Thursday, 16 October 2008

Autumn Planning Meeting 14/10/2008


ParkLife: ParkLife is hurtlin' on like a pack of hell dogs, with three produced and three more in pre-production. Decided it would be a good idea for the producer of each installment to put up a short debrief post here on the discussion board, describing roughly the process they adopted, logistical hurdles and how they could be overcome and general useful information and contacts for those producing future intsallments. It's all about payin' it forward! (The sentiment, not the film, there's no need to relive that).

Dance Puppets Dance!: A short film specifically for Matt Owen's myriad freaky deaky puppets! Self Collective's Writers' Circle are currently collaborating on the script and aim to complete a shooting draft in time for New Year after which pre-production will commence! If you are interested in any aspect of this project hit me on


ParkLife Screening:
Working date Nov 6th this year. A screening of all the ParkLife's thus far twinned with a general planning meeting for other collective projects (note that this is for collective, not individual projects, see definition on toward the bottom of the page) e.g. another 48 hour project akin to this year's Sleepless in Peckham.

SelfCollective Christmas Party!: Currently scheduled for December 5th. A screening of this year's work and a ruddy great knees up to boot! Currently looking for interesting local venues with projecting facilities, preferably free or dirt cheap. If you have any suggestions, or even better wanna help out, hit me on

Speakers Sessions/Skill shares:It appears SELFC has connections to a fair few people in t'industry who might be prepared to give a talk, instructional or partake of an informal Q & A sesh to aid us in our myriad endeavours and of this naturally we approve. Only problem being we shouldn't wish to bother said industry people if we cannot guarantee attendance in some reasonable measure. And guaranteeing attendance problematic at the best of times. Erego, should you be interested in attending/organising such activities please let us know so we could ascertain if this is a thing worth pursuing.

Other Business:

Formation of a P&P/Rep Group:
Selfc has actually been asked to attend a number of local events (e.g. Lewisham's Peoples Day, Elefest) to give us the chance to represent ourselves in the community. We've had to decline a lot of these so far due to there being not enough people free and/or willing on the given days. What is a cryin' shame as we are missin' a trick to find new members, discover opportunities and generally spread the love. Thereby we propose the formation of a P&P group who consider themselves the approachable sort to attend said events and 'represent'. Email Witchger on the subject at

That be all for now. Laters!


Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Filming in Public Spaces

Its come up in a few projects lately the issue of shooting in public spaces. As far as I know this is completely legal so long as you are in public space and shooting public space...

Here is an interesting short film on the subject:

Thursday, 3 April 2008

SELFC Writers' Group

What up fun lovin' criminals?

Next writers meeting is Thursday 10th April, 7:30 @ The National Theatre Bar.

As always a place to brainstorm new ideas for original screenplays/adaptations of any length and genre as well as the opp to workshop existing ones.

Feel free to sit in if you want to see what we're all about. And let me know if you'd like to submit something for feedback.

Much love,


Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Platforma Video IFF Call for shorts

This came through to the main account if any one is interested in sumbitting something... should work on the resource page this doesnt really go in discussion....


Dear SELF Collective,

My name is Anna Tzini and I am Programme coordinator of PLATFORMA Video Festival (

Let me tell you a few things about PLATFORMA first. It is an annual video festival located in Athens, Greece. It hosts more than 150 films from independent film makers (mainly using video and new media as their means of expression), and several tributes to foreign film festivals and creators. There are also a number of parallel events such as seminars, workshops, lectures and of course parties.

This year we thought we'd host a section dedicated to young artists who collaborate in order to get their work out there.

Directors, writers, actors who help each other out (one directs, the other shoots, a third one edits etc) in each ones films.

We want to show how important it is for young creators to stand by each other, and how that can benefit their work in terms of quality, ideas, and publicity.

We would like to see some of your video/film work in order to include it to our programme. We would love it if you could attend our festival and we will try to help with your travel and accommodation expenses as much as we can, depending on our funding which is still pending. You will of course be given free accreditation to all the festivals events and venues for all the days of the festival.

We would be very happy if you were interested in our proposal of cooperation for our next festival edition (Platforma Video 8, 7-10/11/2008).

Let me know so we can proceed with the arrangements.

Best regards,

Anna Tzini

Programme Coordinator

Platforma Video IFF

Monday, 5 November 2007

Founding Principles

The South East London Film Collective Founding Principles
Below is a starting point for a discussion on the founding principles of The South East London Film Collective. The principles are always open for constructive reconsideration and will be updated regularly in response to the sentiments that emerge here.

The creative act is an essential part of life.
SELFCollective creates an environment for local film and video makers not just to create something but to live a creative life.

The more room there is for ideas, the more ideas there are created, the better the ideas become.
SELFCollective provides a space to get ideas into practice, to collaborate, learn, develop ideas and create for the sake of creating. SELFCollective acts as a sketchbook, a place for not only making film but practicing film. Have an idea? Don't let it stagnate and become relegated to a far off unsurmountable pipe dream never to be realized for the crippling fear of failure! Get it out; make room for more! Get it into practice; make it better! SELFC provides a launchpad for major project ideas and a respectful resting ground for failed ideas. A place too, to constructively reflect on the beauty of the successes and failures of creating.

You don't need a big budget to make something worthwhile.
SELFCollective supports no-to-low budget filmmaking. By pooling resources, finding alternative avenues, putting in the elbow grease and a little ingenuity, film/video can be a relatively inexpensive creative medium. SELFCollective provides a space to pool with others your ideas, time, talent and equipment to create something bigger than yourself.

Filmmaking is not just a degree.
SELFCollective connects traditionally trained filmmakers with visual artists, social scientists, webdesigners, musicians and the like to provide a fresh perspective and innovation. SELFCollective privileges ideas, talent, a collaborative attitude and creativity not credits or degrees.

Filmmaking can be tedious and frustrating.
SELFCollective connects dedicated filmmakers with different areas and levels of expertise to skillshare, mentor and cooperate with the understanding that we all have something to bring to the table. SELFCollective creates a constructive support network to help projects develop from inception to completion.

SELFCollective is a no-budget, not-forprofit member organized network of which the meaning, function and activites are completely dependent and defined by its current active members and the ethos of a collaborative independent creativity.

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

South East London Film Collective

The South East London Film Collective is a loosely affiliated group of independent filmmakers, writers, directors, actors, technicians, documentarians, camera operators, sound recordists, visual artists, musicians, editors, students and individuals interested in active participation in local film and video production. SELFC is a member organized body which meets regularly in the South East London area to network, share ideas, skills, time, equipment and support.