Shootout: T minus 24 days and counting

making a short film is hard work, and it feels like we haven’t done anything yet.

since my last entry"

We’ve been pretty busy just doing preliminary things. This is a rough overview of what we’ve done so far.

Friday – decide that this year we’ll actually make a short film. There’s two of us – me and Jeewai. We’ve already got a story that I wrote earlier in the year that Jeewai thought would make a good short film. Jeewai has converted most of it into a script some months earlier.

Saturday – We meet at the train station to sus out some of our shots.

Saturday night – Since we’ll be filming at night, Jeewai takes his camera down to a few locations we’ll most likely be filming from. The plan is to film in B&W because we’re going for a film noir effect. Jeewai does some tests in both colour and B&W and posts them on youtube. The quality is depressing. The colour is better but not as good as we’d hoped in low light.

Panasonic NV-DS25 B&W
Panasonic NV-DS25 Colour

Sunday – Jeewai and i are back and forthing on facebook all day, decide to abandon the B&W idea so we if we’re forced into colour we might as well try out his good camera – Panasonic GS250, which has three different chips to pick up red, green and blue light. We go down and do this sunday night, and find a well-lit location at Waterfront too.

Panasonic GS250

(That’s Shootout Boy in the hoodie)

We also work out that the script is the holdup to us planning the next stage (storyboarding, planning actors, props etc).

Shootout Boy promises to tidy up the script and finish it off.

Jeewai secures a sound guy, and has preliminary talks with an actor, both people he knows from film school.

Monday: We get an artisty guy at work to agree to help us with storyboarding, and an amateur actor guy to agree to one of the parts, and another go to help with scenes/props. The artistic director, i guess you’d say. We’re looking for serious people who won’t treat it as just a muck-around thing.

The three people who’ve agree to help want to see the script. I failed to finish it as promised, so I do it after work, and send it off to Jeewai, who’s gonna be in Warrnambool working for a couple of days. I also send Storyboard Guy, Mr Props and Actor 1 the short story.

Also, Jeewai does some sweet talking to secure us use of a real train carriage, which will be using the interior as a location.

Tuesday: The three people we’ve asked to help so far are really enthusiastic. Other’s at work are getting wind of it and hinting they want to be a part of it, but we’ll be up all night and don’t want flaky people. I do a follow-up call with train people to arrange a viewing. We’ll be there at about 3am so we’re going to have to work out an access plan.

Next steps: fine-tune script, storyboarding,

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