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20.04.2017

All coming together

On Monday 24th April we finally start the next phase of the project, turning the script into a film.  

 

We start with a readthrough with the main cast before we start auditioning and rehearsing the rest of the cast in May.

Background preperations for locations, props, costumes, etc have also been started and various lists have been made up ready.  

We now just need to start and hopefully in the next couple of months it will all start to come together, ready for filming in July/August.

 


All coming together
 

08.03.2017

Pre-Production

Plans are well underway now turning the script into a film.  Various lists have been drawn up along with various rehearsal and filming schedules and now the process of ticking items off the lists is underway.  We still have yet to confirm a filming location, but plans are well underway in that area and have two confirmed cast members.  We are now starting the process of casting for other roles, so if any one fancies a go at acting or in some cases 'sitting' for long periods, then see our casting page for more details.  Most of the filming is taking place 31st July - 4th August, but there is also a day on 1st July for a slightly different cast.

In our resarch for this production it has been interesting to note that every professional/ex professional has a slightly different view on how things should and would be handled, partly due the nature of the incident and the ages involved and also funding. Also glad as there is such a variation that obviously this sort of thing doesn't happen very often! 

We have the luxury of artistic license to solve some of the problem whereas the professionals don't.

Plans are well underway now turning the script into a film.  Various lists have been drawn up along with various rehearsal and filming schedules and now the process of ticking items off the lists is underway.  We still have yet to confirm a filming location, but plans are well underway in that area and have two confirmed cast members.  We are now starting the process of casting for other roles, so if any one fancies a go at acting or in some cases 'sitting' for long periods, then see our casting page for more details.  Most of the filming is taking place 31st July - 4th August, but there is also a day on 1st July for a slightly different cast.

In our resarch for this production it has been interesting to note that every professional/ex professional has a slightly different view on how things should and would be handled, partly due the nature of the incident and the ages involved and also funding. Also glad as there is such a variation that obviously this sort of thing doesn't happen very often! 

We have the luxury of artistic license to solve some of the problem whereas the professionals don't.


Pre-Production
 

20.01.2017

Planning

It's done!  The completed first draft with optional flashbacks is now
complete.
 
Next stage of the process is to read through with our potential cast and
make adjustments as required.  Normally these are to individual words but as
this is a very experimental script , it could be more.  Only time will tell.
 
We are now looking at rehearsal venues and somewhere to actually film the
main bulk of the film which is taking place in an interview room.  We are
awaiting feedback from the local police to see if the St Neots Police
Station is available but if that falls through we will be looking at what
else we could use for what we feel is going to be about a 5 day shoot in
that location.  Watch this pace and see if you can help!   Tesco is our
first option for a rehearsal room.  Again we are waiting feedback.
 
One of the problems of being as we are is that we have very little to no
income so anything we use has to be begged or borrowed.  In the old days the
cast and crew used to pay club fees and filming fees which made the hiring
of rooms and filming costs fairly straightforward.  Nowadays the whole
climate of filming has changed where this seems no longer possible. This is
a problem with all 'Amateur' organisations and more so, it feels with
Channel 7 as we try very hard to work in a professional manner which leads
any contracts we have to suppose we are making money which they can have
access to when it can feel like a money pit at times.
 
Hey Ho!  Enough of our running problems.  Time to look up to a great film
from a great script though we say it ourselves!  Watch this space for
timings and requests!


Planning
 

10.01.2017

Scripting Complete

So the scripting is finally complete! (well almost).  This week we have finished off the story, responded to feedback from our test readers and had a general tidy up.  We've just got a couple of finishing touches to do and we'll be ready to share the script with our primary cast.

The main area left to script is the controversial flashback scenes.  We are still in two minds as to whether of not to have flashbacks.  Cinematically it might be better but from a dramatic point of view it might be better to leave it to the audiences imagination.  We are aiming to film the flashbacks, but may they may not make it into the final cut.

The next stages will be to work out how long it'll take to film, and then fitting everything around that.  Casting, Crew recruiting, Readthroughs, Rehearsing, Costuming, Location hunting, props gathering, scheduling, etc, etc.  A very long way from having a finished film!


Scripting Complete
 

02.12.2016

So close

So close to the end! Another busy and non-stop session with the final scene rounding up the plot almost complete. The final twist has been worked out but whether to put it in the main bulk of the Film, as credits roll or even as the currently popular post credits clip is under discussion. What do you, as reader of this, think? Feedback and let us know.

We are also wondering whether it is too wordy for a film script. As it has been written from an improvisation using an ex policeman we feel confident in its authenticity and also as reading it through in its generation of emotion. It feels about 30 minutes long so our question is, will it engage the audience in this style all the way through?

To check this we will print it out and read it through before going through and making any necessary changes. A semi proof read by easily distracted individuals may help so we are using our younger children to gauge the feel.

Week off next week due to other commitments and a return after that to hopeful amend and be ready for a cast read through and further tweaks.


So close