Category Archives: ‘Be Careful…’ short film

Lisa Chappell will sing on our short film

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Lisa Chappell

Lisa Chappell will showcase her impressive singing talents on the soundtrack of 'Be Careful...'

Lisa Chappell has kindly agreed to allow us to consider material from her debut solo album When Then Is Now for the soundtrack of ‘Be Careful…’
A copy of her CD is with the editor, Nic Smith, and we’ll try a few different tracks to see how they play under the images. I’m very excited about this idea as Lisa has an amazing voice and the idea of using one of her beautiful love songs as a sort of “siren song” (she plays a femme fatale, Fi) when she seduces our leading man is compelling.

But wait, there’s more!!

Now we’ve resolved the oustanding issues around the usage of Paul Kellys song, Be Careful What You Pray For (see earlier post) I can announce that Lisa has agreed to perform lead vocals on this track, too!

This song was a major inspiration for the script. Getting our lead actress to sing it over the end credits would be truly awesome!

Watch for updates…

Paul Kelly’s original version is available on his Greatest Hits – Songs From the South Vol I & II, available at good stores everywhere (and even a few mediocre ones), including Amazon.com I can’t recommend this great double album highly enough.

Here’s a link where you can hear a sample of Be Careful What You Pray For – enjoy!



Paul Kelly’s Song for Our End Credits???

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I think we might! (Get use of the song. We’ll have to see about breaking into Hollywood…)

Paul’s song “Be Careful What You Pray For (You Just Might Get it)” was part of the inspiration of “Be Careful…” As a card-carrying member (metaphorically speaking) of the Paul Kelly fan club, it’s long been my desire to play this song over the end credits. A sort of homage, if you will.

Well, 10 minutes ago I got an email from his management company saying “Paul wants to make this happen” along with a request for a DVD copy of the film when it’s finished!

I think this nearly makes up for the disappointment of not getting SIPF funding for the postproduction.

Paul Kelly, genius Aussie singer-songwriter

Paul Kelly, genius Aussie singer-songwriter

Cast and Crew Photo

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Long overdue update of the blog heading your way any day. PLUS!!! Explanation of the recurring subheading (you know, the one about Hollywood).

For those paying close attention, I’ve been giving not just the blog but the entire site a lick of virtual paint these last few days. Hope it feels improved in some small way.

Look out for a whole new dimension being added in the coming weeks. With video and everything. (Cue: “wow” and “Gee whiz!”)

In the meantime, here’s a cast and crew photo taken by stills photographer Karel Lorier who is absent from the photo, along with cast members Narelle Ahrens and Mike Edward. Also missing is the gaffer and his crew who were so diligent they decided to pack out of this location rather than join us for the crew photo. That’s dedication! (Or photo phobia.)

Cast and Crew Photo - Be Careful, March 28, 2009

Photos from the 2nd weekend

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It’s in the can! Here are some shots from the 2nd weekend’s filming.

1000 bonus points for anyone who guesses who the Academy Award winner is in one of the stills below…

Next, it’s onto postproduction…

And the Oscar goes to…. (went to) MILTON JUSTICE!!! For producing the documentary “Down and Out in America” in 1986. See: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090965/

Craig Hall from King Kong & World’s Fastest Indian

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And of course, where would I be without my fabulous leading man?

Craig has worked with Peter Jackson and Roger Donaldson.

 He’s starred opposite actors of the caliber of Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jack Black, Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, Josh Hartnett, Dougray Scott, Saffron Burrows, Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, Kerry Fox and Melanie Lynsky. (To name but a few.)

And he was brilliant. I’m constantly reminded how lucky I am to be able to work with people like Craig and Lisa (and Lynette Forday, Narelle Ahrens, Mike Edward) who’ll support “small” projects like this and give it the same energy and commitment that they give the big budget films and TV series that they regularly appear in. It’s a credit to their giving nature and their incredible professionalism and I salute and thank them for it.

Alan discusses an upcoming scene with Craig Hall

Alan discusses an upcoming scene with Craig Hall

Lisa Chappell from McLeod’s Daughters

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Can’t believe we’ve wrapped! What a feeling (to be dancing on the ceiling). It was a privilege to work with actors of the caliber of Lisa Chappell who has a reputation around the world after playing Claire McLeod for 70-something episodes of the popular Aussie drama McLeod’s Daughters. She was incredibly professional and it was a pleasure working with her.

The last time we worked together (apart from a brief cameo I did on a series where she was in the core cast, namely City Life) was when she played Portia and I played Shylock in a high school production of The Merchant of Venice!

I’d like to think we’ve both come a long way since then… 🙂

Alan liaises with Lisa Chappell and 1st AD Tony Forster

Alan (L) liaises with Lisa Chappell and 1st AD Tony Forster (R)

Welcome aboard…

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… to Celeste, our new make-up person, and Imogene, our new wardrobe person, and Bevin, our production assistant. PLEASE nobody offers these guys any work until after March 29th. 🙂

Final location scout with DP on Sunday. 1st rehearsal with Lisa and Craig (Fi and Mike) on Monday. Meeting with stunt coordinator same day to discuss killing off Corene (a.k.a. the lovely Narelle Ahrens). Possibly a meeting with the editor and the DP to discuss shot list one evening early next week; meeting Friday 13th (woooooo) with Matt Cunningham from DigiPost re Red camera workflow (also with Dan, DP; Gary, the editor). Sat 14th is camera tests with W/R fittings and make-up – got 3/4 of our cast there; in the afternoon, we’ll shoot a “pick-up” of the beach 1980 flashback – possibly with my wife, Shannon and myself playing Mum and Dad of Mike as a 7 year old (my nephew; playing alongside his older sister). Might also do tech recce of hospital location that day if we have time. Balance of tech recce will happen following day on Sunday.

And then it’s a week out from the main shoot! Still hoping for one more rehearsal and a final all crew production meeting that week.

Phew…..

Casting Coup

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Well, the new postings have been rather few and far between lately, but for anyone following this blog I wanted to make two special announcements:

1. Due to clashes with other work, we’ve been unable to get Sara Wiseman in the female lead role (Fi). After discussions with her, we both agreed the best path was to re-cast. I’m delighted to be able to announce that star of stage, TV and film (including McLeod’s Daughters) LISA CHAPPELL, has graciously agreed to come on board. Lisa and I go right back to high school and even performed together in The Merchant of Venice. So to be able to work together all these (too many!) years later is awesome. Welcome aboard, Lisa! 🙂

2. Thanks to the generosity of director/producer Peter McCully (owner of visual effects house, Albedo) we can now confirm we’ll be shooting on the coveted, top-of-the-range RED camera.

Two bits of awesome news I just had to share.

Here’s Lisa:

Lisa Chappell

Lisa Chappell

Here’s a link to Peter’s company website:

Short Film Production Diary

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OK, so I’m new to this whole blogging thing…

But you gotta start somewhere, right? 🙂

And this is where I’m gonna start: letting people know what’s happening on my directing debut – the short film “Be Careful…”.

Keep an eye out here for the up-to-the-minute (more or less) updates as I stumble into my first directing effort with a professional cast and crew…

Alan's first ever effort at directing, October 2004

Alan's first ever effort at directing, October 2004

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