Filmmaker Interview #24 – Garry Fraser

Garry Fraser is an Edinburgh based filmmaker who started in short film and is now moving onto features. Garry has a colourful past that you are welcome to read about here, but he shouldn’t be defined by that past. He has gone on to make some very interesting and hard hitting films from his unique world view. Garry is definitely ‘one to watch’, everyone that I spoke to at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival had heard of Garry or knew him and it is only a matter of time before he gets his big break. We are delighted to be hosting Garry’s short film Muirhouse Christmas at July’s Write Shoot Cut screening night where the man himself will be in attendance to give a Q&A. Read more of this post

Films Screening in July

After altering the format last month with our screening of Walter, we are back to what we do best, putting together a programme of cracking local and international short films. This month we have everything from a World Première to a sixteen year old director paying homage to George A. Romero. As always many of the filmmakers will be in attendence to discuss their work and to network in the bar afterwards.

I have already heard of several collaborations and productions that have come out of meetings at Write Shoot Cut so if you are an aspiring filmmaker then this is a great place to meet like minded people.

The Banshee Labyrinth now opens at 7pm as oppose to 5pm so our screening times have moved to 7.30pm. Get there at 7, grab a pint and head into the cinema.

We hope to see you there! Read more of this post

June’s Screening

Thank you to everyone that turned up for our special screening of Walter on Monday night. The film was warmly recieved and the Q&A was most insightful for everyone there. It was a pleasure to showcase this work and the people involved.

For those who were unable to make it, writer/director Craig-James Moncur spoke about the process of making this film including the process taking around 6 weeks all in from script to screen. The actors were in attendence and talked about  how much they enjoyed being involved. The film was shot on the Canon 7D and the only crew was Craig himself.

You can now watch Walter online and I suggest that if you are looking to move from making shorts to longer form films then you should definitely give it your time.

 

The next Write Shoot Cut will take please on Monday 9th July. Keep your eyes peeled for the screening list coming soon.

June Special Screening – Walter

June is a busy film month in Edinburgh.

Here at Write Shoot Cut we support, and encourage you to attend, the Edinburgh Short Film Festival which is taking place on several dates across the middle of June and the Edinburgh International Film Festival which has an excellent shorts section starting on June 20th. With so much happening Write Shoot Cut could easily get sucked into a void in the middle, so…

…it feels like the opportune time to hold a special screening expanding the Write Shoot Cut format and showcasing some local talent. Read more of this post

Beware Rouge Film Festivals – Swansea Bay

When you make a film, whether short or feature, one of the biggest things you want is to screen it to an audience. There are hundreds if not thousands of film festivals across the world, the majority of which charge a fee to enter (and there are no guarantees that your film will even be selected).

As a filmmaker you need to try to be strategic about entering festivals. You need to know the quality of your work and then pitch it at the right level of festival. There are some brilliant little independent festivals out there that are run by passionate people who respect both the audience and the filmmakers.

Unfortunately, there are also festivals like the Swansea Bay International Film Festival that are a disgrace and run by people looking to make quick cash.

Watch this video by two Californian filmmakers who travelled half way across the world to attend Swansea only to discover that no publicity had been done for the festival, that there was no set screening time for their film or any of the films (and the screening time got changed several times on the day of screening) and the organiser Binda Singh who is the hostile, unsympathetic and someone to avoid.

You can read an excellent article about this over on Undercurrents blog.

Searching the web it seems that this festival is no longer running however beware of these rouge festivals and if you see the name Binda Singh associated with a festival, avoid it like the plague.

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