Questions… and answers.

Where do the days go?

Blink and you miss them! The Kickstarter campaign is in full swing and I haven’t had a chance to update the blog. Slapped wrist for me.

Well there’s a lot to catch up on and I don’t know where to start.

Last week we had a big old shindig and get together – partly to raise more attention for The Fitzroy, partly to have a good old boogie. It was a great night, Green Rock River Band played and we danced the night away.

Check out the video from the night.

The only downside from the night was we had to do a speech! I am incredibly shy and public speaking is not my thing. To be honest I was dreading it. Well we staggered onto stage and I think I managed to mumble a few words. I hope people could tell it was out of fear rather than a lack of anything to say.

On the night we also announced some new awesome rewards…including t-shirts, have the GRRB play at your own party and, last but not least, come spend the day on set – a Russian submarine -and call action on the very first shot of The Fitzroy. Pretty cool. You can check out more on the rewards right here.

We have also been promoting The Fitzroy all over the web. I think I’ve sent more emails in the last couple of weeks than I have all year.

This weekend we are doing a Q+A vlog!

What’s a vlog? Why, it’s a video blog – I think. Anyway we are doing this one and we are going to answer any questions you have, be it on The Fitzroy, film making, writing, producing, Kickstarter, quantum mechanics…why co-co pops turn the milk chocolatey…

So please, any questions you have, fire them over, be it on twitter, facebook, kickstarter, or the comments before. We’ll take any questions.

Well that’s it for today. Apologies for not updating sooner – never again! I’m going to ramp back up on the blogs. So keep your hair on and get over to the kickstarter page to check out the new rewards.

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Soap Boxes

Well the crowd-funding campaign has been running for five days and it has been crazy. I feel like I’ve aged five years!

We’ve had a great response to the film and some lovely comments. We’ve also had some lovely blogs written about us and even a podcast interview – which was quite fun and got a little geeky as we ended up debating who would win between Ironman and Batman. My money would be on Ironman.

I’ll try and post the links tomorrow!

But it’s not all about an online campaign. We knew when we started this that we really wanted to do as many ‘live’ events as possible. And over the weekend we we did our first one.

Early Saturday morning we headed down to Sci-Fi London’s Post-Apocolympic festival and set up our little stall.

All weekend we (Eve, James, Liam and Me) were there handing out flyers, showing off some of the rewards and just generally talking about The Fitzroy.

If I’m honest I was quite nervous. I am always nervous about meeting new people and I was about to meet A LOT of strangers and try to sell them my film. Why would they want to listen? But I had nothing to worry about. Everybody was really friendly and eager to hear about the film. Well, I say everybody, there was one guy who was running for the toilet. I shouldn’t have tried to stop him!

It was great fun and we had a great couple of days. It really gave us a chance to share the story of The Fitzroy with, which is what this whole project is about – getting this little story out to an audience.

The only downside was by the end of the weekend my legs were killing me. Working for the past decade as an editor has left me with legs like noodles – I need lumberjack legs. Please don’t take that sentence out of context!

Hopefully we are going to try and do another couple of events over the coming weeks. I’ll just give my legs a quick rub down and get back out there sharing the story of The Fitzroy with people. If you get a chance please help us share it too!

Hopefully we can all get lumberjack legs. 😉

And here’s a few stills and video I threw together to give you a taste of the weekend.

Director of Photography

The blogs are coming thick and fast this week.

We are very close to launching the Kickstarter campaign (tomorrow at 6pm if I haven’t mentioned it already?)

But the work on the film doesn’t stop or slow down! In fact it increases. As always the film is my main focus.

And with that in mind we have filled a huge piece in The Fitzroy jigsaw!

It gives me great pleasure to announce we have a Director of Photography. The one and only Ciro Candia.

Ciro hard at work.

Here’s a little bio on him.

Ciro has a great wealth of experience, having started out as Camera Loading on features such as ‘Gladiator’, ‘Hannibal’ & ‘Kingdom of Heaven’

‘I Think Therefore’ directed by Georgia King

‘Breathe’ Directed by Liam Garvo (the one and same who is co-producing The Fitzroy)

Ciro went on to DP films such as British crime feature ‘Cash & Curry’ (Best Feature at the Portobello Film Festival 2008), the short film ‘Where The Monsters Go’, (finalist at the Fuji Film Shorts competition in 2010) and ‘No Playground For Little Cowboys’ (Best Comedy Short at the Smalls Film Festival London 2012). 

‘No Playground For Little Cowboys’ directed by Carl Rock

Ciro is also an experienced music video and commercial DP, having shot for brands such as McDonalds, Speedo, Nokia and Blue Square.

You should really check out Ciro’s website to see just a selection of his work.

I haven’t worked with Ciro before but he has a great eye for a cinematic image and really understands storytelling through the lens. He also has great experience, which is going to be invaluable during our tight shoot. I can’t wait to get started and see what he comes up with.

Over the coming weeks I’m going to try and get Ciro to do a little guest blog and fire some questions at him. So if you have anything you would like to know about life as a DP or what he has planned for The Fitzroy, just leave your questions in the comments and I will be sure to put them to him.

Oh and if you would like to see a little bit more on some visual references for The Fitzroy you should check out Inspiration and references (Part 1: Visuals)

The Countdown

If you have been following us on Twitter or Facebook you will know the countdown has begun!

The countdown to what I hear you cry?

Well, the countdown to the launch of our Kickstarter campaign. And it’s just a few short days away.

At 6pm on Thursday we will launch!

Ohhhhh Big Green Button!

We are incredibly excited by this and I want to share everything with you now, but I’m under strict instructions from the producers not to.

On Kickstarter, once your project has been approved there is a giant green ‘launch’ button right next to the ‘preview’ button. I can’t tell you how tempted I am to press that button!

Despite being under strict instructions not to give anything away… well screw it… I’m going to.

We’ve got some great rewards lined up, including a series of limited edition ‘alternative’ propaganda posters set in the world of The Fitzroy. These have all been created by different artists, designers and illustrators and, like the information posters of WWII and austerity Britain, they and incredibly varied in style and message. The guys have all done an amazing job of capturing different aspects of The Fitzroy world and I think you are going to love them.

Some Fitzroy t-shirts arrived today. Not necessarily a reward but for us to wear for the next month. We are walking billboards!

Phew, Okay I can’t tell you anymore of the rewards… but… if you want another sneaky peak at a few of them you can always download the press kit on our website. It’s meant just for the press, but if like me you find press kits interesting, then you might enjoy having a look at it. There is a wealth of information about the film and the campaign in there (link is on the about page).

So the campaign launches on Thursday and we will be hitting the digital world hard just trying to get people to hear about the film! If you could spare a tweet or facebook post it would really help us in spreading the word.

But it’s not just the digital world we are targeting.

We’re climbing out of our underground lair and going out into the real world. Sci-Fi London have very kindly allowed us to pitch a stall at their Post-Apocolympic festival, where they will be showing all sorts of wonderful post-apocalyptic films. If you are in London check it out (not only because they are screening one of my favourite films – The Flight of The Navigator).

If you are going, come and say hi and you might get some free rock!?

Throughout the crowd-funding campaign we are going to try and do as many ‘real’ things as possible. We’ll try and give you as much of a heads up as possible of what we are doing. But let me say just say this. Keep the evening of the 19th free!

We’ll that’s it for today. Sorry to be so cryptic… or not as it turns out.

Knock backs and Perseverance

When I started this blog I wanted it to be an open and frank account of the process of making a debut feature film. After all, the title of the blog is ‘the trial and tribulations of making an independent feature film.’

Unfortunately, this week we had our first setback on The Fitzroy. Our casting director, Brendan, has had to leave the project due to other commitments.

Here’s what Brendan had to say.

“As much as I love the script and working with the people involved, my commercial workload is too much at present for me to give this film the input it deserves. I wish Andrew, Liam and James all the best for the future.”

Obviously this is a real shame and a setback for the film, but we totally understand Brendan’s decision and thank him for all the hard work and support he has put into the film. He has helped us get to where we are and he will be missed.

Films at any level face setbacks and hiccups and this is especially true with first films at micro budgets. The real challenge is how we as team deal with it and move on.

One of my favourite films is Jaws, and love the story of how despite being behind schedule, over budget and without a mechanical shark to shoot, Spielberg just kept on filming. As long as the camera’s rolling, you’re making a film. In the end they turned the problems of not having a ‘working shark’ into a huge positive and made one of the greatest films of all time, reinventing the monster film at the same time.

That lesson is incredibly important and one I want to emulate. As long as we can react and adapt we will be fine. This won’t be the last setback we face and probably not the largest but with the right attitude and hard work we’ll continue to move forwards and push the film towards that premiere!

Speaking of which… This upcoming week is going to be incredibly exciting. If you have been following us on facebook or twitter you will have seen we have announced the date for the launch of our crowd-funding campaign.

And it’s this coming Thursday!

I’ll tell you more about that in the next couple of days and on the ‘up’ side we have yet another massive announcement mid-week so keep an eye out for that.

Onwards and upwards.