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Tickets for Ayr International Short Film Festival 2015 are now on sale!

Ayr International Short Film Festival was founded by ELGATO Film Productions. This is the 2nd year of the film festival will be taking place on Friday 3rd July 2015 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available online for only £5 directly from: http://ayrisff.com

From more than 1200 film submissions, there will be 12 international films shown on the evening of the film festival at Crumbs and Cocktails, Ayr. This is going to be a great night of film and we hope you can be there too!

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My Purpose in Life

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ELGATO Film Productions
Presents
My Purpose in Life

Written, Directed, Filmed & Edited by Alberth MG
Starring Daniel MG & Ian Kennedy
Assistant Producer M.K Law
Colourist Simon Lyell
Graphics by Angelica McHarrell

My Purpose in Life is a story about a young boy who has lost his Grandfather. He lives with his Mum and Step-Dad and he is faced with an uncomfortable situation. The only place he can hide is the ruins of a building where his Grandfather used to take him.

Our latest short film My Purpose in Life is now live on YouTube! This film was written by our Director Alberth MG. This story was inspired by the special bond that he has with his Son Daniel MG as he believes that his purpose in life is his Son.

This is a very different genre to our previous short films, where as our other short films have been around the horror/drama genre. This film is more upbeat inspiring and family orientated. Alberth wrote the story for this project very quickly. It was decided that Daniel should be in the film as this was very important due to the nature of the story. We decided to ask actor Ian Kennedy to play Daniel’s Dad as we have previously worked with Ian in I Confess and Skeletons in The Closet and he is always a pleasure to work with! We then started to look at some locations in our local area. We knew that the location needed to be somewhere old and derelict but these places are hard to access. Our original idea was to possibly film at Ardeer Ammunitions Factory but unfortunately when we went to scout the location we found that it was near impossible to access easily by car and as we carry a varied amount of equipment it was not feasible.

Then our Colourist Simon Lyell came with the idea of possibly using Dunaskin Ironworks that was an abandoned factory. We unfortunately didn’t get the chance for everyone to come and see the location before filming so on the first filming day we went up there with a very small crew and our two actors. We were still unsure as to if we could gain access but that is what our type of filmaking is all about!

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This project was filmed over a period of two days at Dunaskin Ironworks. The first day was a bleak day with rain due at any time, however we were all in awe of this wonderful building and the area surrounding it. But we just decided to make our way up there and get as much as we possibly could filmed. As we had a very small crew of only 3 people this made the process much simpler. We filmed for a few hours and got the majority of the scenes filmed before the rain started coming down very hard and we were forced to abandon filming before our equipment was destroyed.

A week later we returned to film the final scenes needed in the ironworks. This day was the total opposite it was a beautiful sunny day. We were slightly worried that the footage would not match from the week before, but when it came to editing it actually worked perfectly. On the 2nd day we filmed the intro and outro and re-shot a couple of scenes, this was a particularly memorable day for our team filled with lots of laughter and happiness!

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In our original script we had a lot more scenes for the introduction but when we got back to our base and watched and started to edit the footage we actually realised that we didn’t need any of the extra scenes as the footage that we did have was more than enough and fitted together perfectly.

After editing, Simon then worked his magic with the Colour Grading to bring out the beautiful colours in our film. This is a project that we are very pleased with as we love the sweet hidden meaning behind the film. We decided to release the film on May 19th 2014 as this was Daniel’s 11th Birthday!

We really hope that you have enjoyed our latest short film and we will be bringing you more content in the future!

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Submissions Are Open For Ayr International Short Film Festival!

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After the success of the Ayrshire Filmmakers Festival, we are holding a larger 2 day festival which will be called the Ayr International Short Film Festival. We are currently looking for a location in which to hold our event which will be in either June, July or August 2014.

Many film festivals ask for fee entries to enter films, as this is our first festival we would like to invite filmmakers to enter their films for free.

As ELGATO Film Productions we already have a number of sponsors from local businesses who would be interested in the film festival including The Basement Coffee HouseMinuteman Press, Crumbs and Cocktails etc.
Films at the film festival will cover all genres including drama, horror, comedy, family, sci-fi etc.
We have created a website for the film festival which you can see here: www.ayrisff.com and this will have all of the details of how you can submit your film on there!

The judging panel will be made up of Alberth MGMelanie Law and Simon Lyell who are passionate filmmakers from our community group ELGATO Film Productions.
There will be 4 awards at the film festival that will include Best Director, Best Performance, Best Sound and the People’s Choice Award. These awards have been kindly provided for us by our sponsor Reid Trophies from here in Ayr, Scotland UK.

We are also looking for a celebrity to come and judge the films as a guest judge. This venture will bring more tourists and other people to our beautiful town of Ayr, West of Scotland.

So get ready, get your camera and start shooting!
We are looking forward to receiving all of the film entries!

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Pre-Production on Salem’s Forest has begun!

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We are now working on the Pre-Production of our third short film Salem’s Forest. This will be a new challenge for our team as we are also writing the script for this film, but we welcome this challenge whole heartedly! This is a continuation from our sketch The Girl Sitting Next To Me, as we have had many people ask us what happened afterwards. So we have decided to create a short film to explain more about the story. We are very excited to be working on this project.

The process of this film will also be a lengthy one as we have a larger cast than our previous short films. This is an exciting time for our team, we will let you know more this in the very near future!

On Friday January 24th we held our public screening for our 2nd short film Skeletons in The Closet. We have had great feedback from the public who were there on the night. Crumbs and Cocktails kindly gave us the venue in which to hold our screening. As well as our film, we also premiered the Behind The Scenes of Skeletons in The Closet as well as our latest sketch I Confess!

On January 31st we released Skeletons in The Closet live on YouTube to the viewing public. We have been very fortunate to receive a great response in the comments and feedback to our Facebook and Twitter. We really appreciate all the support, if you haven’t already please check out the film here:

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The Making of Skeletons in The Closet

For the past 18 months we have been working on our second short film Skeletons in The Closet. As it is a low budget project it took a long time for everything to come together including two rounds of auditions as we wanted to find the perfect actors/actresses for our project. We also wanted to involve the whole community so we took our time to find sponsors who could provide us with the necessities for our film. For this we were lucky to have sponsorship from some fantastic local companies. The Gaiety Theatre which is our local theatre provided us with a space for rehearsals and photo shoots. The Basement Coffee House provided us with food for our four days of filming for all our cast and crew. Minuteman Press produced our name badges, props and posters. Ayrshire Cancer Support which is a local charity shop provided us with an array of props for our film including clothing, crockery, photo frames and more. The Riverside Community Workshop provided us with a space to film our bedroom scenes including the use of an antique wardrobe that would be the main prop for our film. Popplewells is a fantastic fancy dress shop and they have been sponsoring us for the past 2 years, they provided us with make-up, clothes, wigs, glasses etc. Crumbs & Cocktails provided us with soft drinks for our four days of filming. Vennal Cameras is our newest sponsor and they provided us with photo printing and frames for our film. We cannot stress that without our sponsors the making of Skeletons in The Closet would not have been possible, we are very grateful for all our sponsors from the community for all the help they have given to us.

We filmed Skeletons in The Closet over four days from 16th – 19th September 2013. These were four long days filming every day from 10am – 7pm. On day one we were lucky enough to film in a beautiful house that a sponsor had given to us to use for the full day. We felt very blessed that someone had given us the whole run of their house for a full 9 hours, this just goes to show there are still some wonderful people in this world and it isn’t all about money! This was our busiest day as the majority of the scenes were filmed in this house, a full 13 scenes in fact! It was a long day but the atmosphere was great and that is down to the amazing team that we have working with us, our cast were also great. We got all of our scenes filmed and we finished late at around 7:30pm, we can only estimate how long it will take us as so many factors go into how long filming can take. Again we were lucky as even though we finished filming late the owners were very understanding.

On day two we filmed some more scenes in two different locations, the second location we filmed some of the intro scenes that you will see in the film when it is released. This day was a little more relaxed as we knew that we had less scenes to fit into our schedule so we could take the time to get them perfect. This day we were all wrapped up for around 4pm meaning we could all go home and refresh for another long day of filming for day three.

Day three arrived and we knew this would be a more intense day as once again we had a lot of scenes to film with different camera angles, as we only use one camera this proved to be difficult as it took us a long time to get the shots that we wanted and that we were happy with. This was an intense day as we were filming in a very small location but with a fairly large crew, but we managed it and we made it work for our purposes.

On the final day of filming we were all exhausted, but we could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our fourth day we had the privilege of filming in The Riverside Community Workshop as they gave us a huge space to film our final scenes in. This day was tiring but everyone just kept each other going including our actresses teaching the cast and crew songs from Camp America which was great fun. When you work on a project like this it is important to feed off each other’s energy.

This was definitely our most successful project yet, it was a calm but intense four days and we filmed and got all the shots that we were looking for. Now we are in post-production and we are working really hard day after day in editing the film, currently we are working on the colour grading which for us is the hardest part to get the right colours for the film. But this is what it is all about!

Every project we learn something new. For this project we have learnt that continuity is extremely important and sometimes on set it is over looked as we are so busy with other tasks. As we are a basic crew we don’t have one person in particular to oversee the continuity of the film. Also on this project we have learnt how we can work with other new members of the crew and the skills that they can bring to us. For example, this project was the first time that we worked with Simon Lyell who is also a local Director and Film maker. Simon has a lot of knowledge when it comes to the technical side of filming. This was very beneficial to us as it was a second pair of eyes and a second opinion which is never a bad thing. We definitely learnt a lot from working with Simon.

We will update you once again very soon in the journey of post-production of Skeletons in The Closet, in the mean time here is our poster for the film we hope you like it!   

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