Wednesday, 23 March 2011


I forgot to mention what roles I have during this Specialism project.
For my production 'The Imagination of Little Tommy Murdoch' I am the writer, the producer, the director, the editor and the animator. Which is quite strenuous. I have pretty much filmed it all and now all I need is to film the pub scene. The edit is well underway and within a few days I am going to start the animating. This is going to take me a long time to do so I am hiding myself away in edit suite 4 so nobody can disturb me. Having filmed most of my production already I had a very thorough look through the scenes and the all seem fine with minor sound issues which can be resolved.
The other production I am doing is Dan Harris' 'Waiting' which is a poem monologue about a man who has given up on life. I am the co-producer (with Dan Harris) and co-director (with Steven Swain). This project didnt get off to the best of starts but I now believe that it is going to go ahead. It was hard to sort out this project with my other production being so big and with me moving house so it kind of got put to the back of the queue. But now we are near enough there and all we need now is to sort out when the actors are free so we can put their scenes into our shooting schedule. The poem went through some major changes and we are now onto our 6th and final draft, this was due to me and Steven coming up with the idea of the poem being abstract and with the actors in the area not fitting the age criteria or even not having any actors available. So, some actors are doubling up and we have changed the ages of the characters in the poem. This works out better for all of us because then we can see the change in the character of Arthur when he becomes a little older to when he is really old. This production is going to be filmed the week before Easter break.

So, overall both productions are well on their way and I believe we are happy with whats going on. The only bad point that I have is that we cant come in during Easter so I havent got that time to edit but hopefully I will be done before then.

Monday, 14 March 2011


Well, my Specialism production of 'The Imagination of Little Tommy Murdoch' is well underway. Almost completely filmed, just one more shoot date to go!
After the mental search for a mother I finally found someone who fits the bill so we will be filming her scenes this upcoming weekend.
Filming for these past two weekends has been really hard because we needed to move everything around in my step-brothers bedroom which took a while so we were left with a tight schedule. Also, one of the actors rang me up the day before the shoot on the 5th March and said that his foot had swelled up. This could have caused us major problem because he couldn't walk properly but it added to his drunken character. Another bad point with actors, which wasn't the actors fault, was that my animated character Taiga Minion actor got the chicken pox then she got tonsilitis so this held us back until she was well again. So, this weekend she was better and we got almost all of her scenes completed. There are a few more to do because we had to stop because of the rain and because the holders of the P2 card previous to me didn't remove their work so we only had 9 minutes to work with. But overall, I believe it worked well. Camera and sound were perfectly fine and another great day of shooting awaits!