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'The Three Wells' Podcast featuring Sean Drummond


The Three Wells podcast is based on the principles expressed in Matthew Kalil's book, The Three Wells of Screenwriting. Working screenwriters, film professors, first-time screenwriters, adaptation writers, TV writers, commissioned writers, script editors, playwrights, novelists, songwriters, journalists, documentary writers... anyone looking to break into their next idea or overcome writer's block can benefit from this practical screenwriting aid.

With Spling as the host of The Three Wells podcast, Matthew gets to the nitty-gritty of what it takes to be a writer, how to find inspiration and how to apply The Three Wells of Screenwriting methodology through the lens of the films, TV shows and novels of screenwriters and authors.

Sean Drummond is a screenwriter and director, who has a wealth of writing experience from feature documentaries Lost Prophets and Outsider, to shorts Sweetheart and Wide Open. His debut feature film, a gritty African western named Five Fingers for Marseilles, caught the world's imagination in the wake of Black Panther. The in-demand screenwriter is currently busy with several projects, including: the period-set Miami fantasy, The Blue Lady, a TV drama Acts of Man and an adaptation of Charlie Human's acclaimed South African sci-fi, Apocalypse Now Now.

Pivoting around the metaphor of a well and finding your deep sources of inspiration, the concept deals with the External Sources well, the Imagination well and the Memory well. Kalil discusses how one digs into each of these wells in terms of what's been gleaned from pop culture, what the mind can fathom and how our experiences can be leveraged in the writing process.

An extension of the book, Kalil uses the podcast as a platform to discuss the writing process with renowned screenwriters and authors to unpack how they've come to rely on each of these wells in their writing journeys. Speaking about each of these wells and finding out how these screenwriters operate, you'll be able to get a better understanding of the core principles at play in The Three Wells of Screenwriting and hopefully be inspired by some of the ideas and concepts for your own projects.

Here's a review of Matthew Kalil's book, which will give you a much greater understanding and a veritable treasure trove of honest advice that has helped him and is worth revisiting.

This The Three Wells podcast was recorded at Fine Music Radio's recording studio at the Artscape in Cape Town, South Africa.

 
Brits ditch DVDs in favour of streaming sites this Christmas


As the UK’s top 10 favourite Christmas films for 2018 are revealed, streaming sites are disrupting tradition, with the majority of Brits shunning DVDs in favour of streaming sites and two Netflix Originals in the top five this year.

According to a survey of 1,024 UK adults, an incredible 73% of those watching Christmas movies this year said that they’ll be getting their festive fix from streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu.

This is compared to only 27% who’ll be favouring the traditional method of heading out to buy a DVD before snuggling up on the sofa to watch it.

The survey also reveals the UK’s top ten favourite Christmas movies, with traditional classic, It’s a Wonderful Life remaining the nations favourite, with 71% of people saying this.

This is closely followed by Elf with 68%. Completing the top three is Netflix Original, A Christmas Prince, which 55% of those surveyed said was their favourite Christmas movie.

The majority (64%) of people said they traditionally watch their first Christmas movie of the year when putting up their tree, as this is when the festive season begins for them.

This is revealed alongside the news that an incredible 78% of UK residents will watch at least one Christmas movie over the festive period, with the average person watching six Christmas movies this year. The same people might even have a punt with this nairabet affiliate code 2018.

Mark Kelly, marketing manager at Laptops Direct said: “Given the popularity of streaming services, it’s unsurprising that many people will be opting to watch their Christmas films via these service providers, rather than more traditional methods. “However, I was surprised that the survey found this would be almost three quarters of Brits in 2018. The advantages of streaming sites are very clear, with the variety of choice and the convenience being a huge bonus over traditional methods.

“Given these findings, it’s clear that Brits are still very much in love with the Christmas movie, just that they’re adapting their viewing method in line with the times, though I was incredibly surprised to see a couple of Netflix Originals knocking some Christmas Classics off the top spots this year.”

Top 10 favourite Christmas movies

1. It’s a Wonderful Life (71%)
2. Elf (68%)
3. A Christmas Prince (55%)
4. Miracle of 34th Street (54%)
5. The Christmas Chronicles (52%)
6. The Snowman (46%)
7. Home Alone (40%)
8. White Christmas (38%)
9. The Grinch (11%)
10. Love Actually (9%)
 
'Mowgli' in the Concrete Jungle


The Jungle Book is Rudyard Kipling's beloved tale of Mowgli, an orphaned boy raised by wolves, who comes to fend for himself in the wild. Disney recently converted aspects from the 1967 animated film into a live-action adventure. Renewing interest in the classic novel, it has since been adapted by Andy Serkis into a film with a greater focus on the man cub. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a Netflix film, which released exclusively to the streaming service in November this year.

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

To launch the film, critics and journalists were invited to get into the spirit of things by attending the Mootee Bar in the trendy suburb of Melville, Johannesburg. Jungle Book-themed cocktails, wooden drink tokens, extra foliage and Indian-infused canapés were the order of the day. Greeted at the entrance by a spider web rope tunnel, the evening was bound to be anything but conventional. Having cocktails named after the main characters proved to be an eye-opening and mouthwatering experience. From variations on a piña colada to drinks served with naked flames, the evening was full of feasting and fun.

Instructed to bring a fully charged smartphone or tablet, attendees were given a set of Bluetooth headphones as well as a three month subscription to Netflix with 15GB data from Telkom Mobile. Poised for a chilled evening of drinks, snacks and Jungle Book culture, the unusual screening format was set to be memorable.

A message to the Johannesburg launch from motion capture superstar and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle director, Andy Serkis, kicked off the screening event, which was designed according to the Netflix viewing experience. While presented with the opportunity to view Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle at the bar itself, I decided to watch the film in HD on a bigger screen in order to do the Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle review justice. Meeting with one or two familiar folks and connecting with some social media faces, the experience was enjoyable and welcome. The staff at the Mootee bar were charming and observant, making the trendy restaurant the perfect place to meet and explore jungle lore.

 
Act Cape Town Graduation Night 2018


Act Cape Town is a South African film acting academy based in Loop Street, which was founded in 2005. The film school trains and nurtures acting talent, from short courses to training programmes over three years across acting disciplines suited to film, television and theatre. Act Cape Town director, Candice Poole, has built an accredited and reputable educational institution over the years, which culminates in an annual graduation ceremony. Functioning as an awards ceremony and an opportunity to showcase scenes and short films created during the year, it's an important milestone for fellow actors to come together in celebration. Invited among a host of renowned industry professionals and coaches, Spling was able to witness the ceremony first hand.

Act Cape Town prides itself on employing some of South Africa's brightest and most experienced acting talents as teachers. Grant Swanby, Nicola Hanekom, Tamryn Spiers and Matthew Kalil are just a few of the industry coaches developing the next generation of acting talent, taking a multidisciplinary approach in helping them showcase their work. The institution is geared towards a practical outcome for students, giving them the tools to get a foothold in the industry, offering experience in terms of professional know-how (auditioning, accent work, technique and improvisation) and generating great material for their first show reel.

A red carpet, champagne, strawberries and plenty of flash photography, the event drew parents, students, staff and friends to the Labia Theatre. Conducting the ceremony from within the Labia's main cinema, Act Cape Town's presence was felt through banners, screens and a branded lectern light box. While there were one or two technical glitches, the evening wasn't impeded, moving at a clipped pace. Certificates were awarded to students from 1st to 3rd year with great applause for each of the personalities accepting their certificate of completion.

Being screened at Cape Town's most iconic independent cinema, it must have been quite a rush or shock for students, who saw their faces on the big screen. Moving from scenes for the first year students who took screenplay excerpts from films like Get Out, Madea's Family Reunion and Revolutionary Road, it was enjoyable to see young talents being shaped and molded. The second-year students had to produce a short film, which enabled them to have more creative control, writing characters who aligned with some of their acting heroes and experimenting with a longer format. Then, the highlight of the evening was the third year film directed and written by Grant Swanby, which featured all of the third year students in a well-crafted dramatic thriller about a dysfunctional family.

Act Cape Town is a niche acting school that is equipping young actors, many of whom show great promise, and could very well be the faces of the future. With alumni such as Christia Visser, Carishma Basday and Jessica Sutton, it's easy to see how their focused training is paying off. It's wonderful to see blossoming acting talent, especially at a grassroots level and it shouldn't be long before Act Cape Town reaches a whole new wave of promising young actors in pursuit of their dreams.

 
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