Rebel Blog

Helpful tips, techniques, and occasional ramblings from the contributors to the Rebel Heart Film Workshop.

Posted in Film Projects, Uncategorized, on 3 February 2015, by , 0 Comments

Next Monday I’m going out to the desert near Joshua Tree to shoot tests for a new feature.

It’s an intense, quiet piece about a woman (Clio) living in a small wooden house out there with ghosts and memories, whose hermitlike existence is interrupted when a man (Alex) comes to visit. Alex was the best friend of her dead husband, and he’s come with an agenda. Clio’s husband was a war photographer, killed in Syria, and Alex wants the rights to his last work to use in a film he is making. The two have radically opposing ideas about how to do good in this world, and during the course of the film, they push each other to the brink. The ultimate question isn’t what is worth dying for, but what is worth living for.

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Posted in Uncategorized, on 31 December 2014, by , 0 Comments

At this time of the year, many of us reflect on the year that was and look forward to the year to come.

For me (and I’ll cut to the chase here): 2014 was all about the revealing of the truly corrupt and ugly nature of old power structures. The lesson was there in my professional life as I battled to finish my second film in a way that felt true and authentic to me. It was there in my home country of Scotland when they had a referendum for independence that was squashed by the conjoining of oil, financial, corporate and political powers all seeking to maintain the crooked status quo. It was there in the murder of unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent decision by a grand jury not to indict the cop who killed him. It was there in the so-called “Torture Report”. It was there in the “sad and sickening” (-Ava DuVernay) leaked emails of the big guns of Sony. It was there in the statistics of how many women or people of color directed movies this year, essentially unchanged for thirty years.

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Posted in Uncategorized, on 4 December 2014, by , 0 Comments

Here’s some advice from someone who’s been there.

So you got that magic call. I remember it well, I was literally on the floor crying. My little movie had been selected for one of the biggest film festivals in the world? I felt like Charlie and somehow I’d got the Golden Ticket. I was going to the chocolate factory. But after I’d wiped up the tears, I remember thinking, shit, what now?! And going on to google looking for advice.

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Posted in Uncategorized, on 4 December 2014, by , 0 Comments

Here’s some advice if your film didn’t get into Sundance:

So you submitted months ago, and you were waiting to hear…and waiting. And though you know the odds (it’s easier to get into Harvard!), you still kept hoping. It’s a good film. It’s better than half the shit that was there last year. But the call never came, and then you realized…your film hasn’t made the cut. So, what now?

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