Fantastic news that two current Screen Academy Scotland students won the Production Attics pitch competition at Glasgow Short Film Festival 2019. Lorna King (MA Screenwriting) and Marcus McNair (MA Film, Producing) won for their film idea Exotic and will receive seven consecutive days’ free hire of equipment from Production Attic, plus £500 in cash courtesy of Glasgow Short Film Festival.
The Production Attic Pitch took place on Friday the 15th of March at Civic‑House the GSFF19 Film hub. The panel consisted of Matt Cowan from Production Attic, Director John McFarlane (last year’s pitch winner) and Dominique and Dan Angeloro of filmmaking collective SodaJerk.
Exotic, which was written by Lorna King and developed by Lorna and Marcus, explores themes of racism and sexism drawing on Lorna’s personal experience. Exotic tells the story of an ethnically ambiguous Scottish woman who is challenged on her Scottish roots whilst trying to get to work. Prior to the pitch, Lorna was coached in pitching by fellow Screen Academy student MA Film Director Aimie Willemse which was incredibly helpful.
The film is planned to be shot over the summer, with a team consisting of fellow MA students Claire Maxwell (DoP), Lisa Herbers (Production Manager) and Esther Conroy (Continuity Supervising). Lorna and Marcus have also attached Cathie Griffith a London based Producer who will be Co‑producing.
In 2017 Production Attics launched the GSFF Short Film Pitch. Each year they offer emerging filmmakers the opportunity to pitch for in kind equipment hire and a small cash bursary to experiment and realise their ideas.