In 5 short days the shoot begins.
I have know Michael and Natasha for a fair few years now and have worked with them more times that I can count both separately and on joint projects. Accomplished in their craft (many awards on their mantlepieces, visit their sites to find out more), it is always a pleasure to work with them. When we met up with Natasha a few weeks ago she told us their plans for their new project. For them, a break from the traditional approach to making a film, throwing caution to the wind, a JFDI attitude firmly in place and without “puppet masters” in the form of financiers. Just getting together a group of willing, enthusiastic and talented individuals and “making a movie”. With a two week break in our hectic schedule (things always quieten to a dull roar at the beginning of the school holidays) it seemed too good a project not to get involved with so Team Aquila have jumped in with both (or should that be six?) feet.
Julia will be flying solo as 1st AD for the first week of the shoot and will then be sharing 1st AD and production manager duties with the awesome Andy Tea for the following two weeks. Ideally suited for the job as she is organised to the max, likes everything in it’s place and is bossy as hell.
Adam will be stepping out of his comfort zone to assist DOP Ed Moore on the Canon 5D. A great producer and European “Borat Dancing” champion, Adam will turn his hand to anything if given half a chance. We have shot quite a few pieces on the 5D so far this year and I think he is looking forward to taking the camera to its limits on such a fast paced schedule.
In a turnaround for the books, I will be keeping the home fires burning back at @aquilatv towers with the rest of the gang, collecting the rushes at the end of the shoot day, backing up, syncing and sorting the clips ready for the edit at the end of the shoot. Working in a tapeless environment poses new challenges in backup and storage and I have a few ideas I have been dying to try out. This doesn’t sound like I’m doing anything new here. Correct. My challenge has been to set out a “social media springboard”, getting the production started with it’s own blog, Audioboo, Twitter and Facebook accounts, ready for everyone to start telling the story of the production.
There are still a mountain of things to organise before Monday, schedules to produce and fine-tune, kit to prepare, a life-size buddha to find and a horse to audition (can you audition a horse?)