Christmas Party Goes With a Bang!

_MG_0961Two days after the Christmas party and there’s still a buzz around the building and across conversation online and in person. Granted yesterday was a write-off for most but it’s lovely to feel the warm glow of an excellent party two days on. Read more of this post

Christmas Party Screening – December 15th – Line Up

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What? The Write Shoot Cut/Screen Education Edinburgh Christmas Party!

When? Monday 15th December – Doors Open at 7pm, Screening 7.30pm-9.30pm, Networking/Merriment 9.30pm-3am.

Where? The Banshee Labyrinth (Map), Niddry Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LG.

Who? Any and all filmmakers, actors, freelancers, creatives (over 18) in the city and beyond.

Why? WSC and SEE have been working hard this year and we have big plans for the year ahead. Creating, supporting and celebrating a community of filmmakers and creatives in the city is important to us, so instead of having a drab office party with a hand full of us, we want to make a night of it, let our hair down, showcase local talent and create new relationships that will flourish in the new year.  Read more of this post

Inspiration #2 – Rise and Shine

Christmas Filmmakers and Freelancers Party

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This year Screen Education Edinburgh and Write Shoot Cut are hosting a Christmas Party for Freelancers and Filmmakers at the Banshee Labyrinth in Edinburgh. Come join us for a night of mulled wine, mince pies, movies and merriment.

We’ve worked with and engaged with hundreds of people over the past few years and in the spirit of creating a creative communuty here in Edinburgh, we felt it only right to open our office party up to the wider family.

The proceedings will involve an informal evening of open networking, a screening or two of local films and a chance for any of the many freelancers, filmmakers and friends who have engaged with SEE and WSC over the past couple of years to enjoy a drink with us as we let our hair down.

Strictly over 18, the Christmas shebang will take place on Monday 15th December starting at 7.30pm with a screening and running until the bar closes at 3am (no guarantees anyone from SEE will last the whole night of course!)

No need to book, just show up but if you want to engage online, please join our Facebook event here.

We look forward to seeing everyone there and remember, what happens at the office Christmas party, stays at the office Christmas party!

The Banshee Labyrinth lives on Niddry Street just off the Royal Mile. Click here for a map.

 

Filmhouse Screening of Skeletons

_MG_0643On Monday night we were delighted to host a packed Premiere screening  of the Edinburgh made micro-budget feature film Skeletons in Filmhouse 2

_MG_0602The debut feature from Scottish filmmaker Craig-James Moncur, who started off as an actor in television programmes; Looking after Jo Jo and Jeopardy before deciding to pursue a career behind the camera. Building up his company, Black Box Digital Media, and reputation through corporate work and short films, he pulled together a host of established local actors to shoot this film. Read more of this post

Write Shoot Cut in 2015

write-shoot-cut-words2014 has been an extremely busy year for me work wise, perhaps the busiest year in my working life. It has been very rewarding but very time consuming and because of this Write Shoot Cut has suffered. We’ve had four great events at the Filmhouse and a couple at the Banshee but all in all it has been fairly sporadic and disorganised. All that is about to change in 2015.

Write Shoot Cut is going to fully integrate into Screen Education Edinburgh. This means that I will have more time ‘in work’ to devote to the platform. It also opens up funding streams and opportunities. It’s win win for me, SEE, filmmakers and audiences.

So what does that mean? 

Well it means that I have put together a calendar of monthly events for the entire year. No more wondering whether Write Shoot Cut is happening this month or not, the dates and events are set in stone so it’s just a case of checking it out and getting involved.

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RatPac Unites Scorsese, Pitt, De Niro, DiCaprio In Short Film

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A couple of years ago, director Brett Ratner and James Packer teamed up to form the company RatPac Entertainment, and they’ve since had a major impact on the film industry. What may surprise some who are familiar with the RatPac brand is that Ratner and Packer intended for it to be an independent film company. Forbes wrote that Packer labeled the idea (for which he shelled out $100 million) a “small private investment.”

We can debate that label to no end, but the bottom line is RatPac has ended up involving itself in some pretty significant projects. The most famous to date is the George Clooney/Sandra Bullock visual space adventure Gravity, though RatPac also helped with the Horrible Bosses 2 and recently secured, along with Warner Bros., the rights to the film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s sensational Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch.

It’s certainly debatable whether or not RatPac stands for what most consider the defining qualities of indie film, but in its short existence thus far the company has offered plenty of surprises. The latest is the announcement of one of the most bizarre and ambitious short films in recent history.

According to Deadline, RatPac is in the early stages of producing a short film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio, making it one of the flashiest short films we can recall. The Deadline announcement makes the interesting observation that DiCaprio has done five films with Scorsese while De Niro’s done an astounding eight. However, they’ve never worked together on a project with the director, until now. But why now, and why such an ambitious cast for a short film, from a studio that seems to have no trouble attaching itself to blockbusters? Read more of this post

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