A picture speaks a thousand words. But in a pitch, I would say a picture speaks a million words. Pitching is a tough job. Getting someone to pay attention, to lean forward and ask for more is incredibly difficult, even if you have a killer idea to start off with. We are flooded by pitches [...]
I love storyboarding. What I have found is that when people read a script, each person pictures it through the of their own experience and imagination. No matter how clear the writing, everyone has at best a slightly different version of the story in mind (at worst, wildly differing versions!). And so by moving from [...]
When pitching a movie, I find the more tools you have in the room, the better the meeting goes. Of course having a killer title, a great logline and a brilliantly executed pitch in of itself is all great, but sometimes you want a little more. Especially if you are beyond the first pitch, and [...]
I have had a lot of emails and comments on the blog regarding my experiences at the Bilbao Film Festival last week – so here I am blogging about it again! And I want to be really clear again, the festival, venue, town, people, film makers were all wonderful. But the films, were in my [...]
FIRST OFF… IF YOU DID NOT READ THE LAST POST, CLICK HERE OR SCROLL DOWN AND READ THAT ONE FIRST… OK, so to recap… 24 hours ago, this opportunity did not even exist. And now, having read a script, been grilled by Judy over and over, and after waiting in Starbucks for several hours, the [...]
I have been working on a very ambitious corporate job for a major client, something I do a couple of times a year to keep the boat afloat. It’s usually a lot of fun too and we all get a chance to work with actors, use new cameras and turn out some polished work. Best [...]
We are so close to getting the poster nailed now. You can click on it here to see a bigger version. Yesterday I printed it out to look at in A3plus size, so it was big, stuck up on my wall, and the experience was very different to looking at a PC screen! When viewed [...]
I am starting work on one of my favourite parts of the film making process. The pickup shoot. This is a one day shoot with minimal crew where you get all those little shots you didn’t get during the main shoot, or new shots you thought up in the edit, so as to help tell [...]
Last night I worked with Eddie Hamilton and we did the second cut of the film. This was to generally tidy, trim and make neat and perfect all the cuts in the movie. Also to add storyboarded shots that we will be filming next week in a pickup shoot day, and finally to tackle the [...]
I am getting very close to locking the storyboards now. I will be done by tomorrow. If you want to see how some of them look, I have put a few up on our site here. I will be pleased to get this behind me as it’s eaten up a whole load of time – [...]
I have spent the whole day on Storyboarding again – not working with Gabrielle this time, but planning the shots and ordering them so that next time we meet, I am clear about every single shot and how it will cut with each shot on either side. I am used to doing a shot list, [...]
The last couple of days has been spent storyboarding with one of the most talented guys I have ever worked with, Swiss storyboard artist Gabriel Schucan. He is a very fast sketcher, and it’s wonderful to see the story come to life visually. The process itself has precipitated a script re-write as little problems are [...]
Yesterday I sent out a mail to my mailing list, asking for crew help and specifically a storyboard artist. Boy! I got about 250 responses, so it’s going to take me a little time to get through everyone. It struck me, there is enough enthusiasm and passion there to make five short movies! I think [...]
I am working on my film Rocketboy with concept artist, Matt Allsopp, and have again been struck by much impact large colourful and imaginative images from the story can have. We are talking to film companies and we often get ‘WOW, let’s do a meeting…’ after they see it. But the biggest impact comes with [...]
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