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A Short film ‘Red’ by Simone Smith is filming in Glasgow this Saturday 

Lead role filled but Simone looking for 2 adult males, one Asian, one Black for featured extra roles. 
Plus a sound operator and runner.

There’s no fee on offer but food will be provided, it’s a one day shoot, everyone gets a DVD copy of the film for their showreels, plus it’ll be distributing to selected film festivals so great opportunity for exposure.

Simones latest two music videos have been screened at film festivals including Beat Herder Music and Film Festival, Southside Film Festival, and soon to be screened at Aesthetica Short Film Festival and Coney Island Film Festival, New York. They’ve also been bought by European music video distributors. 

apply directly to Simone AT 

Award winning 22 min comedy series ‘Lights Camera Action!’ by Stepping Stone Films is looking for a Urdi/Hindi speaking female actress between 20-25 years old, for a lead role.  The character will most likely be featured in future episodes and the actress will be expected to be available for a longer commitment to the show. Previous acting experience is highly desirable. Good Urdu/Hindi speaking skills are a must.  Kindly email photos and details to .

*** The first 7 minutes of the show can be viewed here:

News From Write Camera Action.


  Write Camera Action, the film making collective  in Glasgow  are looking for a Producer to make a film with the possibility of utilising green screen.  This is an exciting opportunity to get involved with WCA as Ex Producer on a cracking script for a comedy short that will be eligble for entry in the next Screening and Awards night 2012! 

 C.V. and interest to Linda at this email, schedule to be negotitated.



Student Calum MacLean from Inverness, who is about to embark on a course in Gaelic media at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, thoroughly enjoyed his FilmG master-class, being his first ever steps into film-making.

Calum said: “It was great.  It opened my eyes as to how a drama could be shot and what to expect. I’m now looking forward to making my own film.”

The aim of the weekend workshop was to give new film-makers grounding in how to make a three to five minute short production as well as building the participants’ confidence to take on their own projects. Along with providing these new skills, the weekend also gave participants the chance to share their ideas and work in collaboration with each other.


The picture below  shows tutors  Keith Ingram, Helen MacKinnon, Duncan McDonald,Becky Thompson & Stuart Hepburn with the delegates.


About FilmG

FilmG is managed by Cànan Ltd on behalf of MG ALBA. Support is also provided by the Scottish Government, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

FilmG is MG ALBA’s Gaelic online shorts competition aimed at uncovering new talent and ideas for BBC ALBA. The competition is open to anybody over 12 to make a three to five minute short film in Gaelic.


MG ALBA is the operating name of Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig (Gaelic Media Service). MG ALBA works in partnership with the BBC to deliver BBC ALBA. Find out more about MG ALBA and the partnership at

For more information on FilmG visit or contact the team directly at or 01471 888 508. Alternatively contact Lorna Gardner at Media House on 0141 220 6040 / .   

As I write this  the entire British Television Industry is descending on Edinburgh for the annual TV Festival. In my  spirit of Counter Intuitive Action, I am heading in the opposite direction to the beautiful Island of Skye for a Weekend of Film Workshops and Creativity as part of the FilmG Short Film training initiative.
Full details here of the FilmG competition and workshops at Sabhal Mor Ostaig are here .
My part of the weekend will be exploring the writing of Screenplays for short films, so I thought I would share my thoughts with you. 
Here is a pdf of my 8 step guide  for writing a successful short screenplay. Happy writing.

8 Step Guide To Short Film Writing.pdf Download this file

This first tranche of online Commercial Screen Project videos created by our University Of The West Of Scotland 
  Contemporary Screen Acting student’s are now online. 
Many thanks to Wilma, Helen and the staff at Cream O Galoway for their support and help in this process.
The projects are supported by South Of Scotland Business Solutions, and we thank Eva Milroy and her staff for all they have done for us.
Special mention must also go  to Joan Scott of the UWS School of Business for her energy and commitment to the projects.  


Wilma Finlay, co-owner of Cream Of Galloway sent us the following message 

“Cream o’ Galloway feel very privileged to have been involved with UWS’
Contemporary Screen Acting programme and feel that we now have a great
suite of short promotional videos.
As the students’ client, they interviewed us to discover how we wanted
the company to be presented. But this wasn’t a one way process, they
gave us valuable feedback on how they perceived what we had to offer and
on markets and opportunities that they felt Cream o’ Galloway was not
exploiting to the full.
The end result reflects what we wanted to achieve – a suite of film
clips that can be used to promote Cream o’ Galloway in our quieter
It really was a pleasure working with you and the students. Please
consider us again in the future for any of your projects.

Best regards – Wilma “ 

You can get lots of information about the UWS Knowledge Transfer partnership between our UWS Contemporary Screen Acting Students in the 
Dumfries & Galloway area here  .

Here are the links to the Cream O Galloway Videos. 

– Nature and Education
Hen Party
– Family Fun – Ready Steady

 Claire Dow Of The Playwrights Studio , Scotland has sent me  the following details of their Screenwriting Residences Scheme 
They’re  offering some mentoring over three residential weekends to writers who want to write a feature film. They must have some experience of the business of screen, so could have worked in TV or on short films and have a feature film burning away inside them.

Screenwriting Residencies - Apply Now!

Applications are now open for our Screenwriting Residencies, offering writers the opportunity to develop a specific feature film script.

Participants will work with high level experienced mentors, including mentor tutors from Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam. There will be three residential meetings with writers enjoying the time to work on their film between meetings.

There will also be two public events with seminal speakers from the film world to inspire writing for screen in Scotland. Participants in the Screen Writing Residency will take part in master classes with those seminal speakers.

For more information visit -

Screen writing Residencies are supported by Creative Scotland’s Creative Futures. Creative Futures’ is an ambitious programme of residencies and related activities designed to promote the professional development, vision, connectivity and ambitions of Scotland’s creative practitioners and organisations. It is the largest co-ordinated residency programme in Europe, and includes residencies that are single discipline, interdisciplinary, cross sectoral and international.

Claire Dow
Projects Manager
Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland
350 Sauchiehall Street
G2 3JD

0141 3324403

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Internship Opportunity at Scottish Sculpture Workshop
Artist Assistant (Radio)
Scottish Sculpture Workshop is offering an internship opportunity to work on an exciting radio project with artist Rocca Gutteridge. We are seeking a motivated individual with an interest in working with community radio, and how this can translate into professional art practice. The post is for one month in duration, starting on September 12. Accommodation and a small stipend are provided. For more information please contact Emily Gray at 
To apply please send an introductory cover letter stating relevant experience and interest along with your CV
Scottish Sculpture Workshop, 1 Main Street, Lumsden, AB54 4JN
01464 861372
Closing date for applications is Monday, 22 August, 2011


Write Camera Action Glasgow are looking for a variety of actors and Filmmakers to form a team to represent them . 

Actors please note rewording to ‘a variety of actors’ is required and if chosen will be part of the Team WCA for the project, ty

PLUS:   GET ONBOARD ’TEAM WRITE CAMERA ACTION!’  for the 48hr film challenge! Excited Friday 7 p.m. - Sunday 7.00 p.m. 7th-9th Oct.

 We are delighted to confirm WCA has registered to take part in the first ever 2011Glasgow 48 Hour Film Project and we’re looking for WCA participants to form a team to represent us in this exciting challenge!  

If you are interested and can keep the following dates free - weekend of October 7th-9th, (Screenings at GFT October 11 & 12) then EMAIL YOUR INTEREST NOWwith Name, role(s) applied for, skills, own equipment or not, contact details incl mobile and confirmation you can keep the dates free.  Entry is already paid by WCA so no charge to participants.  Application deadline6 p.m. Thursday 25th August and we’ll inform our winning team of WCA participants in time to go with us to meet the Organisers at their free Preview Party on Thursday, September 1, 7-10pm at The Flying Duck, Renfield St Glasgow - a chance to watch some of the best 48 hour films from past challenges, win prizes and meet teammates.  Roles available:  Asst Producer, Screenwriter, Director, 1st A.D., DOP, Camera Assist, Sound, Locations Manager, Musician/Composer or MusicalAdvisor, Costume and/or MU, Stills photographer, Editor, 2 runners, A variety of Actors.  Please state if you have your own transport available for shoot AND/OR own equipment depending on role(s) applied for.  Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
cheers Linda
Linda Campbell
WCA Co-ordinator



Thanks to Write Camera Action for the following opportunity.

Casting Call for short film ‘Killing Time’


Killing Time is a steam punk, sci-fi comedy romance about obsession and time. Auditions for our three main characters are being held in Edinburgh 10th & 11th August. We’re looking for the following actors of any ethnicity or accent:


Professor Theophilus Carter (30s):

Theo is a gangly, good-looking science geek who is obsessed with making his beautiful time machine work. He’s socially inept, nervous around women, yet a genius in his field. Think Richard Ayoade in the ‘IT Crowd’ or Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Sherlock’. If you’ve stand-up comedy or comedy acting experience and know how to work an audience with your own natural charisma, apply now!


Doctor Nick Goody (30s):

Nick is Theo’s best friend, colleague and side-kick, as well as his only remaining link to the big wide world outside the lab. The world with girls in and dates and socialising. That’s not to say Nick is a success in any of these fields, he’s just as much a loser as Theo in that respect. The difference is, he tries. Often with frightening consequences. If you’re a comedy actor who can play Watson to Theo’s Sherlock with a liberal dash of Stephen Mangan in Green Wing, apply now!


Doctor Michael Kepler (30s):

Michael is the new girl in the lab. She is hip and sardonic with lashings of brains and beauty. And confusingly a boys name. Her pretty head containing clever things, stuck on a woman’s body, a single woman’s body, causes quite a stir, which is not limited to the living occupants of the lab – Nick and Theo. The time machine has a few opinions of her own on the subject. If you’ve great comic timing and the wit and wherewithal to make time itself jealous, apply now!


Shoot dates:

7th-11th September 2011



Edinburgh, city centre. Applicants should be Scotland/North England based, ideally in Edinburgh, Glasgow or the surrounding areas.



Unpaid, travel expenses and all meals covered.


Production details:

An MFA graduation project, Killing Time is produced in association with Skillset Screen and Media Academy.


Please apply via email with your bio, head shot and link to show reel to:


We will endeavour to reply to everyone. Those we’d like to invite for audition will be emailed a map and directions to the city centre location where auditions are being held, along with a script, audition time and details of what we’d like you to perform during the audition. Many thanks in advance for your time and interest.  


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