We came joint 3rd out of 24 entries which was disappointing but I'm probably not as disappointed as Robert Williams and his team who made a great film and didn't even place!
This is the winning entry.
This came second
and we were joint 3rd with the Junction Zero team who made a nice film.
This is what the judges said about Seconds Out.
Kate Leys said this: "Ambitious, and a great central idea, but with an ambitious story you do need a really strong ending. Stories are all about their endings, and this one just wasn't very clear. Very good central performance."
Catherine Bray said this: "For my third choice I would pick Seconds Out for setting out to tell a straightforward little narrative in a limited time and having done a bit of script work."
C'est la vie.
Positives to draw from the experience were working with actors Elexi Walker and Elli Middleton who I and a lot of other people thought were great. Real champion boxer Bertrand and sparring partner Hatim who were real sports and without whose help and first time acting we couldn't have made the film plus the ever reliable Steve Rylands who has the dubious distinction of being in very film I've ever made. Thanks to all the other folk who helped in some way too.
Last but not least it was nice to work with collaborator John Hill-Daniel again and also for the first time with DoP James Stoneley and Russell Hill whose technical skills and equipment bought so much to the overall quality of the film - all underpinned by Matthew Cotterill's great score.
In other news my Haiti Fundraiser on Saturday went very well from an entertainment point of view but could have done with more customers though the door! The Flickr stream is here and a big thanks to all the film makers who let me show their films, Sandra and Lee at Friction for the venue and my small army of volunteers - Martina, Dominika, Joe, Ifti and Andy without whose help I couldn't have made it happen.
A busy past two weeks. Just have to write my play for the Royal Court theatre scheme now and I'm done for a bit!!!