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Monday, September 15, 2014

Podcast Episode 41: Writing and making a feature

In this podcast episode I chat to Danny about the challenges, the fun and the surprises of directing a feature - as two people who have come more from a writing background.

Have a listen above. And here are some useful links below.

Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? is the film we are talking about. Here is the website, the Facebook page, the twitter and the IMDB page.
You can download my free shot list template for word from here if you fancy using it yourself in your own productions.
Below you can see an image of Danny's "heartbeat chart"

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nelson Nutmeg Update

It has been quiet on this blog for a while. Sorry about that. The reason for the silence is that I've been posting more on the Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? blog - as well as actually making the film.

In case you don't know, Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? is a children's feature film I am co-directing with Danny Stack. You may know Danny as my co-host of the UK Scriptwriters Podcast.

It is going well and we are on schedule so far. We are fine-tuning the process as we go of course. But we got a lot right! It is all too easy to overlook those and focus on the negative. But here's what we got spot on:

  • Starting the audition process early means the kids feel like a real unit now and get on well together. There is a good vibe, which helps a lot.
  • Having two caravans on site next to each other is perfect. One for crew, one for cast.
  • The crew is just the right size, allowing for some flex (e.g. we split off a B-unit the other day) but without people hanging around waiting for things to do.
  • We have hired a minibus everyday to take us there and back. This means everyone arrives fresh, plus it is no more expensive as it saves about 5 or 6 people driving cars.
  • The location is amazing. Not just in how it appears on screen, but also the helpfulness of the people there. Free plug for them - Freshwater Beach Holiday Park.

But never mind all this text - here's some pics (thanks to Jo for these snaps) ...

Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg
Danny on location. Steve has a breather.

Film crew
Some of the crew

Digital loader
Adrian wrangling the files

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Dan Mellow adopts the edit position

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Dylan rehearses for his part in the 'staring competition' (no joke!) Chloe has to help him out

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Yep. We can burn through 480GB in an afternoon

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So many funny faces here

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Never too early to start promoting the film!

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Mum gets the brew on

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P-Dizzle does her MA dissertation 

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Elliot has a run in with "Mr Slug"

how to make a children's film
You must be this tall to be in the scene

Lastly, the IMDB page for the film is slowly being updated also.