Hello, it’s the new intern!

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Well… one of them.

I’m Leyla, and I’m here to let you know that I’m one of the new interns.

I like filmmaking, bowling, and just about anything else that involves large groups of competitive people stressing out. There isn’t much else, surprisingly enough.

That doesn’t mean I don’t like to unwind of course… To me, there’s nothing better than a book to improve yourself with.

That is why Foyles is my haven, and understanding the stages of production beyond what I was taught at university are my little singing angels.

And here are some of my recommendations, for your consideration (courtesy of Foyles Tottenham Court Road):


What books on filmmaking would you recommend? It would be great to add to my list, and get prepared for November!



AOTS Canterbury

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Film in Canterbury, Kent

Action On The Side (AOTS) is proud to bring our bespoke film production project to Canterbury

Make a short film this May Spring Bank Holiday Weekend

For the first time ever, the AOTS film project runs outside London.

Saturday 27 May is pitching, script selection, development, & preproduction
Sunday 28 May is shooting and editing
Monday 29 May is postproduction and a screening

The Action On The Side project is an opportunity for filmmakers to:

– develop filmmaking skills in a real-world on-set experience, with guidance and support from an experienced film educator and short form content producer;
– grow their network by working with new filmmakers;
– gain showreel content and credits by working on a film that actually gets made

You get the opportunity to pitch your own film script. Your film could get made!

Join our Canterbury Film Group – Link Here
A group for all Kent filmmakers (if you can’t take part in this project)


Making time to shoot
Action On The Side is structured to allow people who are passionate about film to team up and make films, even if they have to fit it around work or studying. If you want to work on your project throughout the week too then we won’t stop you!

Like-minded people….
and non-like-minded people. Film is a collaborative medium and works best when everybody brings their own areas of expertise to a project. We aim to mix talent from one field with others outside their usual circle of contacts.

Finish it
Lack of a deadline can lead to projects dragging on and on.. The intensive (but not impossible) constraints of Action On The Side force filmmakers to be realistic with their aims and results in a finished piece of work at the end of the month.


Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be added to a private group, where you can develop and start building your project to pitch during the Preproduction Weekend.

We are looking for scripts that can be shot within a day. This means max. 7 pages.

New vlogs

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In the lead-up to the June 2016 project, we’ve started vlogging. Check out this video about the Action On The Side project

Script Development

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Our next script development meeting is Monday 15 February.

Order tickets via Eventbrite:

Screenwriters On The Side: Script Development Meeting
Do you have a script? Do you have a story idea?Want to meet other scriptwriters and filmmakers to develop it?

Join us for our next script development meeting. Bring copies of your script (online or printed), and your ideas.

Anyone can join us.
Any script.
Any idea.
Feature or short.
Theatre, webseries, tv pilot.

If you’d like a challenge, you can develop a script for the next Action On The Side project (March 2016). Develop a movie idea that can be shot in two days. Prepare to pitch at the next AOTS project.

Action On The Side is a collaborative filmmaking project where we make a short film in a month.

Screenwriters On The Side is an off-shoot script development group. We run fortnightly script development meetings. Like the Action On The Side Facebook page for reminders of our meetings.

AOTS Members Survey

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We invite all Action On The Side members to complete this survey. It is designed specifically for you. The survey is voluntary and responses are anonymous. The responses will be used to assist in Masters research to develop AOTS into a sustainable film business model. Any queries about the survey can be sent to hello@actionontheside.tv

The survey should take 3-5 minutes. We need responses before Wednesday 6 January

For AOTS members:

Create your own user feedback survey

We are also running a second survey for all members of the London Film Community, not just those who are part of Action On The Side. Please complete this survey as well.

London Film Community Survey

Thank you in advance

I want to create film, let's get together and: Make it happen!