It’s been a couple of months now since I took a critical look at my feature script. This for the most part has been on purpose – I felt very much neck deep in the story and now, browsing through it, feel I can really start hacking away with the red sharpie to get the concise story I want to tell. It’s also been a period in which I’ve invited others to read and share their thoughts on the story. The feedback I’ve received has been highly encouraging. Of course some of it was probably biast – I don’t expect my mother to tear It down Kermode-style, but I did get something from the friends I offered it out to. “I sat there, and was scared to leave my room.” “I went for a smoke in the garden and kept thinking about your bloody script – it freaked me out.”
Clearly at this point I donned my best Vincent Price cackle and returned to the laboratory whaling “It’s alive! It’s alive!”
Of course, the most important people to get the script to were the crew. And so last night in a pub just off of Oxford Circus, the first production meeting for our “untitled” feature got underway. Those in attendance included myself, Matt Pearson, my co-producer and editor and producer Ellen Wishart.
Story was discussed, locations were drawn up and a timeframe for production was sketched out. Shooting will take place on weekends from late September through to early December.
Weekends seem to be the best approach The team around me is one I have worked with before and one I trust and so finding an approach which makes it easier for them to be involved is essential – we all have bills to pay and roofs to keep over our heads – as low budget filmmakers, Mon-Fri 9-5 covers this like it does for everyone else.
The same is true for some of the other integral people that couldn’t attend our first meeting. Director of Photography, Chris Omand (Down Terrace) is away on a shoot and my writing partner Chris Shaw was also unable to make it. This kind of thing is only a problem if you make it one. These people have good careers, I’m not out to make a film at the expense of these careers and quite frankly, I’d be an arse to think they’d follow me if that was my ethic. Hell, Chris Nolan filmed his debut feature over a year’s worth of weekends and if it’s good enough for the most sort after director in Hollywood, I’m sure I can cope with it.
So here we are. An initial and most valuable crew assembled (with additions on the way), and a target for the next few weeks. Stay tuned, as I hope to record all my recee experiences and show you the world in which our story can be found.