Category: Ramblings

Conversations With Strangers: Part 6

So filming is complete. All the weeks of planning, gathering crew, shot lists, rehearsals and meetings have culminated in finally shooting your short film over how ever many days you’ve managed to wangle out of your location for free. And now you have your precious footage. You gather that little harddrive into your arms and hurry to the editing suit…

Conversations With Strangers: Part Five

Having just re-read my last blog entry, written a shamefully long two months ago, I can’t help but laugh. Looking back on it, bold statements such as aiming to release our fundraising campaign ‘by the end of April’ strike me as particularly amusing. In fact, so much has changed over the last couple of months that I hardly know where…

Conversations With Strangers: Part Four

Pitch video shoots, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, castings, meetings, pitch video re-shoots, breakdowns, more meetings, more castings … as pre-production of our short film reaches fever pitch I am taking a welcome break from the chaos to write this new blog. I’d like to begin by pointing out that this frenzy is entirely self-inflicted. I have to keep reminding myself…

Conversations With Strangers: Part Three

There’s a distinct change of rhythm, as we wave goodbye to the Development phase of our short film project, Conversations With Strangers, and throw ourselves into Pre-Production. Since advertising for writers back in October last year it feels like we’ve been moving at a pleasant and leisurely pace as the drafts for our four scripts bounce back and forth, shuttle…

Conversations With Strangers: Part Two

Conversations With Strangers is a series of five short films about the most terrifying and uncomfortable of situations that most of us have ever found ourselves in: a first date. Whether it’s a blind date, a much-anticipated face-to-face meeting after weeks of online flirtation, two friends finally taking the plunge, or an extra circular fling, it pretty much always takes…

Conversations With Strangers: Part One

Developing a film idea is a bit like contracting a virus. Some ideas only stick around for a few days, and then they recede, until you can hardly recall how it felt to have it in the first place. Some ideas are more persistent, they grow and grow until you are fully infected, and the only thing to do is…

An unexpected journey

Today has literally been the first day in about a month that I have sat down and spared a thought for my creative projects and my experiences of Filmworks. Christmas was lovely, but full-on family (and a full-time job as I am the official cameraman commissioned to capture every precious moment of my nephew’s mischievous exploits, not to mention our…

A problem shared

The last session of Filmworks confirmed for me something that I already knew but so far have rarely done – sharing the load really does make a better film. As young filmmakers there’s a tendency to try to do everything ourselves. We don’t have the money to pay anyone, and we might not have the contacts to get a producer,…

Errr…

So Filmworks #3 was all about pitching. I have come to realise that this is one of my biggest weaknesses. When it comes to describing my film, the first word that springs to word is “Err”, followed by “It’s kind of…” Thankfully, thanks to us running over rather dramatically I was spared the pain of stuttering and rambling in front…

Titles are hard

The last session of Filmworks covered what is, for me, the most daunting stage of getting a film made – selling and packaging. I have a lot to learn about the ‘business’ side of things, but before I can get stuck in to budgets, casting choices and promotional materials I need to be able to explain what my film is……