I am super excited to announce that GAS! – my first world war script about a mustard gas attack is now an award winning script! I found out yesterday that it won an “Outstanding Achievement” award! That’s amazing, seeing as it is the first official selection, and first festival of it’s new incarnation. many thanks IndieXFest.
Previously, a different earlier version of the script, did get to Semi-Finalist at Shriekfest I believe… but memory is hazy now. But it’s nice confirmation that the changes I’ve made, have improved the script. And I’m keen to see how it fares at some of the other fests.
In honour of its win, I’ve listed it on IMDB, only to attach awards to it – HERE. But I won’t personally be producing, as I don’t have the resources / budget to pull it off. Although I’d love to do a real war movie like this, I’d rather get it to other potentially interested parties / be content to use it as an example of my work. But if it wins a “Best Script” award, I promise to print some limited edition posters of Karen Keslen’s fantastic art work, and get some t-shirts made – if people are interested.
Admittedly, we only shot the film in March. But I had still hoped to have finished the edit much sooner. Sadly, Coronavirus has impacted my life in mysterious ways and where I briefly had a period of absolutely no work to do and plenty of time to devote to COMFORT HIM, suddenly I was then deluged with more work than I could handle and not enough hours in the day and some of that work is related to that very virus and various organisation’s efforts to combat it – so in a minor way, I am trying to play my part by helping them. But I shouldn’t complain about the lack of time to edit. For one, the film is now done – at least from my side. And secondly, I am alive and well, currently still employed and have been in isolation since the shoot, where others are unfortunately not so lucky and bad things are afoot in the world. In the scheme of things, my struggle is nothing and I salute those working to make the world a safe place once again, although I fear it will be a long time before some semblance of normality returns…. anyway back to the subject at hand! … Our crazy little micro film idea is soon done.
It’s so nice to have finished the edit for COMFORT HIM. It’s a stressful time though. Right now, four highly talented individuals are looking at pieces of this film, and working through my specific briefs to try and interpret my requests and bring their own unique talent and taste to help craft what is needed, to take this film from a rough and ready completed narrative version, and turn it into a completely new beast – a fully-realised and polished short film that is worthy of being viewed and judged. And I sit here, trying to distract myself by putting the EPK (Electronic Press Kit) together – for when we submit the film to film festivals – and hope that each person somehow manages to elevate my vision to a whole new level that surpasses all of our collective visions. But I am happy that for now I have done my part. When I convinced everyone to read the script and climb aboard this short film crazy train, I made a commitment to seeing it through, as we all did, and it’s another example of the new me actually finishing what I set out to do! No matter what!
The post production team, on this film, is:
Albin Larsson (Voxel visuals) – Fresh from his award for the VFX for MR CLEAN, is back in the chair and designing some ways to solve what we couldn’t pull off on set, due to the limited shooting time and logistical issues. Working on 4 VFX shots. And he’s possibly cursing my requests as he tries to make them work with the source footage.
Eric Lau – will be colour grading once again. Fresh from finishing the colour grading on LOVELY TO MEET YOU – the film we shot in Barcelona at the end of last year. And if he pulls off what he did for that film, I can’t wait to see the visuals. As LTMY is looking great. We may have to do a bit of rework when we swap the VFX shots in and then regrade them.
Flora Cheng, our award winning composer, is once again crafting her own unique music score to complement the film; something which will involve custom designing sounds to fit the style and tone. She’s winning awards for her own work too! So we’re very honoured to have her scoring things again.
Luca De Sensi – our Milan-based, award winning Sound Designer / Mixer is also back in the studio and probably scratching his head at how I’ve organised and named all of the files and essentially looking to organise, rebuild and polish the hell out of all of the sound elements. Eventually combining it with the music score to mix it sublimely.
Soon I hope that we can all see and share the finished film. I for one, am more excited than anyone to see it! And it will be great to see it finally come together, all wrapped in a nice bow and given a seal of approval from the production team and the cast and crew.
And then we’ll ultimately know whether it’s a hit or a miss, once we come to share it and see if anyone notices or cares. So far those that have seen it, even without the VFX and score etc, have liked what they’ve seen. But maybe they’re all biased? 😉
And for now, I’ll continue with the EPK, the day job and twiddling my thumbs in anticipation of each of the four segments of post production coming together…
PS – everyone keeps asking when they can see the trailer. There is no trailer. It’s a 1 minute 20 second movie. It’s short enough already!