SOMERSET NEWS: SEPTEMBER 2012
The Huntsville Film North International Film Festival came to a close on September 22, and I was honoured to be in attendance on the closing day to present our short film "Missing". For those of you who have been fortunate enough to attend the festival in the past, or even this year, it really is a well-organized and artist friendly event.
We were there for the first annual event in 2010, and were fortunate to take home the antler (the trophy bestowed upon winners) for our short film "The Lake" at that time. This year, "Missing" did not afford us a repeat victory, but I was thrilled to see the award go to Lewis Hodgson for his film "Morning Zombies" - a film that featured cinematography by Patrick Gilbert, and a starring turn by none other than Kevin Hoffman as the lead zombie (both of whom contributed to "Missing" as well). Congratulations again to all involved!
The Film North festival is one of my favorite to attend. The organizers are extremely accommodating and hospitable, and it truly does provide an excellent opportunity to meet and engage with other film makers, both the professional and established, and the similarly situated up and comers.
The post-screening Q&A session featuring (from left to right):
Myself, Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Sheila McCarthy,
17-year-old Director Ben Brook, and Ken Cunningham.
Following our screening, was a Q&A session with the attending film makers, 17-year-old Ben Brook, with "Ostrichsized", and animator Ken Cunningham, with "Zen and the Art of Distraction" (Jim Calarco's "One Wish" also screened, but unfortunately he had to miss the Q&A). Also in attendance was Lifetime Achievement Award Winner (and incredibly accomplished Canadian performer) Sheila McCarthy, whose outstanding breakthrough performance in "I've Heard The Mermaids Singing" screened during our showcase. It's always nice to feel like part of the film community (even though I referred to myself as a "hobbyist" during the testimonial video I shot).
I am a film maker, and while I might have a hard time admitting it every now and then, it is something that I am most definitely proud of: when our first film won a cinematography award against an Imax movie; when we won our first International award; and every time our work is accepted and acknowledged by people of discriminating taste - every one of those moments justifies my hobby and makes it worth the crazy amounts of effort that we put in to each production.
So with all the excitement, positive feedback, and networking of the Film North festival, what could possibly be next?
Planning in progress for the weekend shoot.
Up next on the agenda, is a new shoot this weekend on a project called "How To Save A Life". I wanted to shoot this about a year ago, but I am glad that plans fell through (and then again in the Spring, and the Summer) because we are back to the right time of year for this particular piece.
It's going to be an ambitious shoot, and a quick one with any luck, but I have been thinking about it all week and it is shaping into a solid piece - if the weather holds out.
I'll have an update ready sometime next week.