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Here are the April Dates For Write Camera Action

A BIG THANKS to ALL who make Write Camera Action! constructive, productive and fun and to the CCA for their continued support and development!   Please note the film submission deadline for WCA April Screening Night closes on Thursday 31st March.  We’re very much looking forward to seeing all the submissions on the BIG SCREEN along with our specially invited Industry Panel and Guests.  (Once the filmmakers have reserved their required number of seats I will put out the limited number left to be reserved by wca peeps only.)
 
Cafe Flicker at GMAC is currently postponed check with GMAC for further info. 0141 553 2620. 
 
Scottishscreenwriters Monday 11th April CCA, 6.30pm. £3 Feedback on scripts, guest speakers and fantastic forum at scottishscreenwriters.ning.com 

  Write Camera Action!  Monday 18th April CCA Five scripts being workshopped plus improv sessions.  Meet and mingle between 6.00-6.50pm for casting at 7pm. Entry £5 flat rate includes refreshment. Come along and be part of the madness!  

CAST & CREW CALL:  Chameleon Entertainment are shooting a short film, written by John Prete, in Glasgow and Renfrew on the 4th and 5th April.  CREW Req’d:  Sound Recordist – for 4th & 5th April,  Make Up Artist (for Prosthetics) – 5th April. CAST Req’d:  one Male Extra, 50+ to play a murder victim on 5th April.  There is no fee for any role however refreshments and reasonable expenses will be provided.  If interested please contact Neil Meffan via or by calling 07792 742751

 

Support INDIE FILM ‘Night is Day’ by Fraser Coull:   The team have a 10 min. investor reel with 5 completed scenes from the movie available to view online for anybody who is interested in donating money to the film.  They’re trying to raise £3000 so they can take the film to the American Film Market in November, and YOU CAN HELP by donating ANYTHING, even just £1, (it all adds up) then you can do so at http://www.facebook.com/l/b89adTWTlkf6ZtctKl8sn8uTbGQ/www.nightisday.net/dona….  Donations over £10 will get their name on the end credits of the film.   Please send them a message if you’d like to see the investors reel or are interested in donating to the project.   Plus Film Fundraiser on Sunday the 27th of March at The Ark Bar in Glasgow from 7pm.  More info. at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=164603583592395.
Stuart Hepburn


I will be speaking on behalf of the UWS  Skillset Media Academy  at the UWS Ayr Business Roadshow at the West Of Scotland Management Centre, UWS Craigie House, Ayr Campus  2.00 PM on Thursday 31st of March at 2.00 pm. Full details in the attached PDF.

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University of the West Of Scotland Filmmaking  students, Gordon Howie and Lynsey Tomlinson have triumphed yet again in the nationwide short film competition sponsored by the Odeon Cinema Chain.
Their short Film , “An Eye For An Eye” won the best film award at the February 2011 awards. 
I talked to Gordon yesterday to hear the story of their success. 

“Lynsey and I both work in the Odeon cinema in Ayr; Lynsey is a projectionist and I’m a team member. Each year the Odeon hosts an internal short competition (meaning only Odeon employees can enter) in late September. We are given normally 3/4 weeks to produce a short film between 1 and 5 minutes long, of any genre, as long as it contains the required pre-determined elements (a line of dialogue and a specific prop) and stays within a 15 BBFC classification.

  In 2009, we entered ‘Smokin”

We were nominated for 4/6 categories – Best Film, Best Actress, Best Use of the Elements (prop: pineapple, line of dialogue, “I’ll have what she’s having”) and Best Visual Effects. We were the only team from Scotland to qualify and the film was screened in the Odeon Leicester Square! Lynsey, myself, Susan Love (camera) and Karen Hainey (actress) flew down to attend the ceremony, but sadly, we came home empty handed. It was very disappointing, as you can imagine! But having our short film screened in such a prestigious venue was an achievement in itself!

  So in 2010, we were brainstorming for literally months to try and think of a short that would equal ‘Smokin”. We settled on a B-movie horror pastiche, surrounding a nun who is seeking vengeance on a monster that stole her eye and ate her boyfriend, 30 years previously. The required elements were to include a red double decker bus and have the line of dialogue, “60% of the time, it works every time”. Once the film was complete, mid-October, we sent it away to be judged. After sending the film away, university work took over and we both forgot about the film. We received the nominations on the 5th of November for best film and best actress – we were in shock! Shocked to discover we were nominated for Best Film and Best Actress yet again! We also learnt that, again, we were the only team from Scotland to qualify! So Lynsey, myself, Susan and Karen were to fly down to London once more.

  The competition should originally have been the 8th of December, but due to the extreme weather, the ceremony was changed to the 2nd of February. The ceremony was held at 11am at the West End Cinema (just around the corner from Leicester Square) and lasted for just over an hour. After it was announced that we had won Best Film, we made our way on to the stage to collect our champagne, trophy, certificate and iPads! We gave a brief acceptance speech, saying that we didn’t expect it and that we were grateful to have been chosen as winners.

  After some photographs were taken with the other teams, we made our way to the upstairs foyer, where there was a buffet and champagne. We celebrated with the other teams (who were from Odeon Esther, Odeon Blackpool and the Manchester support office, among others) and spoke to the committee. The committee said that the judging had never been so tough, as all entrants were of a very high standard and after they took a vote, we won the majority. All four of us were very proud to have won!

Here’s the 2010 entry, “Eye for an Aye”:

  A great achievement for all of us, but especially for Lynsey and myself. We are both very passionate about filmmaking and are ambitious to pursue it as a career. Our plans for the future are to continue to work hard toward achieving success in the film industry. We both intend to enter our Honours creative projects into suitable film festivals and competitions with the hope of gaining some exposure for our work, so fingers crossed!” 

Well done to both of them. Two names to remember for the future, Gordon Howie and Lynsey Tomlinson. 

The chance to work with one of Europe’s finest directors has come up .  Ken Loach’s new film ‘The Angel’ Share written by Paul Laverty is looking to cast:

 TWO GLASGOW GALS aged 19 – 26    This is open to actors and non-actors who fancy giving it a go! 

 Auditions will be held in Glasgow next week. Entrants must be aged between 19 and 26 and have a Glaswegian accent.  

 The film’s casting director, Kahleen Crawford, said: “With the roles we’re still casting, we realised this could be a chance for someone who wouldn’t normally find out about opportunities like this to put themselves forward.  “We’re on the look out for new faces. We’re need bright, sparky, Glaswegian girls aged 19 to 26, who are just up for giving it a go. Ken works in a way that makes it so easy for people, it’s a lot of fun.”

 Loach has already helped launch the careers of Scottish stars Martin Compston in Sweet Sixteen and Atta Yaqub in Ae Fond Kiss.
The Angels’ Share’ will be filming in Glasgow and around Scotland from late April until early June, and is expected to be in cinemas in summer 2012.

 Those interested in possible roles should send a selection of photos, height, age, date of birth, and contact information, and a few lines about themselves to.
 

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The Network is the charitable arm of the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival. The Network is open to those aged 18 and over and provides the opportunity to attend four days of FREE training in Edinburgh preparing delegates for a career in television.  Supported by the TV industry, The Network helps those that want to take their first step in TV.

Each year The Network offers successful applicants the opportunity to meet and work with the best TV talent from behind and in front of the camera, and gives them a comprehensive introduction to TV through masterclasses, workshops, networking events and careers talks. The Network takes place between 25 and 28 August 2011. Highlights from last year include a masterclass with writer and creator of Shameless, Paul Abbott, a research workshop with Charlie Brooker and the team behind Would I Lie To You? and masterclasses from Putul Verma, Series Producer, Dragons’ Den and Jay Hunt, Chief Creative Officer, Channel 4.

We have invaluable support from the television industry and our contributors include CBBC, ITV Studios, Endemol and Sky News. All the people involved are passionate about passing on their skills and insights to those starting their career in television

The Network has helped to launch hundreds of TV careers and past delegates now work across the industry in a variety of roles and shows. Members of our alumni include: Newsround Presenter Ore Oduba, Dominic Bird, Creative Director, BBC Entertainment North and Danny Wallace, Journalist, Author, Script Writer and Producer. Some of the delegates from last year’s scheme have already secured paid work at organisations such as Raw TV, Zeppotron, RDF, Nickelodeon and the BBC and almost half of the delegates have secured work experience placements in the few months following their attendance on the scheme.

With the exception of travel to and from Edinburgh, everything else, from accommodation and food to the actual workshops, is entirely free. Applications open on February 14 2011 and applications are sought via our website atwww.mgeitf.co.uk/thenetwork. Applicants can save their application form and come back to it as many times as they like until the closing date - 15 April 2011.

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#UWS BA (Hons) Performance Screen  Showcase in Glasgow

The fourth year BA Honours Performance Screen Showcase is taking place today  in Glasgow.

The Screen Showcase is at the CCA at 1.00 AND 7.00 pm . All the details are here for the afternoon show. You can book for the Evening Show online .
Graduate Paul O’Donnell who recently appeared in Peter Mullan’s “Neds” will be giving a talk on getting work in the industry  after the 1.00 pm show . All details here . 

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Please come along and support Scotlands next generation of Performers and Film makers.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: AESTHETICA SHORT FILM COMPETITION

The Aesthetica Short Film Competition 2011 is now open for entries! It’s a fantastic opportunity to get your work broadcast to a wider audience and Aesthetica are keen to see entries from both new and established filmmakers who are driving short film forward. The winning film receives a fantastic prize package including:

~ £500 prize money

~ Screenings at film festivals across the UK, including Rushes Soho Shorts (London), Glasgow Film Festival (Glasgow) and Branchage (Jersey)

~ A weekend filmmaking course, courtesy of Raindance

~ 12 months membership to Shooting People, the international film network

~ Inclusion on a DVD that will be distributed to all Aesthetica readers (60,000 viewers)

The runner-up will also receive £250 as well as DVD publication. Films should be no longer than 25 minutes but can be any genre including artists’ film, music videos, dance films, horror and comedy or anything you can think of!

Entry is £15 per film. No limit to the number of entries permitted. Please visitwww.aestheticamagazine.com/shortfilm for more information and to submit. Deadline 30 April 2011.

Many thanks!

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This is an expanded version  of  a talk I gave  at  a Glasgow University Theatre Film and TV  Student Employment Forum At Gilmorehill Church On Monday 21st March 2011

“Delicious Complications” : Employment And The Creative Industries Graduate Today
By Stuart Hepburn
Here are 10 tips for Creative Graduates, in no particular order.
Tip 1. Carry out a Google search of your name.
Tip 2. Change yourself from a consumer to a creator.
Tip 3. Investigate the blogosphere.
Tip 4. Think Small.
Tip 5. Think Big.
Tip 6. Be Passionate.
Tip 7. Network.
Tip 8. Hang out with creatives.
Tip 9. Be Flexible,
Tip 10.Have a backup plan.
Why?
We are all witnessing today a world changing more rapidly politically, economically and socially than at any other time since man came down from the trees and started hitting bones with rocks.
A combination of Technological Change, Ecological Shock and the seemingly  irrevocable forces of Globalisation mean that all over the world, in all sorts of ways, people are having to cope with adopting a post-industrial lifestyle and economy.  The three hundred year “honeymoon” which Northern Europe enjoyed by leading the Industrial Revolution is apparently  over, and it would appear that  the post-colonolialist storm is about to break. It could get very uncomfortable for us cossetted Westerners, in  all sorts of ways.
The irony is that you,  as Creative Industries students from  the West of Scotland, stand at the very centre of that process, and are in a healthy  position to  take advantage of this state of flux. I’m reminded of  the Neil Simon scripted  ”Barefoot In The Park” (Sachs 1967) , where the Charles Boyer’s character  states of the uncertain future ‘ I foresee delicious complications ‘. The entire developed world is at the centre of those complications, but it is my contention today that  If you are able to take advantage of them, then  the sky could be the limit for you all.
As the  rise of the Digital Economy goes on apace,  it  means that Cultural Trade of all sorts, all over the world,  is growing exponentially. As the   the old ways are breaking down, new forms are emerging to fill  up the vacuum. For example, Hollywood makes about 500 movies a year; Bollywood about twice that. But did you know that “Nollywood” AKA Nigerian Cinema makes over 2,000 films a year?  Albeit they are low budget, locally produced and distributed and have an average budget of £10K. Across the continent,the notorious Kibera Shanty town in Kenya, 10 digital flipcams have been supplied by TED to local residents who use them   to gather, edit and then broadcast worldwide on the spot stories of their lives .  The “Woman Are Heroes” project in the same are has allowed local creative artists to have their work spread  through the use of public art, digitation of imagery and blogging.
Will Nigeria ever overtake Hollywood as a world leader in film production? Will Kibera News Network ever eclipse CNN? Probably not, but there is something very alluring in low budget hi-fidelity digitised creative output, and  like it or not,  these localised  processes  are  forcing  the old order to face  stark choices for the future. As with with every choice in life, this  is a challenge which  has  tremendous opportunities,  as well as real  dangers. It is my contention that you as Creative Industries graduates must seize that opportunity.
As graduates of the class of 2011, you  are the the first Web 3.0 Higher Education generation, and you hold the future of the world in your hands. Literally in your hands with your pdas and smart phones and  flipcams. Five years ago, I didn’t even possess a mobile phone. Now, my iPhone is an integral part of how I interphase with the world, through my website, my blogs, Twitter, Facebook, videos, photographs, a web browser and any number of other apps and creative communication tools.
I use microblogging and digital output at the core of my own pedagogy as a  key to enhancement of  the student learning experience, and I want to share with you today, the possibilities of extending those undergraduate techniques into post graduate modes of employment and sharing and even monetising your creativity. It seems to me that the key to the  whole process which we are all  going through  is the notion  of  User Generated Content,  and as graduating Theatre Students, you are uniquely well suited to taking advantage of this innovative  collaborative process.
UGC is all about creating, and developing  your own narrative through your experience and those around you, and then   sharing and disseminating it all round the world. Our world is now a 360 degree multiplatform environment, with motivated individuals and groups operating on a 24 hours a day digitised interactive basis. Open source software and UGC is the future. The post-Wiki leaks  Firewall is now  little more than the  redundant dream of overworked ICT practitioners continually attempting to put another finger in the dyke to  protect the integrity of self serving institutions.
Don’t get me wrong, I want my bank account to be as secure as can be , but I want my CREATIVITY to be as open as possible.
Universities and large institutions are as fettered as Government Departments and the Ministries of Truth all round the world, all desperately (and vainly)  attempting to hang on to their own exclusive cultural knowledge. The truth is that the genie is out of the bottle, and it is reluctant to  go back, and it seems to me that it is the task of us  creatives to ensure that it never does.
The upheavals in the Middle East, the demise of the old ways of creating and consuming news and culture, the rise of Youtube and Twitter are all manifestations of this process,  and you can be at the centre of it if you choose.
And as we stand in the West End of Glasgow and look down on to silent shipyards , empty factories and a diminishing industrial base, the Creative Economy and those who operate within it have become more and more important economically, politically and socially. Scotland has changed forever, and we will either buy into that change or be left behind for ever.
As  Jamaican Senator Donna Scott-Mottley put it in 2006….
“Sugar days are done, banana days are done, but in this globalised world, our culture is what sells us and we have to begin to look at it as a business”
For Sugar and Bananas in Jamaica, read Shipbuilding and Sewing Machines in Scotland.
But lets not get too negative here. We can pine and moan and say “Ochone” about the glorious sepia-tinted past, but there is also  good story to tell about contemporary Scotland today.  The  newly constituted Creative Scotland’s website informs us that
”  more than 60,000 people are currently employed in the Creative Industries, generating £5 billion for the economy.
It’s clear from figures such as these that  iconic structures and the digital hub around Pacific Quay, Film City and the SECC are no mere empty symbols, and that  Glasgow has a large share of that economic output. Of course, there is no guarantee that these new industries will have any more or even the same degree of longevity as the heavy engineering before it, but at the moment, they are a vital component for the success of the beleaguered Scottish economy.
So as  as the old industrial order   breaks down, and the old certainties fade away, your creativity, and your ability to articulate your own narratives become absolutely key to the way in which you interact in the brave new  world of the modern globak economy. You can be the equivalent of Kibera’s  KNN . You can tell your story to the world.
Human beings have ever hungered for stories. It’s what being human is all about ,  and theatre students have an almost unique opportunity to supply those narratives on a scale of which generations before can only have dreamed. I know, because I am one of the old gaurd who has witnessed the change.
In  January 1990  I performed in the celebrated  Communicado Theatre Company production “Jock Tamson’s Bairns” as the opening theatrical event of “Glasgow, City Of Culture”. Moving into the draughty dirty Tramway in late November ’89,   It felt as if the Trams had just  been moved out as the actors , dancers and musicians moved in. The piece, a natural development from “Mary Queen Of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off” (Lochhead 1988)  turned out to be one of the most seminal pieces of Scottish Theatre it has ever been my privelege to appear. It  was a qualified triumph, received good reviews, and Melvyn Bragg even filmed  a South Bank Show special  on it’s writer, our newly appointed Scottish  Makar, Liz Lochhead.
But that was it. The show opened on 25th of January, ran for about four weeks as I recall, and then finished, never to be seen again. The one lasting creative entity coming from the show was the continued creativity of our house band, The Cauld Blast Orchestra, which has recorded and toured sporadically ever since.
How a modern theatre piece would have a very different life story. Through the collaborative digital media there would have been a pre-production Twitter and Facebook Campaign; it might have benefitted from a #JTB Twitter hashtag and a Facebook Page. Rehearsals and workshops would have been blogged, fiimed, recorded on high quality smart phones, shared on Youtube, discussed in chat rooms, and the ripples and eddies from it would have travelled the world. A child in Kibera could have googled “Glasgow Theatre” and been able to share in all this, and indeed, reflect and add to the online narrative discussion. The digital revolution cant turn bad art into good, but it can spread the story of small, site specific art far far afield from it’s place of origin.
The future and potential for creating and sharing narratives is only limited by your imagination and ambition. The New Theatre is going to be collaborative, site-specific, multi platform and end user generated, and all those soft skills which you have learned in your time at University should leave you in an excellent position to take advantage of these developments.
But what does this stuff all actually mean? User Generated Content means that the entire creative process becomes part of an online communicated network of reflective and reflecting processes.
For example, before this talk today,  I tweeted my modest list of Twitter Followers and told them what I was going to be doing today, and wondered if they had any projects which I should be sharing with the Final Year Theatre Students.
Rosie Kane told me about the inspirational work of the Women’s Creative Company which meets at the CCA every Monday, where women who seven weeks previously wouldn’t have had the confidence to speak to a meeting of three,  are now up on their feet and telling their stories to an appreciative audience.
Linda Campbell of Write Camera Action told me about the exciting short film project she is curating.
Step2Collabo TV asked me to mention the £10K budget they had managed to create as the prize for a new pilot for a long running Screen Web Series. These creatives , through the new media, took part with me in a two way conversation which was then disseminated and refracted through this meeting with you  today and its subsequent blog. The (modest)  whole will thus be greater than the sum of the parts, and this is the most exciting thing of all about UGC.
It makes us bigger than we are alone.
It involves us.
It grows.
It turns the ephemeral nature of the theatrical act into something which can be shared.
That said, it is not an easy road to take. It involves risks, it involves exposing ones own ignorance, it involves laying out ones own creativity at the mercy of anyone out there who wants to give it a kicking. Technically also, it’s not an easy nettle to grasp. I still have only a passing understanding of Facebook. Where’s my wall? Who gave me a poke? Why do these people I have never met want to be my friends? I valiantly keep up my Facebook site as a feeder for my blogs and Tweets, but in truth I don’t really ” get it” . However, in a sense, this doesn’t really matter. Nobody “gets” it all. There is a myth, promulgated by lazy thinking,  which talks about the younger generation being the first truly “digital natives.”
I reject this notion. Many of my students at the Skillset Media Academy  University Of The West Of Scotland find themselves seriously challenged by the problems associated with the new media. They may be able to text and log on to Facebook, but as for building their own  digital footprint or monetising their creativity, they are as much at sea as an old age pensioner looking aghast at a Computer Mouse for the first time. Or a lecturer trying to understand a “poke”.
The truth is that there are no experts in this field. Things are moving so quickly, and old technologies being superceded, so that we are all simply catching up in one way or another. Every teacher has something to learn from his or her students. Every student can share  something no one else in the class has found, and there is a refreshing democracy to the whole process. It’s a heady brew indeed.
So finally what can graduating Theatre Students do on a practical level ?
So to repeat, and in more detail, here are my ten tips action checklist.  It’s not definitive, and I am sure you could add or contradict much of it. That said, it has worked for me and my students, and there’s no reason to believe even following just  some of them will make a real difference to your creativity.  (I wrote these for Theatre Makers, but it could be just as easily applied to Writers, Poets, Engineers  or Wheeltappers.)  There is creativity within us all, and WEB 3.0 and UGC gives us the chance to explore it with the biggest group of collaborators  that has ever existed. The rest of the world.
Tip 1. Carry out a Google search of your name. If you discover that the only thing online about you is a photo of the tattoo on your bum and the fact that you were hungover on Sunday, then you need a digital makeover. Get a new Facebook or Twitter account, and start posting professionally  and creatively.
Tip 2. Change yourself from a consumer to a creator. Go on to Posterous.com and create your own blog site. You might discover that you can buy the rights to yourname.com/ .net or whatever for about £25.00 for three years. It’s inexpensive, and looks very professional.
Tip 3. Investigate the blogosphere and  find out who’s interested in the same things as you. Comment on their blogs, and start to write your own modest input. You know that voluntary workshop you do every Thursday night in Garthamlock? Blog about it. Tell people what you are up to, ask for advice, start a conversation.
Tip 4. Think Small. Be specific. Write this in big letters above your computer screen. No one knows your narrative but you. Your story is unique, and may well be interesting to others. NEVER underestimate how exotic you may come across as to someone on the other side of the world who has never missed the last bus home from Yoker and had to walk all the way up Great Western Road.
J.R Prufrock’s life could be measured in coffee spoons. Choose your metaphor and tell the world.
Tip 5. Think Big. Be Universal. Write this in big letters at the bottom of your computer screen. Spread your ideas on your new professional site  via Twitter, Facebook and the myriad of other platforms that exist. Between the “thinking small” of your initial idea, and the “thinking big” of disseminating your story, lies the true WEB 3.0  crucible of creativity.
Tip 6. Be passionate in everything you do. Again and again, employers tell educators that they are looking for graduates who are bright and passionate, not quiet and introspective. Get out there, develop the glint in your eyes, and ally it to  a degree of sensible arrogance. If you don’t blow your own trumpet, no one else is going to do it for you. Get rid of the Scottish Cringe which we seem to imbibe with our mother’s milk.The Creative Industries is no place for shrinking violets.
Tip 7. Network. This DOESNT mean going up to strangers at the Citz bar  and handing them your card. It does mean going to meetings and workshops, asking questions, getting noticed, and most crucially,  forefronting YOUR WORK, however modest.  Remember that the work HAS to be at the centre of  the networking process.  All it needs for you to be a  successful networker  is for one  threshold guardian to say to  another ” I’ve heard that X’s show is quite good”  and you are away. Don”t worry about being put down, you’ll find that most doors are open for you. Any older and well established creative who is NOT interested in engaging with emerging talent is an irrelevance anyway,  and should be ignored.
Tip 8. If you want to be creative, hang out with creatives. There is no shortcut to this. In every village, in every town , in every city, there are groups of makers, doers, creators. Become one of them, and you will find that one of the most wonderful things about creativity is that it is contagious.
Tip 9. Be flexible, and don’t specialise too soon. Be aware of the need to take advantage of serendipity. If you get the chance to do something but fear you don’t have the technical skills, ask someone who does. There is a strange breed of creature out there who understand things like  Final Cut Pro and can turn your shaky DV  footage of your theatre workshop into a wonderful piece of archive or reportage. Cultivate these people, and ask for their help when you need it.
Tip 10. Finally, always have a backup plan. If things don’t work out for you, after a while , take the hint. We can’t all be Gregory Burkes  or Emily Watsons, but at least you will have tried.
Stuart Hepburn. March 2011

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 CAST Req’d:  FEMALE, 20′s for music video for an artist called The Lonely Boy who is releasing a song ‘See you in my dreams’  (I’ve heard it and it’s FAB!!) No fee but expenses will be covered and great showreel footage.  Shoot on the 13th and 14th Aprilnext door to Trongate 103.With a one day rehearsal before hand tbc.  Synopsis:  A Young Girl discovers an old record in a dusty old box, as the box opens up faint ghostly sounds of music hall performers, clapping, rowdy audience slowly fill the dark isolated space. She places the record in a Gramophone player – cue opening music, one spotlight appears showing the hall and some odd mannequins on the floor and on stage.  As she walks through the quiet space, the place slowly fills with weird and wonderful characters on the floor and The Lonely Boy on stage with his Ukele.   Her Journey is to try to get to him.  Contact with CV, Headshots:  Bash at 

 COMPOSER(s) Req’d:  The Asian sitcom pilot episode has wrapped, editing is underway and they are now looking for a Composer to get onboard.  Required to create  a title theme for us on the lines of the shows Californication, How I met your mother, 30 seconds or less in length, catchy, hip and upbeat. We also need someone to help us with the background music. It can be the same person or two different people for the above tasks.  No budget but credit and kudos ;)   Contact Sarmed at 

 ACTORS BOTHY REVAMP!! Great news!!!  The Actors Bothy is THEE weekly Actors Studio at the CCA and is currently going through a period of transition traditionally a melting pot of ideas and techniques   they’re re-discovering the Bothys core values and plan to provide a more variedprogramme of classes, techniques and events. The Bothy website is now updated with a full list of sessions and workshop leaders   www.theactorsbothy.com This weeks session will be lead by John Gilmore   Tues 22nd March, 7pmClubroom CCA.  Participants are asked to bring along a poem in English by any published poet. Preferably one that they are not too familiar with.  
The Bothy is an exceptional opportunity for actors to continue to stay in shape, to test out new ideas and to network

 

Remember to tell them you heard it through the wca grapevine!  cheers Linda Excited


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The Creative Loop Student Media Festival will take place at the CCA in Glasgow on the 19th and 20th of April.
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