Most Recent 50 Kisses Updates

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Filming a Kiss Goodbye by Baz Hodson

Every now and then an online competition arises which allows you to push your creative abilities on a self funded production. It’s always a welcome change from the day to day grind of making a buck, which doesn’t get any easier when you actually rely

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50 Kisses Masterclass 1 – recutting your film

As part of 50 Kisses we have invited filmmakers to act on our feedback and that of the community. Already, one filmmaking team, Sweet Home Films in LA has made their film over 20% shorter, fixed some audio problems and overall radically improved their work.

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And the screenplay award goes to…

Amidst the excitement and exhilaration of this weekend’s London Screenwriters Festival, we announced the winner of the 50 Kisses Screenplay Award to a packed Hall in the Keynote speech. Who won? “Enough” by Kirsty McConnell (Read script here) Screenwriting Legend John August said of the

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Coltons Big Night by Sebastian Solberg

I first heard about the 50 Kisses competition through Chris Jone’s blog. I loved the idea of making a crowd sourced feature film and was looking for another project to sink my teeth into. A two page script, I thought ‘how hard can it be’?

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Unbearable…

“What was I thinking?”  “Why did I think we could pull this off?” “I need to be at back work in 6 hours…” “I wonder if they’ll have bagels on set tomorrow morning? All these things were rattling through my head going into the 14th

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Enough by Simon Straub

The first desicion we had to make was choosing a script. It was rather easy because we had certain limits, no money, not much time to prepare and the cast had to be easy available. “Enoungh” gave us all that. A simple but strong story,

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Close Encounters at 1.15am…

So it’s 1.15am and I look over to see the shop manager looking sleepily at the clock. I had told him we’d be finished filming by 11pm and we’ve still got a couple of shots to do. I look at the crew but they’re working

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Shooting ‘A Ghetto Punk Romance’ on RED Epic

I heard about the 50 kisses competition through a friend and decided to read a couple of scripts out of curiosity. When I read Lloyd Morgan’s “Ghetto Punk Romance” I instantly felt inspired. It was one of those moments that you can’t quite descibe. To

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And the winnner is…

So the votes are in and we can now reveal the top ten scripts for 50 Kisses. The winner will be revealed at the London Screenwriters’ Festival next week. So to be clear, this is just the best screenplay award. There will still be awards

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A German Dream Date

We chose Dream Date because we found the script charming and witty. We could relate as parents to the storyline, and as filmmakers, well, we are all about the humour. So far in our films, we tend to stretch ourselves and try new things. So

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Standing with giants: Guest Blog by Shaun Bond

I have seen a worrying trend in some of the short film competitions I’ve seen over the last few years, where creativity loses out to high production values and polish. Often this is because the competition is held by a company looking to use the

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Q and A with Sweet Home Films’ Evan and Kerry Marlowe

How did you hear about the 50 Kisses Competition? Kerry: I met Chris Jones back in 2004 at a barbeque at Ealing Studios. He was talking about his book ‘The Guerilla Film Maker’s Handbook’ and how to be an independent film-maker, this information has stayed

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No Excuses

Maureen: For a filmmaker, I always find myself making up excuses not to make films. ‘I don’t have money’, ‘I have to work a full time job’, ‘I don’t have time’. I went to film school thinking: ‘I can write, but I can’t direct’. I

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What is the REAL value in entering 50 Kisses?

When 50 Kisses offered the opportunity to be included in the making of a feature, and particularly one with a theatre release, I jumped at the chance. The concept was that Chris called for 2 page scripts loosely based on ‘a kiss’. From over 2000 entries he selected the top 50 and put them on-line

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50 Kisses WILL be released in the Cinema in the UK

Today we reached an exciting agreement with a UK distributor. I am not going to reveal any details just yet, for reasons that will become apparent later, and we will be contacting 50 Kissers over the coming weeks to explain ‘in secret’ what our plan will be. But… HOORAH! More will follow soon. Chris Jones

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A Kiss In Cannes by Kulvinder Gill

As our registration was completed so close to the deadline, finding accommodation – let alone reasonably priced accommodation – proved to be a challenge with most hotels rooms and apartments already spoken for. In the end, we booked rooms at the first place we found that still had vacancies, namely a budget hotel in Mougins,

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Creating the 50 Kisses end title sequence

Over the last few days, our fabulous editor Ricky has been wading through what feels like a zillion credits, and has spent days building and rendering in After Effects in order to create the end title sequence for 50 Kisses. To be clear, every one of the winning 50 screenwriters is credited, and every film

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50 Kisses Promo Released

TO LEAVE A COMMENT: CLICK ON COMMENTS BELOW We are delighted to release the 50 Kisses promo today. Please share with everyone you know on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest – everywhere! Embed on your site and get it out there for the world to see. It is worth just noting what a promo reel is

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50 Kisses promo music winner announced…

Earlier this year we ran an initiative to find music tracks for 50 Kisses. Thank you to everyone who entered their songs. We had great fun listening to them, and were quickly able to make a shortlist. The shortlist ended up playing more like the soundtrack to a very cool indie movie than a competition

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‘Never Forget’ by LCB Films enters festivals

Never Forget is a short, part of a british competition and if it wins will be part of the feature film “50 Kisses“. It is also the first film I directed and was a director of photography (yes both at the same time). As you may have realized by now, it is a big deal

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50 Kisses – Where are we now?

So, we’ve been quiet. You cannot fail to notice this. Truth be told we grossly underestimated how much time and effort the post production and tie up process would take for 50 Kisses. Why? Well, for one we have a team of volunteers and are dependent on when they can and can’t come into the

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Dream Date BTS

Cool slideshow of BTS images from their shoot for Dream Date, from Makelight Productions in Germany. Very cool. Another Kiss? Here’s some related posts 50 Kisses ~ The Contest ~ The Feature ~ The Premiere in Houston, Texas by Laura Koons Yes We Made The Lesbian Film: What 50 Kisses Means to Us at MakeLight

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Making ‘The Moment’ (twice) By Anthony Carpendale

Better late than never… Four months past the deadline, I’m wheezing to the finish line with my take on popular 50 Kisses script, ‘The Moment’. Actually, two Moments as we filmed two complete versions, our talented actors Noel Bateman and Terence Drew swapping guns to see who performed better as hitman and target. Back in

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From 50 Kisses to 2 Pages a Week by Robert J. Lee

“It’s like not being able to enjoy your weekend because you have homework to do.”  That’s how I described running my blog Two Pages a Week recently to a producer. A feeling I think most of us can relate to but one to which I willingly subject myself every week. Last year I wrote a

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Make the most of your 50 Kisses film

The 50Kisses competition has entered a quiet period, as those in charge of creating a feature film consisting of many separate and, often, very different short films beaver away at the seemingly impossible task. Roughly 130 films sit idle, waiting to hear whether they have made the final cut.Each and every one of the films

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