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Fancy getting involved in the film industry? Travelling to Cannes and signing international deals with global multi-nationals? Read on.
It sounds like the stuff of childhood fantasy, the kind of dreams that school careers officers hear on a regular basis, advising those expressing them that they would be better off sticking with something more reliable like working in the financial sector.
CEJ client Simon Denton, though, is managing to combine both the jobs – living the dream of producing films for a living while also paying the bills and funding the big screen dream with a day job as a financial services contractor.
And after travelling to the Cannes Film Festival with his first full length feature film, horror movie Seizure, he’s currently on the lookout for an investor in his next movie.
He said: “We have an international sales agent based in Los Angeles and have signed a distribution deal for North America and Canada. “That should see us on Netflix, Red Box and with DVDs on sale in Walmart in the next six months. We are looking for investment funding for our next film, a horror comedy, working title of ‘Bite Me’. So if anyone wants to get involved in film, be an extra and meet the cast etc, give me a call!”
Many of his contracting colleagues are somewhat dubious when they hear about his “other” career, Simon admits. He revealed: “I think generally they think I’m mad. I had a few raised eyebrows when I first mentioned making a full length feature film whilst still contracting. That is until I went to Cannes!”
Film-making isn’t the only string to Simon’s bow. He added: “Making films is pretty new to me. I was the Conference Director of a music festival before contracting, working in Liverpool, and we also staged a festival in Dubai. I’ve also been involved in major music festivals, including Glastonbury, Leeds Festival, Parklife and Latitude on a project basis.”
“Creative projects are really intense and great fun and when they are successful they are extremely rewarding. The good thing about contracting is the flexibility and being able to take a contract for a fixed period that will enable you to work on other things in between.”
“I’ve been with CEJ for about five years now. I wanted a bona fide company to look after my company finances, and Bryan and the team at CEJ take all the hassle away from running your own company. The best thing by far though is the jelly beans!”
If you are interested in being an investor in Simon’s next film and would like to get in touch, let us know and we’ll pass on your details. Email Jo (email@example.com), Ben (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Peter (email@example.com).