21 September, 2006

Darklight: Women Direct Horror


"Why don’t women direct horror? In 100 years of cinema history we can barely name a handful of women horror directors. Warp X, in partnership with Threshold Studios, have established a unique training and production initiative to encourage women directors keen to reinvent the horror genre for the 21st Century.

How does DARKLIGHT work?
With funding support from Skillset Film Skills’ Fund, DARKLIGHT: WOMEN DIRECT HORROR will provide an opportunity for female directors to develop their horror ideas through residential workshops and with specialised script editing and mentoring support. At least two of the ideas will be produced by low budget digital studio Warp X in 2008.

Who is the initiative aimed at?
Female directors with projects that may or may not have a writer attached. Directors should apply with a CV, DVD showreel and 3 x 1 page project outlines. These projects are not expected to be at script stage. Please bear in mind that as project development is a key feature of DARKLIGHT it would not be appropriate for directors to start the training programme with ideas at more advanced stages of development.

How does this 'project development' work?
The DARKLIGHT training and development programme will consist of two residential workshops in February and May 2007 led by a team of industry specialists. Between these two residentials, directors will work with a script editor to develop their idea. We will also provide support to produce a treatment package including production sketches and storyboards where appropriate.

What happens after the residentials?
Ten projects will be developed to outline stage with supporting visual material. Four projects will have writers and producers attached and will be developed to 25 page treatments. At least two of these will then be developed to script stage and greenlit on the normal Warp X terms and conditions for production in 2008.

When is the closing date?
The closing date for applications to DARKLIGHT is Friday 3 November.

How do I get hold of an application pack?
Application packs and guidelines will be available from Friday 1 September. To register your interest and receive a pack by email please contact Uzma Choudhry at Threshold Studios "

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