Milk, Flower, Headstone

7am on a Saturday morning and a guerrilla strike on a drizzle-glazed shopping square for a meet cute between our two leads. This meant more strawberry milk for some and biscuits for others, such are the requirements of the script. Thankfully the early start and the ‘will it/won’t it/oh it just did’ rain meant the opportunity for us and the general public to disrupt each other was fair minimal. Aside

Mouse in the Machine

It’s a few weeks after the fact, but the third day of shooting on Fleur-de-lis not only went fantastically well but it also marked the longest I have ever spent in a florist (I normally know exactly what I want, you see). Cast and crew convened at the shop early enough to be able to see their breath in the October sunshine. Thanks to a very kind and generous shop

The Running Firefight

‘A plan is just a list of things that don’t happen’ [1] – Parker You can’t film paper. Well you can, that’s animation. But you can’t film a shot list, or a floor plan or a sketch of how you thought the set would look like. Well you can, but it’d make a dull film. Well it might not be dull, in which case I’d most definitely watch that film

Terrietta, You Are One Hot Lady

Saturday saw our first day of production on Fleur-de-lis. In a room in an old drill hall building we constructed a small bedroom set, which will feature in a couple of the film’s scenes. Actresses Kathryn Felton and Mandy Masters were entirely brilliant. Having run through the scene, with Katie Child finalising the lighting and camera set ups, we started rolling. Tweaking performances as we went, and working around the

I’m Sure I’ve Forgotten Something

At nine-thirty tonight I find myself ironing a sheet. Tomorrow is the start of shooting for the short film Fleur-de-lis. I think everything is ready. It’s such an odd collection of details and ideas I’m not sure that there isn’t something missing. Five years have passed since I last filmed anything or directed anybody. I hope I remember what to do. I hope we get some good stuff. I hope