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

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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Special Screening: Indie Feature Film Skeletons at Filmhouse – Nov 24th

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The Write Shoot Cut platform is dedicated to showcasing independent film from Scotland and beyond.

On Monday 24th November at Filmhouse we are delighted to be screening the debut feature film from Scottish filmmaker Craig-James Moncur. Craig 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 and reputation through corporate work and short films, he pulled together a host of established local actors to shoot this micro-budget feature right here in Edinburgh. Read more of this post

What is Tartan Features? Event at Filmhouse 29th Sept

Tartan Features - Filmhouse SlideAhead of the event we are running at the Filmhouse on Monday 29th September, Tartan Features: Micro-Budget Feature Filmmaking in Scotland, those involved wanted to outline what we will be discussing and what we are offering to the discussion.

So here is some background, values, vision and objectives.

This event is really about encouraging and inspiring people through what we have already done and what is achievable. We hope that people attending event are there as they want to develop feature films and be part of the film industry in Scotland.

Who We Are

Tartan Features is a collective of filmmaking professionals; crew, writers, directors, producers and exhibitors based in Scotland with over 15 years’ experience in indie and industry films. As a collective we have made 7+ feature films using the Tartan Features model and are developing many more.

Vision

We believe that micro budget feature film production can co-exist and even feed into the larger Scottish industry as a whole creating an infrastructure for skills and talent development while encouraging a sustainable industry.

Objectives

  • To be leaders and producers of micro-budget independent filmmaking in Scotland
  • To provide an alternative route for talent into the Scottish Film industry
  • To support an overall sustainable Scottish Film Industry
  • To provide a feature filmmaking model that can work and be adapted for any budget
  • To encourage more feature filmmaking in Scotland, rather than relying only on shorts
  • To increase the skills, knowledge and experience of all crew, talent and production personnel in the film industry by ‘skilling up’ on micro budget features

Why?

Tartan Features is a reaction to the current filmmaking landscape in Scotland.

We aim to get to a stage where micro budget films are made in a scaled down version of current industry practices, where there is much more scope for training brand new crew members, but also for existing crew members to get more substantial credits to their name.

You only learn to do something by doing it. It will give filmmakers the opportunity to get that first all important credit as a feature maker.

How?

The collective will:

  • build a website with resources, case studies and advice on how to make your micro-budget feature.
  • provide a ‘Tartan Features’ banner to all micro-budget features made in Scotland in the form of a logo credit.
  • make ourselves available via email to give advice/contacts/look over scripts/budgets/schedules.
  • provide a platform to screen your film locally and nationally with the ‘Write, Shoot, Cut’ screening model.

We have created a website TartanFeatures.com that will host this and an email that you can contact us directly at Contact TF.

There is also a Case Study and some great behind the scenes resources from one of the films already made, Sarah’s Room but Grant McPhee. Access this content here.

You can find out more about our event at the Filmhouse and book tickets here.

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