The Army Drives By

Allied with my earlier post on not creating a world for your film, only enough of a world to be filmed (Duckmaking), producing the short film has also made me think about my scriptwriting, and careless writing. It is easy to forget that what you write into a script has the potential to become, and if you’re lucky will be, an instruction for people to realise that part of the

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


‘A duck decoy doesn’t need to look like a duck. It just needs to look like a duck to a duck’. [1] – David Mamet   That’s what I keep telling myself as I go about finding items on the strange and surprisingly lengthy list of locations, sets and props needed for the film. Some are easy enough; a graveyard, some flowers… several square metres of turf? Do I even

Critical Mass

Who knew that Critical Mass is a cycling event typically held on the last Friday of every month in over 300 cities around the world, originally founded in 1992 in San Francisco? I was thinking more of the smallest amount of fissile material needed for a sustained nuclear chain reaction. The schedule for the film has changed (apprently summer is a popular time for people to be on holiday. That’s