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How American Indies Produce Movies… Make Your Film Inevitable! With Ted Hope and Christine Vachon

If you like the video above, you can get access to the whole four hour seminar online by heading out to and signing up free. I hope you enjoy the advice Ted and Christine offer, they have made over 100 movies and won Oscars, BAFTA’s, Sundance, the lot! Onwards and upwards! Chris Jones My […]

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‘Star Wars’ concept artists Ralph McQuarrie dies, aged 82 – his top ten paintings…

Legendary concept artists Ralph McQuarrie died on Saturday, aged 82. For so many film makers of my generation, his artwork fired the imagination and adorned our teenage bedroom walls. And his work was instructive for personally, as it showed how a stunning artwork could bring a story vividly to life, all before a frame of […]

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The ultimate guide to digital filmmaking.

Christmas horror shocker for film makers… BEWARE!

Above – short film ‘Treevenge’. Beware it is a SHOCKER and VERY GRAPHIC! But also hilarious! Enjoy! (Mum, don’t watch it, you won’t sleep for till next Christmas!) To celebrate Christmas in a way befitting guerrilla film makers, I thought I would share this short film ‘Treevenge’, plus an interview with the film makers from […]

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Four days in august filmmaking challenge.

Enter our one page screenwriting and film making competitions to win great prizes and seen by top talent

Now that our Screenwriting a Film Making Competitions are live, I thought I would write about why these competitions are going to be so fascinating, and why you should enter, be you a filmmaker or a screenwriter. So what are the competions? 1. A one page screenwriting competition, free and open to anyone, that closes […]

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Take your writing to the next level

Highest rated speaker at the 2010 London Screenwriters Festival, Linda Aronson, is coming to town to run her landmark two day workshop on Advanced Screenwriting and Parallel story telling. When: November 12th and 13th How Much: £119 – discounted for blog readers to £65 (use code CHRISJONES) FIRST 50 TICKETS ONLY Where: Regents Park […]

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The Calendars Are Completed!

You may recall that a few months back, Gone Fishing DP, Vernon and myself, were guilty of spending a whole Sunday shooting an all girl netball team in semi clad attire. If you didn’t see it, there is a hilarious video of the days shenanigans here. The shoot has now resulted in a super A3, […]

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Movie Blueprint at Sundance!

I just took delivery of ten Guerilla Film Makers Handbooks and wouldn’t you know it, the publishers sent me copies of the Movie Blueprint by mistake! Doh! At the very same moment, I also got a mail from a fellow film maker, Jason Clancy, who bought the Movie Blueprint some time ago and has been […]

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Bahamas, the complete webisodes…

With the dust settling in the Bahamas, I have now edited the two webisodes together and added a few testimonials from people who really connected with the film. Several people came and spoke to me about how much the film had touched them, people who had recently lost a parent. What they shared with me […]

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Prepping for Memorabilia Mayhem

Tomorrow, I am going to be attending Memorabilia at the NEC, running a DVD sales stall with co-film maker buddy Simon Cox. Memorabilia is a sales fair for science fiction, fantasy and horror fans, wa place they can buy rare stuff and get signe photos from attending stars. I have to admit I am a […]

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Living day by day…

Right now, I am just surviving the busiest two weeks of my entire life. And I use the word ‘surviving’ reservedly. I have just had a really tough day, and I am now bracing myself for an all night session on the job I am completing… All will become clear in the coming days, and […]

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Dinard, the analysis…

Back in London now and reflecting on Dinard. It’s a strange festival, in fact more a kind of film convention mixed into a film festival (Cannes in a microcosm), a place for new and established players in the film business to mix. It’s clearly a very important one if you want to make it in […]

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Project: NIGHTWATCHER stalks out…

Today, a story idea I have been mulling over for some time was kicked off in an innovative way (at least innovative for the me!) – in a writing group. Over the last few months, lots of opportunities have been coming our way and I needed very much to generate some new screenplays, and this […]

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Tonight is the night of the Kodak Awards!

It’s all VERY exciting! Everyone here at Team Living Spirit is simply giddy with anticipation at tonights events. We are officially up for the Kodak Best Cinematography, and the Kodak Audience Award for Best Film. There is still time to see the films and vote, so if you haven’t yet and can do so, try […]

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Documentary masterclass success!

We are all just recovering from an awesome Documentary Film Makers Masterclass that we hosted this weekend, run by Andrew ‘Zee’ Zinnes, and co-author of The Documentary Film Makers Handbook with Genevieve. We had a packed class of 15 and everyone had a great time, especially on the Sunday afternoon, when ideas are work-shopped. Having […]

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Oscars Eligibility Screening Is Booked

It’s Oscars time baby! There are two ways to get into the race for the Oscars (for short films). First you win an Oscars accredited festival (which we are still putting in for, but we can’t risk waiting on a win). Second is to screen commercially in LA, which is actually easier than you would […]

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Music Cue Sheet

I have been working on compiling the Music Cue Sheet for ‘Gone Fishing’. This is a document that is legally required before the film can be publically screened. It details what music is used in the film, and who owns the various rights. The theory is that whenever the film is played (TV / Theatre […]

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Folders and granite plinths arrive

Today, the paperwork folders (that I designed and uploaded last week) arrived in record time from Vistaprint, and I have to say they look terrific. I have wanted something like this for many years as I always felt that if you are going to send any kind of paperwork, it makes a big impression if […]

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