Monday, 1 June 2009
It is will deep sadness to inform you that the project of “Red Harvest” has been regrettably cancelled.
The film production had been stalled for quite some time, and due to financial constraints, the difficult decision has been made to cease the project.
I appreciate that this may be a major shock and disappointment for you all, but the fact is that there is simply not enough money to fund the film despite exhaustive attempts at raising the cash, and it was unfair in retaining you all in the background, with ever-changing dates that could not be realised.
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you all for your hard work, dedication, and most of all, professionalism with regards to the project. You all played a major part in the project, and for that you should all be extremely proud and I am forever grateful for your support.
Some of you have invested time and money into the project, for which you will be fully compensated immediately.
Again, I wish to offer my sincere apologies and my heartfelt thanks.
Monday, 18 May 2009
Thursday, 14 May 2009
We were supposed to be shooting this month. Starting next monday to be exact. But we're not. We've had to postpone shooting until August for a few reasons, which I will go into.
The main reason has been location. I feel we've been messed around, passed from pillar to post, and generally been given different information every time we try to get the location finalised. This is why I have appointed my good friend Alison as a Production Assistant on the film. Her role (which she is doing great in) is to find a suitable location, at a suitable cost. She is in contact with different people and is working very hard to ensuring the film shoot will commence in August.
The other reason has been money. We have some money towards the budget, but not enough. We desperately need more money (and we're not talking thousands here) to make the film as good as it can be. The money is needed for insurance and quite probably, location use.
It's very frustrating indeed, but perseverance shall win!
Oh yeah, go see Star Trek. It's a great show.
Monday, 30 March 2009
On Monday night, I, Brian and Roy journeyed through the streets of Belfast to visit David, who is going to build our bad guy costume. What struck me as I entered his house was two things: the amount of movie memorabilia, and more notably, the sheer size of his DVD collection! I was in absolute awe at the number of titles on his shelf. Fantastic stuff!
After a great cup of tea, provided by David’s better half, Jo, we got down to business.
David and Roy began comparing drawings they had done. I call them drawings, but they call them sketches. Yeah, right. If I could sketch like that, I’d never put a pen down, but anyways. It was amazing how similar and on the ball they both were, so after some talk about logistics and whatnot, Brian and I settled on a design based on both Roy and David’s designs, and away we went, very happy and enthused in what progress was being made.
On Tuesday, there was a cast meeting for a fourth draft read-through, which was great. Everyone brought a sense of professionalism to the lines, and we came away with yet more changes and amendments, but more importantly, the confidence in that the relationships between the characters are believable.
Our budget at the minute is coming along nicely, so that’s good news. It wouldn’t hurt to be coming along that little bit faster, but beggars (that we are) cannot be choosers.
I’ve just filled in the forms for the use of the location, so all being well, the next update will be full of goodies, and I don’t mean the comedy threesome.
Thursday, 12 March 2009
On Tuesday, Brian and I met a great guy called Michael about the possibility of using his equipment for the shoot. He has a pair of great top-end HD cameras, and we managed to strike an accord.
This sorta brings us back to the SD-HD debate. I think we've pretty much settled on shooting in HD, so if anyone reading this wants to buy a top-end SD camera, give me a shout!
Anyways, we had a meeting with NI Screen yesterday to discuss the production and what they can do for us. The meeting was primarily about getting contacts for insuring the production, so that was a complete success. The meeting was very informative and NI Screen are very supportive of us and what we're trying to schieve, so that was very inspiring. One phrase that I heard struck a chord with me, mainly because I've heard it again, but also because it makes sense to think about it and try to get something sorted - the phrase is "route to market".
The main definition of this phrase is the supply chain that a product follows to get to the final consumer. So this means that we need to think about how to promote the movie before it's made and how to get the movie to the people that want to see it. Hopefully we will have something to show the public soon in the form of publicity shots of the main cast, so watch this space!
Friday, 6 March 2009
I'm tired because I got in last night from the first readthrough. I may be exhausted, but my body is producing a lot of adrenalin as I am even more excited about the film.
The readthrough was fantastic. A complete success, from start to finish. Everyone was professional, and the dialogue seemed to flow off the page with ease. Also, it was great to hear the interactions between the cast and to put faces to characters that we envisioned.
Also, more important than all of that, we got our final two main cast members last night. We welcome to the cast Chris and Sarah, who fitted the parts like a familar pair of jeans.
I have to say that both Brian and I were extremely impressed with everyone's performances last night, and our thanks go to Hugh, Kieran and Lesa as well, who were stellar as usual.
"Red Harvest" is now chugging along at great speed, and everything is coming together quite well. We plan to have meetings next week with our production crews, as well as with Northern Ireland Screen to sort out insurance for the feature, but until then, fourth draft is looming closer and closer.
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Monday, 2 March 2009
Also, we discussed some extra scenes that may come out of the viewing of the location on Wednesday, so that is pretty exciting.
We're still missing two fundamental cast members, but we're planning a readthrough of the script this week in which a few try-outs will be attending.
We may also have access to an HD camera for the shoot, but we'll hear more about that shortly.
It's certainly a very busy time for us all!
Friday, 27 February 2009
Let me just explain why this is so important. When we were writing the film, we wanted to come up with something that just used one location. Within that location is where all of the development and action will take place. The reason for all of this is to cut down on costs and transportation. Once we start earning the big bucks, then we can charter flights to Australia and such.
I watched a video on YouTube about the location, and I am 99% sure that it will be our primary location.
Also, the other night Brian and I discussed what format we were going to shoot the film on. It basically boiled down to two options: Standard Definition and High Definition. The problem we have is that we do not currently possess an HD camera, but we could always hire one which would drain the budget somewhat. I already have a high-end SD camera - the Canon XM2 - and it is fantastic. It has a 58mm lens and enough settings to shake a stick at. The quality of its output is fantastic, if I do say so myself.
Here's the issue we had - would the film look that much better in HD? Yes and no. Filming in HD would give us a bigger resolution to play with, no doubt there, but would it tell the story any better? We decided that it wouldn't. At the end of the day, we are going for a DVD release for "Red Harvest", so HD wouldn't add that much to the production. There is also a lot of rubbish films out there that have been shot in HD, mainly because the people didn't know how to use the equipment. I suppose the only thing that matters is the quality of the script. As long as we light the scenes right, and use decent lenses, then the film should be of excellent quality. Also, editing HD footage would inevitably take longer.
HD is all well and good, but the simple fact is that we can't afford it, so SD it is. It'll be the best damn SD film that we can make it.
Thursday, 26 February 2009
First off, there was a general concensus from people that read the script that it was a tad too short. To address this, we added a few extra scenes, one of them called the "Jurassic Park opening". The new scenes certainly add more depth and explanation to an already rich script, so it will be very exciting to get them storyboarded.
Also, there was a feeling from a few people that some of the story wasn't explained enough. When we originally came up with the concept of the film, we didn't want too much exposition as we felt that we wanted people to come up with their own conclusions as to what was going on. This didn't work. We added some tasty new dialogue to a few scenes that sets the scene more clearly, as well as the already famous "Jurassic Park opening".
I truly understood the meaning of the word "compromise" last night as well. Brian felt that a fight was needed for part of the story, and I disagreed, but we managed to settle the issue like the mature adults that we are.
Once our scratches were treated with Savlon, we settled on a great compromise that not only provides yet another iconic moment to the film, but also breaks horror conventions as well as giving yet more meaning to the film.
I think all in all we have created something quite special that will ensure repeat viewings, which is never a bad thing.
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
The general concensus was that it was a cracker of a script - the dialogue is sharp and funny, the characters are well-thought out and humanised, the horror is sickening and the twists and turns unexpected.
There has never been any negative comments about the script, but some people thought that it could have been longer. Roll on the third draft!
It was at this stage that we decided to cast some of the roles. Our good friend and colleague, Michael Smyth (http://www.michaelsmyth.co.uk/), has always been in mind for the bad guy, mainly because he is built like a brick shithouse and wears contact lenses (probably means nothing to you now, but wait until you see the film). Michael has played numerous roles in both mine and Brian's films.
Brian also had his long-term girlfriend, Lesa Gillespie (http://www.lesagillespie.com/) in mind for a role whilst writing the script, so we asked her if she was up for one of the roles after she read the script, and she said "HELL YES!", so happy days! "Red Harvest" has two confirmed cast members!
Thursday, 1 January 2009
Something happened after Halloween. We became despondent and restless, wondering why everything was so quiet. Why weren't people knocking on our doors congratulating us on our efforts? After all, we had accomplished a lot: all of the films on Screaming Room were made with no money, and were different from normal horror cliches.
After some discussion, we decided "to hell with that" - our egos were not that delicate that we needed people to stroke them. We knew we were capable of doing much, much more. We also knew what we were capable of doing with no money, so we decided to attempt something with a little bit of money.
Thus over a series of long winter months, "Red Harvest" was born.
"Red Harvest" is a horror film about four people who decide to relive their schooldays, when horror ensues. The title is very misleading as it is not the final title of the film, but a project codename, derived from "Blue Harvest", the production codename of "Return of the Jedi", and the colour red, which symbolises blood.
The purpose of this blog is to let the public know about the progress of the film, and to gather momentum on the project.