… Come the fuck on Bridget
So I gave myself the weekend off, from blog posting that is. Saturday I was at work. I do actually love my job. I get to people watch and I get to do so with the most random collective of human. Sunday was admin catch-up day. As Mr Pitt says: “inevitable”.
So Monday was catch up evening with friend and fellow mischief maker Dave. (Who doesn’t have a friend named Dave?) We went for “one”, famous last words, and talked about working on some shorts together. A while back I started a company that was a small one, working to help build a basis of work and a community that would eventually get better and lead to professional (ie paid) work. That was midway through my degree and I couldn’t sustain it. In fact I did one theatre night in November last year and that was it.
Until Monday, when we, albeit tipsily, decided to go for it. Just trial making a few short skits and work our way up and build our skills until we feel ready to make a short film and take it from there. Don’t get me wrong: this is not the end of my affair with theatre, this is something that is more achievable for the time being.
So give me a shout if you fancy donating scripts, time, skills (acting, directing, production, design, animation, whatever!), brain or want to learn or get something for a showreel and we’ll see what we can do.
In the meantime, here’s some advice from playwright turned screenwriter/director, Martin McDonagh.
You won a Best Short Film Oscar for Six Shooter – is making a short a good way of getting into feature filmmaking?
Definitely. I think in some ways a short is harder than a feature. It’s scarier and you don’t know what you’re doing – but that’s OK, because how are you going to learn unless you jump in? You should do as much research as you can to prepare but it’s hard on a short because the worry is that everyone’s doing it for a favour and maybe aren’t as good as they ought to be, and that’s when things get tricky. That makes it doubly scary but I don’t think there’s any other way to get that kind of experience of making a film.
What advice would you give to aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters?
Keep working on the script until you’re honestly sure it’s good, but you have to be completely honest with yourself. Be wary of opinions from the outside, prep as much as you can – and get to like actors and understand where they’re coming from.
The full interview can be found on Ideastap.