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

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

July 2015 screening

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We are very proud to announce the next Action On The Side screening

Sunday 26 July


Hatch Homerton
8 MacKintosh Ln, London E9, right next to Homerton Overground Station

The screening of our July 2015 project, ‘Drunk Dial’, written and directed by Rosie Grant.

Come and celebrate the end of the project with cast and crew in the comfortable surrounds of Hatch – Homerton



Lucy drunk dials Max, creating an enemy in the process. How do the enemies handle a blind date?

Starring: Rose Reynolds, Nico Pimparé
Written & Directed by Rosie Grant


Action On The Side is a weekend filmmaking project in London, designed to get people together and creating one short film in a month.

Week One: Preproduction
Week Two: Production
Week Three: Postproduction
Week Four: Screening

Script Development

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We are pleased to announce a new aspect of Action On The Side


Do you have a script? Do you have a story idea?
Want to meet with other scriptwriters and filmmakers to work on it?

We’ve started a regular script development meeting, and anyone can join us.

Any script.
Any idea.
Feature or short.

Our next meeting is 7pm on Friday 08 May. Curzon Soho cafe. Bring scripts and ideas. All are welcome.

This will be our third meeting. Starting in May, we are planning to run fortnightly meetups: Monthly Fridays: relaxed networking and ideas bouncing meetings at a central location.
Monthly Weeknights (date to be announced): quieter nights, with script read throughs and discussion.

Next AOTS: July 2015

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We are pleased to announce the next Action On The Side event is this JULY 2015

Weekend 1: Preproduction is 04/05 July
Weekend 2: Production is 11/12 July
Weekend 3: Postproduction is 18/19 July
Weekend 4: Screening is 25 or 26 July

Sign up now or update your details at

And the February project is…

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The February 2015 short film is ARMS TRADE

The story was developed by James Morgan, Josh Pappenheim, and Chris Parker during the AOTS script development meetings.

After a heavy night of drinking, best friends Troy and Sean awake to find they have mysteriously swapped arms. A comedy short from Action On The Side.


We will be shooting NEXT WEEKEND (14-15 February), and need your help in finding a location.

We’re looking for two bedrooms and a lounge to shoot in all weekend (9am-10pm Saturday and Sunday). This may also be one bedroom that we can dress to look like two bedrooms.

Note this is not a student production; we are industry professionals. We can provide a reference from a homeowner who has previously let us film in their home on two separate occasions.

You will be credited and will be invited to our film screening on 28 February (friends as well).

If you have a location or know of one, please let us know: message Patricia ( ) or Candace ( candace.little(at) )

February 2015: project starts this week!

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Hey y’all!

The February 2015 Project starts this weekend!

Have you signed up to the mailing list? If not, make it happen!

Here is our latest mailer with the details for the first weekend.



Saturday 07, Sunday 08 Feb

When: 11am to 5pm

Location: “San Francisco”, Hult House East, London WC1N 2AT

We’ll be screening some short films to get us in the mood, including the latest Action On The Side Short, “Cut-Out“. There’ll be networking and introductions. Then you can pitch your stories to the group. By the end of Saturday we’ll know which film or films we’ll be making this month.

Sunday is development and preproduction, getting ready for the shoot …



Saturday 14, Sunday 15 Feb

The shoot!

Location tba



Saturday 21, Sunday 22 Feb

Post-production. By the end of Saturday, we’ll have picture lock for the rest of post-production.



Saturday 28 February

When: 7pm

Location: tba

THE SCREENING! Come along and see the film or films that we made in the month of February, then join the cast and crew for a celebratory drink afterwards.


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