Thursday, 30 June 2011

Bad Pony Productions - Official Website

Bad Pony Productions - Official Website

INDIE FILM SCOTLAND
Indie Film Scotland is a fresh new platform for independent Scottish film-makers, student film-makers and independent production companies to showcase their new work to the industry, media and general viewing public. The event was piloted at Walkabout in Glasgow and at the G66 Live Festival 2008.

This exciting new networking event will be co-ordinated by Bad Pony Productions, held upstairs in Walkabout in Glasgow the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm. The official launch night date will be announced via the local media in the coming weeks.

All genres of short film, animation, documentary, music video and creative visual arts and television work (including pilots) will be suitable for submission. Feature film, and works over 10 minutes may also be considered.

The monthly event will also be a unique opportunity for the fresh new faces of the creative industries in Scotland to socialise and network to discuss ideas and future creative projects and collaborations. Guest speakers and acclaimed Scottish film-makers will be invited regularly for Q&A sessions with the audience.

Guests will also giving mentoring and feedback on films that will be screened at the event.
An award ceremony for best film (or category) will be held every six to eight months, promoted heavily through the independent film and television media channels and online. This will be the Indie Film Scotland – Creative New Talent Awards.

Indie Film Scotland itself will be promoted extensively via the local and national mainstream media/magazines and advertising via television/radio, as well as the set-up and maintenance of an official website and official myspace/bebo/facebook. Watch this space for more info.

An agreed entry fee for films (over 5mins) and short films (under 5mins) will be charged for each submission (maximum of 3 per company/film-maker per Indie Film Scotland event). Entry to the Indie Film Scotland events for the public will be £4 on the door (students £3).

Submissions can be sent direct to Bad Pony Productions, submitted online (subject to website set-up in the next few weeks), or handed in to Walkabout in Glasgow for the attention of the Indie-Film event co-ordinator from October 1st.

Indie Film Scotland Creative Directors –Frank McGowan/Michelle Martin
Indie Film Scotland Event co-ordinator – Charlene McDonald

For more details please e-mail badponyproductions@googlemail.com.





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Andy the Daft Hermit lives 45 minutes outside Inverness with his wife Mel in an old bus parked in a layby. This current home of theirs is the longest they have ever stayed in one spot. “I’ve been travelling now 25 years,” said Andy Lowe. “Mel’s been travelling 15. One of the reasons we’ve come and stayed up here is because of Mel’s health. I wanted to bring her to the mountains for fresh air and clean water and just a slower pace of life.” Mel has had breast cancer twice, skin cancer once, and for three years believed she had bone cancer after being wrongly diagnosed. Andy’s belief in the restorative powers of the north made them pack up ‘The Black Bus’ that they live in and cross the border into Scotland. New Highland home for hermit couple Andy and Mel “I think we both believe in trying to get to a more simple way of life,” said Andy, “but it’s strange for us because we are sort of hermits, or we like to live separate, but it’s not being anti-social… it’s just the way we are that allows us to be creative.” Andy first began travelling when he left the army. Fed up with bureaucracy he packed a rucksack and left for France and has been travelling ever since. By investing any money the couple have earned into solar panels and wind generators they now live a self-sustaining existence, without electric bills, and collect rain water “straight from Heaven”. “It’s not easy,” said Mel. “There might be time when there might not be enough facilities around, but you always find a way, you know?” Rather than rejecting technology, Andy blogs about his travels online and collaborates with artists from around the world via his ‘Scratchy Heid Film Studio’, which he runs from a static trailer next to the couple’s bus. He explained his philosophy: “My belief is that if you can go through life and you drop dead and you’ve got a balance there that slightly outweighs the good than the bad, you’ve done alright. “Yesterday, with what Mel’s been through with the cancer and all that, I had a woman on one of my sites there that thanked me for the writing, for the positive things, and to me that’s worth everything. You can keep your millions, we’re not interested. That is what we do.” To check out Andy’s artwork and video projects check out his website. MORE FROM THE NORTH

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