Movies & Mascara

The New Adventures Of a Former London Glamour Girl

  • 2nd January
    2012
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  • 3rd November
    2011
  • 03
Writers: This is an open call for Spec Scripts! 
I am looking for new scripts and projects to produce throughout 2012.
What are you looking for?
I want you to either make me laugh, or make me cry. I want to be moved reading that script, and i want to bring it to the life.
You say drama/rom com/comedy? how does that work??
Thoughout 2011 i produced 5 short films… all ranging in length, style and genre… from Sci Fi to Drama, Action to comedy. From 5 pages long to 25 pages long… If the script is right, i’ll make it happen.

What do you shoot on?
The films i produced this year were shot on different formats…  from 5D to AF101 to RED.
I have this feature… would you read it?
Right now, i’m not looking at producing feature films… just shorts. I’d also rather them be 10 pages or less. (Roughly)
So, where do i send you my work?
If you want to send me your script, then please do! Logline, brief synopsis and scripts can be sent to Meddy@Meddyford.tv
I’ve a few more questions for you, how do i get in touch??
Feel free to tweet them to me at @meddyford or email on the address above!
I sent you my script, but i’ve not heard back. Did you read it??
Please be patient, i work in the industry full time.. I will read everything that gets sent to me and will be in touch!

Regards,

Meddy x

 Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen. 
~Wolfgang Von Goethe

Writers: This is an open call for Spec Scripts!

I am looking for new scripts and projects to produce throughout 2012.

What are you looking for?

I want you to either make me laugh, or make me cry. I want to be moved reading that script, and i want to bring it to the life.

You say drama/rom com/comedy? how does that work??

Thoughout 2011 i produced 5 short films… all ranging in length, style and genre… from Sci Fi to Drama, Action to comedy. From 5 pages long to 25 pages long… If the script is right, i’ll make it happen.

What do you shoot on?

The films i produced this year were shot on different formats…  from 5D to AF101 to RED.

I have this feature… would you read it?

Right now, i’m not looking at producing feature films… just shorts. I’d also rather them be 10 pages or less. (Roughly)

So, where do i send you my work?

If you want to send me your script, then please do! Logline, brief synopsis and scripts can be sent to Meddy@Meddyford.tv

I’ve a few more questions for you, how do i get in touch??

Feel free to tweet them to me at @meddyford or email on the address above!

I sent you my script, but i’ve not heard back. Did you read it??

Please be patient, i work in the industry full time.. I will read everything that gets sent to me and will be in touch!

Regards,

Meddy x

Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.

~Wolfgang Von Goethe

  • 14th September
    2011
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You learn something every day if you pay attention.  ~Ray LeBlond
I’ve decided, i’m going to write a tumblr post every day now in amongst the big blogs… of what i’ve learned today. Should make for a nice little segment!

Today i learnt the difference between HD Cam & HD Cam SR tapes (of the 64L variety) and why one is better than the other.
More importantly, i’m starting to learn about these little obscure things, and i’m in the right place to do it!
(The HDCAM SR, in case you were wondering…)

You learn something every day if you pay attention.  ~Ray LeBlond

I’ve decided, i’m going to write a tumblr post every day now in amongst the big blogs… of what i’ve learned today. Should make for a nice little segment!

Today i learnt the difference between HD Cam & HD Cam SR tapes (of the 64L variety) and why one is better than the other.

More importantly, i’m starting to learn about these little obscure things, and i’m in the right place to do it!

(The HDCAM SR, in case you were wondering…)

  • 3rd September
    2011
  • 03
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.  ~Oscar Wilde
So where do i begin…
This has been a week of epic proportions. September has reared it’s  ugly head and instead of being the ugly month it should be. I’m so glad  here. 
So, How did this week go?
I started at meeting #1 talking about the film ‘Primary Target’ i  produced last month before  brainstorming 2 bookings to produce  corporate videos.
Walked 2 streets away to have a meeting with a few film makers about their new film ‘How Darren Got His Groove Back’ I  had read the latest draft of the script and i absolutely loved it.   It’s something different and honestly nothing like i’d ever read before.  In the directors own words above the link to the script were : Contains  curse language, violence, sexual content, twisted characters,  off  color humor, dick jokes, vagina jokes, religious jokes, jokes that  make  no sense, puns, twists, turns, thrills, spills, intrigue, mystery,   spaghetti, ice-cream and general down right nastiness of the nasty   variety. I’ll tell you one thing, if there’s one way to get me to  read your comedy script - that’s it. This script, for me is perfect.  It’s exactly my humour, the production team is fantastic… the budget  is in the bank and i’m proud to now be producing it.
I was offered a brand new job working permanently in Post Production -  I accepted!
I’ve totally dyed my hair back blonde! yay! well… it’s more of a gingery blonde…
I  attended a call back casting session for ‘How Darren Got His groove  Back’ where some very promising male actors came and auditioned for  us…then  went out for ice cream until 1am!1 (ice cream makes me happy…)
Got a co producer on board for my new script ‘The Post Box’ (working title).
Attended a Camera/Acting workshop with friends… 
At  this point it’s now Thursday… I’ve had a brilliant week and was  looking forward to starting my new job the next day… when out of the  blue i get an email saying ’ Congratulations’. Not knowing what the hell  it was about… mid conversation with friends in a bar, opened the  email on my blackberry and literally blurted out ‘holy shit’.
Butterflies  has been awarded £1000- to market it. I had totally forgotten that i  had entered it in a film funding application for marketing monies… and  we had won.
I’m totally over the moon, really i am. This money  will make a huge impact to marketing this film. It was never expected in  the budget to have this to promote it, screen it and send it to film  festivals… money which other wise would have come out of mine and  Leilani’s pockets.
I’m super excited, and so is the team. I can’t  wait for it to be finished now so we can get to work on getting out  there in the world. It’s going to make a big difference to the audiences  that will see this film. We can show it to so many different people,  and hopefully get it noticed! 
Butterflies is an important film  for me, really it is. It’s almost as if it’s a mini breakout film. It’s  so far won 1 script competition as well as £1000.00 funding and it’s not  even finished yet!!
I started my new job (i loved my first day!)  had a few shots… found a tenner on the floor and to top it all off…  I’m currently sitting in the pub writing this with a ginger beer and a  plate of battered halloumi, chips and veggies. 
An incredibly busy week for me, but you know what… i wouldn’t change it for the world!!

Meddy


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.  ~Oscar Wilde

So where do i begin…

This has been a week of epic proportions. September has reared it’s ugly head and instead of being the ugly month it should be. I’m so glad here. 

So, How did this week go?

I started at meeting #1 talking about the film ‘Primary Target’ i produced last month before  brainstorming 2 bookings to produce corporate videos.

Walked 2 streets away to have a meeting with a few film makers about their new film ‘How Darren Got His Groove Back’ I had read the latest draft of the script and i absolutely loved it.  It’s something different and honestly nothing like i’d ever read before. In the directors own words above the link to the script were : Contains curse language, violence, sexual content, twisted characters, off color humor, dick jokes, vagina jokes, religious jokes, jokes that make no sense, puns, twists, turns, thrills, spills, intrigue, mystery, spaghetti, ice-cream and general down right nastiness of the nasty variety. I’ll tell you one thing, if there’s one way to get me to read your comedy script - that’s it. This script, for me is perfect. It’s exactly my humour, the production team is fantastic… the budget is in the bank and i’m proud to now be producing it.

I was offered a brand new job working permanently in Post Production -  I accepted!

I’ve totally dyed my hair back blonde! yay! well… it’s more of a gingery blonde…

I attended a call back casting session for ‘How Darren Got His groove Back’ where some very promising male actors came and auditioned for us…then went out for ice cream until 1am!1 (ice cream makes me happy…)

Got a co producer on board for my new script ‘The Post Box’ (working title).

Attended a Camera/Acting workshop with friends… 

At this point it’s now Thursday… I’ve had a brilliant week and was looking forward to starting my new job the next day… when out of the blue i get an email saying ’ Congratulations’. Not knowing what the hell it was about… mid conversation with friends in a bar, opened the email on my blackberry and literally blurted out ‘holy shit’.

Butterflies has been awarded £1000- to market it. I had totally forgotten that i had entered it in a film funding application for marketing monies… and we had won.

I’m totally over the moon, really i am. This money will make a huge impact to marketing this film. It was never expected in the budget to have this to promote it, screen it and send it to film festivals… money which other wise would have come out of mine and Leilani’s pockets.

I’m super excited, and so is the team. I can’t wait for it to be finished now so we can get to work on getting out there in the world. It’s going to make a big difference to the audiences that will see this film. We can show it to so many different people, and hopefully get it noticed! 

Butterflies is an important film for me, really it is. It’s almost as if it’s a mini breakout film. It’s so far won 1 script competition as well as £1000.00 funding and it’s not even finished yet!!

I started my new job (i loved my first day!) had a few shots… found a tenner on the floor and to top it all off… I’m currently sitting in the pub writing this with a ginger beer and a plate of battered halloumi, chips and veggies. 

An incredibly busy week for me, but you know what… i wouldn’t change it for the world!!

Meddy

  • 31st July
    2011
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Successful people are always looking for  opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking,  “What’s in it for me?” ~  Brian Tracy  
Producers, I need YOU! I’m looking for an experienced producer or two… to come on board with me on a high concept, glossy drama short. Aiming at a 4-5 figure budget through private investment & crowd funding.
Planning on shooting Spring 2012. 


Email - meddy@meddyford.tv for information.

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?” ~
Brian Tracy

Producers, I need YOU! I’m looking for an experienced producer or two… to come on board with me on a high concept, glossy drama short. Aiming at a 4-5 figure budget through private investment & crowd funding.

Planning on shooting Spring 2012. 

Email - meddy@meddyford.tv for information.

  • 24th July
    2011
  • 24
When a man is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson 
People  often ask me what inspires me as a film maker, as a writer, as a storyteller or an actress… and for me i only really have one answer.
I don’t believe in happy endings.
I believe a story doesn’t have to have the snow falling or the fireworks exploding at the end for it to come full circle.
I always have been and i always will be more interested in what happens when the guy doesn’t get the girl. Or what happens if she gets stood up at the alter.  What happens if he gets passed over for the job promotion and or if he can’t afford to eat that week.
For me, i love the sense of truth that comes with those stories. As a film maker i want to make my audience feel, i want to make them cry and i want them to understand how the character feels in that moment. I believe certain films are there to take us on journeys, to change the way we look at the world and to help us understand our fellow beings better.
For me, drama will always be the genre of choice. I’m a firm believer in a good moral story. I think every film should change a perception of something and drama is the genre i’ve chosen to work in to do it.

Meddy x

When a man is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson


People  often ask me what inspires me as a film maker, as a writer, as a storyteller or an actress… and for me i only really have one answer.

I don’t believe in happy endings.

I believe a story doesn’t have to have the snow falling or the fireworks exploding at the end for it to come full circle.

I always have been and i always will be more interested in what happens when the guy doesn’t get the girl. Or what happens if she gets stood up at the alter.  What happens if he gets passed over for the job promotion and or if he can’t afford to eat that week.

For me, i love the sense of truth that comes with those stories. As a film maker i want to make my audience feel, i want to make them cry and i want them to understand how the character feels in that moment. I believe certain films are there to take us on journeys, to change the way we look at the world and to help us understand our fellow beings better.

For me, drama will always be the genre of choice. I’m a firm believer in a good moral story. I think every film should change a perception of something and drama is the genre i’ve chosen to work in to do it.

Meddy x

  • 6th July
    2011
  • 06
So many fail because they don’t get started - they don’t go. They don’t overcome inertia. They don’t begin. ~ W. Clement Stone.

So many fail because they don’t get started - they don’t go. They don’t overcome inertia. They don’t begin. ~ W. Clement Stone.

  • 27th June
    2011
  • 27
Judgements prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances. ~ Wayne Dyer

So, I received this email a few days ago… I’m going to share it with you all because i think it’s something you should see. 



Just saw your Movies and Mascara blog and you seriously made me laught  out loud at work.  Honestly (and I probably shouldn’t write this if I  want any chance of possibly working with you in the future) I have  always had a really bad opinion of glamour models, but from just reading  a bit of your blog you have genuinly made me completely change my mind  (and feel like the judgmental cow that I was being).So… I’m an actress and am always looking for new people, scripts and ideas to work with and I love your work ethic.If  I have not completely offended you and you think you could stand  working with someone who always believed she was very open minded and  clearly wasn’t.  Send me a message.If not, good luck with all your future endeavours.

(sic)



I’m sharing it with you because a lot of people don’t realise that this is the judgement I’m facing every day.
I actually had the chance to talk with Gareth Unwin (The Kings Speech, Exam. Producer) about this a little while ago and after he got his head around it all… you know what he said?
'If you take yourself seriously, other people will take you seriously'
That’s an important piece of advice i think all film makers should live by.

What keeps me sane? Having a great community around me who GET me. Who aren’t afraid to let me run loose and make mistakes.
People who are supporting and expecting me to do well.
Yet, on the other hand… there are plenty of people who are expecting me to fail. They don’t expect a lot of me. People expect me to stand there and ‘look pretty’ and not have anything going on between the ears.
I managed to make this person think differently of me, and of the other girls in the industry i used to belong in… but what of the people who don’t email me?
For every one person who gets me, i betcha there are 19 who don’t!

What keeps me going?
The fact that i know I’ll be everything they said I couldn’t be.

Meddy

Judgements prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances. ~ Wayne Dyer

So, I received this email a few days ago… I’m going to share it with you all because i think it’s something you should see.

Just saw your Movies and Mascara blog and you seriously made me laught out loud at work. Honestly (and I probably shouldn’t write this if I want any chance of possibly working with you in the future) I have always had a really bad opinion of glamour models, but from just reading a bit of your blog you have genuinly made me completely change my mind (and feel like the judgmental cow that I was being).

So… I’m an actress and am always looking for new people, scripts and ideas to work with and I love your work ethic.

If I have not completely offended you and you think you could stand working with someone who always believed she was very open minded and clearly wasn’t. Send me a message.

If not, good luck with all your future endeavours.

(sic)

I’m sharing it with you because a lot of people don’t realise that this is the judgement I’m facing every day.

I actually had the chance to talk with Gareth Unwin (The Kings Speech, Exam. Producer) about this a little while ago and after he got his head around it all… you know what he said?

'If you take yourself seriously, other people will take you seriously'

That’s an important piece of advice i think all film makers should live by.

What keeps me sane? Having a great community around me who GET me. Who aren’t afraid to let me run loose and make mistakes.

People who are supporting and expecting me to do well.

Yet, on the other hand… there are plenty of people who are expecting me to fail. They don’t expect a lot of me. People expect me to stand there and ‘look pretty’ and not have anything going on between the ears.

I managed to make this person think differently of me, and of the other girls in the industry i used to belong in… but what of the people who don’t email me?

For every one person who gets me, i betcha there are 19 who don’t!

What keeps me going?

The fact that i know I’ll be everything they said I couldn’t be.

Meddy

  • 24th June
    2011
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  • 23rd June
    2011
  • 23
The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. ~ Charles DuBois 
There comes a time in every film makers career when you have to make sacrifices. In the script, on the shoot or in the edit. Sometimes you can’t afford that dolly, sometimes that crane is in your dreams. You haven’t got time to shoot every angle you want and you can’t afford to shoot pick ups.
These are all problems that we as Guerilla film makers will face at least Once if not twice on each shoot we do. That’s just the way it is. We don’t have the budget of the Hollywood studios and often we’re working long long hours on very little sleep for the love of film making.
So, what exactly does this mean?
Today i made a sacrifice for my art. Have you ever wanted something so much, it’s all you can think of… that classic car, those football tickets… that holiday around the world?
For me, I bought my first motorbike when i was 17, i got given football tickets for free and i flew around the world as a model… yet i had one thing that i wanted. Designer bags.
I admit, i did quite like the idea of collecting designer hand bags a few years ago… Gucci, LV, Prada, Versace… VERSACE.
There was this bag, the most beauitful bag i had seen in a long time… It was $4,500. I remember seeing it when i flew to LA a few years ago and almost dying looking at it.  It was perfect, my heart stopped a beat… i guess similar to the way guys feel when they see that Ferrari or Zonda for the first time. This bag i wanted. i got talked out of buying it and promised myself i would get it next time i set eyes on it in London.
That day never came… I never saw that handbag in a shop again, maybe i pushed it to the back of my mind. Maybe i stopped looking for it altogether (yes I’m talking about a bloody bag!).
I never saw that bag again, until today. I randomly wandered into a shop trying to kill some time and there it was. Sitting on the shelf in front of me! urging me to buy it. I picked it up, it was magnificent. The way it looked on my arm… i had to have it as soon as i saw the price tag… £499. BARGAIN!  (considering it was 10x that amount last time i saw it!)
I got half way to the till with it on my arm, sparkling like a silver beacon… when it hit me. The £499 i was about to pay out for this handbag could also pay for a short film… It could pay for 2, even 3, 4, 5 short films if i budgeted properly. 
So did i buy the bag of all bags and stay in my glamourous old life?
Or did i put the bag back on the shelf?

The answer is simple really, the bag went back on the shelf and to be honest a little part of me went back there with it.
I may be talking about a bag, but you and i know that that’s not what this is about. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices in order to move forward in your life. Walk instead of getting the tube, don’t order a takeaway, eat pasta. Don’t go out to the pub, have a DVD night instead.
My sacrifice today was to give up my ecsessive lifestyle for good.
Simple things on film sets make big differences. If you have a crew of 10 working on set for you for free, ad you turn up in a taxi with an expensive handbag on your shoulder… how is that going to make them feel?
As a producer, if you’re paying everyone a great salary and are treating them very well, by all means turn up to set in that dolce and gabbana suit with that salon fresh blow dry.
If you’re on the set of a Guerilla film and you have the budget of a small peanut. Wear jeans, wear that paint splattered t shirt because you’re there with the rest of them. Working your ass off to make a movie.
So although I won’t feel that bag on my shoulder tomorrow, I won’t have the bag of all bags on my shoulder, i still gained something.
I gained the sense of realisation, that to be a film maker you’re always going to have to make these sacrifices, you’re always going to have to choose between your film or your desires.
Today I realised. The feeling i get from seeing my scripts being developed or worked on, the feeling i get when i watch that first cut or the final cut is priceless.
I realised one important thing today. £499.00 - RIP OFF.

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. ~ Charles DuBois

There comes a time in every film makers career when you have to make sacrifices. In the script, on the shoot or in the edit. Sometimes you can’t afford that dolly, sometimes that crane is in your dreams. You haven’t got time to shoot every angle you want and you can’t afford to shoot pick ups.

These are all problems that we as Guerilla film makers will face at least Once if not twice on each shoot we do. That’s just the way it is. We don’t have the budget of the Hollywood studios and often we’re working long long hours on very little sleep for the love of film making.

So, what exactly does this mean?

Today i made a sacrifice for my art. Have you ever wanted something so much, it’s all you can think of… that classic car, those football tickets… that holiday around the world?

For me, I bought my first motorbike when i was 17, i got given football tickets for free and i flew around the world as a model… yet i had one thing that i wanted. Designer bags.

I admit, i did quite like the idea of collecting designer hand bags a few years ago… Gucci, LV, Prada, Versace… VERSACE.

There was this bag, the most beauitful bag i had seen in a long time… It was $4,500. I remember seeing it when i flew to LA a few years ago and almost dying looking at it.  It was perfect, my heart stopped a beat… i guess similar to the way guys feel when they see that Ferrari or Zonda for the first time. This bag i wanted. i got talked out of buying it and promised myself i would get it next time i set eyes on it in London.

That day never came… I never saw that handbag in a shop again, maybe i pushed it to the back of my mind. Maybe i stopped looking for it altogether (yes I’m talking about a bloody bag!).

I never saw that bag again, until today. I randomly wandered into a shop trying to kill some time and there it was. Sitting on the shelf in front of me! urging me to buy it. I picked it up, it was magnificent. The way it looked on my arm… i had to have it as soon as i saw the price tag… £499. BARGAIN!  (considering it was 10x that amount last time i saw it!)

I got half way to the till with it on my arm, sparkling like a silver beacon… when it hit me. The £499 i was about to pay out for this handbag could also pay for a short film… It could pay for 2, even 3, 4, 5 short films if i budgeted properly. 

So did i buy the bag of all bags and stay in my glamourous old life?

Or did i put the bag back on the shelf?

The answer is simple really, the bag went back on the shelf and to be honest a little part of me went back there with it.

I may be talking about a bag, but you and i know that that’s not what this is about. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices in order to move forward in your life. Walk instead of getting the tube, don’t order a takeaway, eat pasta. Don’t go out to the pub, have a DVD night instead.

My sacrifice today was to give up my ecsessive lifestyle for good.

Simple things on film sets make big differences. If you have a crew of 10 working on set for you for free, ad you turn up in a taxi with an expensive handbag on your shoulder… how is that going to make them feel?

As a producer, if you’re paying everyone a great salary and are treating them very well, by all means turn up to set in that dolce and gabbana suit with that salon fresh blow dry.

If you’re on the set of a Guerilla film and you have the budget of a small peanut. Wear jeans, wear that paint splattered t shirt because you’re there with the rest of them. Working your ass off to make a movie.

So although I won’t feel that bag on my shoulder tomorrow, I won’t have the bag of all bags on my shoulder, i still gained something.

I gained the sense of realisation, that to be a film maker you’re always going to have to make these sacrifices, you’re always going to have to choose between your film or your desires.

Today I realised. The feeling i get from seeing my scripts being developed or worked on, the feeling i get when i watch that first cut or the final cut is priceless.

I realised one important thing today. £499.00 - RIP OFF.