I’m a World Record Breaker!!!!!! The film, The Impact, is being streamed for free on on Saturday 24 June at 8pm (GMT). Get your free tickets here. Oh and please leave a review afterwards on IMDB here.
Want to know how it happened? Then read on.
Long ago, or so it seems, I took part in The Impact 50 project.
The first stage was to write short scripts set anywhere in the world just before a fatal meteor hit. This would be an apocalyptic event. No hope. Nobody surviving. How would people really react. The timeline was all sorted, including how it would vary round the world. Great fun.
We uploaded our scripts to get constructive feedback from other writers in the process. We could then adjust and resubmit a couple of times. I made some wonderful friends this way.
The team then selected a list of scripts to move on for film making teams to make. They were picked because they fitted with the tone of the film, budget and fitted with each other. There needed to be scripts that covered the whole time line and experiences.
To fail selection did not mean a script was bad. I was a winner for one script but not for the other. The one not selected was a farce so really not the tone they went for but it was still great fun to write. Like others I still had a script I could make a short film from.
Film makers then chose scripts and made short films from them. Some scripts had several films made from them, each team finding a way to make them unique still.
I was approached by a team made up of friends of mine, Lee Burgess, John Ninnis, Andrew Oakes, Louise Rhian Poole and Rhiann Mutlow. So I was delighted to see them make my film. Mine was about a non-verbal autistic child and her mother. The team, many disabled, got my message. This was lovely to see.
The project team then had the hard task of selecting films to make up the full feature. They needed similar tone and to combine to make a thread through the film. Not an easy task. Plus some films were made with mobile phones and some with drones and fancy cameras. The editing needed to make sure they got the same grading. The whole thing was like juggling with jelly fish and it is amazing that a feature film finally made it.
Not all films ended up making the cut. What the film would become depended on what short films were created. As it formed some films did not knit into the result so were cut. Plus the film did have a time limit. People can’s sit still for hours on end.
Our film, Silence, did not make the cut but has gone on as a stand alone short film to win several prizes in festivals. So we still had something wonderful from the process and a film team I will work with again. So a win here. The short is here.
All the winning screenwriters are credited in the film because we were all involved in the development of the story. This means I am a World Record Breaker!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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