I’ve worked in a few different creative careers, firstly in music, then in photography and now the world of motion/film and usually it’s all very familiar. Speaking with an art director about an upcoming photoshoot will be much like talking to a producer about an upcoming recording session. Creative people getting excited about creating things. Interesting stuff (to me anyway).
One thing has struck me in the world of film that makes it really different and I really don’t know why that is. Since we’ve been making our film I’ve bumped into/met a lot of people in that industry, maybe at a party or on a shoot and the first question is never what I expect. I expect ‘wow, that sounds great, what’s it about?’ or ‘how did you get into that?’ but what I get pretty much every time is - ‘whats your budget?’ or ‘who’s funding it?’. I’ve got to say it’s the most boring question in the world, especially when our film has got so many unique elements to it and points of interest. I don’t think I ever heard anyone ask how much a song cost to record, it’s either a good song or a bad song. I also doubt that a chef gets asked how much their kitchen cost, it’s either an amazing meal or it isn’t.
And actually it’s made me realise that people are never in a million years going to believe what we’ve made our film for - it would probably be less than the cost of the condiments on the catering budget for a Hollywood film.
I guess its the punk ethic that both David and I share - ‘it’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with it’ , is that the phrase? If anything our lack of ‘budget’ meant we had to creatively change things in the script and in a lot of cases the film was better for it. The thing I’m actually most proud of is that we never compromised anything important despite having no money.
Anyway, enough pondering for one morning.
The image above is from a scene about half way through the film, it’s a strong contender for the film poster I’d say. The location was such a good find, totally off the beaten track (even for the Lake District) and was a dead end so we only once had to wait for passing traffic. I wanted the whole film to be shot in overcast light or rain and actually this day was clear as a bell, crisp wintery blue sky, just what I didn’t want. Luckily this area was shaded by a huge mountain so we got away with it!
Over and out for now