/method is accepted.
  5. Entry to the event is £2 for both filmmakers and audience members.

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Guest Post #1 – Do Film Festivals Matter? The Question All Filmmakers Ask Themselves


Guest blog by Tom Wilton

Last year, I wrote a post entitled Cannes Doesn’t Want You: Are Film Festivals Dead? As you might imagine, with that kind of header, I got a little kickback (especially from film festival organisers – something I used to be myself in fact).

Of course, fast forward and here I am, getting ready to fly to California for Cinequest Film Festival 2015. And honestly, I don’t really know what to expect.

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That’s not to say I don’t have an experience of film festivals – quite the opposite in fact. You see, aside from running Bootleg Film Festival for several years, I’ve been to many on both sides of the Atlantic – both big and small, and so I understand just how diverse they can be really be. But on a personal level, I’m trying to work out just how relevant they are in an era where a single tweet can get your more attention than a year or two on the festival circuit. Read more of this post

Short Film #94 – Pro Kopf (2012) Sascha Zimmermann

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Valentine – Kate Herron Interviewed by Lauren Clarke


Valentine is the new short film from London based filmmaker Kate Herron, who chats with Lauren Clarke below about making the film. Please tell us a bit about yourself and what sparked your career in Filmmaking.

My name is Kate and I spend more time watching Netflix than the time I should use to interact with people. I actually found filmmaking quite late. I was one of those drama club types and all set to apply for drama school but then I had an amazing film studies teacher in college who really showed me what film could do. After that it became an obsession. I filmed anything I could, went onto study film at uni then have continued to make my own films after.

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Introducing Lauren Clarke Our New Contributor

1We are absolutely delighted to welcome a new contributor to the Write Shoot Cut website, which means we’ll be able to produce more content specifically for the blog; from interviews, to articles, to resources for filmmakers, it’s all very exciting.

This is the next phase for Write Shoot Cut opening up the website side of things to more contributors and voices. Hopefully it leads to bigger and better things for the community.

So in her own words, here’s Lauren Clarke:

I’m Lauren, a born and bred Torontonian who moved to Edinburgh in September to do a masters in Film, Exhibition & Curation. I love film for its universal language and its ability to connect with audiences on so many different levels. My taste in film is all over the place. I love everything from Godard, Dali, and Maya Deren to Ivan Reitman. For the most part I’m interested in films that explore human relationships and connections. Some of my all time favourites (at the moment – because they change on pretty much a daily basis) are Café de Flore directed Jean-Marc Vallée, Rear Window directed Alfred Hitchcock, Frances Ha directed Noah Baumbach and Some like it Hot directed by Billy Wilder. I’m also going through an obsession with everything Errol Morris at the moment, I’m really interested in his storytelling style within the documentary form.

Aside from being an avid film lover, I’m a total gaming nerd and have an uncontrollable love of travelling and cupcakes. I’m super excited to start contributing to Write Shoot Cut because I think it is so important to highlight local talent and for all the filmmakers out there to hear about what everyone else is doing. Write Shoot Cut is really a community and I’m super pumped to become part of it!



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Short Film #93 – The Living Room (2009) Shane Meadows

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