I’m going to start posting photos I’ve taken during the week that inspire my filmmaking, starting with this incredible sculpture. It’s actually the trophy I received after my short film, Nice Shootin’ Cowboy, won the Narrative Short Jury Award at Austin Film Festival 2009 (USA). The win subsequently qualified our film to be in the final 80 […]
Author Archives: Ben Phelps
We can always do with a little bit more inspiration…
Lesson 1 – I note that there were two Aussie films in the mix – Sam Worthington’s Drift and The 25th Reich. Good on them for trying to sell their films, either before or after production. That’s the entrepreneurial spirit we need to see more of in Australia. Lesson 2 – Notice what the Americans […]
Imagine if you were offered the chance to direct your debut feature film. And just before shooting, the FBI pulled the rug from beneath you because the entire film production had been a sting to nab dodgy teamsters. Bummer! You can read the true life story here. Anyway, at least the director can live with […]
It’s audience members like this who increasingly keep me from going to the cinema. If only an Australia cinema (chain) would introduce the same rules as the Alamo Drafthouse, Austin USA. Don’t text during the movie. Don’t answer your freakin’ phone. And shut up! (Yeah, I’m looking at you, Mr Retell Every Joke Two Seconds […]
It’s been all over the net. Still, it’s worth another look. Or three. One of the few web series I’ve enjoyed. It’s funny because it’s true…
It’s been a while since I last posted. We’ve been writing. A lot. For many of our American screenwriting idols, their first screenplay to be filmed is the 11th screenplay they wrote. Why is it always the 11th script?! Is that a lucky, or unlucky, number? Anyways, the faster we get to our 11th script, […]
My short films, Nice Shootin’ Cowboy and Checkpoint, are now online. Festival regulations have prevented us from doing so until now. Watch Nice Shootin’ Cowboy in HD on the full screen mode. Crank up the volume to play it LOUD! Watch Checkpoint in HD on the full screen mode. Crank up the volume to play it LOUD!
A couple of mates, Scott Mannion and Luke McKay, are harnessing crowd funding to finance their new short film, Anima. Check out their website and get involved. The script is great!
More great screenwriting ‘do and don’ts’ from that crazy film reviewer. Part 1 of 9 You can watch the remaining gems here.