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.


November 2014 Screening

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Screening of the November Action On The Side project, ‘Cut-Out’


Richard cannot escape the cut-out of a missing person that appears everywhere. A horror comedy short from writer/director Chris Parker

The screening also includes:

‘Since We Last’

A sweet story about coping with grief
Written by Josh Pappenheim, Directed by Ben Grady


The screening will be in “San Francisco”, first floor, Hult House (37-38 John Street, London WC1N 2AT)

After the screening, we will be heading to the Perseverance Pub (63 Lamb’s Conduit St, London WC1N 3NB)


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