Scriptapalooza wants (to) Kiss and Make-Up

Beg Steal Borrow News, Festivals, Kiss and Make-Up, Screenplays, Uncategorized

William Brown’s screenplay, Kiss and Make-Up, has been accepted into the 2016 Scriptapalooza International Screenplay Competition.

Judges on the Scriptapalooza panel include representatives from Lawrence Bender Productions (Reservoir DogsPulp Fiction), Ambush Entertainment (The Squid and the Whale), Bender-Spink (A History of Violence), Ghost House Pictures (Evil Dead), Cross Creek Pictures (Black Mass), Aperture (San Andreas), Industry Entertainment (Requiem for a Dream) and many more.

Founded by Mark Andrushko and running since 1998, Scriptapalooza has featured in Entertainment WeeklyVarietyVanity Fair and The Hollywood Reporter, among others.

Over 90 scripts from Scriptapalooza have been optioned, with nearly 80 writers having been hired to write for film or television as a result of the competition. Furthermore, of participants in Scriptapalooza, 68 have gone on to have films released and/or moved into production, with nearly twice that number of writers also getting an agent or manager.

Needless to say, therefore, William is delighted to have had his script selected for the competition. Who knows what his chances are from here on in, but we shall see. Quarterfinalists are announced in late July, with the winners being announced in mid-August 2016.

Kiss and Make-Up is a screenplay about a man who disguises himself as different people in order to remain close to his ex-girlfriend. In October 2015, the script was selected as a finalist at the Oaxaca Film Festival.



Kiss and Make-Up selected as finalist for Oaxaca FilmFest Global Script Challenge

Awards, Beg Steal Borrow News, Festivals, Kiss and Make-Up, New projects, Press and Blog Mentions, Prizes, Screenplays, Scripts

Beg Steal Borrow’s William Brown was selected as a finalist for the Global Script Challenge at the sixth Oaxaca FilmFest in Oaxaca, Mexico.

The top left positioning alas did not mean first prize.

The top left positioning alas did not mean first prize.

William’s script, Kiss and Make-Up, was one of 12 scripts to be selected for the final – with William ultimately losing out to Dave Ryan for his script, Coffin.

Kiss and Make-Up is a script about a man who disguises himself as different people in order to remain close to his ex-girlfriend. It is the first script that William has submitted to a film festival – and he is delighted to have made it through to the final.

Indeed, as a finalist one can happily claim to have come second or joint second.

Now, all that remains is for someone to produce the film – be it specifically as a Beg Steal Borrow production or otherwise.

Oaxaca FilmFest’s curator, Enrrico Wood, described the script as ‘funny, well-written and witty.’ May such positive feedback continue – and may this be the first of many festival inclusions and perhaps even plaudits.

William relaxes with a beer after making it to the final of the Oaxaca FilmFest's Global Script Challenge.

William relaxes with a beer after making it to the final of the Oaxaca FilmFest’s Global Script Challenge. Photo by María Villanueva.

Many thanks to the Oaxaca FilmFest for including the script and then for listing it as one of the 12 finalists. The Global Script Challenge’s panel of judges included Couch Fest founder Craig Downing, actor Orlando Moguel Granados, directors Ron Leach and Jorge Pérez Solano, screenwriter Mariana Musalem Ramos, Keya Khayatian of the United Talent Agency, and film critic José Quintanilla.

Furthermore, the Oaxaca FilmFest, which was founded in 2010 and which has already garnered a reputation as ‘Sundance south of the border’ also works in partnership with the Sundance Institute – thereby making it even more of an honour to have been selected and then included as a finalist.

News about two feature films and a script

Beg Steal Borrow News, Circle/Line, New projects, The Benefit of Doubt

Long time no blog – for which apologies.

But there have been some interesting/exciting Beg Steal Borrow developments over the past few weeks – with even more brewing – so keep a look-out for future events, too – since there hopefully will be screenings of SelfieUr: The End of Civilization in 90 Tableaux and The New Hope to announce in the coming months, both in the UK and further afield.

The script

Let’s start with the script. William Brown’s screenplay, Kiss and Make Up, is in competition for six awards at the Oaxaca FilmFest in Mexico, which takes place 9-17 October 2015.

The script, a comedy that tells the story of a man who disguises himself as different people in order to stalk his ex-girlfriend, is one of the screenplays selected for the Global Script Challenge. And at Oaxaca, William will hopefully be meeting other writers and film people in order to be inspired.

Circle/Line shoot completed

While this blog does not constitute a final diary entry for the film per se, it is to announce that cinematographer Tom Maine and director William Brown finished shooting Circle/Line just before the end of August – and in spite of heavy rain that often made stopping people in the street for an interview next to impossible.

We did a mid-July shoot at Edgware Road, meeting in particular a couple of former students from Kingston University who are engaged in trying to do charitable work in the Middle East, before then filming in late August at Paddington, where we had a fascinating interview with a somewhat distraught and unemployed man, who feels hopeless with regard to being able to turn his life around – particularly in relation to finding a job.

There followed a rain-soaked interview Bayswater with, amongst others, a man from Sicily who talks to people about God, and a very chilled-out/relaxed guy from Australia who seemed to know the formula for happiness.

At Notting Hill Gate, we met some visitors from Germany and a student from Italy, before at High Street Kensington chatting with another German woman and a man on his way to watch the Arsenal play.

At Gloucester Road, we spoke in particular to an Argentine lady who is hoping to find a way to stay in London, a city that she feels that she loves. And at South Kensington, our final location, we chatted to two men, one French and one British, who are working on an app that is designed to help people to maximise happiness.

Given that the topic of the film is, with a hat tip to Edgar Morin and Jean Rouch’s Chronicle of a Summer, about how happy people in London are, this seemed a most appropriate interview with which to finish principle shooting. For, the final interview combined not only people also engaged in happiness, but also an Anglo-French effort to achieve it.

Now, for the edit. More news to follow when the film is ready for preliminary screenings.

The Benefit of Doubt

But, before that, Beg Steal Borrow are also set to shoot a new fiction film, The Benefit of Doubt, which retells the myth of Ariadne after she has been abandoned by Theseus in France’s Nice.

Starring En Attendant Godard lead Hannah Croft in the Ariadne role, the film will also feature performances from Beg Steal regular Nick Marwick, and Greg Rowe, who makes his second film with us after a small, but memorable role as an R2 unit in The New Hope.

Filmed in Nice, The Benefit of Doubt hopefully will also pay homage in part to Jean Vigo’s À propos de Nice, one of the great short films that was shot by Dziga Vertov’s brother, Boris Kaufman.

More news will certainly follow after the shoot, which takes place from 1st to 9th October, with Tom Maine taking up his regular duties as cinematographer, and with Andrew Slater also returning for production duties – with help from Annette Hartwell and Lucia D. Williams.