We are almost there!

Hi folks,

Just a very quick blog as the campaign heads into it’s last few hours.

Looking back on the campaign it has been a heck of a ride with so many up’s and downs. It feels like a lifetime ago yet the past 45days have flown by!

At the time of writing this we have just 34 hours left and are at £59,006!

The goal is within touching distance – but I’m not counting any chickens yet, there is still a chance we might not make it.

The Fitzroy by Jack Candy-Kemp Only available for another 34 hours!

The Fitzroy by Jack Candy-Kemp Only available for another 34 hours!

You’ve all shown so much support and kindness towards the project – it has been really humbling and has touched all of us involved in the campaign.

But could I ask for one more favour? … well two actually.

Kickstarter is all or nothing – if we don’t reach the target we get nothing… and we don’t get to make the film!!! We are close but it is possible we might not make it.

So we need ONE LAST BIG PUSH!

If you could please share the film with anyone you can in anyway you can that would be awesome.

Please facebook it, tweet it, tell people about it.

Here’s the link…
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1538713376/the-fitzroy

The other favour is…

We are very proud to be up for indiewires project of the week. We’re up against three other projects and to win could give the film a huge boost and really help it become a success.

If you have 30 seconds please vote (ideally for us).

Thank you.

And fingers crossed we can make it.

Singing for our supper – the results are in!

On Sunday The Fitzroy and Green Rock River Band went busking – partly to raise a little more awareness for The Fitzroy and partly to spread some Christmas cheer… although I did see one mother quickly cover her daughter’s ears when they played ‘Drink here ’til I die’.

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We hit up South Bank in London, arriving at 8.30am to set up. It was a glorious day and by 10.30am the guys were playing their first set. Instantly they drew in a big crowd – much bigger than I think any of us were expecting. There was a lot of goodwill and cheer from the crowd and a great atmosphere.

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Unfortunately after forty minutes or so we were moved on! But this didn’t deter us – we simply found another spot further down the river and the band set up all over again and got the crowds gathering.

It was a fun day – the guys sold out of their CD’s, we handed out all of our fliers and The Fitzroy word was well and truly spread along South Bank. We couldn’t have asked for any more.

Here’s a little video of the day – hope you enjoy it.

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If you don’t know, Green Rock River Band are creating the soundtrack for the film. Not only that, but they will be appearing in the film and playing the soundtrack on screen!

Cooped up in one of the rooms in the hotel is ‘The Band’. They constantly play their ramshackle and makeshift instruments. The music echoes through the sub and has a direct impact on some of the key turning points in the story. It’s going to be very cool.

They really are going to give the film such a unique energy and feel, I can’t wait to work with them.

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If you want to hear more, do check out their website!

And don’t forget, you can always get the soundtrack with the film on our kickstarter page.  Or if you are feeling very generous you can have GRRB play at your next party, wedding, Bar Mitzvah or whatever you can think of.

3 days to go folks! It’s exciting times.

Singing for our supper

Just a very quick announcement

Continuing with trying to do as much ‘live promotion’ as online promoting, tomorrow we are going to do some busking! Luckily I’m not singing, but Green Rock River Band (who are creating the film’s soundtrack) have very kindly agreed to do a live free set – how cool is that!

So if you are in London town tomorrow morning between 10.30am and 1pm, pop down to Southbank for a bit of free music and Christmas cheer. We should be around the London Eye – but I can’t guarantee that. Apparently getting a prime busking spot can be a bit of a battle. I’m imagining it’s going to be like the Warriors. Just hope we don’t run into the St Joseph’s Children’s Choir – those guys have a reputation! We’ll tweet our location once we have won our turf!

Here’s a taste of what they do!

 

We also broke through 80% today – which is brilliant – with just seven days to go it’s going to be very exciting. Fingers crossed we can make it – but believe me, we are going to work are hardest to make this happen. And that literally includes singing for our supper.

Choke Mate

Wow it’s been quite a few days!

On Tuesday we were kickstarters ‘project of the day’ and yesterday we were one of three projects profiled in their weekly newsletter. It has really given the project a shot in the arm and opened us up to a larger audience.

And ‘Choke Mate’ our 48 hour short film has been going down very well – which is a relief.

As promised (although a little late) here are a few behind the scenes pics and a run down of what happened.

Choke Mate: As it happened

Throughout the week we had been asking the online community to suggest the story tagline, prop, location, etc. So come Friday night we had the main elements in place

The basic premise? (Suggested by Chris Knight)

‘As an air raid siren sounds two people play chess for the last gas mask.’

We also had to have a snow globe in there and shoot it on a beach – I was hoping for a warm, sheltered house!

With those three elements in place I expanded the premise into some sort of story. Originally I wanted the film to be closer in tone to The Fitzroy but for me comedy takes an age to write. So to save time we went dark! Time is also the reason there is hardly any dialog in Choke Mate.

By Friday night – we had all the elements in place. Although I had never met the actors before or been to the location, I did have a kind of rough idea of what we wanted to make.

Friday morning at the crack of dawn – no scrap that it was about two hours before dawn we set off from London to Southend on Sea. Thankfully Mother Nature was kind to us and the weather was gorgeous, if a little nippy but then it’s December.

We were a tight crew! The two actors, the two producers (James and Liam – multi tasking to the max), Ciro (DOP) and me. Like I say tight.

When we arrived at the location the first thing we did was to scout out the beach. Luckily there were a lot of cool sections all within a few hundred meters of each other.

The actors, Ben and Anne-Sophie, changed into their costumes while we set up the first shot – Ben jumping over the beach brake.

And we were off.

We were pushed for time from the get go. Being winter we only had until 3.30pm of usable light. So we moved quickly and generally didn’t go over two takes, although there were a few shots that required more. The running in the mud at the opening of the film was one.

The actors did a great job and I can’t thank them enough. They really were thrown into it and had to spend the day sitting, lying and running on a cold wet beach. They were both stellar.

We shot right up until sunset and just managed to get the last shot in time.

To be honest I wasn’t quite sure we had managed to capture enough. But there was no time to worry about that. We grabbed a quick bite to eat and then it was back to London to cut the film.

We edited until around 2am, by which time we had a rough assembly and I was shattered. We grabbed a few hours sleep and then got back to the edit. After a few hours we had a locked cut and sent it off to Tom who was doing the sound design.

Unfortunately because we had shot on the 5d the sound was rather awful. We knew this going in but because we were essentially shooting on the fly it was our best option. This meant Tom had to work some magic and create a more ‘alien’ sound-scape. He did an amazing job.

While Tom was doing the sound mix we were working on the grade, titles and a few sky replacements.  Almost exactly when I hit render Tom sent through the final mix and the film was finished. It was almost like it was planned!

So that’s how the weekend went. It was very intense but great fun. I can’t thank everyone enough for the work they put in and thank you to everyone who came up with suggestions and has shared the film.

Don’t forget to check out The Fitzroy’s kickstarter page – we’ve got just over a week left. With a bit of luck and support we just might make it!

Choke Mate

Drum roll please!

Here it is… the Mini-Fitz – a short film made in (just over) 48 hours from suggestions by our supporters and the internet at large.

Although it is set in ‘the world’ of The Fitzroy, it turned out to be tonally much darker – you have been warned.

I hope you like it.

It was a full-on weekend pulling it all together. From the writing and the shoot to the editing, grade and mix – it was hard work but great fun.

A huge thanks goes out to the actors who spent all day sitting in the wet sand, Ciro the D.P. and Tom who did the sound design and mix.

I’ll try and put up a longer blog tomorrow, going into more of the process and how the weekend went  – with some behind-the-scenes photos.

Half-way!

This morning we hit 50% of our target for The Fitzroy, which is brilliant! With a bit of luck and a lot of hard work we might just make it but we need your help! So thank you for all your support so far and please keep spreading The Fitzroy word!