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30.12.2014

The Roller coaster begins!

Well!  A successful evening of writing that began with a discussion on the Roller Coaster theory of writing.  Basically any film or story needs to have high points interspersed with times of calm to build to a finale.  Once we had sketched this out the reasons and character developments began to flow.  

We now have a beginning, middle and end with the journey reasonably well mapped out.  A few twists have emerged with the direction, in terms of trying to make this our lightest piece yet, beginning to take shape.  We are even working in what we see as comedy moments!! Let's hope audiences do as well!  That is the thing with comedy.  Will others see and enjoy our humour.  Writing humour feels very contrived and i guess we will only truly know it works when an audience experiences it.

Nest session planned for next week! Be good to progress this so we can start thinking of auditions for the middle of February. 

 


The Roller coaster begins!
 

22.12.2014

Sebastian and Me

After a challenging evening I think we're starting to form the outline of our script.  Lindsay was convinced we had enough material that the story would stand up on it's own, so we started.  We wrote the first couple of scenes and then run out of steam.  We were also writing well outside our boundaries, which scared me slightly.  It's like the time when we wanted to film a scene for Summer Brook Farm and wanted a hessian sack to put a chicken in.  Seems easy.  We couldn't find one anywhere...  The point is sometimes it is easy to write something, but to actually film it, can be really hard. We also don't have an army of CGI experts either!
 
So we decided, towards the end of our session, pretty much what we had decided the last time we met, that we needed a story to glue all our scenes together.  We have a few ideas now, and hope to progress them in our next session.  The nice thing about this so far, is it is a light hearted piece, a stark contrast to some of our work of late.
 


Sebastian and Me
 

11.12.2014

Filming with Riverside

On Sunday 7th December, the Channel 7 team, filmed the Riverside Theatre Companies Dance Group for a promotional video for them.  

We spent just over 3 hours filming with them, capturing their rehearsals and a small performace from one of the routines from a recently performed show.  We also recorded interviews with some of the members.  

We recorded around 50 minutes of footage, which has now got to be edited down, into something more watchable.  

 


Filming with Riverside
 

06.12.2014

Sebastian and Me

After another excellent writing session this week, we’re gradually fleshing out the story for our script.  We now have the main characters, George and Sebastian (Imaginary Friend) and lots of individual scenes planned out.  There are still a lot of unanswered questions in our story at the moment and research and time will help plug these gaps.  

We now need a back story to glue all these scenes together to make an entertaining story.  

More scripting is planned in the next week or so, but with Christmas rapidly approaching we need to get this story finished, before we start scripting in early January.

 

 


Sebastian and Me
 

30.11.2014

Third Place for Waters Edge

On Sunday 30th November 2014, Lindsay and Darren travelled to Pinner, for the North Thames Film Festival where we had entered our film 'Water's Edge'. 

The day was spent watching the entries to the festival which were for the most part entertaining and enjoyable.  It is always nice to see what people choose to make films about.

The day ended with the announcement of the winners.  Channel 7 picked up two awards, one for 'Best Editing' and one for '3rd Place' overall and a cheque for £15,  which we were extremely pleased with.

One judge commented, "This film showed a lot of imagination and superb black and white photography which suited the subject.  A good choice of music and excellent dubbing of the song.  I found it very poignant althogh a bit too long as i saw the outcome quite quickly.  However and excellent film.  Well Done."

 

 

 


Third Place for Waters Edge