Tue

23

Feb

2016

'Borders, Barriers and Boundaries in European Cinema' - Sophia University Symposium, Feb 26-7, 2016

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Tue

23

Feb

2016

Writing in Practice Journal, Feb 2016

I have co-authored a paper with Dr. Craig Batty on The Academic Screenplay, published in the Writing in Practice journal from National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE). You can access the paper here.

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Sat

09

Jan

2016

Liberlit Conference, Tokyo; February 22, 2016

I will give a presentation at the Liberlit conference in Tokyo on 'Transnational Screenplays as Literary Texts for Intercultural Awareness'

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Tue

13

Oct

2015

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, 2015

There were many powerful narratives to be enjoyed at YIDFF2015 . Highlights included Toto and His Sisters (Romania), My No-mercy Home (Korea), Dreamcatcher (USA) and A Young Patriot (China).

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Tue

13

Oct

2015

Attendance at SIGHTLINES 2014, Melbourne

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Tue

13

Oct

2015

Honorable Mention at JSFF 2014

Three Days in Kamakura was awarded an Honorable Mention at Japan Serbia Film Festival 2014.

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Sun

07

Dec

2014

I Am Alison trailer online

The trailer for 'I Am Alison' is now online. The film is written and produced by me, directed by Martin Burns. You can watch it here.

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Sun

07

Sep

2014

Screening News: Scotland and Australia

Three Days in Kamakura will screen in Scotland in September 2014, and in Australia in November 2014. Details here.

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Tue

01

Jul

2014

Three Days in Kamakura in Competition in Serbia

Three Days in Kamakura will screen in Competition at the Serbia Japan Film Festival 2014, being held July 4-5 in Belgrade. A link to the festival site can be found here.

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Wed

16

Apr

2014

'Tenshin' screening at Japan Film Festival LA

'Tenshin', a biopic of Kakuzo Okakura starring Naoto Takenaka and Shido Nakamura, will screen at Japan Film Festival LA 2014 (where 'Three Days in Kamakura' screened last year). I worked on 'Tenshin', as reported here.

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Sat

01

Feb

2014

Liberlit Conference, Tokyo, February 2014

I will give a presentation on 'Screenplay as Literature: Pedagogical Implications' at the 5th Annual Liberlit Cofnerence in Tokyo on February 10, 2014.

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Sun

01

Sep

2013

September screenings in Sapporo and Utah

Three Days in Kamakura will screen at two festivals in September 2013, one in Japan and another in USA. Details in the screenings section.

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Tue

13

Aug

2013

'Three Days in Kamakura' screening at Portobello Film Festival, London

The UK premiere of 'Three Days in Kamakura' will take place in London on August 30th. The film has been selected to screen at the Portobello Film Festival, the UK's oldest independent film festival for short films. Details of the screening can be found here.

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Sat

06

Jul

2013

Screenwriting Workshop, London

I will be attending the Screenwriting Workshop run by Phil Shelley and Phil Gladwin in London on July 13 and 14. Phil Shelley's newletter is consistently informative and entertaining, especially for writers looking to work in British TV. I've heard only good things about these workshops, so I am greatly looking forward to this event. The workshop will cover such topics as characterisation, how dialogue really works, creating industry networks, maximising story potential, and pitching.

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Sat

06

Jul

2013

Seminar with Yoko Narahashi

On Saturday, July 6th I will attend a Seminar with Yoko Narahahsi, Japan's foremost casting director. Yoko is also an active producer, with films such as Babel, Emeperor, The Wolverine and Empire of the Sun on her CV. She also heads up, one of Japan's most presitigous acting schools. Details of the Seminar (in Japanese) can be found here.

 

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Sun

19

May

2013

'Three Days in Kamakura' screening in Kawaguchi

On Friday, May 24th, at 7 PM, 'Three Days in Kamakura' will screen at an event in Saitama in support of the launch of a new film by Martin Burns. Martin, the star of TDIK, has moved behind the camera to helm 'Opposites Attract', a short film about two daydreaming commuters who find the lines between their dreams and their train journey beginning to blur... I was Script Consultant on 'Opposites Attract', and helped out on location peeling tangerines and brewing tea one day last year.

 

Martin's film will premiere at Edinburgh Short Film Festival, no doubt the first of many festival screenings.

 

The event, to be held at MediaSeven  (next to Kawaguchi Station), is free and open to all. Hope to see you there.

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Tue

30

Apr

2013

LA and Spain screening update

SPAIN UPDATE: We were awarded a SPECIAL MENTION at the Pielagos en Corto Film Festival.

 

LA UPDATE: Assistant Director Kohei Sadomura will attend the Japan Film Festival LA and say a few words on stage after the screening.

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Sun

28

Apr

2013

'Directing Actors' with Keishi Otomo

On Saturday, April 27 I attened a seminar given by Keishi Otomo, director of 'Ruroni Kenshi' and 'Platina Data'. When I went to see the latter in the cinema last month, I was surprised by how many high school girls were in attendance. The draw for that demographic was Kazunari Ninomiya of boy band 'Arashi' in the cast. The same phenomenon seemed to be at work yesterday, with only a handful of men in the 300-strong audience, and only one Western face...

 

The director is as entertaining as he is informative, and he has a wickedly infectious laugh. Lots of his comments struck a chord. He pointed out that while Ninomiya's idol status draws in certain audience members, it also repels other demographics who do not take the actor seriously because of his 'idol' label. Otomo seems keenly aware of the need to balance the pull an idol can give to his film with the need for an individual like Ninomiya to work harder to be taken seriously because of the way he is marketed. I must admit to feeling the need to be more convinced when someone from SMAP, Arashi or V6 is cast. The director's explantion of Ninomiya's methodical process has me re-thinking my own biases.

 

The comment that stuck with me most was how the best actors are often those who have known pain. I agree, and in fact would suggest the comment applies to directors and writers, too. The trick is how to utilize that background in a performance, and Otomo's astute comments on that aspect of a shoot were educational.

 

Lots of audience members wanted to ask questions, and in that situation the fact that as a gaijin you stick out like a sore thumb has its advantages. I squeezed in a question at the end, curious to know if, after two huge hits from script adaptations, he had an interest in pursuing original screenplays. He answered yes, and even gave an indication of genre and budget range that could work. I'll be following up!

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Wed

24

Apr

2013

May 2013 screenings for Three Days in Kamakura

Three Days in Kamakura will screen at film festivals in Spain and the USA during May 2013. See here for details.

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Sun

21

Apr

2013

Seminar with Keishi Otomo

On April 27th I'll be at a Seminar with director Keishi Otomo on 'Acting.' The director is on a roll with last year's large-grossing 'Ruroni Kenshin' now doing the internatinal festival circuit, and his folow-up 'Platinum Data' achieving healthy box office domestically at the moment. Both films display admirable performances from the actors so it will be interesting to hear the director's thoughts. And as both films are based on previous works (manga and a novel, respetively), I"ll be probing him on how he feels about directing original screenplays...

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Sun

02

Dec

2012

NonFiction Now Conference, Melbourne Nov 2012

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Sun

02

Dec

2012

Words & Images, 5th Screenwriting Network Conference, Sydney, Oct 2012

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Sun

02

Dec

2012

Staff on "Tenshin"/「天心」

In December I will be crew on the Japanese film 'Tenshin,' a biopic starring Naoto Takenaka (Shall We Dance, Waterboys) about the Meiji scholar Okakura Kakuzo / 12月中竹中直人主演「天心」っていう映画にスタッフさせて頂いています。

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Tue

09

Oct

2012

Guest Blog: What does the writer do on set?

Screenwriter Dom Brancaleone very kindly let me do a Guest Blog spot on his site. This is the first in an irregular series of guest blog spots. You can access the blog here.

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