Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 11:07
This doesn't actually mean 'action', rather 'get ready for action - just in case there may be some action coming along soon'.
Thus I am exhorting my torpid Elder movie colleagues to prepare for events. Real events!
My old friend Ross came round my house yesterday afternoon, to drop off his film camera for us to use to shoot our forthcoming Elder movie trailer, and ended up getting hassled by my two young children throughout. As we attempted to elbow them out of the way, Ross explained to me how a film camera works - about aperture, and shutter speed, and manual focus, and white balance, and depth of field and all this jazz. I had no fucking idea what he was talking about. Ross then drove back to Brighton.
Owen and I had a meeting last week with quasi-legendary Winchester City Councillor and ex-mayor Chris Pines, at which we pitched the film project in the hope of getting the city officially on board. The film is set in Wessex and is to be shot in Wessex, so the idea is that we bring attention to the region and they give us access to prime locations and other general assistance (and money, right? Money??). Once Pines had finished laughing he was very helpful indeed and supplied us with lots of great contacts and had some excellent suggestions regarding potential local shooting locations. One of these was the Portsdown Tunnels, a mythical network of World War Two defences build deep into the chalk up on the long hill/down that looms up behind Portsmouth. The following day I drove down there to investigate, and spend several hours getting scratched to fuck whilst attempting to circumnavigate giant rolls of barbed wire and increasingly threatening Ministry Of Defence KEEP OUT signs. I belatedly came to realise that the best way to experience this fabled subterranean network was in fact via the entirely barbed-wire-free and open-to-the-public Fort Nelson, a Portsdown tourist attraction with FREE ACCESS to a load of these tunnels. They also have a cafe. With Quavers.
BECAUSE YOU SEE Blackwell's compound on the island is going to be entirely underground. When the Order of the Rose storm the island, there are no signs of living settlements. Just a bunch of vents. To avoid the airborne virus, Blackwell went underground, stayed underground. And it's here that things start to get somewhat Joseph Fritzl.
The tunnels beneath Fort Nelson are BEYOND PERFECT to shoot some of this stuff. Certainly for the purposes of the trailer. And the site is maintained by Hampshire County Council. So we are now busy fixing up meetings with both the city and county councils.
Thank you Chris Pines!!
The trailer script is now FINISHED. And it's GREAT. I would say that - I wrote it.
We are also preparing for our exhibiting at London Film & Comic Con 2012 at London's Olympia. This gigantic annual event takes place over three days - July 6, 7 & 8. The Elder movie will have a stand, manned by myself and various members of our team over the three days. If you plan to attend, please come and say hello. We will be selling t-shirts and posters, and maybe some other stuff too, we're in the middle of working it all out. We are also working on a very cool teaser/viral site that will work alongside the main movie site. Steve will inevitably be shooting a load of documentary footage there too. It all promises to be PRETTY GOOD FUN.
So now we really need to start to sort out the castings for the trailer.
More on this next time. Featuring Ian Danter from TalkSport.
Yes that's Ian Danter from TalkSport.