The Proposal – A Short Film For My Best Friend’s Wedding

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My best friend Matt got married at the weekend. We made this short film to screen during his Groom’s speech. Shot with no crew, no mic, no lights. But a whole lot of love. Hope you enjoy it:

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Taylor!

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Special Delivery starring Tony Revolori & Arielle Kebbel – It’s Here!

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I’m very excited to share our first We Like Laughter short film! Special Delivery is a 7 minute short comedy about a Pizza delivery Guy who is trying to win the heart of a beautiful female customer. What could possibly go wrong? I hope that you enjoy the film. Please share if it makes you laugh and help us spread the fun. Thanks!

This is the first time Tony Revolori has hit your screens since since his brilliant turn as the Lobby Boy in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was a pleasure to work with him and the rest of our talented cast on this. You might recognise Sasha Feldman as the James Franco lookalike in Scott’s Lookalikes.

There’s more comedy to come from We Like Laughter over the next month. Follow us on Twitter for updates.

3 More Awards For Mr. Invisible

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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!

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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.

Aspen Shortsfest 2014 – Awards For Mr. Invisible

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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:

Hours of Torture at Our Filmmaker Q&A

Hours of Torture at Our Filmmaker Q&A

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:

Lets Put Another Shrimp On The Barbie!

Lets Put Another Shrimp On The Barbie!

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!

Ok Lloyd, Aspen It Is!

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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…

Bagsnatch – Runner Up in Guardian 1 Minute Film Competition

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Don't Mess With OAPs!

Don’t Mess With OAPs!

It was announced last week that my short (very short) film ‘Bag Snatch’ I filmed before Christmas was a Runner-Up in the Guardian’s 1 Minute Film Competition! Not quite the winner, but still pretty cool considering we shot it all on a mobile phone.

The theme of the competition was ‘Superhero’. We tried something a bit different than a conventional short and filmed it from the point of view of a mobile as two thieves try and steal a old lady’s handbag.

I’m planning to release it on YouTube this week so will post a link when it’s up.

Fired! & Mr. Invisible – Film Festival Update

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Some of my Festival Selections and Awards over the last 12 months

Some of my Festival Selections and Awards over the last 12 months

This last year has been a successful one as far as film festivals go. After 3 years of frustration of not having my work selected at the bigger festivals, the floodgates suddenly opened with ‘Mr. Invisible’. Since premiering it at Palm Springs Shortfest last June it has been selected at 12 other prestigious international festivals.

Strangely enough my previous short film ‘Fired!’ has also enjoyed a reinvigorated festival run. After playing at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival in November it seems to have got the attention of other festivals looking to program family friendly short films. It is part of the selection at Durango Film Festival, which is happening right now over in Colorado!

March definitely seems to be the month when they all come together. Including Durango, over the next 5 weeks my films will be playing at 5 different festivals. Mr. Invisible screens this week at Byron Bay in Australia and then moves on to Omaha, followed by Cleveland Film Festival and then finally Phoenix Film Festival at the start of April.

It’s such a nice feeling to know that audiences will get to enjoy the film. I just wish I could visit all these great places and attend the festival.

Unfortunately the life of a struggling artist doesn’t provide much loose change for flights across the Atlantic. Hopefully that will change in the next 12 months as my work gets more recognition. Or, failing that, there’s always RyanAir’s $10 flights across the Atlantic!