It is about 11pm and the evening before our first day of principal photography (yes slipped it in again!).
We are checked into the BnB, which is about a ten minute walk from the location in lovely Rochester.
Here’s a (bad) picture of my room!
It’s been a heck of a journey to get here, (I mean to this point of the production not Rochester) and I can’t quite believe tomorrow I will be calling action on my first feature film. It really is a dream come true.
It’s very humbling to think of all the support people have given us, be it by backing us on Kickstarter, sharing their talent, skills and advice or simply by promoting and championing the project. There is no way we would be here if it wasn’t for the support of so many.
One of the producers asked me if I was nervous. The honest answer is no… and yes. We have a brilliant cast and crew on board and I’m very confident that by the end of this two weeks we will have a film in the can. What I am nervous about is the uncontrollable! The weather, the camera breaking, the sub sinking*, that sort of thing.
But that is the thing with movies (I imagine), something will always go wrong and we will just have to roll with the punches. As long as we can keep shooting, we’ll be okay.
I have to be up at around 6.00am in the morning so I best get some sleep.
Fingers crossed tomorrow goes well.
And a huge thank-you to everyone who has made this possible!
*NB to any of the cast and crew reading this – don’t worry the sub won’t sink!
Wow, where does the time go?
We are just five days away from the first day of principal photography on the film!
I’ve always wanted to say that. ‘Principal photography’ sounds classy, but the truth is I am feeling equal parts child-like excitement and bone-crunching terror. Okay, maybe that’s over-egging it a touch.
Last week we had a read-through with the entire cast. It was the first time I had met them since their individual auditions and the first time they all got to meet each other.
It was incredibly exciting to see how they would ‘fit’ together. Of course I was very nervous. As this is my first feature film, it was also my first proper script read-through. Now I don’t like talking in front of large groups at the best of times, but this was a large group that was about to read a script I have been working on for the last 4 years. A script, I might add, that is meant to be funny.
- What if it wasn’t funny?
- What if the actors hated each other?
- What if they saw I was a fraud and knew nothing about making a film?
These were the concerns running through my head as we all sat around in a big circle. Unfounded concerns? Maybe… maybe not.
So in a trembling voice, I introduced myself and like an AA meeting, we went round the circle and declared who we were and what we were playing.
And then we jumped straight into it. The first read-through with the cast.
An hour and twenty minutes later we finished and I breathed again.
There had been some laughs and some jokes that didn’t hit. Moments that flew by and others that dragged. Suffice to say, I learnt a lot about the film; how it should be played and what areas of the script still need work.
After the read-through we discussed the script and some of the logistics of the shoot and then went to the pub!
As we speed towards principal photography (just wanted to say that again) time seems to be slipping away. Will we be ready? I think so.
Over the past few days we started to announce some of the cast members over on our facebook site. Do check them out!