Monday, May 11, 2009
Short Film Shoot, Cast & Crew
For a good while, it was just me, my script and my small office, thinking: 'gee, this would make a really good short.' Then, I decided: 'right, I'm gonna do it, let's make this sucker.' But as I tinkered with rewrites and wondered what to do, it was still me, my script and my small office.
Little by little, people started getting involved. First, it was the casting director, followed by the special FX make-up guy. Director of photography. Art director (actually, I lost two art directors before Miriam came on board at the last minute). Composer. And, most crucially of all, line-producer. I was doing okay (Film London's database being a great resource) but once I had The Amazing Mr Ben on my side, the crew took impressive shape through his wealth of contacts and smooth persuasive charm.
That was it: I had a crew! And boy, did they save my ass. I couldn't have dreamed of a better group of people to help me with the production. Their experience, expertise and goodwill (they all did it for free!) made the impossible possible. I am truly in their debt. Whenever they get thanked, it's usually as a generic collective: 'the crew'. So here, I'd like to bring attention to every crew member who was involved and who made such a huge difference to the film.
Their credits speak for themselves so they don't need a big-up from me but I heartily recommend each and every one if you're crewing up for a film. I've also provided links to their credits and/or website, where I could find them. Any crew members reading: if I've missed a link or a credit, let me know, and don't worry, a copy of the crew photo is on its way in the post!
Working from the sequential order of the unit list, I give you the cast & crew of Origin (for more photos and updates, visit/join the Facebook page):
ASSISTANT PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATORS:
1st ASSISTANT DIRECTOR:
2nd ASSISTANT DIRECTOR:
3rd ASSISTANT DIRECTOR:
(Thu, Fri, Sun)
(Sat) Bea Manning
(Thu) Simon Guerrier, Tom Guerrier
(Sat, Sun) Patrick Barry, Jonty Bates
Jeremy Zimmermann Casting
(Thu, Fri) Pam Katz
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY:
(Thu, Fri) Jon Howard
(Sat) Julius Ogden
(Sun) Leo Holba
(Thu, Fri) Kriss Dallimore
(Sat) Morgan Spencer
(Sun) James Davis
(Thu, Fri) Jackson Taylor
(Thur) Bernie Rostoski
(Fri) Carolina Schmidt Holstein
(Fri, Sat) Eva Arnold
(Thu) Dave Palmieri
(Sat, Sun) Alex Edyvean
(Sat) Alex Bickley
(Thu) Malcolm McGilchrist
(Sat, Sun) Ed Lancaster
HEALTH & SAFETY ADVISOR:
(Thu, Fri) Sharon McGuinness
(Sat, Sun) James Shelley Jamieson
HAIR &MAKE-UP DESIGNER:
(Sat & Sun) Assistant: Mia Botcher
SFX MAKE-UP EFFECTS ARTIST:
AR Location Services, Anthony Stagles
(Thu, Fri) Dave Sohanpal
(Sat, Sun) Jillian Speed
I am also hugely grateful for the invaluable help of:
Lisa McDiarmid (MMmmmmackers!)
Paul and his family at Chesham Way, Watford.
Georgina and her family at Chesham Way, Watford.
Bill Wilson at Hemel Hempstead Hospital.
Tim Williams at Black Park Country Park.
Craig Game at Panavision.
Kellie Goddard at Nimbus.
Andrew at Audiolink.
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What a fantastic bunch of people!
Aah, what a lovely post. Well done to you all!
Congratulations to all involved - but the writer especially, of course, obviously.
Taking the action and just doing it - a great inspiration for the rest of us!
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