Monday, 20 September 2010

Trail Of Crimson - Done!

We wrapped on the short film 'Trail Of Crimson' yesterday and managed to shoot everything the director wanted. For just a 9 page film with 8 scenes we got thru over 140 slates and up to 30 shots per scene at times. I'm sure that the director has more than enough coverage and that half the shots probably wont get used.

I've managed to clock up over 70 hours over the last 7 days of shooting and I'm knackered.

The director and DOp were concerned that we wouldnt get all the shots in the 7 days, but I assured them I could get it done and I did. I'm pretty happy with that to be honest.

Just need to wait for the film to be edited and then we can see the fruits of our labour.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Mate's Rates

I cannot seem to find the time to actually write this bloody script. ive been on one film, then work, then my msuic video, then work, then flu, then work - until this sunday and monday and i had so many little jobs to do i got on witht hem. ive now taken a pass at my outline and its good enoug to write. now to find the time to do so. back in work 2moro, wed, fri and sat - i need at least 2 days to write it tho. hoping i can get wed off work and dedicate 2 days to getting a rough draft done.

hopefully this is the script that can get me work, maybe an agent and if im very lucky maybe even sell it. so it should be a bloody priority. i need to get my arse in gear.

Trail Of Crimson

I met with Vicki, the writer/director of Trail Of Crimson, on sunday in the studios. the set is coming along slowly but surely and i think tis gonna look good. vicki has a clear vision of the world she wants to create and i think it will make a great little film. we start shooting on monday for 7 days and im itching to get on set and do what i do.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

It's Been A Long Few Weeks

Between the day job and filmmaking I've barely had any down time this last few weeks. Im cream crackered. But.... it will all be worth it one day - so I keep getting told. It's easy to say that when you're not the poor filmmaker in question!

I am enjoying a bit of a rest day at present before getting back to the day job for a few days then heading to London for a music festival. I've scraped together my pennies so I can have a little fun and accept that I may be eating toast for the remainder of the month.

As well as filmmaking I've also managed to talk my way into writing for another film-related website - I shall be writing reviews for the site as well as some original articles for my current series of articles and blog title - The frustrated Ramblings Of An Aspiring Filmmmaker. I shall be digging through my thoughts and feelings on everything film and attempting to salvage a few hundred words for my new weekly section with the site. A few hundred words a week and then a long article once a month is the thinking. I shall also continue writing an article every month for flickeringmyth.

Also - today I recieved an email from the good ol' Beeb about my interest in the new opportunities arising at BBC North due to the current wave of relocations from London. I registered my interest last week and recieved an email today inviting me to undertake an online test as they felt my curriculum vitae had some promise. The test took about an hour or so and was pretty gruelling in places. Fingers crossed I did well enough. I've been yearning to get the hell out of 'The Port' since I was 15, but always end up coming back. Perhaps relocation with a solid job can keep me away as well as allow me to build my career. Working in fiction film is fun and I love being on set and Ading, but it isn't paying the bills at present. Proper, paid work in the industry would see me opening doors and affording to live.

But first of all - I may just have a snoozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Dirty Goods -'Millionaires'

Sunday and yesterday I directed my first music video for Dirty Goods and enjoyed every minute of it. This was the band's first attempt at acting and they weren't entirely comfortable with it so I just tried to make experience as enjoyable as possible for them. The budget was absolutely zero and we used equipment borrowed from our fellow filmmakers as well as the crew and cast offering their time for free. It isn't going to be a masterpiece, but then we never intended for that anyway. Shot on a basic camera it will look a little grainy and the lighting is minimal. However, the intent of the video was for the band to experience making a narrative video, for Scratched Print and the band to work together as well as to make a video that would entertaining and a laugh for all involved. I think it will give people a chuckle and if released on youtube it will give the fans a chance to see the more comical side of the band.

It will look cheap and cheerful, but I think we will have a fun little video.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Filmmaking Update

After doing a good job of 1st Ading 'On A Knife Edge' last week I was offered the chance to 1st AD a music video on Thursday, but have agreed to work my day job that day due to the store manager and assistant manager being away leaving me to look after the shop. I'm gutted because it's pretty much the same crew I shot with last week and I enjoyed it. The band look pretty promising also.

I was also offered the chance to 1st AD another masters student film in September and I'm due to discuss the details with the director.

I am also very looking forward to shooting my first music video for Dirty Goods on Sunday. It's a narrative story with the music video over the top of it. There's a simple and funny little story running through it and I think it's going to make a great music video. Due to it's extended length though we will probably be shooting it in two parts leaving the easier to shoot interior parts for sometime next week.

I was disappointed to find out the producer of Sunday's video hasn't done anything in the build up and I had to sort the cast and crew myself yesterday, but we are still shooting and on track for a good day.


The short film that I have written, based upon an original story by David Lord, and shall be directing has been put back until September.