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Cheat sheet: - film festival submission 2/3

The Cheat sheet: some selected itemsA full cheat sheet includes all the items a festival may ask for and runs for several pageswith thanks to Katie McCullough of Festivalformula 
Why fill out a cheat sheet? You need a cheat sheet if you're submitting to several film festivalsif you're using different film festival platformsYou need to be ready for any questions the programme makers may put to youyour answers need to be consistent across all submissions
Be selective about the film festival you choose to submit to. Your film may belong to more than one genre:

human rightshorrordisabilityBAMEfantasyromancemusicfaithdocumentarydogscatswomen director adventure/sportsscience fictionfilm noir comedystudentdrama migrant environmenterotic foodLGBTterrorthrillerWesterndebut

Research the film festivals: learn where similar films to yours were selected.  Look at the film festival archives.  Study the theme of the up-coming festival. 
an example cheat sheet title Mute genre stop motion charcoal reducti…

Submit to a film festival 1/3

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Submit to film FestivalsBrilliant talk by at the Plymouth Rebel Film Festival  by Katie McCullough and Ian Bignall of Festival Formula




Visit every film festival platform  There are lots, it's free,
Film Freeway is the best known. 
You can search by country and category such as 'animation' and add filters for submission fee and length of film. By far the best site because it's free to use and includes most festivals. 
It reminds you of deadlines and it's easy to upload your bio, headshot, stills and trailer. Your profile is easy for programme makers to scan through.
The only disadvantage: it's so easy to register for film festivals that some 'fly-by-night' festivals feature which have no website and aren't 'affiliated' ie aren't acknowledged as genuine on the film circuit; you may not get an official 'selected laurel'. Registration is free and you may not need to look further.

But Film Freeway doesn't include all film festivals: some a…

Is the stool more eloquent than the pulse?

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I've always found the stool more eloquent than the pulseA quote from the Madness of King George, from a physician carrying the royal bedpan. 
Though observation of excretions are important, they are rarely used in medical illustration. 

Saggittal sections, though are common as illusatrations of the human body
Anatomy is the traditional bedrock in illustrating medicine for doctors and nurses and yet it can be used inappropriately: sagittal sections of male and female partners during sexual intercourse, for instance, are an example of extreme violence if taken literally. The same applies to coronal section of the brain. Dissection plays a smaller part in medical training than it used to; perhaps because we seek images that convey the living quality of health and disease.

Scans have become popular in TV science programmes but do they really convey as much as we are led to believe or are they just a convenient way of drawing attention to one part of the body? They are often composites of …

one step back

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setbacksCreative stop motion is an adventure: "Si l'on sait exactement ce qu'on va faire, à quoi bon le faire ?"If I knew exactly what I was about to do, what's the point of doing it? Pablo Picasso
So there are days when you do something new in animation and nothing goes to plan;  you do takes and retakes and when you review the shot,  it's just not good enough because it's overexposedout of focusthe camera movedthe lighting changed something crept into shotthe composition isn't rightWhat to do when this happens? Take a break. You've probably been bending down drawing or moving characters. Stand up, have a coffee, stop worrying. It might be time for lunch.Walk out. If it's a sunny day, take the camera off the tripod and go and take photos in nature. Rediscover your love of layout, colour and light. Be open

Pack up for the day. Remember, this is how long it takes, learning the craft, learning to check all the things that can go wrong before pressing th…