Back in Derry

Booking your hotel late is a risky business. Sometimes it goes horribly wrong (Allan Watson and I felt like we were on the set of Trainspotting in our Paddington hotel during Raindance last year). Tonight I have landed on my feet, with an executive suite with a desk and riverside view, for regular price. For a micro-budget filmmaker, this is bliss. In a few weeks I have to share a room in a hostel as part of the Berlinale Talent Campus.  I’ve taken a photo to remind me in difficult times (you can see ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ on the TV).



My job here this week is to present the 72 project at a conference. This is part of my PhD so I’m quite nervous. If you’re not sure what the academic point of making a film in 72 hours is, then you should probably come 🙂 In all seriousness, I hope to share all the theory behind the practice through the coming months. For those who think they’ve heard it all before in the run up to Galway or Australia shouldn’t be disappointed. The plan is for the 72 model to look quite different from before, in a way that I think makes it perhaps the most challenging yet…

I won’t go into the juicy details before the conference, but I hope that we can share some of the plans in the next few weeks.




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