Re: Written Off / Badd to the Bone
So I wrote a script; Written Off for Dir/producer, Sophie Caramigeas (CARAMIE Productions) . I breathed a satisfied sigh of relief confident in the fact that my work here was done. That's until Sophie suggested: "you can work on the set"... "Urrgh.... Me? But i have no technical skills!". You can be our "continuity person" stated Sophie with utmost confidence. "Continuity person"? . "What is that?". Sophie: "you are there to ensure there is no discrepancy between scenes. You take pictures before every shoot then liaise with the camera operator and director to write notes for the editor."... Wow sounds like something I could actually do! I was immediately sold and excited!
On the set of Written Off, a script comes to life copyright Sinni Manner(left)
And so started one of the most exciting experiences of recent times and I am so grateful to Sophie Carmiegeas and Tony Errico (TIGER DREAMS productions) for the opportunity. We were sometimes cramped, sometimes cold, but always elated and constantly learning. It was so interesting to see how the directors/camera operators, boom person, lights etc worked together. It was a perfectly run, organic breathing machine.
What people fail to realise is that a film does not solely rely on its director or actors. It is truly a sum of its parts and if just one element such as lights fail, it is a disaster.
Camera operator and gaffer, hard at work on Badd to the Bone (right)
Actors are completely reliant on the director/make-up artists/lights operators/boom operators etc. and likewise directors rely on actors to recite their lines at the right angle, with the right tone etc..
"I'm a badd ass" .... Ernesto Tapia Vélez (left) on the set of Badd to the Bone... Great make-up!
As a result, team work is not only paramount, but a complete pleasure. There is no room for misplaced egos or diva tantrums - we're all in this together! Film-making brings the best out of people and if anything, it has comforted me in the idea that filmmaking is not only an interesting avenue forward, but a very decent one.
A delicate balancing act, actor Sam Stevenson (right) on the set of Written Off
It was my first experience collaborating with a producer/director on her idea/concept and subsequently collaborating with a film crew and perhaps not surprisingly, I have become a better writer for it.
On a film set and pre-production, you get immediate feedback. You see how a producer, director, actors react to what you wrote giving you invaluable advice for forthcoming work. Also and as people tend to work with individuals they value or trust, it bodes well for future collaboration.
As a matter of fact, a few projects are already in the pipeline for 2013...
A great thanks to all those who have given me such great opportunities in 2012! :)
A film is nothing without its team of runners, boom operators, gaffers, make-up artists, light operators, cameraman, director and... Continuity person, of course!
(Me on Badd to the Bone (left), second to the right, top corner)