So that’s another film project down, so what next? I’ve got so many different projects at various different stages of production and completetion that it’s always a struggle to try and focus on one thing at a time. Sometimes I’ve been working on a project for so long that it lacks any of the urgency or intrigue, so instead I go looking for the next short term deadline or inspiring and exciting new idea.
Also, and on a completely separate point, although it’s true that a blog post too might benefit from focus, I can’t help mentioning here that I’m eating a hot cross bun as I write, which seems to eclipse all other considerations in the world. Hot cross buns!! Who’s with me?
Anyway, I’ve still got a whole series of scripts written as sequels to the London guide, but just haven’t quite found the time to crack on with it. I also have the big project which I’m working on and want to make sure everything is right before we launch into that proper – more on that in the future. I’m also in the process of writing a series of online shorts called ‘Thinking Allowed’ which should be fun, but which is definitely a bit of a personal joy.
With a mind that the Virgin Media Shorts opens next month I guess that will be the next thing to concentrate on, but I’m always looking out for more opportunities, competitions and festivals to gear up towards. And then aside from all that there are a string of people that I’m still wanting and aiming to collaborate with so it’s just a case of devising the right project to get the ball rolling.
For the time being, it’s good to have two things sitting waiting for feedback (and hopefully shortlisting). You can watch our entry to the Sundance London film competition here: www.vimeo.com/samgould/storyofourtime/ and our entry to the Reed film competition here: www.vimeo.com/samgould/lonelyatthetop/ Or you can just click on ‘video’ at the top. Please pass the films around and share online. It’s all a great help, and it’s always nice to receive feedback when people can take the time.
The Reed short film competition closed on Sunday, and this year the theme was ‘The Boss’. There were 500 entries – considerably more than the two previous years. I’m pleased to say that we completed our entry in a week, filming on Sunday and submitting the film a week later.
I brainstormed several ideas before deciding on one. Because we had left it so late to tackle the competition, I knew it was important to decide on an idea and stick to it. I also thought that despite the fact that there were lots of different ideas on how to interpret ‘The Boss’, it might serve well to keep it work orientated seeing as Reed are an office agency.
Lots of the ideas we had were whimsical and amusing, but I made a decision that although a ‘funny’ film might be liked and maybe even shortlisted, I felt that for the film to have a wider reach it needed to have some sort of emotional impact; something with which the audience could connect to. My funny bone is increasingly seeking out the tragic in everyday life which can be both funny and sad. The boss in our film has been promoted but found as a result that he is less a part of the common workplace, and less a part of the group. There are also hints to his character as being someone who has always just wanted to be accepted, and although he’s probably not a bad guy, he’s perhaps just a bit of a bore.
I’m pleased with the way the film turned out. During the production we were testing lots of different music, mostly choosing between very melancholic tunes which might have appeared in scenes from Saving Private Ryan, until we came across ‘Yellow Carousel’ from Premiumbeat.com which completely changed the whole tone of the piece. The tune has such an upbeat and optimistic feel which just seems to contrast so well. It highlights the boss’s almost delusional optimism and positivity as he lies about the importance of appearing stern in his role and, almost as if to convince himself, the need to appear separate in his role.
Anyway, most of all, it was a constant consideration not to verge too far into the domain of ‘The Office’, but I think the character and the tone is sufficiently different and I’m very pleased with the finished piece.
Hope you enjoy the film.
This year Sundance are for the first time putting on a festival in London, in association with Greenwich Council. To this end they are running a competition calling for films of 3-5 minutes which interpret the theme ‘Story of Our Time’ in any way participants want. We put together a short which you can see here: