Category: Professional Experience


Here is the video version of my reflection on my professional experience.

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7th March 2012

So in one day, I did what I thought would be impossible. Write a feature film script! Not just any script though. A script that will be filmed and shot in Warwickshire, and then Viewed by thousands of people, worldwide and by Stephen King! Not bad for a days work.

8th March 2012

To generate more buzz and publicity about the upcoming film, I set up a thread on the official Stephen King website. since it’s creation, it has over 16,000 views. (View it here: http://www.stephenking.com/forums/showthread.php/19252-The-Boogeyman-Dollar-Baby-Feature-length-film)

On top of this, I also created a Facebook page. This has over 400 ‘LIKES’ (view it here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/The.Boogeyman.Film)

I felt that creating these were essential, as people can now find information about the film from different sources, ones that suit them.

9th March 2012

Building on the promotion wagon, I also had an interview from a gentleman from The United States. He published the interview on an online website called ‘Through The Black Hole. You can view the interview in full by following the Facebook link.

10th March 2012

Today was a day of location scouting. I viewed what I deemed the best locations (both visually and practically) that Leamington and Warwick had to offer. The deals were made on the spot that very day, which was a huge bonus for the film.

Today was also a day of finding the right actors. I put up a casting call on a well known casting site. The response was overwhelmingly positive! in just a few short hours I has over 20 responses!

11th March 2012.

Today was the day That I finalized the crew that I will be working with. Many of which were people that I worked with in Iceland too. They are all determined, enthusiastic and committed to the project. The way I chose them was to look at their skills and how well they could work as a coheasive unit.

12th March 2012

With the crew now in place. I decided it was time to come up with a few ideas for a teaser trailer, to garner more buzz for the film. I set a brief of 30 seconds maximum. I wanted it to be visual and effective too.

Also, I responded to a few more casting calls. With the job applicants now over the 100 mark, it was hard to whittle them down. The way I did this, was to sit through every audition tape and worked out what they could bring to the film and how they would fit with the genre and style of the production.

13th March 2012

Today was a day of sitting through more job applications. I think I have found some fantastic people, It’s looking really positive.

Today was also the day I shot the teaser trailer with the crew. Go to The Facebook link to view it. This was a valued experience as I now know that the people I selected to work with can work together to create something amazing.

14th March 2012

Today was a very buy day!

I got in contact with two musicians, one from Coventry and one from Italy. I also contacted the owner of the Chordetets song ‘Mister Sandman’ After lengthy conversations with all three I’m delighted to announce that the Coventry musician will write and sing the theme song song for the film and the Italian composer will score the film! On top of that I got the rights to use the ‘Miser Sandman’ song in the film!

With the music all tied up, I went back to the actors. I have now whittled it down to 15 people. They are all highly talented and have a unique style.

15th March 2012

Today we had a full crew meeting about the task in hand. It was very positive and everyone was engaged. I brought up the topic of actors and we managed to have some great feedback from them. We also did some promoting around the city, which was great. WE got some good feedback too.

After the meeting I managed to assemble the final cast. It was hard, but only because the talent was so high. I will be meeting with all the cast tomorrow, and introduce them to the crew.

16th March 2012

Today was the day that the cast and crew met for the first time. We went through bonding exercises with the cast, to get the right chemistry, which is integral when creating a feature film, or any film for that matter.

We also did a test shoot. This was amazing, because it reassured me that I had picked the right team, from cast to crew. We spent a total of many hours together, discussing the future of the film, about the film, about their characters etc.

Today was also the day that I spoke to Stephen King’s representatives again to give them an update on the film. They wished me luck and said that they were glad that it was going well.

24th Feb 2012 (Friday)
So, it’s 3am. I’m up two hours before my alarm. There is a reason though, because today’s the day I go to Iceland for 10days to make a short film!
I’m going to be co-producing a short film called ‘Snowblind’. It’s a psychological thriller, with a mountain as it’s backdrop. It’s going to be  a challenge to film, but all the crew are up for it!

Upon arriving in Iceland we see a rainbow, now if that’s not a sign of things to come then… well… what is? The flight was a smooth 3hours with no turbulence.
The short coach journey from Keflavick Airport to Reykjavik was filled with stunning views of volcanic land and mountains in the distance. During the flight I was practicing my Icelandic too. I wanted to go to this country and attempt to speak their language.

After settling down in the hotel, we all had a briefing of what is to come. This is where the health and safety regulations/procedures were addressed. During this time I made plenty of notes, so I could reiterate it in my meeting with the crew on the following day.

25th Feb 2012 (Saturday)

We started the day with a working breakfast. We had a discussion about the days plan, which was to go location scouting, to find the ‘perfect’ spot or our short film
Next on the list was to take in the sights and location scout. It was a great day, filled with great sights.

26th Feb 2012 (Sunday)

The final day for location scouting. We found the ‘perfect’ location. At the foot of a mountain! Not only was it incredible to look at, it was also and incredible backdrop. It was a character in itself.

27th Feb 2012 (Monday) Filming

Before we went out, we all had a health and safety check. We was going to be staying at the mountain for a long stretch, well into the hours of the next day. Health and safety included; the appropriate clothing, making sure EVERYONE had a flask with either a hot drink or soup.
So today was the first day we would shoot our film. The  drive to the location was stunning, the location itself, breathtaking. the team did a fantastic job in finding this location.
The actors and crew were fantastic on the night, we hit a few learning curves, but hey.. that is how we learn. On top of that we saw the Northern lights!

28th Feb 2012 (Tuesday) Filming

So today’s shoot went A LOT smoother and it was just amazing to see it all come together. EVERYONE on the crew should be proud of themselves. It  got very cold, but seeing the Northern Lights again, made up for it! I can’t wait until everyone see’s the edit!

29th Feb 2012 (Wednesday)

Everyone was still in a Jovial mood after a successful shoot. We took this day pretty light. I went over the paperwork most of the day, to make sure everything was in order.

1st March 2012 (Thursday)

My fellow Producer and I took it upon our selves to do some light promoting in the town. We got a very good response from the people we talked to and it was nice to see the people were as excited as us.

2nd March 2012 (Friday)

Today I went out with the sound crew and captured some external sound. We couldn’t do this on set, due to the noise from the generator. We was out for a few hours capturing the best natural and mad made (footsteps etc) sounds that we could find.
3rd March 2012 (Saturday)

Today was filled with more promoting the film round the town, followed by capturing more external sound. The feedback was again positive. Capturing the sound went well too, we now have all the sound we need.

4th March 2012 (Sunday) Home-time

The day I go home. But not before I do some more promoting! We really went for it today! And we was rewarded with our best responce yet!  They were asking all sorts of interesting questions, such as: When will it be ready? Where can I see it? etc, I gave them, the details of all of these and they all said that they will be very keen to see it in the near future!

So, It’s been a busy week!

I will start at the beginning, as most good adventures do.

Last Friday, at Coventry University, a friend told me of a meeting that was happening later that day. Not wanting to pass up on a potentially great opportunity I went along to the meeting.

I’m very glad I that I went.

The meeting broke down the following way:
We will be going to Iceland Feb/March time.
We will be shooting a short film(s) out there.
We will be going at a time when the Northern Lights are at it’s best for 50 years.
I will be producing the project, along with three other people.
I also, as of today, emailed 5 very short synopses to the Executive Producer.
There will be a BAFTA red carpet event at the end of it.

In preparation for this experience, I have started to delve into the history of Iceland and I am even learning to learn the language.

On top of THAT, today I went to another meetings, one of which would financially clash with the Iceland trip. It was a road trip film from San Francisco to California, after some thought I decide that the one that one benefit me most was the Icelandic adventure.

Goda Nott Everyone (Good Night)

Here are the sites I used to learn the Icelandic Language. So far it is proving rather difficult. The language is old Nordic, it is fascinating, I have never heard anything quite like it before. The way I am learning it is the same way I learn my lines; repetition. I will hear the word, then repeat it. This will happen a few times then I will move to the next one, do the same thing and then link them up together. So far it has served me well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZTkVdJf408&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=SP6CC332C89688401E – has 30 tutorial videos

http://www.soundboard.com/sb/How_to_Speak_Icelandic.aspx – has a soundboard of useful phrases

http://mylanguages.org/icelandic_alphabet.php-alphabet/grammer etc