The Warwick Extreme Film Festival (see previous blog) is ON.
The best thing for me has been the response of people in the University to the idea of it: almost everybody is really up for it – eyes light up, ideas start pouring out and we're off….
In some ways University life has become quite hard for lots of people – with pressure of work, time, money, space and so on; yet even the tired out and over-worked seem to like the idea of getting involved in something creative, challenging, interesting (and FUN!). Conclusion: Warwick does attract, nuture and encourage new ideas and the people who have them.
Now down to earth…
If this is going to work well – and offer a genuine showcase for the talented and nearly famous writers, video makers, actors, directors who work and study here – then we need to find talented organisers too, people with marketing, publicity and PR skills and at least one person who can manage a spread sheet and keep accounts.
I can do a bit of all these things – but I think this project needs and deserves better than my 'cottage industry' approach. Talented organisers out there – we need you!
I'll have a role anyway, as Warwick Skills Programmes will be involved in setting up, and accrediting, some training workshops in video making, script writing and (coarse?) acting for the nearly-talented who want to take part.
I'll return to this blog topic as the project develops and I lose some of the childish glee that I can be part of something so exciting and I have to get down to the realities of making it happen… Watch this space.