Tuesday, 22 April 2014

A new trailer for my horror film Beautiful

Dear readers,

                        please find below the latest trailer of my horror film Beautiful. I'm impressed that I remembered what all the buttons in Adobe Premiere do to enough of an extent to be able to put this trailer together; it's been around eight months. There was a heart-stopping moment during which I thought I'd lost all of it, and yes, quite a few hours work goes into creating a few seconds footage. Thankfully I didn't succumb to the urge to make whining sounds while quivering, and managed to retrieve the thing.

It's been an odd few months since last filming; in some ways it feels far longer ago. There have losses, disappointments and stresses, so it hasn't been the easiest of times, though certainly not completely devoid of good times too. But it is evidence that life gets in the way of those bigger projects, I'm eternally grateful for the patience of cast and crew and am quite looking forward to getting stuck into filming again.

I hope you enjoy the footage, I hope for those who have followed the project it reignites interest, and lets you know this project is far from dead in the water. Thanks for your support.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Filming Update- An Empty House

Six intense days of filming ended yesterday, each day lasting on average around 10- 12 hours. I'm still feeling the exhaustion. We had a limited amount of time to use an empty house in Coventry, West Midlands, and an awful lot of scenes to cram in during the time. And I'm overjoyed to announce that we managed to do it!

Please find below a link to the latest update video chronicling the making of British psychological horror film Beautiful by Veeder Films. A heady combination of set dressing, filming and even some special effects work. Thanks for showing an interest.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Some Behind-the-Scenes Footage

One of these days, I promise I'll sit down and write something of a more substantial update on my Blogger site. I'm aware that for the past few entries I have mainly used it to link to my YouTube channel, and that makes me feel somewhat guilty- perhaps I need to more evenly distribute my energy more equally between the visual media and written forms of communication.

Below you will find a behind-the-scenes video of yesterday's shoot of my British psychological horror film, beautiful. It's the first time I've filmed in almost a year, and to add to pressure, we had only 3 hours to set up and complete filming. Thankfully we did it. I have some concerns about a background buzz of equipment being captured quite loudly behind dialogue, and I'll have to consider how to amend this upon reaching the editing phase. Still, we did it, and it's been such an ongoing struggle to try and locate a bar, that I am HUGELY relieved!

Enjoy the video, I hope it conveys how well-humoured cast and crew are, I'm incredibly lucky to surround myself with the people I do. For those of you who are able to please comment and rate, it's always fantastic to get feedback from others.

Monday, 27 May 2013

An update from Veeder Films

It's been quite a while since my last update video about the making of my psychological horror film, Beautiful. Not a huge deal to report on, but a much sought after location seems to be secured, and Veeder Films has recentlt had some positive attention online. Watch the video below to find out more!

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Happy New (ish) Year!

Goodness, 2013 already! It is quite terrifying how quickly time flies by. We have been filming beautiful for around 18 months now, in total. Christmas, as i learnt last year, is a bad time to schedule filming. People want to relax, see friends and family, and, if I'm completely honest, i was grateful for it. Not a hugely inspiring sentiment, but the idea of 3 weeks of annual leave where I could just enjoy food and family and friends was exactly what I needed. Though filming can provide a fantastic contrast to my day-to-day-work, it is not exactly restful, and at this point in time, rest is what I needed.

It was also a lovely opportunity to just hang out with some of the cast and crew, who I consider to be friends. And though filming can be a very sociable thing, there's something really nice about just catching up with people I've grown close to over a bite to eat, where there isn't the time pressure of knowing I have a scene to complete.

Having said that, I haven't been COMPLETELY unproductive, and present below a second trailer for my independent British horror film Beautiful. It's partially a way of reflecting on how much new footage we have captured in the past year, since I last put together a preview for the film. I suppose the intention is to keep people interested, including cast and crew, but I don't it's a cynical intention- I think people need a glimpse of what it is we are walking towards, and as work has prevented me from editing full scenes as of late, this is at least some idea of where the film is heading.

Enjoy it, my fellow bloggers, and I'll be sure to keep you updated once filming resumes!

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Dear all,  please find below my latest YouTube update video! A little overdue, but essentially a round-up of the filming of British  psychological horror film Beautiful that took place towards the end of August 2012. Apologies for my unkempt appearance. Enjoy! 

Sunday, 26 August 2012

August Update

Back behind (or indeed to the side of) the camera.
I'm tired though that's not to say that I'm not getting any satisfaction from feeling tired. It's been a busy few days. I have returned to filming after a break of several months ( I say break but scheduled filming in June was cancelled after a member of our team became unwell.)

The concentration of filming has been partly spurred on by my friend's decision to sell his house; a space we've been using as as a set for almost a year.

In the past four days I have spent three filming and another shopping for a suitable outfit for the character of Lizzy, along with the actress who plays her- also called Lizzy (I wrote the character with her in mind).

I am beginning to understand how difficult juggling work life and a creative life can be- I have work deadlines I feel I'm neglecting but I also haven't been especially organised in arranging filming; my sloppiness leading to a few heated texts from people involved in the film!

Rafi and Lizzy onset.
That is not to say I have regrets about making the film- I still feel hugely excited when looking at the footage after a day's filming; 'I made that!'

But I think, and this is something slowly dawning on me as a 30-something, that ambitions and goals come with sacrifice and require investment. And even things that are for pleasure, a hobby or interest, can feel like very hard work at times. I'm just grateful I can share that work with people I have around me. I have a strong fear, however, that they will tire of this project, and it will be left incomplete. My own neurosis I'm sure- they certainly have demonstrated a lot of dedication and patience.

Dress hunting for Lizzy's character- think we've found the one!
I think one thing that will help me feel that spark again will be a change of scene. James has done a fantastic job of turning his front room into Lizzy's bedroom, but it is a small space. We 'cheat' to give the illusion of space and to get all the camera angles needed. This can be physically tiring, and, as I've been doing a lot of it recently, it can feel laborious. It makes me envy those working in studios- where sets only have three walls and plenty of space to manoeuvre!

Amy, Debra and Lee- on our way to filming.
Some new filming locations will shake things up I hope. I'm trying not to think too far ahead- one step at a time, otherwise I'm afraid I'll feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of things yet to do. Examples include learning how to use after effects, securing more locations, identifying contacts for music, physical effects and make-up. I know my current approach is focused on the here-and-now, the very next thing, sometimes at the expense of being a better planner.

Another source of strength is the hope that these scenes, sometimes filmed over gaps of months, will come together to form a coherent whole. Something with flow; a beginning middle and end. Not just separate scenes stuck together clumsily but, rather, a real story.