2.30 Productions

 

230 productions

2.30 was set up by actor / writers PJ Selby, Sacharissa Claxton &
Frankie Williams, with the aim of creating opportunities for
themselves and others by collaborating with new talent across the
board.

2.30 have just finished their first project, a comedy series entitled
‘Shilpa’. Look out for the trailer which will be released this month
They are now in production for their new comedy series ‘Baybes of a
Feather’ which will feature on their YouTube channel.

As well as quirky, off-the-wall comedy sketches, they are in
pre-production for three short films to be released in 2016. They are
always on the look out to collaborate with actors, writers, directors
and crew and believe networking and supporting others’ work is the way
to succeed in this industry. Follow them on twitter (@230_Productions)
and Facebook (2.30Productions) for updates, castings or just to drop
by and say hello!

2.30 productions are interested in connecting with people and sharing ideas at future scratch nights and secret film nights that we’ll be organising. So remember to look out for the Actor Awareness events and come mingle.

An actors job is ever evolving and we need to come together, collaborate and help each other in moving forward, ideas can grow with hard work, commitment and passion.

Actor Awareness Message

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What was your inspiration behind the film?

Well it all came from Tom posting on Facebook looking for a writer, what for I had no idea at the time but I said I was up for a challenge. Then he explained that he was (at the time I think) looking for a play to illustrate the point of the then unnamed Actor Awareness campaign. I suggested a film as it is easy to share and that was that! As for the content it all comes from personal experience. Though I’ve never lived with a Simon I have certainly met them; people who have just been able to go to Drama School because their parents just paid, and they have no idea a lot of the time that there are people like us out there. That’s not a criticism of such people, why would they be aware? But in that last scene, John I think is very much mouth piece to my own frustrations as an actor; so that piece was very personal to me, and I agonised over it, treading the line between making the point pissing people off. It just had to be clear from the word go that this was not a demonising film, and I think by-and-large we achieved that.

What was the biggest struggle?

Oh so many. We were funded very generously by our supporters on Indiegogo, but still the budget was tight. We had expenses all over the place and people coming from all over the country, so trying to make a no-expense-spared film with so-many-expenses-spared was up there. But biggest of all we had some pretty catastrophic technical issues in Post and lost a huge amount of footage. Thankfully James (Hayman) of Flawless Films in a genius in the edit suite and was a genius on set so he managed to create the film anyway, but it set the release date back about a month or so.

What message do you think this film sends to the industry?

I think the message has to be that art, in all its forms but in this case acting, should not and cannot be dictated by money and finance. We find ourselves in a situation now where casting directors are writing articles titled, ‘Where have all the working class actors gone,’ and national treasures like Julie Walters are coming out very publicly and saying she would not have made it if she started out in today’s climate. Can you imagine an acting world without Julie Walters? And how many Julie Walters are there out there right now thinking, “I’d love to be an actor but I can’t afford it,” And because of finances, the next generation is robbed of great and wonderful talent of that Julie-Walters-in-the-making. I think that has to be the message of the film; change or we all end up poorer for it. To quote the film, “It’s in their own best f***ing interest.”

Tell us more about Type40Films and future projects.

Type40Films has grown out of ‘The Industry’, and so it has at it’s heart that will to make films for good, rather than making them for the sake of making films, not that there’s anything wrong with that! I want it to have an intrinsic conscience to it, and I can’t give much away at the moment, but our next big project well and truly follows that. It is in conjunction with a charity supporting a very very worthy cause and that will be what the film is about. It’s going to be quite an arty film I think, different tone to ‘The Industry’. It will be longer so we’re looking to push a few more boundaries!  Keep tuned in to our Twitter and Facebook feeds because there will be some news coming very soon about how you actors might be able to get involved.

Having said all that there is some talk of shooting a tiny little horror film, just for fun! So again, watch this space!

Finally, if you could change one thing in the industry right now, what would it be?

I think it would be extend the student loan system to Drama Schools. So those fees don’t go away, the same as Uni, but it becomes available to wider variety of people. I can’t see why it would be an issue really; they still get their money, student finance of various areas still do business, in fact more. So what’s the issue?

And stop charging people to audition. I mean, seriously? Very strange thing to do.

Here is link to the film, please go and watch

http://t.co/M9cWvDiVf4

Events

scratch night

Adam Morley is a great supporter of the campaign and he is letting us host our first Scratch night at ‘The Canal Cafe’. His enthusiasm and kindness towards Actor Awareness is allowing us to provide a night of new writing from Actor Awareness followers.

We have lots of supporters coming along including industry professionals. It shows that our message is getting out there and people are interested. Come and support the new writers, actors, directors putting their stories out there, maybe it’ll inspire you to submit something to our next scratch night.

Writers Night

Actor Awareness is about encouraging people to make their own work and actively engage in the arts industry. In this day and age there are thousands of people auditioning for a limited amount of roles, if you can make your own work, you’re one step ahead. Creating your own work, you are becoming part of a moving conversation which is exciting, Actor Awareness believes everyone has stories that are fighting for a stage.

Our first writers meeting is led by Jonathan Asser.

Jonathan is an award-winning published psychodynamic counsellor and poet. He is credited with developing a unique approach to working with the small number of violent gang members who continued to dominate within the largest prison in the UK. Jonathan used this experience to write his first feature-length screenplay, STARRED UP.

STARRED UP was greeted by audiences and critics alike with warm praise. Mark Kemode (The Guardian) praised Jonathan’s ‘fine ear for the nuances of macho verbal sparring,’ whilst The Telegraph described it as ‘compellingly gritty’.

This feature was the recipient of numerous nominations and awards including Best Supporting Actor for Ben Mendelsohn at the British Independent Film Awards and a Best Actor win for Jack O’Connell at the Dublin Film Critics Award. O’Connell was also the recipient of BAFTA’s Rising Star Award.

Jonathan himself was the winner of the Best British Newcomer award at the London Film Festival, Scottish BAFTAs for Writer: Film/Television and Best Feature Film as well as the WGGB award for Best First Screenplay. The screenplay was also nominated at the British Independent Film Awards. Further to this, Jonathan was a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit of 2014.

Date and Venue:  December 4th @ The Actors Temple. Please email tanheartssteph@gmail to confirm your place. Cost is ONLY £10.

NEXT WRITERS MEETING: January 22nd- Theatre Deli- 7-10pm. Please email tanheartssteph@gmail.com to confirm.

(please follow steffieegg12 on Twitter for writers meetings updates) 

 

 

 

 

Peter Styliano Freelance Filmmaker

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 ACTORS SHOWREEL DISCOUNT OFFER

Peter Stylianou is a London based independent film-maker. In 2013  he wrote, shot and edited his first feature film ‘Who Needs Enemies’ which was released theatrically across the UK and distributed on DVD and various other VOD platforms over the world.

As a part of Actor Awareness he is offering showreel scene creations for actors at a 40% discounted rate. That means he writes original scenes, shoots and edit them for a tiny cost. This offer is for actors in all fields and can be specified to suit your needs. So if you’re interested please check out the website

http://www.peterstylianou.co.uk or email  ptstylianou@gmail.com referencing ACTOR AWARENESS. 

TOM’s the Word

scratch night

So it has been another fantastic busy month for Actor Awareness.

We had the meeting on the 7th which had a fantastic turn out. The meeting was full of potential ideas and projects which will add to this incredible, ever-growing campaign. [If you would like a copy of the minutes to the meeting, please just ask]

The release of our campaign film “The Industry” was released this month. This is the first film of new company, Type40Films.

John and Simon are both actors sharing a flat in London; but they come from very different backgrounds. John comes from a single parent family in Manchester, where as Simon comes from an affluent family in greater London.
John struggles to find the time to chase the dream that brought him to the Capital, and he finds himself ever more frustrated by the ease of which Simon seems to get by. Tensions rise and the divide between these two friends becomes more pronounced until eventually, John can take no more. A huge thank you to all the cast and crew involved and especially the writer, actor and director of the film, Marcus Armstrong, all of which we couldn’t do without him.  https://vimeo.com/145694444

On the 4th of December there’s a writing workshop that Actor Awareness has set up in The Actors Temple . It is being run by BAFTA winner and writer of “Starred Up” Jonathan Asser. The writers bring something they want to discuss and get feedback on, So please email ASAP on tanheartssteph@gmail.com if you want to be part of it. The workshop is £10! We want to cultivate stories through these meetings, maybe it will lead to some of the writing being shown at a scratch night.

The First Actor Awareness scratch night is this month on the 14th, 6 shows 1 night! The first Actor Awareness scratch entails a range of different shows under the theme of working class. What is working class? Interpretation of the theme is down to you and an interesting subject to explore, under the current social and economical climate.

Please come support some incredible new writing and acting talent

BOOK TICKETS HERE
http://www.canalcafetheatre.com/EventPage.php?EventId=44307