How excited was I a couple of weeks ago – had held my auditions and cast my short film! Next job was to have an experienced film crew in place. I’d actually been working on this for a while – but not being a “networking” person I don’t really know where to go to find the crew I need. One of my fellow shopkeeper friends in Guildford (he is a set dresser and also hires out furniture from his shop for film shoots) pointed me to a couple of Perth film crew sites.
I was fortunate enough to come in contact with film people in Perth who took the time to listen to me, read my script and meet with me. I met the DoP (Director of Photography) I chose from “the list” on Thursday. We chatted over coffee for a while – and then he let me down gently – “Tracy – I really like the story you are telling – but realistically the script isn’t ready to be filmed in 3 weeks.” I kept smiling (I’m my mother’s daughter …) but my insides just dropped. He continued – a) its too long b) you haven’t specified the style of your shoot c) some of your characters are just too nice to be believable.
And you know what – he is right. The auditions were a bit “unrehearsed” as I could see instantly where my script wasn’t working when the actors tried to make it work. Also, another actor couldn’t make the auditions so she sent through a “self tape” which turns out to be an email with a link to a video! I am learning so much 🙂 – once I’d watched her tape a couple of times through I have to say I thought she was making one of the characters appear much nicer than she was in my head – or how I thought I had written her. My DoP actually brought up that part of the script! So I realised it wasn’t the actor – it was the words I was wanting her to say that I needed to change.
So – I’m not back at square one – I spent a few hours re-writing today and I’ve cut the script back from 11 pages to 8 pages – need to get it back to 6-7 pages – one page is one minute of a film. I’m still excited – but also actually quietly confident – thanks “N” – I am glad I am taking your advice.