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One extraordinary man fights for lives, reform and justice in the most forgotten jails in the world and I want to help. Will you help too? LINK HERE

This is the cause we have chosen got Talent Campus 5.0 and it’s very personal to one specific screenwriter in our community.

Imagine you had a daughter, son, brother, sister, wife, husband, friend, neighbour on death row in Indonesia. That’s the situation a close friend of mine finds themselves in. As you read this, that person is sat in a cell most people would never even house an animal in. Under constant fear of possible torture and… much worse.

When I heard their story, I knew I needed to act.

When I heard the story of their lawyer, who works for free AND also fights to save the lives of marginalised people, the innocent, and the vulnerable, I was set on fire with a desire to act now.

So in invite you to support Ricky, an extraordinary lawyer, who is FIGHTING tirelessly to improve conditions, saves lives and make an enormous difference in his country. Listen to him speak in the video on this page, it will move you deeply.

This whole experience has helped shed light into a deep shadow and I am deeply grateful for the perspective that helps me see just how good my life is, and how I enjoy liberty and freedom from tyranny. CONTRIBUTE HERE

Join me in my goal to raise £3k for an amazing human being, to pay to keep the lights on (and remember he takes no fee for these cases). Give what you can, it will remind you how wonderful life is for most of us. Then let’s smash that £3k and stretch to £5k…

CONTRIBUTE HERE

Thank you.

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones
My movies www.LivingSpiritGroup.com
My Facebook www.Facebook.com/ChrisJonesFilmmaker
My Twitter @LivingSpiritPix

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The film market can sometimes be seen as a battle for eyeballs between the studios and lowly independent filmmakers – a kind of David versus Goliath showdown.  There is no way your no-budget indie will ever make as much money as a studio film.  No way you’ll ever be as well-known, and no way you’ll ever be as popular.

Therefore, in this landscape, what does success look like for your no-budget indie?

I found part of the answer to that conundrum by reading Chris Jones’s books and attending his Guerrilla Film Masterclass a number of times.  To say he’s been a major catalyst to me in my filmmaking career is an understatement.

He was the man who inspired me to believe that I could actually make a feature film in the first place.

But, more than that, Chris and other mentors taught me that one of the first things you need to do when undertaking a big project like a feature film is to define your success before you start.  What will a successful outcome look like for you and your film?

Chris encourages you to visualise your success.  See yourself standing on the red carpet at your premiere with flashbulbs popping.  I visualised that.  I wanted that for my film.  That was what I was aiming for.

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And I didn’t want just any old film premiere.  I wanted mine in the flipping West End of London!  The Big Boys’ Playground.  We successfully crowd-funded, sold out and held a West End Premiere.  That box has been well and truly ticked!

Beyond that, we’ve had lots of other unexpected successes.  Horror maestro Kim Newman said that ‘The Redeeming’ ‘Delivers some subtle chills’.  The BBC described our film as ‘Psychologically terrifying’.  BritFlicks crowned us 2018’s Number 3 Trailer on their website.  We were the number 1 thriller on Amazon Prime UK for 6 weeks and we peaked at number 7 thriller on Prime US.  We’re making some steady income on VOD and on track to be in profit in about 3 or 4 years.

And now we’ve been nominated for Best Thriller at the 2019 National Film Awards in the UK.

For a no-budget indie film shot for almost nothing, being listed with a couple of mega-budget films such as the US$40m ‘Annihilation’ and US$20m ‘Final Score’ is an extraordinary outcome.  As Chris would say, ‘Truly remarkable – as in worthy of remark.’  Win or lose in this particular awards race, ‘The Redeeming’ has been a very successful no-budget indie film.

And it’s a dead cert that the film owes a large chunk of this success to Chris’s tips that he shares at the Guerrilla Film Masterclass.

If you want to make no-budget feature films, then maybe you should attend the class.

But, if you want to make SUCCESSFUL no-budget indie films, you absolutely NEED to be at the Masterclass.

Maybe I’ll meet you there and you can tell me all about your plan to make a no-budget indie?

In the meantime, please help us show the world that no-budget indies can take on the studios at their own game by voting for ‘The Redeeming’ in the National Film Awards.  You can find the voting link on our website at http://www.theredeeming.com

Brian Barnes

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Brian Barnes is a London-based director whose debut feature film ‘The Redeeming’ was released in early 2018 on worldwide VOD platforms.  The film peaked at number 7 on the Prime US thriller chart and was the number 1 thriller on Prime UK for 6 weeks.  The trailer has now been watched nearly 160,000 times.  Brian’s short film ‘The Urge’ won a Best Film award under jury president Timothy Burrill (producer of Roman Polanski’s ‘The Pianist’).

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We just ran our fifth Talent Campus and the first emailed fedback is coming in. If you want to know more abotu Talent Campus 6.0 and apply, you can do that HERE.

‘Utterly transformative week. I am so tired I could (and may) sleep for a week, but my god it’s been monumental’
Angela Clarke, Author

‘It was creative, intense, emotional and at times terrifying. And absolutely worth it’
Mathew White, Screenwriter

‘Jump in. The water’s cold till you get right in. Then you won’t want to get out.’
Teresa Bailey, Screenwriter

‘It’s like a glass of Beroca with an espresso chaser’
Merlin Goldman, Screenwirter

‘I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect before I came to TC, but everybody I knew who’d had anything to do with it had said it was awesome. I had some pretty fixed ideas about my capabilities as a writer, and in which direction I was planning to go. By the end of the first day, both been overturned and upended. In just a few days, I had a much greater understanding of the working industry, what it’s looking for, and what it takes to make it. Not in a high-level ‘you must work hard’ way, but in a genuine deep dive understanding of what producers and commissioners are looking for. I think it would’ve taken me years to compile that knowledge and information myself. It’s like being catapulted forwards. Invigorating, inspiring, and bloody nail-biting!’
Angela Clarke / Writer
www.AngelaClarke.co.uk

‘I have never felt so awake. Talent Campus 5.0 was a life changing experience. I’ve learned so much and made such amazing friends over the past six days, and discovered truths about myself that never occurred to me. By the end I felt like Ebeneezer Scrooge waking up on Christmas Day – a better writer and better person!‘
James Alexander, Screenwriter

‘I had expected something demanding and challenging. What I experienced was way beyond what I  could have imagined. The demands and challenges, it emerged, were all to do with my own fears of my limitations as a writer. I have never been through such a thought provoking and stimulating event where, along with fear, I experienced holding in mind and containment  as never before. My confidence as a writer has bloomed way beyond what I thought I was capable of.’
Teresa Bailey, Screenwriter

‘Talent Campus has been one of the best things I’ve done in my life. I expected there to be some confidence building, meeting some peers, you know, like LSF. Boy, was I wrong. It was even better. WAY BETTER. I did things I’d never thought I’d do before. Usually when I do things I didn’t intend on doing, it leads to embarrassment or regret. Not at Talent Campus. I felt proud, I felt empowered, and I’d do it all again. Sharing my writing passion with peers felt so good. It always does, but in this more intimate setting, it blew my mind.’
Susan Vermeer, Screenwriters

‘Talent Campus gives you a bunch of buddies who will root for you and pick you up when you stumble, just as you would do the same for them.  It’s a collaboration of kindness, willingness and motivation. Do it, you’ll surprise yourself. I know I did.’
Mari Vindis, Screenwriter

‘The whole experience took me to places I would never imagine going. It shifted me to the next level and re-ignited trust, confidence, hope and gave me wings to fly. It was life changing.’
Deborah Hodgetts, Screenwriter

‘I was reluctant to apply as I thought I’d never be offered a place. I’m sooooo pleased I ignored my inner misery gremlin. I loved it. I met some gifted and talented people, heard from professionals at the top of their game and was treated to delicious daily doses of challenges, fun, focus and inspiration’
Teresa Bailey, Screenwriter

‘Talent Campus ended three days ago and I’m still absolutely buzzing. Holy shit, I had no idea how much I would grow/learn/change over the course of the week. I fancy myself a fairly bold, confident person, but TC helped show me just how much fear was still in control of my life. I started the experience as one of those introverts who prides themselves on how much they don’t need people, but that was just fear of rejection talking. I don’t think I would have figured that out so profoundly without Talent Campus. I learned just how much my own brain was stopping me from experiencing the joy of this career and I got practical methods to help dismantle that fear. I feel like a new person and a new writer and I know that that thanks to TC. Next year is going to look radically different and about a million times more exciting than it would have otherwise.’
Aydrea Walden, Screenwriter, Los Angeles

‘The whole event is like a huge invitation and reminder to ‘seize the day’
Desi Lyon, Screenwriter 

‘Talent Campus is everything you expect from a professional course but so much more. Expect it to change your work, your confidence and your ability to succeed. I am planning to do things this year that I would have never even considered without this Talent Campus.  So a word or warning, don’t even consider applying if you don’t want it to change your life.’
Jacqueline Davis, Screenwriter

‘Thank you to you and your team for the most amazing, transforming week I’ve ever had! You are an inspiration, a facilitator of dreams and total hero! The TC experience and love continues in the What’sApp group which is awesome and certainly helping with life on the outside! I am now a fearless screenwriting warrior – the future is now full of possibilities. Enormous, heartfelt thanks’
Ros Jones, Screenwriter

‘I was blown away with talent campus, I’ve felt like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz from day one and I haven’t stopped spinning yet – In fact I know it won’t’
Chris Lang, Screenwriter

You can apply for Talent Campus 6.0 HERE.

On a personal note, it was a challenge AND a privileged to run Talent Campus 5.0. Only directing feature films pushes me SO far out of my own comfort zone, and the energy generated when I do, makes the whole experience fizzle for me. Awesome.

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones
My movies www.LivingSpiritGroup.com
My Facebook www.Facebook.com/ChrisJonesFilmmaker
My Twitter @LivingSpiritPix

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Over the last week or so I have been doing some soul searching, as well as building the curriculum for Talent Campus. By chance, during research an idea I came across resonated with something I did over a decade ago and have done many times since (I even posted about it here in 2010!)

Three words. Describe it in three words.

Your story. Your career. Your business. Your… well pretty much anything that you actively put energy into and want to improve.

I first did this process when making my Oscar shortlisted film ‘Gone Fishing’. At that time I taped Cinematic, Sensitive and Confident to the front of my script binder. This would be how I approached the entire process of making the film.

Everything I did, every choice I made, creative or practical, had to serve these three words. If it didn’t, I was the wrong choice.

I cannot tell you how much this helps when under massive pressure, as well as at the other end of creativity, when there’s no pressure and shiny distractions everywhere.

Of course I don’t really mean ‘forget a logline…’, but I do think these three words are WAY more helpful than a logline during the long act of creation. They are flexible enough to unleash the full creative potential you and your work offers, yet clear enough to result in focus, often laser focus when combined with pressure (real, imagined or self imposed).

It doesn’t need to be the same words for everything. The London Screenwriters Festival is ‘Experience, Inspire and Connect’ for instance.

For me right now, I am considering a bold creative step, and with limitless opportunities, I need to focus on what really resonates with me and floats my boat.

My three words for what I want to do next creatively would be…

  • Mystery
  • Awe
  • Confident

Certainly Rocketboy which I have been writing with Judy has all three. And I am at the tipping point now where I think I will revert to the original title too, ‘Rocketboy and Vampire Girl’.

There are other words too, words I would love to add, maybe Magical, Melancholy, Entertaining, Touching… Constellations of emotions.

I guess I can have these additionally IF I can first pass through my three words. Again, this is a flexible enough guide to encompass so much, but also rigid enough to keep us on the creative straight and narrow.

The words… mystery and awe… are what I loved about movies as a kid. That sense of magical reality created awe, and all told through the lens of mystery.

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I have taken Confident again, not as a way of being for myself (though it’s a good reminder), more about the story and treatment of the narrative. To avoid clever, tricksy, over engineered solutions. Keeping it simple yet bold.

Just writing this have given me tons of clarity an ignited the passion.

What are the three words that describe your next project? Your career? Heck, even your website…? It works really well, like ever finer filtration.

Do share your thoughts and breakthroughs.

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones
My movies www.LivingSpiritGroup.com
My Facebook www.Facebook.com/ChrisJonesFilmmaker
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As creative people we often beat ourselves up.

We could have done more. We should have done more. Everyone else seems to be doing so much better.

Hmmmm.

Social media amplifies this as we watch other people share their successes with us. Even though we know these are often rose tinted, heavily edited, photo filtered versions of reality, they often serve to remind us that we may be under achieving, even when we are not, or didn’t feel like we were until we jumped onto Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… your drug of choice.

All too often we can end up focusing on the result and not the journey.

We long for the moment of success, because when we get there, everything will be different.

Won’t it?

Maybe any given success, failure or conclusion is more like a plot point on the BIG journey of life, and never a conclusion.

Of course, we get a short buzz when we do ‘get there’. And then, for that moment, we get to be that person on social media that makes so many of our ‘friends’ feel that little bit less.

Social media or not, that buzz around success and achievement is short lived. Very short lived.

And once again, and all too quickly, we find ourselves gazing up at the mountain and wondering what the hell we are doing?

All too often we find ourselves in a state of anxiety, FOMO, and general unease.

And paradoxically, these feelings of anxiety, generated by our success, or the success of others, often lead to greater creative shutdown.

So what is the answer?

First, I believe we were evolved in small social groups. For many many thousands of years we developed our social skills and relationships in groups numbering many tens, perhaps even a hundred. Now we live in an interconnected world of billions. If you have a news app, BBC, Daily Mail, LBC… we are bombarded with fear. It’s relentless. And that’s BEFORE we even get to social media. We are NOT evolved to cope with the quantity and relentless messages of fear. Maybe its time to delete those apps, yes delete, not just stop looking at them. Like crack, they are designed to lure you back in.

Second… Social Media. FOMO, the fear of missing out. Yes everyone appears to be enjoying a better life than you. Aside from those who are not, and posting about how they are not having a good life. Both extremes pull us in emotional directions while at the same time often leave us feeling a bit helpless. Maybe it’s time to break up with your phone entirely? Or at the least establish some healthy ground rules?

Third… Acknowledging and celebrating successes. This is perhaps the most paradoxical. When we look back at our year, we often find that we actually achieved a great deal. We should celebrate that. We should acknowledge that. And we should take time, effort and compassion to edit, design and create powerful memories around these successes. Once the experience passes, which is all too brief, we are left with memories. Often, we allow these memories to fade away. Or because we don not consciously edit our memories, we can focus on the wrong bits, less inspiring bits.

Perhaps over these next few days, you should do a success audit and list all the things you achieved that meant something. Some small. Some large. And relive the memory, look at photos, read blogs, watch videos. And consider what you learned. What was the meaning? It’s THIS meaning that defines the quality of the achievement, not the achievement in of itself.

Design the meaning behind the success.

Make that the memory… of choice.

And so I want to reflect on my own personal successes this year and what they mean to me…

Shooting Never Too Late
Over the spring, we shot a VERY ambitious short film to highlight the need for exercise in older people, especially in the winter.
Memories… A very intense shoot that pushed me to the limit in terms of coverage, scene and costume changes.
Meaning… Trust the process, shooting an impossible schedule, trust the process.
www.LuminosityLondon.com

The Impact50 Trailer
Finally we had enough short films submitted to The Impact50 that we could cut a trailer, a trailer that became instrumental in taking this project to the next level.
Memories… The buzz of people finally seeing something that represents the ambition of the project.
Meaning… Always wonderful when creations are released into the wild.
www.Impact50film.com

Shooting The Presidents Speech
Shooting the ambitious opening for Impact50 really stretched us, but getting Olivia Williams involved proved a lighting rod for getting the killer location, working with a worldclass team and crowdfunding the budget fast.
Memories… Bringing it all together for a single memorable moment.
Meaning… Aim high, work hard, get the result.
www.Impact50film.com

Talent Campus 4.0
Running the fourth iteration of Talent Campus was perhaps the most fun yet. An amazing group of people who bonded, with the most moving of human challenges. The experience pushed my to go way outside my comfort zone and boy was it worth it.
Memories… A specific exercise I don’t want to share, needs to stay in the room.
Meaning… Deep human connection manifests courage and the most extraordinary storytelling. What a privilege.
https://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com/whats-on/sessions/the-screenwriters-talent-campus

LondonSWF 2018
The ninth festival was our most challenging, for a number of reasons. But the team was the most experienced team to date, and it showed with a near flawless three days.
Memories… The best team ever.
Meaning… Trust in your gut.
https://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com

The British Screenwriters Awards 2018
The fifth outing of the Awards was the first time we ALL felt we could nail it 100%.
Memories… Under-rehearsal terror
Meaning… Experienced team plus a little under-rehearsal creates the magic.
https://www.britishscreenwritersawards.com/

Jerusalem Awards
Our Christmas film from 2017 ended up winning best film at the Jerusalem Awards at BAFTA.
Memories… Seeing the film on the big screen, always a revelation.
Meaning… The magic lies in the dynamics between the push and pull of creative tensions.
www.LuminosityLondon.com

Launching Never Too Late
Our Christmas film about Santa needing physio launched in early December and reached over 1 million views over multiple platforms. Amazing.
Memories… Edit after edit after edit after edit… Refine, recut, polish until the diamond shines as brightly as it can.
Meaning… The joy of moving peoples hearts never gets old.
www.LuminosityLondon.com

Twisted50 and Singularity50 Book Launches
The Awards and Book launch began with a haunted house experience where we terrified our guests.
Memories… Ghosts and exorcisms in the dark, and the thrill of horror in the real.
Meaning… It’s SO much fun, this is not work!
www.Twisted50.com

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As for next year…?
Well there are plans afoot as ever. Let’s see how the game evolves.

My last thought. It’s been a pleasure to write down the main and public achievements of the year. Of course there have been failures (an opportunity to learn) and small personal successes also. All just as relevant.

But to revisit the big successes reminds me of WHY I do what I do, and why I love it.

Why not write your successes down, listen to music when you do, and celebrate like a five your old.

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones
My movies www.LivingSpiritGroup.com
My Facebook www.Facebook.com/ChrisJonesFilmmaker
My Twitter @LivingSpiritPix

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Yesterday I got some very sad news. Filmmaker, friend and passionate advocate of storytellers Anil Rao passed away in the early hours of Christmas day.

I got to know Anil very well through Create50, mostly during the 50 Kisses production.

His film version of Neil won best film, you can watch it here on my blog, and you can see why he won. It’s startling as well as made on zero budget.

When Anil won best film at the awards for 50 Kisses he was delighted. He shared with me later that it was his dream come true, to be acknowledged this way AND to have his mum present, to share this with her. He was over the moon to have been able to bring his mother as his guest for the evening. Here’s what he wrote about his film…

I found in Nigel Karikari’s script NEIL, the opportunity to relish my film theory of image montage as haiku, the connection of disconnection, to reference and keep the traditional aspects of cinemas heritage in silence alive.

Image as meaning, meaning as story, and story… as a timeless, tailored and organic understanding on the humanity of who we are, in ourselves. A non-linear experience exposes us to discover and seek a reasonable truth, truth as a memorial jigsaw we ultimately know how and yield to put together, because we demand an outcome to the intellectual questions raised and placed before us, because the surprising thing for all of us to discover when we do this is that we are all actually non-linear in our thoughts, in our memories, in our actions, in our reasoning, and that by being linear, we embrace a mechanical idea, not an organic one.

N.E.I.L. is a story of both hope and hopelessness, of faith and courage and ultimately pain and loss.

Anil also won another competition we ran in the early years of LSF, a one page script written by Milethia Thomas, and directed by him, based on the riots in London in August of 2011. We called it ‘Four Nights In August’. Again you can see the film here.

Anil spent a great deal of time reading scripts and feeding back on films during 50 Kisses, his responses always considered, constructive and again, perhaps his signature way of being, passionate.

Like so many filmmakers of our generation, Star Wars was a significant part of his life. I know many of my filmmaker buddies feel that they are the champion of the Star Wars universe knowledge, but few, if any, could beat Anil in a head to head. So much so, his son has a middle name inspired from that universe that will I am sure always remind him of his father.

Getting news like this is always a shock and a reminder of our own mortality.

Anil I am sure would be the first to offer up wisdom about how to receive this news, by keeping the focus on what is important to us, about clarity on what we really want, about taking more time to reflect and refocus, and of course, to spend time with those around us who we love the most. He was wise and generous in that way, and you could always count on him to offer deeper insight into any event, good or bad.

I don’t know the specifics yet of his passing, but from conversations with him over the last few years, (and after he suddenly withdrew from Social Media three years ago), maybe I can throw a little light in that direction. His passion drove him to overwork in 2015, which in turn drove him to drink too many energy drinks. Those drinks led to a catastrophic cardiac arrest around three years ago, an event he was very lucky to survive according to his doctors. That’s right, energy drinks caused a heart attack in an otherwise healthy and fit man in his forties.

In his passing, I know Anil would like me to share this as a cautionary tale. His parting gift to us perhaps. We would be wise to accept it.

I will miss our conversations Anil, I will miss your boundless enthusiasm and deep insight, and the world has lost a filmmaker of great passion and courage.

He was a spiritual man, but I don’t know if he held any specific faith, except perhaps for ‘the force’. So I like to think of him now, watching over us, with Luke, Obi Wan, Anakin and Yoda…

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones
My movies www.LivingSpiritGroup.com
My Facebook www.Facebook.com/ChrisJonesFilmmaker
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Not many people know about this but I do a lot of Santa work around Christmas, for the local kids.

It all grew out of my very first seasonal job when I was 15, that of Stunt Santa for the local department stores in the North West of England. It would be me that arrived on the fire engine, open top bus, helicopter etc, then pass through the enormous gathering of kids and parents, before being switched out for the real (well at least, older) Santa for the grotto experience and photos. Theatre and illusion and EVERYONE loved it. It really was a big thing back then.

This was the inspiration for charity Xmas film we made this year, launched a few weeks ago, which has now passed a million views across platforms and various edits.

These pictures here are of me from the eighties. I still use the same Santa costume and we also used it in the film too.

If you spend time with older members of your family this Xmas, give the film a watch, it has a and important message about keeping mobile, and more importantly, it will give you and everyone who watches with you a love punch in the feels. Promise.

You can watch it on Facebook here…
https://www.facebook.com/chrisjonesfilmmaker/videos/10156466739405091

And on Youtube / My blog here…
http://www.chrisjonesblog.com/…/watch-our-christmas-film-ne…

Do feel free to share too as the message is important.
Here’s to a wonderful few days… And an exceptional new year.

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones
My movies www.LivingSpiritGroup.com
My Facebook www.Facebook.com/ChrisJonesFilmmaker
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What a SPECTACULAR evening we share at the Twisted50 vol 2 book launch and awards last Tuesday. The video will give you a sense of the event, the show and the passion present on stage.

For those not present, here is a list of the main category winners for both books (which you can now get on Amazon).

Drum roll please…

Twisted50 vol 2 Winners
  • Best Story (1st place) – Brain Drain written by Lee Burgess
  • Best Story (Joint 2nd place) – Wholesale Flesh Club written by Melissa Szydlek
  • Best Story (Joint 2nd place) – The Art is Absent written by Leo X Robertson
  • Most Twisted Tale – Worms written by Emma Pullar
  • Best Character – Clive in Market Research written by Richie Brown
  • Best Death – Teddy by written Paul Shearer
  • Most Outstanding Original Voice – Black Ink written by Penegrin Shaw

Fabulous evening last night at the Cinema Museum. Huge thanks to Chris and the team for organising such a brilliant, spooky, fun event. Great to be able to come together and celebrate all the talent on show in Twisted volume 2 and Singularity50.
Caroline Slocock

I just wanted to say what a huge thrill it was to be invited to the Create 50 Twisted 2 / Singularity Awards at the Cinema Museum, London where so many writers works were celebrated. It is a privilege to be recognised for something for which, certainly speaking for myself, when writing my piece, recognition was not on my mind, but was simply trying to serve the story. To then discover that other people have connected with the story and the emotional impact of what you have written is the best reward anyone can receive, to then have that elevated to recognition by your peers is exceptional. Thanks again for a marvellous night where old friends were reconnected and new ones discovered.
Les Grice

What a GREAT evening…!

Chris Jones
www.Twisted50.com

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www.csp.org.uk/nevertoolate

Earlier this year we shot this little Xmas film to highlight the challenges some older people face in the winter months. It grew from the idea and question, ‘what would happen if Father Christmas needed physio?’

The script for ‘Never Too Late’ was written by LondonSWF delegate Jon Ryan who we also collaborated with on ‘Rehab Matters’ that was a huge success for the Society of Physiotherapy last year.

We are all very proud of this little movie too, it does seem to bring a tear to the eye for many people, and also genuinely helps highlight an issue.

You may also see a two minute version floating around on Facebook and Twitter also.

Of course it was made for very little money and of course, I want to thank and congratulate everyone involved, production, camera… But especially the often under appreciated trifecta of costume, makeup and production design whose life was made hell by many locations, set over several decades, with an enormous cast and KIDS!

We even pulled snow out of the bag with a super cheap snow machine of Amazon. So thank you Linda, Jason and Natasha and your respective hard working and in this case, very much appreciated teams.

As an aside, and also part of the genesis of the narrative, not many people know this but when I was a young man, I was a ‘Stunt Santa’.

Wait what? I was the Santa that came into town on a boat or on a fire engine, hanging on for dear life in the days before Health and Safety. As I entered the department store there would be a moment where I would disappear into the grotto, only to do a switch with the old man who would play the ‘real Santa’ for the kids – he would come out and the illusion was sealed. Parents could always see the switch, but the kids never seemed to. I do love the magic.

I do hope you enjoy watching as much as we enjoyed making it! And here are the behind the scenes we also put together for the film…

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones
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