Life, Business, and on with the Feature

Summer came, and went. Autumn is packing it’s suitcase and as I write this from a warm tube train my hands are currently defrosting from the oncoming winter winds. The fact that I am writing this post however is a good one. Draft five of the script is finished.The story has been tightened. I look down upon my script (I have to imagine this as its written in Celtx on my iPhone) and it feels good! But there’s one problem. My script is sprawling! It’s currently 139 pages long. I was aiming for an 80 pager! The nature of the the production and cost mean I’d probably be able to shoot all 139 pages and make those all important cuts in the edit. But I want to be more disciplined than that. So on the script side of things – I’m pretty much happy with everything but its ability to keep a door ajar (again, I have to think outside the iPhone).
This is the first post in a long time and that’s been down to a number of things. Mainly, LIFE! Since my last post, I’ve moved (twice), started a business, been hired free lance, and most brilliantly got engaged to the woman of my dreams. I’ve been busy. But the film must go on, and it has been. Re-drafting, location scouting, and budget raising have all been on-going and I will discuss each one in more detail in up coming posts.
But I shall leave this one with a fantastic short by Patrick Jean (although I’m a little slow to this one as its been around for a few years already). ‘Pixels’ shows the world under attack from… well, you guessed it, and has come to my attention at a time when I’m reading ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline (All 80’s themed and gaming related) and have taken up a role as Story Content provider for a gaming company (Research Through Gaming), so it really struck a chord. It’s such a brilliantly simple idea that makes me want to lock myself in a room for 6 months and learn the kind of software fx programmes that allow you to create things as marvellous as this. BUT NO MORE DISTRACTIONS NOW! ON WITH PRODUCTION!

P.S. speaking of game themed videos – this too is a work of genius for anyone of the mortal kombat generation. If I can just find out how they made it… NO! THE FILM IS THE THING!

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