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Write Shoot Cut Screening: To Here Knows When – Feb24th @Filmhouse

still 16 The Write Shoot Cut platform is dedicated to showcasing independent film from Scotland and beyond. As a partnership between WSC and Screen Education Edinburgh in association with Filmhouse; this month we are delighted to be screening the debut feature film from Scottish filmmaker Grant McPhee; To Here Knows When. Still 2 Grant has worked in the film industry for over ten years in the camera department and as a Digital Workflow Supervisor on films such as Cloud Atlas, World War Z, Sunshine on Leith, Under the Skin and many more. Grant started out at Pilton Video (now Screen Education Edinburgh) as a trainee and worked his way up. still 15   Last year he used his own money and equipment to shoot a low budget feature film. Costing him £4000, shot over five days and using the RED One and Blackmagic Cinema cameras; the film is a beautifully photographed powerful trip into the darkness of Joe, who returns home after ‘being away’ to find his wife has taken in a siren-like lodger. It’s a psychedelic ambient drama that dabbles in the horror and thriller genres. The film stars; Patrick O’Brien, Kitty Colquhoun and Hanna Stanbridge. still 7   To Here Knows When picked up the Best Cinematography prize at the Bootleg Film Festival in New York in September 2013.

We are delighted to showcase Grant’s film and will welcome him along with various cast and crew for a special Q&A after the screening, where they will discuss just how they managed to pull off a feature film under such constraints. Tickets are priced at £6 full price and £5 concessions and can be bought here.

I Can. I Will. I Did. Bootleg and the Bootlegacy

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Introduction

Tom Wilton, the maverick filmmaker and founder of the Bootleg Film Festival, announced at the beginning of September that Bootleg NYC would be the final Bootleg ever. In a heartfelt and beautifully honest blog post he laid out his reasons for this decision and while a little shell-shocked the independent film world rallied around to thank Tom for everything he had done and achieved with the fest. Tom had discussed this with me merely hours before and I knew he was doing the right thing. As a festival Bootleg has done so much for so many and as an individual Tom has poured his heart and soul into it. It was his baby, as he puts it, it was a “bad idea that worked” and now it was going to New York where he had always dreamed it would go.

Tom Wilton is not a normal person; he’s not even a normal filmmaker. Normal filmmakers don’t make three feature films (two in New York and one in the UK) and run two film festivals on either side of the Atlantic, all in the same year. Normal filmmakers don’t start film festivals in the basement of a Glasgow coffee shop and see them grow into internationally recognised platforms for undiscovered talent. Normal people don’t care as much as Tom does, or have a single a vision as Tom does, or bounce back from the amount of knock backs as Tom has had or encourage a movement of other filmmakers as Tom has. And when you cross paths with someone like Tom you realise just what it takes to make something of your life, just how much belief, determination and drive you need to succeed and just how attainable it is if you just focus your life on it.

I am extremely thankful to have met Tom, as I know any filmmaker who has engaged with him and Bootleg would agree, and I am excited for what the future holds for him and every filmmaker he ever inspired.

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Tom’s final farewell speech at Bootleg NYC was a rallying call to all filmmakers to lay their ego at the side and help their fellow creatives. He told a tale of losing everything on one of his feature film productions, disappearing into Europe with his tail between his legs ready to pack it all in, only to arrive in Toronto for the Bootleg Film Festival and to be inspired, supported and loved by filmmakers and friends. He asked that as a filmmaker you look out for the ‘other guy’, that if someone needs your help, you offer it. That you remember that as you climb the ladder, you were once at the bottom and you pull others up with you. He asked that we keep the spirit of Bootleg alive and in writing this post I hope that I am in some way doing just that.

Bootleg was never just a film festival, it was a movement, an entity, a family. It was a place where lifelong friendships were made and collaborations formed. Bootleg was about leaving your ego at the door and embracing this little world we call filmmaking and celebrating each and every person in it.

In this multi-media project; I will attempt to share the history of Bootleg from my vantage point. I will share my views and the views of other people associated with Bootleg as well as discussing the Bootlegacy and where we go from here.

Bootleg mattered a lot to many people and was missed by many more. It’s my hope that through this discussion you will be able to feel the love that I myself have for the festival and the people around it as well as experience a little bit of what it was all about and why it mattered. Continue reading

September Screening 2013 – The Final One

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We’re back!

After a short break over the summer we are back for our monthly screening on Monday 9th September at the Banshee Labyrinth but alas this will be our last monthly screening event.

What!?!?! I hear you cry (probably not really, probably won’t even shed a tear but I can tell myself that it’ll be missed).

The Write Shoot Cut monthly screenings have been running for 18 months now and in that time we have screened over 80 short films from filmmakers across Scotland, the UK and the World. We’ve shared some laughs, some tears, some awkward silences and even some baffled looks but every time these’s been some kind of magic moment and I’m very pleased to have been involved in this period in Edinburgh’s film scene.  Continue reading

The Banshee Labyrinth

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The Banshee Labyrinth has been the home of Write Shoot Cut for the past 18 months and also the venue for the incredible Bootleg Film Festival this past March. It is a cavernous wonder of a place, gothic in style but not in character. It is a warm place where the staff, punters and ghosts all welcome you with open arms and they have made Write Shoot Cut a part of the family.

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It is with great sadness that I am stopping the monthly short film nights at the Banshee. Way back in February 2012 I was thinking about starting some kind of short film night but had no idea where I could do it, as I had no money and no contacts. Someone mentioned that the Banshee Labyrinth had a cinema and I thought of course it does, that would be brilliant. I contacted them and the owner Edd got back to me pronto.  Continue reading

Special Event at the Filmhouse – Aug 26th

The Port 7We are very excited to be running a special Write Shoot Cut event this August festival in partnership with Screen Education Edinburgh and Filmhouse cinema.

Write Shoot Cut is dedicated to celebrating and showcasing short independent film from Scotland and beyond. Starting out as a blog, the platform has grown to underground monthly screenings, podcasts and now, through Screen Education Edinburgh in association with Filmhouse, special showcase events.

Hosted by Neil Rolland, the inaugural Write Shoot Cut will feature four quality shorts from Scotland and a Q&A with the filmmakers involved in each film. If you are a filmmaker, or someone with an interest in Scottish film and a desire to see something out of the ordinary, then this is an excellent opportunity to connect with the local scene, watch some great films and meet potential collaborators. Continue reading

Special Event: Screening of Feature Film COMMUNION

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We are excited to be hosting a very special screening of the feature film Communion from London based independent filmmakers Broke But Making Films at the Banshee Labyrinth cinema on Friday 6th September 7pm.

 

Directed & Cut by Greg Hall, Produced by Becky Finlay-Hall, Photographed by Nicholas Winter, Sound by Jeet Thakrar, Original Score by 52 Commercial Road, Written by Paul Stevens & Greg Hall.

Starring Paul Marlon, Ana Gonzalez Bello, Roger Griffiths, Mike Burnside, Lee Ingleby and Nick Nevern.

Some of you Write Shoot Cut regulars have been waiting to see this film for a while. Back in May 2012 Greg and Paul came up from London to screen their short film Bruised, made for £100, it instantly impressed, as did the two guys who gave an extended Q&A about their methods, filmmaking ethos and plans for a feature film. That night the guys stayed up in Edinburgh Airport and wrote a feature film called CommunionContinue reading

Two Minute Silence Competition: Winners

2013-07-27 20.22.07-2On Saturday 27th July we held the screening and awards ceremony for our Two Minute Silence Short Film Competition.

The Banshee Labyrinth cinema was packed to the rafters with filmmakers and fans; quite literally packed, it was the busiest night we have ever had there; including the Bootleg Film Festival. The atmosphere was jolly (if a little hot) and everyone seemed to be up for a great night out.  Continue reading

Two Minutes Silence Competition Screening

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We are delighted to be hosting our Two Minutes Silence Competition Screening on Saturday 27th July at 7.30pm in the Banshee Labyrinth.

The Competition really seemed to stir the imagination of filmmakers from across the UK and we are delighted to be screening all the submissions we received, 20 to be precise: Continue reading

Special Event: Saturday 27th July – Two Minutes Silence Competition Screening

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We are delighted to be hosting a special event on Saturday 27th July at 7.30pm in the Banshee Labyrinth.

This event will be the showcasing and announcing of the Two Minute Silence Competition short films and winners.

The Competition seems to have stirred the imagination of filmmakers from across the UK and we are delighted to be screening a selection of the best submissions we received, as well as announcing the winning film and runner up.

The the idea of the competition was simple; make a short film that is no more than two minutes long (including credits) that has absolutely no dialogue in it. You may have atmosphere, noise, sound effects and musical score but no one can speak, no voice over, no subtitles and no words.

Submissions are still open, so go here for more info, the deadline is Friday 12th July at 12pm.

The event is free to attend and is a case of first come, first served. Arrive early to avoid disappointment (or having to stand up the back!)

No Monthly Screenings in July & August @ The Banshee

Summertime and the living is easy…. anyone who works in this game, knows that’s not the truth!

Due to various factors including the Fringe block booking in the Banshee, there will be no monthly screenings in the Banshee this month or next.

Fear not, there is still the opportunity of short film goodness and drinks with friends to make up for this.

We are running a special event on Saturday 27th July in the Banshee to screen a selection of submissions from our Two Minute Silence Competition and announce the winners – the deadline for submissions is Friday 12th July – get your film in now!

In August we have our special screening at the Filmhouse cinema on Monday 26th – more details of that to follow but we guarantee a programme of excellent local short films.

For those who may have missed it, the proposed Write Shoot Cut Weekender on July 26th-28th has already been cancelled. All films submitted for this shall be considered for future screenings.

Have a great summer and hopefully we’ll see you at the above or at another event sometime soon.