Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 22:40
Yes ladies and gentlemen, as of last Friday, Elder Movie Productions Ltd is now a bona fide registered company! Your directors Owen Oakeshott and me your host, Sebastian H. B. Hunter Esq, welcome you to our virtual boardroom. Please wear a tie and shine your shoes. You're a mess.
It's not easy setting up a company you know. You have to sit a four-hour exam by a business expert, who grills you on business plans, budgeting, accountancy and so on. Then one is grilled by Lord Alan Sugar and Viceroy Sir Donald Trump simultaneously, whilst being forced to fill in a corporation tax return whilst speeding down a motorway at 120mph in a BMW shouting at somebody down the phone.
Fortunately we have now passed all our exams, and we are now free to trade in celluloid. Owen and I have a meeting with a business manager from a UK high street bank on Wednesday. Once he has finished laughing, we shall open an Elder Movie Productions Ltd bank account, and transfer our donations-to-date into it and then emigrate to Brazil. I mean do nothing at all with it. Keep it nice and safe; earn a little interest. Do not speculate on futures commodities or spend it in the pub. To be honest, our monies so far would not get us all the way to Brazil, but they might get us to Heathrow Airport, so long as we took the Piccadilly Line.
We need more money. Lots more money. Please donate!
I was in Huddersfield this weekend at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and while I was there I started reading a book entitled The Guerilla Film Makers Pocketbook: The Ultimate Guide to Digital Film Making. This is a very useful book for somebody like me. And I feel empowered reading it rather than intimidated. All the ingredients this little filmmaking bible suggests you need to have in place in order to SUCCEED, I believe we have already, or certainly thereabouts. The book has given me some crucial pointers, especially with regard to the screenplay, which I am starting to write, properly, in anger, in courier new (the font in which all screenplays must, apparently, always be written – it’s the film law) and everything, erm, tomorrow. Tomorrow! I have worked out my first scene – the opening scene. Whoah. I’m not nervous of the blank page and the blinking cursor – I’ve faced those little bitches down before - bring it on!
Today we had our first UK press coverage. There was a nice article about the film project in Sabotage Times, a popular online magazine. I’m hoping that there will be more UK press stuff this week – a few people have been in touch already about potential features. I’ll link all such coverage from this blog, fear not.
I also made yet another approach to KISS today, informing them of our intentions, this time via their record label, Universal Music. I wrote to a gentleman by the name of Adrian McKinney at Universal UK, who very kindly wrote back to tell me he’d forwarded my persuasive entreaties to their American office, and that he’d let me know as soon as he heard anything back. We’ve now attempted contact though all official channels. My conscience is now clear in that regard.
In that regard.
Our Art Director David Bailey at Kiosk has designed our second Elder movie teaser poster. Thanks David!
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