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Here we go again...
Posted January 22, 2009
I can't sleep. And would you know it, we've run out of rescue remedy. I generally think of myself as a relatively anxious person (sometimes). But even for me, this is a new height. I'll explain.
The day after I got back I managed to hook up a meeting at the XXXX Films offices (the new production company) with Niki, who is handling the project. It would have been nerve wracking, but luckily David was there too. It went very well - she had great suggestions about the script and then we got down to the business of tackling the production. So, happy? yes. Nervous? hell yeah. Part of the deal is that, at least for now I'll be handling the rest of the funding process on my own. yikes. I've got scant experience in the funding game, and yet I feel this is a really good learning curve and is also best for the film - without a doubt, I'll be the last person to give up and more than anyone I know why this film needs to get made. so there it stands. yikes again. But I'm hoping that with Egg's support I'll manage.
So this is what I've assigned myself while Niki draws up the budget, schedule and fund allocation plan for further funding and to send to Focus for approval:
Synopsis (both a short teaser and a full length detailed one)
Casting briefs (in detail this time)
Location breakdown and references
Visual references, mood boards and an intro video presentation
and you know what? despite the stress, I realized this: I'm enjoying myself. It comes from working your ass off on something you care about, I think.
So, here is a taste of what the day included:
1st Draft of the Short Synopsis:
Me doing funding (the scary part):
visual refs (the fun part):
I also did some youtube browsing - I can't believe it's taken me so long - and came up with some fascinating and horrific footage:
There are more, but I didn't think it would be tasteful to post them here - they're very disturbing. But if you're interested in learning more about the period (and don't want to stray further than youtube) search for "5th Brigade" or "Gukurahundi" which is what Mugabe called the "operations" in Matabeleland - the word taken from the Shona meaning "the rains that wash away the chaff" (though have seen it translated as "wind").
I was walking home yesterday and a man - he was one of those really fit 60 year olds who makes you feel sheepish - jogged past me. i greeted him, and he gave me a strange look and said one word: "work". Maybe I heard him wrong. Either way, i wonder what it means.
Myth & Romance
Posted January 19, 2009
Nothing says "Entertainment" like a song and dance number
Posted January 11, 2009
It occurred to me recently, the power and joy of scenes in films where characters sing and/or dance. I don't just mean musicals here, but films and TV (etc.) where this incorporated and added in matter of factly, not subsuming to the genre itself. My interest was mainly aroused by TV shows like Flight of the Conchords, Garth Marenghi's Dark Place and, my favourite, The Mighty Boosh. There really is something amazing, something close to pure, innocent enjoyment, about watching characters cut lose and break it down (especially in the funky, DIY-glam style of the latter. And at this stage I can't resist providing a sample....).
New year, new draft & general newness
Posted January 06, 2009