This time last week I fulfilled a dream of a lifetime - or at least one I have held since I was a teenager - when I directed my own (short) film Letters.
It was a truly amazing experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.
Well that's at least half true.
There was so much going on! I was constantly learning and constantly stressing about time, location, weather and whether we had remembered everything and so the majority of the shoot was a huge blur. But thanks to the wonderful people involved it was a massively enjoyable experience and there was one moment that I will certainly never forget. I was hiding out of shot, sat on the floor of the living room behind the camera, watching the two brilliant actors act out one of the main scenes, when I took a moment to just sit back and enjoy it. At which moment I thought "they're my words". And that is exactly what it's all about for me! I love the act of writing - sitting in bed with my laptop on my knee creating - but in truth it is for these moments - watching your words come alive - that I am a writer.
The shoot went extremely well and I can't wait to get my hands on the final film - which needs to be with the funders Apex Arts by Monday 2nd June - I feel that we could have a great film on our hands and so I will be aiming high and sending it to as many Film Festivals as I can including the BFI London Film Festival and the Raindance Film Festival.
And possibly even more importantly, I feel like I have learnt a hell of a lot! from working with the wonderful people I was blessed to work with on this film. & I'm looking forward to attempting to do it all again with my next script set in a laundrette.
There are so many people I need to thank. Letters could never have been made without all of these people (as well as several more). So thank you for all of your hard work and creative input:
Edward Davis who did an amazing job bringing Malcolm to life. Here he is chilling out between takes:
The beautiful Gehane Strehler who was a brilliant casting director and a wonderful Sam.
Sorry about the silhouette but all other pics of Gigi were either blurry or really unflattering due to heavy actors make-up.
The fantastic guys from IMMIX Media: (L to R) James, Jack, Jamie, George and Ali.
& the lovely Sophia who was fantastic throughout - helping me with funding, location, auditions and generally holding my hand through the whole process.
Here are a few more behind the scenes photographs taken by Sophia Mertins (with a couple by me):
Oh and I thought I'd finish with a photo of me looking like a director.