A very busy week! Our recording of some professionally delivered dialogue for the animatic came together in a perfect storm last Tuesday, thanks to our casting director Andrea Clark, and actors Mac Elsey as Santa, Jeff Mash and Julian Kostov delivering American accents as Tony Genova and Vince Napoli respectively. And also thanks to their agents as well!
Everyone’s schedules all matched up perfectly, while Michelle and I were able to find a rehearsal room in central London at very short notice at Raindance Studios – if only the rest of filmmaking happened this quickly and smoothly!
It was great to be working with actors again, and the recording was a lot of fun and wonderful hearing the dialogue from the script come to life when it’s delivered by great actors, rather than my initial stab at it . Michelle and I were having trouble trying to stop laughing (which hopefully means the script works) and our only regret was that we couldn’t just grab some costumes, build a quick set and shoot the film there and then.
Tuesday evening Michelle and I went through Michelle’s initial plan for how we’re going to run the Kickstarter campaign and when. Currently we’re looking at mid Jan 2016, with a tentative shoot date of the first weekend in March. With all my film projects I’ve found it’s easy to prevaricate and keep putting the shoot date off, but once you lock into an actual date, then everything tends to happen much faster, and the project becomes a snowball gathering speed, and the problems you’re facing trying to get everything prepped start to resolve themselves out of necessity.
Wednesday and Thursday I was back home editing in the new dialogue, and tightening up the edit generally. The new animatic has already gone out to all our crew and we’ll be using some of it in the upcoming Kickstarter campaign video. Also having the actors reading the script helped feed back into the script itself, allowing me to make a few tweaks here and there and keep fine tuning and improving it.
In the meantime we’ve also started talking to costume designers and production designers, so we can start getting the ball rolling in those departments, particularly in terms of costs. We have preliminary figures in out budget, however they’re our guestimates rather than hard quotes at this stage, so the sooner we can get our costume and production designer onboard, the sooner Michelle can start refining the budgets for those departments and we can work out how we can get as much money up on screen.