With it being Friday the 13th and after a long time of no blogging I thought it the perfect time to update everyone on what stage YHAD is at.
So being my first debut feature film and making the film with minimum money and no help from established film companies etc, I have to confess I have learnt a lot of what ‘To Do’ and what ‘Not to Do’.
Would I ever make another film this way again?
No way! I hope I never have to work on another project where I have to do so much work and dedicate so many years, Since shooting YHAD I have watched many films I worked on during casting at Nash Studios get made, get distributed, get released and now the DVD’s are in HMV. All of these where big budget films with hundreds of people working full time on them. Mine is virtually just me doing part time work whenever I can grab a few spare hours. This has involved me staying up to the early hours of morning and then getting up 2 hours before I have to leave for work. It’s like doing 2 jobs. At least I get paid for my day job.
NEWS July 2012
So lot’s of exciting things bubbling away, some things I cannot release as of yet for obvious reasons but there are many people excited to see the film which is great.
I had to re expose all the clips in the final master due to a piece of software not giving me accurate video scope info, so basically I have had to adjust all the levels 1 by 1. As you can imagine a 129 minute films has hundreds of clips so it’s slow tedious work, but I have been watching the footage as I go along on my ipad and it looks amazing! Better than I have ever seen it before. Finally YHAD is a REAL film.
Whilst doing this I have been making adjustments to the audio, and getting it set for surround sound. Our music composer Blue Daisy has been busy as hell but is hopefully nearly finished with the music. I have about 1/3 of it already and if the rest is half as good as what I already have we will all be in for a treat. It’s amazing how integral the music is, especially to a film like YHAD.
I no longer work at Nash studio, and have moved over to an amazing company called Casting Networks. SO it’s been tough switching jobs, getting used to new systems and routines but I feel settled enough to push more energy into YHAD. I still work in casting which is great and everyone at the office is great to work with and lot’s of fun. We even have 2 resident office dogs ‘Freddy & Honey’.
Also which is quite exciting for me. I decided that I needed something else to break my mind from YHAD, my head was too invloved in the project and sometimes you need to mix things up a bit. I promised myself to not do any other projects until YHAD was 100% done but in the end my creativity took over. I have started work on a brand new feature script and have knocked out 50 odd pages already, it’s completely different to YHAD and would need a hollywood style budget, I am only writing whilst I am on the train to work, any other time goes to YHAD. But I think it has huge potential to be something quite special with the possibility of many sequels! Obviously it’s top secret for now but I will say it’s like a mixture of ‘Full Metal Jacket, The Raid & Die Hard’ with a dash of ‘Heat’. It’s a full on Action film.
I cannot remember when I last blogged properly and I know our FB and Tweets have been quiet. It’s hard trying to juggle so many things and I promise to be more active during these final stages of YHAD.
Lots of people make films an a whole manner of ways, there is no right or wrong there is only a good or bad result. I truly hope that with YHAD all the specific details and care and attention that has gone into it enables it to have a good result. It’s a competitive business and I always knew the odds of being a successful at film maker where stacked highly against me. BUT it’s all I have ever wanted to do and I love every second of it, even during this epic struggle. “If you really want something? Go and fucking get it yourself”
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