On Set With MannIN Shorts

Isle of Man Arts Council
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Based on the Isle of Man, MannIN Shorts is an initiative to provide a platform for filmmakers of any age to build skills, develop ideas and make films right here on the rock. Founded and developed in 2010 by Dave Armstrong and Christy DeHaven of DAM Productions IOM and their Producer partner Phil Gates of Sonic Productions.

MannIN Shorts have encouraged and promoted indigenous filmmaking on the Isle of Man and since its inception. They have offered mentoring schemes and workshops to aspiring actors, filmmakers and set crew on the Island. On these schemes, participants gain invaluable insights into filmmaking with opportunities to work with professionals on a real film-shoot.  During the on-location shoots, participants are invited to have a go at all aspects of filmmaking whilst working with professional kit and experienced members of the island’s film community.

Actor, Christine Hill said: 

It’s good for the island. MannIN Shorts was set up to teach crew and they can take those skills to bigger film sets.

MannIN Shorts Acting Workshop

Following on from a run of successful acting, directing and writing workshops, Sunday 8th April saw the first full day shoot using original material which will be produced to festival standard. Shot on location at Spill the Beans, ‘Game Over’ was a fast paced and fun shoot with great acting performances from Kat Cawte, Linda Nagajeva and Jack Divers.

MannIN Shorts 'Game Over'

The shoot offered a great opportunity for both crew and actors to work together in a welcoming and supportive environment. 

Pauline Bridson who has worked with MannIN Shorts for a number of years said:  

It’s always good working on these sets, there is always a core set of people with experience but the workshops give you the opportunity to work with different people every time. You can be thrown into any role which is great because you get the chance to try everything from fetching the teas and coffees to directing the film.

MannIN Shorts backstage

The crew and cast were made up of all ages and the atmosphere was friendly and welcoming. Many came to learn about filmmaking for the first time or expand on existing knowledge. Among the crew were students currently training in film/tech related studies. There was a year 12 photography student who was taking behind the scenes stills, a Fine Art student who was assisting with set dressing and a the Sound Technician was a university student eager to put her skills to practical use.  

MannIN Shorts 'Game Over' cafe scene

Some of the professional crew members on the day included Dave Armstrong and Adrian Hall as Assistant Director. Both Dave and Adrian ensured that the day ran smoothly along with others with extensive background in film. The Director was Tom Bowden and 'Game Over' was his first time taking on the role.  

Tom, who only came on board a few days before said:

This is one of the best days I’ve had. It’s been great because you’re surrounded by an experienced team who know what they’re doing very well. It’s a great environment to learn in. You can rely on the professionals but it’s also good to be able to learn about the other roles so that you can appreciate their job as well.

MannIN Shorts will be holding their next on-location shoot on 22nd April . Get in touch with Dave Armstrong for more details.

MannIN Shorts sponsored by the IOM Arts Council

Five short films have now been progressed through the scheme, from script to screen, alongwith several training films such as the popular Scene Stealers and On the Benches projects. Finalist films 'Closet' (by John Craine), 'I Do' (Zoe Guilford), 'Hide & Seek' (Adrian Hall), 'Barry Brown' (John Brimble) and 'Solace in Wicca' (Nathan Russell-Raby) are in the final throes of post production and are soon to be distributed to international film festivals.

MannIN Shorts are proudly supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council.

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A sponsored body of
The Department of Education, Sport and Culture
Rheynn Ynsee, Spoyrt as Cultoor
Isle of Man Government
Reiltys Ellan Vannin
Isle of man Government
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