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  • Written by dan
    'The Horror, The Horror' ~ The Marojin Shoot Wraps

    Filming can sometimes be pretty unpleasant. Long hours, taxing problems, uncomfortable environments, that kind of thing.

    And then on some rare occasions, on those special film shoots when the atmosphere is charged with a special kind of magic, filming can just go swimmingly, as soft and peaceful as a summer breeze through the cedars.

    Sunday was the former. Yeah, very much the former category. By the end of the shoot, you'd be forgiven for thinking that some kind of malevolent god had taken great umbrage with our faces and decided to pummel us with windy fists. And sand.

    The crew receives much buffage courtesy of the wind.

    Did I mention it was gruelling? We could have sold the behind-the-scenes footage as a survivalist documentary. John Hurt could have narrated it, mostly with the repeated phrase 'ooh, that looks gruelling'. If the following blog reads like a chapter from Heart of Darkness, it's because filming the end of Marojin was a rotter.

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    A Film Begins To Develop ~ The 'Marojin' shoot continues

    The best laid plans of mice and men oft come a cropper, so the saying almost goes, and the production schedule was already beginning to look a little peaky around the gills.

    The first week’s curtailed beach excursion had left us with a rather ample ‘to do’ list, and plenty to do over the next couple of days. Most of the film, in actual fact. Thus it is, thus it was, thus it has always been. Thus.

    The first weekend was expended filming inserts - the awkward minutiae, those tiny cogs that power the machine – and all we really had was a ragtag bunch of disjointed shots. Cutting that lot together would look totally mental, like that pre-cog girl from Minority Report having a ‘Nam flashback. So although our second shoot was pretty daunting, it was also somewhat of a relief to shoot more fulsome material

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  • Written by mike
    First Marojin Footage in the Can

    Don't you just love it when the weather goes your way and likewise hate it when it doesn't?

    Well, we experienced the ups and downs of both this weekend whilst shooting on location 13th and 14th March.

    Ethan and Sarah pose for their Polaroid Moment

    The particular weather we needed, was a nice sunny day, but more spring than summer. The setting was for a young couple out on a date together at a beach.

    Cue lots of Kodak moments, well Polaroid moments in this case.

    The initial work went great driving round, cramped in the back of a vintage car trying to get p.o.v footage, lens flares and keep modern life out of the viewfinder.

    But later on, down at the shore there was an unexpected kick back to the good luck weather.

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  • Written by mike
    You had to kill a dog. And that's why you're late?

    I've avidly read Paul's short, exploratory stageplays and was blown away by the performed reading given in London yesterday 3rd March 2010.

    The plays (3 of them) are based around a feature script called 'Redhand' about the last days of an aging Irish Terrorist seeking redepmtion where there is none. A script which Paul himself has used the phrase 'highly stylised uber destruction' to describe it's ending.

    The plays were written for Paul to explore the characters and their lives, long before we see them as old men in the film.

    If you want to know more about the reading, see my previous post 'Pink Confetti' Reading in London.

    Read on to see what I thought and view some photos.

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  • Written by mike
    Stop! It's Scammertime

    Every so often when traversing the glorious commercial connectivity of the internets, you get a brief reminder that sharks lurk and drift in the shadows beneath the browser chrome.

    We had one of those occasions recently when looking to hire a location for a production. I should mention at this point, that if someone asks for a deposit upfront via Moneygram or Western Union transfer, it's a scam.

    19th Century Scammer Gregor MacGregor

    Scammers really aren't anything new. The image above is a related fragment from the scam of an early 19th century scumbag, Gregor MacGregor.

    In 1820, Greg had the profitable idea of making himself a prince of a fictitious country, Poyais.

    Well, why not eh?

    He then set about conning people into buying shares of land, some of whom (about 240) took the voyage to settle this fertile central american land of plenty.

    180 of 240 optimistic settlers died once reaching their destination, finding nothing but jungle and fever. Greg made a lot of money off the back of peoples optimism, and then snuck off to France.

    What we encountered was far less dramatic and likely perpetrated by people less fortunate than ourselves (certainly less than the privelaged military status of Gregor MacGregor allowed).

    Still, that doesn't mean we can't string them along and have a little fun, now does it ;)

    Read on for the fun part.

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  • Written by mike
    'Marojin' Roles Cast

    Ethan Jackson, Keith Chanter and Sarah Gargett accept roles in Graeme Beech's short film.

    As previously mentioned, we had a really positive response for this film and a great audition over at Newcastle's Lit & Phil.

    We really enjoyed the sessions and were very impressed with everyone who took the time out to read for us.

    This made making decisions tough, so read on to find out more about the final cast.

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  • Written by mike
    'Pink Confetti' Reading in London

    Click here to read the follow up ~ 'You had to kill a dog. And that's why you're late?'

    What do you do when the powers that be (bee see) like your writing, but refuse to make your movie film?

    Paul has been rather prolific in his penmanship lately. And I love being greeted in my overflowing inbox by one of his succinctly subjected emails.

    It's the attachment that has my attention, the sweet-sweet juicy bit. Paul's dark, emotive and violence stained literary muffins.

    Back at the end of August, it began this way. 'Stuff' said the subject line. 'Paul's First Stageplay 1.pdf' was the attachment. 'Time for a coffee' I thought.

    After writing a full feature length called 'Redhand' and not having any luck getting it picked up, unfazed Paul set about writing three exploratory stage plays about younger versions of it's central characters.

    And now, after months of work, some talented actors have taken the first of these three, called 'Pink Confetti' and prepared a rehearsed reading.

    It's being performed in London a few weeks from now, and I can't wait to journey down and experience it!

    So, that is how the beginning ends.

    Read on for the full press release from Producer Katherine Beresford.

    And I'll let you know about my trip and how things went.

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