How an Open Mind Put Our Film Back in the Game (The Producer Log #6)
This is chapter 6 of The Producer Log, a journal written by writer/director/producer Alison Kathleen Kelly as she advances on her journey producing a micro-budget feature film. You can find all the installments on the Make a Film page.
How an Open Mind Put Our Film Back in the Game
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” ~ Earl Nightingale
FINDING A NEW DIRECTOR
A few weeks ago we started looking for a new director for our film, I was excited but also a little disheartened as we were meant to be shooting in June and I knew that this would mean filming was going to be pushed back further… whenever that happens there’s always a worry that the film will never get made.
We had over 300 applications from people with varying degrees of experience, credits and backgrounds. We went through them all meticulously and narrowed them down until we had a list of twenty. It’s hard when there are so many interesting people, but you have to be ruthless and cut out anyone who doesn’t have what you’re looking for, whatever that may be.
I was excited to see so many talented people, it gave me hope. One of the twenty was a person suggested to me by a friend who’d read my last Producer’s Log post on Mentorless.com. We were particularly excited about him because he’s worked on “Game of Thrones” as a pre visual artist as well as “Gravity” and “Clash of the Titans”. He has great experience but has never directed a feature film, he’s still learning, as are we all, but we liked his thoughts and ideas and decided to meet with him.
GOING FOR A NEW VISION
The potential director told us that if he got the job he would want to rewrite the script. This is not an unusual request, a new director has a new vision and we as producer’s have to help him realize that vision, which is totally different from our last director’s vision.
We met and discussed what he’d like to happen with the project, his suggestions were fresh and exciting, they could take the project to another level and turn it into a franchise.
CHANGING THE SCRIPT
Right now we’re in the process of rewriting the synopsis and treatment, then comes the new script. With our last script we were going to shoot in the summer, but as there is such extensive work to be done this will now be pushed back to September/October time.
I’m disappointed to be shooting later in the year, but once the project builds momentum the days will pass in a blur and before we know it we’ll be on set.
LEARNING NEW LESSONS
One thing I’d like to emphasize is that through writing on here I’ve learnt many lessons. One of them, and it might seem obvious to you, is not to give up.
I almost did, I almost gave up on the project and even this log. But Nathalie of Mentorless.com suggested I write the post anyway and from that we now have a new, great director.
It’s amazing what can come if you open your mind and put yourself out there, and never give up.
We’re taking our new Synopsis and Treatment to Cannes. I’m exited, as this is my first time, I don’t know what to expect but the people I’m going with do, so I’m excited to go with them and learn.
Join me next week when I discuss preparing for Cannes and finding financing or your project.
Alison Kathleen Kelly is an award winning writer/director/producer from London. Alison studied directing at UCLA Extension and went on to produce several successful short films, she is now producing a horror feature film in France and preparing to direct her first feature, a gangster film set in London. You can contact Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org