Sunday, March 20, 2011

Last shoot for the concept trailer

April 10 is going to be the last shoot for the concept trailer and it's going to be a doozy. A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks, first off being that Shane, my original casting for the role of the SAS soldier in the concept trailer has moved to Sydney and had to pull out.

That renders the footage I've shot with him useless, as the major sequences I have yet to complete are the main characterisation ones, so I've had to find a new SAS soldier.

Now things like this happen for a reason I believe, because it led to me putting out a plea on twitter if anyone knew of any actor suitable.

Jake Reedy, genre buff and director of the independent feature "Loyalty"

said there was only one person I should talk to. Kazuya Wright

And after seeing those trailers, I can only agree.

So I contacted him and after telling him a bit about what I've got planned, he's first words were "I'm in"

So now we have our SAS soldier, my brother in law Alec Doomadgee is coming up from Sydney, in around his filming schedule for a TV series he's working on.

Next up, I needed an XB Falcon for the shoot, and I've managed to secure one, and we're a go.

But there is something else in the wings...I was speaking to John Fox again, but about this concept trailer instead of my short film. I needed to get footage of two soldiers in urban assault gear doing room clearance and door breaches...expensive, complicated but critical to the visual punch of the film.

My options are to get John up to QLD, or me to Melbourne to film John and his associates in action...all expensive but necessary options to be looked at.

Until I realised, being the concept trailer, its purpose is to convey the idea of the film, I'm not shooting the film. Yet. So, I'm already utilising news footage of special forces, with the support of the department of defense (final trailer edit approval needed of course) why can't I find someone who has already filmed something similar with John and license the footage? I put it to him...

And got in contact with someone (who was part of an Oscar winning team and is Combat and Action Director of a huge franchise) who listened to my rambling, jilted, nervous phonecall and said "I'm on set at the moment, can I call you back?"...

To be continued...

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