Dead Letter – back to Directing

I am extremely tired but in my place of zen … for tomorrow, we shoot.

I am directing my first narrative short film since ‘Tragedia’ in 2011.

And boy, am I excited!

‘Dead Letter’ is being made for Shiftwork Productions. My friend Fiona wrote the script. Fiona is fairly new to scriptwriting. However, when I read her scripts, I knew if I could write half as well as she could, I would be set.

We’ve got a great crew on board – all of whom I’ve worked with before and would recommend in a heartbeat – and a wonderful cast – who are each inhabiting their characters entirely. We’ve got a wonderful location with some good views to set the film in London.

Now, to prepare and to bed. Keep an eye out for photos. 

Script Breakdowns

I am supervising an independent study. Here are a few links to help with research into Script Breakdowns. A How-To, if you will.

I am currently supervising an Independent Study on being a Short Film Production Assistant. This is all in preparation for a course that I am teaching in Winter

In reference to the topic of Script Breakdowns, here are a few relevant links for research.

And then the following videos.

Dance class or Production Meeting?

Picking between going to a regular dance class or going to a preproduction meeting leads to frustration.

Betty Boop dances

I’ve been missing quite a few dance classes recently. Usually I’m at 1-2 hours of ATS classes on a Monday night and 2 hours of Bellydance on a Tuesday, with 5 hour workshops twice a month (Performance technique and teaching bellydance). It is important to me to get to my regular classes: I don’t go to a gym, and it’s my main source of exercise. It’s also how I cope with stress, and relieve the build up of stress-related tension in my muscles.

However, with all the film projects I’ve got going at the moment, and with how busy it has been at work, I keep missing my dang dance classes. It’s so frustrating!

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Updates on my film projects: All I Do Is Dream



Pitch: A glitzy new short dance film. Recreating glamorous Hollywood films of a bygone age. A new short film set in Broadway New York about a young woman’s dream to dance.

My role: Production Manager, First Assistant Director.

I’m working with the Producer, Kira, and the Writer/Director, Andrew, of This Big Productions (

Shooting: Late July in Ireland

Progress: We will soon be releasing a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds for the film. Expect lots of promotion for it.

Behind the scenes
Director Andrew Montague shooting our Kickstarter Video


We recently confirmed our Make-up Artist. We’re still looking for a Costumier.  

Online: You can check out the website ( and the twitter ( and the Facebook page (

Interesting tidbit: Our Production Assistant, Luis, is a student at the Business School where I work. He has been helping us with our social media presence.


One week to shooting The Lake

Shooting in a week! Can’t do Script Frenzy! Too busy!

Script Frenzy has taken a major back burner as we’re in heavy preproduction for The Lake. The shoot dates are Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 April, with a pick-up/ADR day to be confirmed. It’s been crazy trying to confirm final crew roles. I’ve given myself a few hours today to finalise equipment bookings, sort out the catering budget (25 people on set!), car pooling to and from sets, and assorted other stresses. We have two days of filming at The Lake, and one day of interiors. We’ve been busy working out a contingency plan in case it rains (which the Metservice suggested it will – weather, please don’t. TIA.)

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