Timeline For Living Spirit Major Porjects
Created by livingspirit on Dec 24, 2010
Last updated: 09/29/13 at 02:23 PM
Tags: The Runner Guerilla Film Makers Handbook
Every year, screenwriters, filmmakers, actors, producers… all take the plunge, get on a plane and head over to Hollywood to ‘make it happen’.
While some succeed, many fail simply because they just ‘didn’t know what they didn’t know’.
Don’t fall into the same trap. Get yourself street smart before you hit the tarmac at LAX.
Los Angeles remains the biggest, brightest, sexiest epicenter of western filmmaking, and the ONLY place where you really can walk in with a killer project and find yourself on the set of a multi million dollar studio picture.
50 Kisses closes, after 1,950 screenplays submitted and 130 films produced, from every continent in the world. The feature enters post production.
The third London Screenwriters' Festival was the best and biggest yet, with over 500 delegates, 130 speakers and the launch of the Great British Pithcfest!
The second edition of the documentary handbook launches in shops.
‘Delivered in short bursts of rocket fuel for the soul’
Luke Campbell, Film maker
'the masterclass has changed my life...thank you'
Karine Bedrossian, Film Maker
‘More than a masterclass on filmmaking, it’s a masterclass on attitude, courage, vision - on living the dream’
Adelle Kirby, Screenwriter
The first Documentary Summit, held in London
The London Screenwriters’ Festival is a three-day gathering of over 500 screenwriters, producers, directors, commissioners and other creative people.
With over 100 speakers and 70 sessions that cover all aspects of professional screenwriting, the festival offers unparalleled access to both industry players as well as cutting edge training.
Come and spend three days, from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th of October, meeting new friends and collaborators, learning from experts, expanding your professional network and revelling in the one thing we all love... storytelling.
The Guerilla Film Makers Masterclass 2011 EVENT! Guerilla Film Making in 2011/12 is about creating world class, career launching, marketable and sellable feature films with the resources you have and can get on the way. It’s about taking considered, informed and inspired ACTION today…
From the London Screenwriters' Festival team comes our Spring Comedy Festival for TV, Film and Radio Professionals.
Season 2 of the Production Office LIVE starts broadcasting with the highest reated show EVER, with over 250,000 viewer minutes!
Chris runs the London Screenwriters Festival with business partner David Chamberlain, Europes biggest screenwriting event. The festival is a sell out.
The all new tiny, shiny Guerilla Film Makers Pocketbook is released to amazing reviews and feedback.
Living Spirit's online film makers TV show, whith Chris Jones and Judy Goldberg, goes live for a season of 12 episodes in 2010... Watch episode 5, Live From Cannes here...
Chrs Jones gets anhttp://www.dipity.com/livingspirit/Living-Spirit-Pictures/# email from the Oscars to inform him that 'Gone Fishing' is shortlisted for the 2009 Academy Awards... Here's the email
** High Priority **
** Reply Requested by 9/12/2008 (Tuesday) **
Congratulations! I am pleased to inform you that your Live Action Short film, Gone Fishing, has advanced to the second round of voting from which the nominees will be determined. At this time, we will need one additional film print to facilitate the remaining rounds of voting. The print is due at the Academy no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, December 29. Please confirm receipt of this e-mail and let us know if you will be able to provide the print by the deadline.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Gone Fishing plays and wins at the Rhode Island Film Festival... watch the amazing journey in our video blog.
Gone Fishing premieres at BAFTA in an emotional event that will stay with us all forever.
Gone Fishing, Chris Jones' Oscars contender, goes into production in Dorking. The whole experience is documented on Chris's blog.
Chris begins documenting his experiences as a film maker in his blog. Initially conceived as a way to document the 'Gone Fishing' journey, the blog has become a detailed resources for all emerging film makers.
Team Living Spirit in LA, Genevieve Jolliffe and Andrew Zinnes successfully sell their spec script 'Absolute Angels' to Warner Brothers. Billed as 'The Lost Boys' but with girls.
Genevieve co-writes with her husband Andrew Zinnes and completes the all new Documentary Handbook. With Andrew, she also manages to write and sell to Warner Bros., a vampire movie set in a high school, called Absolute Angels. White Angel and Urban Ghost Story are both recovered from distributors and released on a double DVD.
The third edition of the best selling film makers handbooks is released, now weighing in at 720 pages.
After two years work, the Hollywood Handbook is completed and launched in the US. Work immediately begins on the third edition of The UK Guerrilla Film Makers Handbook. The race is on for both Chris and Genevieve to complete the book plans in order to get back to set and make a movie.
Chris Jones researches and writes the first edition of The Guerilla Film Makers Movie Blueprint. Upon publishing, it is an immediate best seller in the non fiction charts.
Urban Ghost Story is successfully released in cinemas and plays for over twelve weeks, screening in over 50 cities. The reviews are uniformly excellent. Later in the year it is released on a feature packed DVD.
Genevieve agrees to move to LA to spearhead the new Hollywood Handbook and open the LA office.
Living Spirit are commissioned to write the second edition of The The Guerrilla Film Makers Handbook, expanding on the success of the first. The book is published and enters the Best Sellers non fiction charts at number 2!
Following repeated requests from readers of The Guerrilla Film Makers Handbook, Living Spirit launch the Guerilla Film Makers Masterclass.
Urban Ghost Story receives two nominations in the British Independent Film Awards, Best First Time Direction for Genevieve Jolliffe, and Best achievement in Production for Chris Jones. The movie attends many film festivals, including Vancouver, Edinburgh and Copenhagen and begins to collect awards.
Living Spirit Pictures third feature Urban Ghost Story is produced. It is the story of a little girl who survives a car accident in which her best friend is killed and is haunted by the past and paranormal demons.
It stars Jason Connery, Stephanie Buttle, Billy Boyd and introduces Heather Anne Foster. While set in Scotland, it is shot at Ealing Film Studios and West London over the summer of '97.
Living Spirit's invaluable experiences making low budget feature films in the UK is committed to paper in the form of the ‘ultimate book for low budget film makers’, The Guerrilla Film Makers Handbook, first edition. A cross between anecdotal experiences and hard factual interviews with industry experts, the book promises to be the definitive guide to UK film production. The book is an immediate hit with new film makers.
April ’94 sees the UK theatrical release of White Angel - the film opens across the country in UCI multiplexes and MGM theatres (London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, and the provinces). White Angel is also screened at many international festivals including Montreal, Rome, Sao Paulo and Puerto Rico where it has picked up three prestigious awards.
White Angel premieres as the Centrepiece of the 37th London International Film Festival at the Odeon West End, Leicester Square in 1993. The screening was sold out within hours of the box office opening!
Living Spirit begin work on their second feature film, a tense psychological thriller called White Angel. It is about a writer who is blackmailed by a serial killer to write his biography. The film stars Oscar nominee Peter Firth as Steckler the mild mannered serial killer, the late great TV star Don Henderson as Inspector Taylor and American actress Harriet Robinson as Ellen Carter, as the writer trapped between the law and a psychopath. It is shot in West London and Gloucester.
After a long and tortuous post production, The Runner is premiered to a capacity audience at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts theatre in Piccadilly in October 1991.
Armed with a list of awards, Chris and Genevieve approach the Prince’s Youth Business trust and a ‘seed‘ grant is awarded to set up Living Spirit. Six months later, Living Spirit secure the finance to make their maiden project, The Runner - an action thriller starring Terence Ford, the brother of Hollywood superstar, Harrison Ford. Top British Stunt men, technicians, sound studios, labs (from films as diverse as Star Wars, The Killing Fields and the Indiana Jones Movies etc.), all agree to lend their names to the project and the film is shot.
Living Spirit Pictures Ltd. is founded by its two co-directors, Chris Jones and Genevieve Jolliffe. Their business idea is simple - to run a company solely for the production of commercial independent feature films. Educated in the fine arts of film making and business at the renowned Bournemouth Film School, Chris and Genevieve leave to produce a short film, "The Thing From Beneath The Bed". This film is an instant success and goes on to win the London International IAC Film Festival, The Daily Mail Challenge Trophy, The BBC Showcase, the Algarve and Barcelona Film Festivals...