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