If you've been following my tweets and stuff, you'll know I'm currently taking a major step outside my comfort zone and joint producing a low budget horror film. I'm just back from the first week of shooting, and absolutely knackered. Things are going well so far, despite a few technical hiccups and other slight set backs.
We're shooting it digitally, using a Sony XDCam EX3 camera that I bought to offset some of my tax this last year. My friend Nursey has sorted out the script and is directing the film, and will also be editing it on the massive 8 core, Mac Pro I also got for the job and tax benefits. We have a very modest budget, but have attracted some high calibre actors who are behind what we're trying to do and are working their socks off to make it happen.
There are 4 main actors - Joseph Millson, Joshua Richards, Michael Jibson and Gary Mavers. We've also had Martyn Ellis do a cameo, and touch wood will also have David Schofield as well. It's testament to the strength of Nursey's reputation as an up and coming film-maker and the script we have that we've managed to gain such a quality cast. It's been exciting for me watching the work this last week.
Unfortunately, the last week before shooting, the runner we had lined up for the shoot dropped out, leaving me in to take over that position. As well as running and sorting out grub and travel for cast and crew, I'm trying to make some DVD extra style 'making of' stuff as we go along, and shoot lots of stills. I haven't really got as involved as I would have liked, but hopefully as time goes on I will be able to get into it more.
That said, I have had a few moments stepping into various film-making roles, including bullet wrangler and dingle operator. My personal favourite was splashing blood on Josh as he pummelled the life out of Gary in a particularly brutal moment of action. So far the rushes look good, there'll be a lot to sort in the edit and after effects, but if the next two weeks of shoots turns out as well as this week, we could have a little winner on our hands.
On the crew side, talk about twists of fate, I've been having a good chat with our director of photography Simon Poulter. Now, talk about small world, Simon was the guy who shot the Young@Heart video for "I Wanna Be Sedated" that I mentioned here at the old web fun last year. Funny how things come around isn't it?
The film itself is a Welsh take on rural survival horrors such as Wolf Creek and Deliverance. It follows three Essex lads on a trip to deepest darkest Wales, where they end up on the wrong side of disturbed local William. A chase and fight for live follows. There's a cool little twist that I won't go into, but I'm sure that the Welsh Tourist Board won't be thanking us once it comes out... Anyway, here's some of the shots I took on my swanky new Canon 1000D Digital SLR. I'm still getting used to it, and it's strange to be using an SLR again after so long on point and click.