Conversations with Filmmakers #1 – From Idea to Script

Posted on July 10, 2014

CineFringe is proud to present a 6 part mini-doc series on the process of getting your short film made from idea right the way through to festivals. Each episode is a 5-10 minute mini-guide to a different stage of the filmmaking process and we'll be posting it for budding filmmakers everywhere over the next few weeks. So sit back relax and enjoy part 1 of Conversations with Filmmakers

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Filmmaker’s Diary #6 – by writer/director James Sampson

Posted on November 20, 2013

Bristol based Writer and Director James Sampson gives us his continued diary in production of his latest short. Conversations With Strangers has gone through the mill a little since our last filmmaking blog a few months back now, which is great for the blog, perhaps harder for the filmmaker!

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Filmmaker’s Diary #5 – by writer/director James Sampson

Posted on July 5, 2013

We are stoked to bring to you the fifth part of our ongoing production blog from Bristol director James Sampson! Below we can finally see James’ ‘virus’ of an idea truly come alive, through festival recognition for the script, to the launch of the crowd funding campaign, to the shoot itself! If you can help with getting this great-looking project finished, there’s still a couple of weeks of Conversations With Strangers‘ indiegogo campaign to go. To catch up with the previous blog, click right here!

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Filmmaker’s Diary #4 – by writer/director James Sampson

Posted on April 26, 2013

Part Four of our blog series following a short film project from concept to screen is here! All the fun parts of development and pre-production are over, and Conversations With Strangers director James Sampson is getting a bit of a thumping from the real world. As usual we've provided a link to anything all you other DIY filmmakers might be interested in.

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Filmmaker’s Diary #3 – by writer/director James Sampson

Posted on March 24, 2013

Part Three of our blog series sees Bristol filmmaker James Sampson emerge from the dark cave of development into the harsh glare of pre-production, as the bigger wheels start turning on his new short Conversations With Strangers. James’ skill with a metaphor knows no bounds – this time, it’s badminton.

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Filmmaker’s Diary #2 – by writer/director James Sampson

Posted on March 1, 2013

Our series following independent filmmaker James Sampson as he builds his latest short film from the ground up continues! Last time James shared how a simple idea can grab hold of a filmmaker like a virus. Part Two explores everything he needs to assemble in order to reach the milestone we know as...the first draft!

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Filmmaker’s Diary #1 – A new blog series by writer/director, James Sampson

Posted on February 11, 2013

This is the first in a series of blogs which will share the thoughts and experiences of Bristol-based writer/director (and CineFringe Audience Award winner) James Sampson, director of 2010s Best Man to bring us in on his latest project: Conversations with Strangers, a character study about relationships.

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Nick Eriksson: Shooting ‘The Funeral Director’

Posted on November 17, 2012

We are very lucky to be able to bring you a guest blog from Nick Eriksson, the Director of Photography for Ed Carter's film, The Funeral Director. An audience favourite at the 2012 Festival, Ed and Nick decided to shoot on 16mm film rather than the increasingly popular digital methods. Nick has been kind enough to explain the process so that anyone considering shooting on film can learn from his wisdom. Thanks Nick! Over to you...

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CineFringe Award winner featured on BBC Culture show

Posted on July 30, 2012

There's nothing better than seeing a film or filmmaker featured at CineFringe go on to be a success elsewhere and when it happens we aim to let you know. This time out it's Paul Bruce, a regular CineFringe collaborator since entering his film in our first year. We love to see CineFringe entrants go on to bigger and better things (as if there's anything better than featuring at small, volunteer run Edinburgh Fringe event!). We are very happy ...

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How to get your film into CineFringe (sort of)

Posted on June 12, 2012

Desperate to make your film stand out in the crowd? Having trouble cramming in all your supporting materials into the DVD envelope? You may well be suffering from ‘Festival Psychosis’. Now that he sits on the other side of the festival panel table, film maker and CineFringe founder John Lynch offers some frank advice on the best way to approach festival applications, including what not to waste your time on.

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