February 6, 2018

WS:  Notes is interesting in that you'd never previously directed or written a short before. You were working as a camera assistant, so how did the film come about?

To be honest I was really lost at the time, I never knew where I was going, what I was doing, I'd thought about becoming a stand up comedian, an actor, an A/D, props, production. I wasn't enjoying my time in the c...

February 4, 2018

‘Funding is a limitation, and for short filmmakers it’s not a necessary limitation'

Whaam! Shorts 3 is 'Stalactites' by Alison Piper

Stalactites is the fantastic debut short by Alison Piper.  It was turned down for traditional public funding which would lead many filmmakers to give up. Instead, this lack of funding inspired Alison to become more determined to make the film.

The f...

December 21, 2017

Attitude and Ideas: Year Zero Tartan Features 2017 Review

“Great art always comes from attitude and ideas” so said the Gang of Four. This is also true of film but with the important addition of tenacity.

The Cambridge dictionary defines tenacity as ”the determination to continue what you are doing”

Ideas alone are just not enough when making, promoting and distributing independen...

January 6, 2017

We're delighted that the fourth Whaam! Shorts film is the excellent Rabbit Punch from the most excellent team at Arpeggio Pictures.

Stuart Condy and Sara Forbes, Arpeggio's head honcho's discuss it's creation, TV premiere, BAFTA NT win, Funding, the future of Scottish Shorts and more.

SC - Rabbit Punch was made in 2012 and was our first short film after graduating from film...

November 15, 2016

Where did the idea come from?

Sheepo came about in quite a long-winded way.

Archie is and old school friend, and he’s a sheep shearer, many of my friends are sheep shearers. He always wanted to travel the world shearing sheep and seeking his fortune.

I was in my early twenties and Archie had spent two or three years on the global sheep shearing circuit. He was home for a summer t...

November 12, 2016

Whaam! Shorts

Tartan Features has been a little quiet of late. Other than being very busy with our other lives there's a good reason for this – we've been expanding.

Tartan Features, under the Year Zero Filmmaking umbrella now has a little sister. We've called her Whaam! Shorts.

Whaam! Shorts shares the same ideology as Tartan Features – films made with the same DIY spirit, uncom...

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