Yes! We took DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE on the road and finally had our film premiere – for this short domestic abuse film. And surprisingly, although the trip did not entirely deliver on everything that we had planned to achieve, it more than delivered for the premiere and promotion of the film. And we had some truly surreal memories of the trip.(more…)
Hello folks! Hope you’re all doing well. Just thought I’d guiltily stop by and share what’s going on – to reassure you that things are indeed going on, albeit slowly.
If you care for excuses, I have a pretty good one for being fairly quiet – with having the builders in for a week, working on my house and then my 20 year old, senile cat, deciding to go missing for 5 days until we tracked him down 2.5km away from home. All that running around, flyering and searching for him etc was pretty exhausting. He’s back now, safe and I think that I’ve almost recovered. Almost.
DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE news:
- DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE has made it into three film festivals – nice. That in itself is great. It would be nice to win, but even being selected is a great honour.
- We’re having the premiere this month in Barcelona and Darwin and I will be in attendance. 🙂 The film will be shown on the 15th May.
- We’ll also be doing a recce for a future untitled film, to be shot in Barcelona.
- And here’s the invitation:
MR CLEAN news:
- The edit is still under way. it’s been hard to find time, but I’ve averaged about 30-60 mins a day of editing for the last month, despite my busy workload.
- I’ve made it to day 4 of the 4-day shoot footage. So I am nearling the end of the rough assembly stage. So there is light at the end of the tunnel. And I have two more scenes to do a rough assembly on.
- Next I have to do a complete rough assembly of the complete short film. And try and play around with it. That will be another whole journey in itself.
- I already know a couple of shots I’d love to get if a reshoot was called for. But so far I think I can work with what I have, even if it doesn’t match up to what I wanted.
But perhaps I should get on with a trailer for the film, so you can begin to discover what the fuss is about?
But that’s enough from me. I need to crack on. I can hear MR CLEAN getting impatient for his next victim…
I was pleasantly surprised and proud to hear that @dontforgettobreathefilm has been selected for April 2019 sections of LIFT OFF FILM FESTIVAL London UK.
But I was even more surprised to find out that as part of the festival process you can now rent all of the films, for a small fee, including ours! Here is the link and it’s open to anyone for one week!! And please, please, please vote for us!
Here it is: http://vimeo.com/ondemand/liftoffsessionsapril3 (we’re number 27 out of 85). yes 85 films, for the price of renting just one normally. You’d be mad not to check it out! 🙂
So some progress is being made on the edit. “At last!” the angry villagers cry, as they wield their burning torches angrily… and I’ve resumed posting to the instagram account, only to find out that we had a post liked by Rue Morgue Magazine! How cool is that! – but it hasn’t all been straightforward and plain sailing…
I posted that last update – the review of 2018, mainly because, no matter how embarrassing some of that baloney is, it throws some interest new light on what’s happened since or rather what was (and is) going on in the background on the filmmaking side and I thought it would be good for me to do a catch up on my creative goals.
Also, this is not an attack. This is a journal of my creative endeavours and I am just needing to explain what is going on and why it has happened. Please do not hold any ill will here. We’re all human, and all fallible and I for one and far from perfect.
And this is a cursed post. I’ve tried around 20 times to get this damn blog to post this text…(more…)
[Written in Dec 2018 and unable to post until now – I forgot that I’d drafted this when the Blog was down and was unable to post it]
It was a tough year, but it had a better finale than 2017.
Less people that I know and love died this year. For that I am grateful. Nevertheless, still we lost more friends. And with each passing day it feels like more of my past is being eroded. How long before it feels like it never happened?
[Originally posted on 15th July 2017 – another old post I’ve tried to republish]
DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE (aka NO TE OLVIDES DE RESPIRAR) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6207538/?) – a film I co-wrote with Darwin Reina, is being shot right now in Barcelona, and I’m not there. It’s a weird feeling. On the one hand, I am super stoked that the film is going ahead – after a lengthy but much needed pre-production period. On the other, I’m feeling a bit disconnected from it – a social media lurker, merely peering in through the lens of posts on Facebook and Instagram and checking up on progress. It’s strange… so why am I not there?
- Watch the trailer: link (in new window)
- IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6207538/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1
- Visit the website: https://www.darwinreina.com/films
It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned this film – to anyone that reads the blog. But I wouldn’t blame you for not knowing about it, seeing as three years of blog posts are still missing! But I thought it best to update people on the film… and I will try and recreate and repost the original blog posts about the writing of the film – the ones that explain why I couldn’t be there for the filming (back in July 2017). And there’s a little mention of a new project at the end – so keep reading!
[Orignally published on 20th November 2018]
I hope that you are well Dear Reader, if in fact anyone is reading this – in that case, I really appreciate you stopping by to find out more about how our short horror film MR CLEAN is coming along.
[Originally published on 7th November 2018]
Wow. Filmmaking is tiring. You forget this, when you don’t do it for years. I mean real filmmaking, which involves putting a full production together, and building a crew up from the ground, because you’re living somewhere where you don’t know anyone in the industry and have to start from scratch. And you are trying to wear so many hats and perform so many different tasks, and all while doing a day job with urgent aggressive deadline requirements. Kudos to anyone who does this and doesn’t whinge about it and takes it on the chin and gets it done!
Anyway, this time since the last update has been fraught. It’s been a real rollercoaster of ups and downs. Where one minute we have ‘this’ and then we lose ‘that’. Where ‘that’ is back again and ‘this’ is now missing. The twists and turns of real life filmmaking are more exhausting than the plots I can contrive. But that is what pre-production is like…. One minute I want to do a feature film already and the next minute I never want to pick up a camera or plan a shoot, or break the bad news to an unsuccessful auditioning actor again….
Here’s a quick summary of what’s gone on: