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It turns out they like Mr. Invisible in Puerto Rico! Thanks to Cinefiesta 2014 for rewarding our film and well done to the team on 3 more awards – Best Actor for Julian Glover, Best Script for Richard Sainsbury and the Audience Award for… everyone!
I’ve wanted to go to Puerto Rico since I read Hunter S. Thompson’s ‘The Rum Diary’. If you haven’t read it you’re missing out. Don’t let the movie put you off. Thompson taught himself to write like Hemingway by copying out The Sun Also Rises over and over again. Maybe I should do that with Paul Thomas Anderson screenplays.
I’ve just finished filming the 3rd of 3 new comedy sketches for We Like Laughter, the online comedy project that we funded at the end of last year through Kickstarter!
I’ve been in LA for the past month or so and was inspired by the people I was meeting out here to write 3 comedy scripts and get them filmed before I headed back to England. There’s something about the energy of this city and the people I’m introduced to that gets me excited to make things. 3 projects in 10 days was certainly ambitious but knowing that I was heading back to the UK early August was a good motivator to get them done. Here’s the lowdown:
1/ The first sketch is called ‘Doggy Style’ and is directed by my friend Ryan Turner who you may remember directed the music video ‘I’m Not Gay’ last year that did very well online. ‘Doggy Style’ stars me and Corrin Evans, and was shot by Leigh Underwood who filmed Scott’s Lookalikes. Ryan is editing it together now and I hope the results are going to be very funny. I don’t want to give too much away right now as to what the title might mean but I’ll leave it to your imagination. It’s grosser than you think!
2/ The second shoot was actually a more of a short film. It’s called ‘Special Delivery’ and stars my friend Sasha Feldman (Franco in Scott’s Lookalikes), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries and lots of major films). The short was inspired by my friend Sasha’s exploits as an actual Pizza Delivery guy and an idea we had when I suggested I go on a ride along with him.
It was awesome to work with such a talented cast and I’m excited to edit it together. I’d like to maybe premiere it at a film festival as well as releasing it online so we’ll see how things progress.
3/ Then on Sunday we just shot ‘Hollywood Superstar’. In that one play an arrogant, British wannabe actor (which obviously wasn’t much of a stretch) who meets Lindsey Shaw (Pretty Little Liars) in a Coffee Shop and tries to impress her with the help of his bumbling Spanish assistant Javier played by friend Javier Aguayo (original character naming by me). We also have an appearance by Mario Revolori, Tony’s equally talented brother, proving that We Like Laughter is just one big incestuous family. The plot is equal parts awkward and ridiculous. I hope people will like my character, even if he is a bit of a bastard.
More news soon. Laughter awaits. Thanks to all the backers who made them possible and don’t forget to keep up to date with all things We Like Laughter by liking/following us. Why Not Click Here Now -> Facebook and Twitter.
Here’s a photo of Lindsey Shaw and a fan from the ‘Hollywood Superstar’ shoot. I look sweaty and tired. She looks good. I made her wear the beret though so she’s now a member of We Like Laughter whether she likes it or not!
A lot of Americans think that 4th of July is a sore subject for us Brits. But we celebrate it to. Our feelings on America getting it’s independence were similar to a parents’ when their unruly son finally goes off to college. There was sense of pride, relief and also trepidation of the damage he might cause. Many, many frat parties later we still love you!
In celebration of all things Red, White and Blue I cut together this pop culture montage. It’s 45 minutes long and is intended to play or be projected to the music of your choice. It contains many US heroes – Hulk Hogan, Kenny Powers, Pamela Anderson… Arnie!
I actually edited it together using Daft Punk as a tempo reference. But it goes equally well with Bruce Springsteen. Enjoy and feel free to share and play at your parties today!
When we launched We Like Laughter one of our Kickstarter rewards was to get a commercial made by us for your product. Adam Scott (who I worked with at the Lomography store in London a few years back) was one of our backers and so I made this fun commercial in Portland for his new app. It’s called Dubble and allows you to mix photos you take on your phone with other people in the world to create double exposures.
It’s a cool idea and if you’re into analogue photography or just arty shit in general then you should really download the app and give it a go. Just after you watch and share the promo, of course. Thanks for taking a look:
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I’ve just come to the end of a fantastic week at Aspen Shortsfest in the company of so many talented and interesting filmmakers. Aspen Film received over 3000 submissions and selected only 70 films for their 2014 festival so it really represented the best of the best of short filmmakers… and me.
The week started, as most British holidays do, with an embarrassing sunburn. I got caught up in an intense nerdy discussion with two other film geeks about such topics as the artistic merits of Gravity, the future of cinema and Kubrick’s drive for perfection. Next thing we knew we’d been in the sun for 2 hours without protection. I waited for the inevitable fallout. Over the next few days my nose blistered (!) turned red and then peeled profusely, providing a source of much amusement for the other filmmakers. Wear sunscreen kids!
A few days into the festival I found out that Mr. Invisible had won the Best World Cinema Short at Phoenix Film Festival, which was playing at the same time as Aspen. That was exciting. The term World Cinema makes me feel more arty.
The short films screening in Aspen were of such high quality. I watched every single one throughout the week and was really inspired by the quality and variety of stories being told. I think I cried at least 4 or 5 times. And that was just at the bar.
One of the great things about Aspen is they encourage connection between the filmmakers and local students. One of the most gratifying moments of the week was sharing my film with a school from Austin and answering their questions about the film and the industry. I explained to them I really didn’t know what I was talking about but just encouraged them to make as many films as they can and keep trying to improve.
My 15 minutes of fame came on Thursday when I found myself on the front page of the Aspen Times. The placement of the sexual assault headline beneath the picture couldn’t have been more perfect:
Time flew by all too fast, and pretty soon it was the Awards on Sunday night. Mr. Invisible was awarded both the Special Jury Recognition and the Audience Special Recognition, which was an incredible way to end the week. I felt humbled to receive that recognition in the presence of so much other great work. I left the festival with
The sun must have been shining on me (and not just my nose) this week because to cap it off I was bumped up on my flight home to 1st Class. Maybe they could sense I was an award-winner. Or maybe they felt sorry for my sunburn. Either way it was the first time I’d experienced that. I had an amazing 3 course meal and got to sleep a fully reclining seat/bed. This was my starter:
I still feel terrible now though so it’s reassuring to know that no matter what people pay for their tickets we all still feel like shit when we arrive at our destination.
Big thanks to the festival organisers and the City of Aspen for such a memorable week. Can’t wait to come back again soon!
I’m sitting in departures at Heathrow Airport about to fulfil a 20 year dream to follow in the footsteps of Harry and Lloyd from my favourite movie Dumb and Dumber and visit Aspen.
The Samsonite is at hand (locked really well) and the extra pair of gloves are packed!
I’m flying out to see my film Mr. Invisible screen as part of Aspen Shortfest. I’m very excited to have a film playing in one of the world’s top film festivals and be in with a shout of winning an Oscar-qualifying competition. Look forward to updating you from the Rockies when I get out there.
There’s a few hours before my flight which should be just enough time to think of as many D&D inspired quotes as possible. Just hope I don’t fall off the jetway again…