Pre-production is such a mad, busy time. It always stresses me when I'm in the middle of it, but I miss it when it's over. Yesterday, myself and the design team decorated the Ashes set (head on over to the Facebook page for a sneak preview) and today I have schedule meetings with the wonderful Chris Newman. This is on top of all the emails I've been doing to finalise all our kit rentals, get insurance, plan travel expenses etc.
The last thing anyone wants during pre-production is more things to think/worry about, but let me tell you now, there is one thing you have to think about which won't immediately spring to mind: what will happen with your film after you've shot it?
Yes, you may be working yourself to the brim making sure your film happens at all, but you still need to think about the future. First off, make sure you'll have enough publicity material captured during your shoot (such as good cast/crew interviews and photographs of everyone at work), otherwise it'll bite you in the arse when you come to do your EPK. But you also need to think about where your film will premiere, and how your work now will affect that.
|Meeting Wan 2 Talk. Photo: Rei Bennett|
But our collaberation is also useful in terms of the post-production of the film. I'm hoping to work together with Wan 2 Talk to create a premiere which not only showcases the film fully, but also provides publicity and a profile for the great work that they do. This will be done by pulling together our contacts, earning both members of Wan 2 Talk (Dominique Ciupek and Carol Maggs) Associate Producer credits. Hopefully it will also raise some donations for them too, something which me and my little film has failed to do so far. But this is always to be expected with shorts.
|www.wan2talk.co.uk - a 'Voice for Victims'|
Although Carol and Dominique are both unavailable to comment at this time, I can assure you that their support has been constant and well-recieved. At one point, Carol tweeted that she was proud to know me. And I just thought, wow, that's crazy - surely that's the kind of thing I should be saying to her?
Right, that should be everything you need to know about the film's charity connections. I've told you about it's heart, and tomorrow I will continue to tell you about it's production, with a profile about the behind-the-scenes of Ashes, headed by Documentarian Lara Elliot.