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Another overdue update

Guess it’s ‘cuz of the busy time of year, but I’ve been spectacularly remiss with these updates.

In a nutshell:

1. Got the pick-up shot re-shot that I needed. It’s the opneing shot of a child (or is it…?) drawing a picture while the lead character speaks in V/O. Nic, the editor, felt it didn’t quite work as shot, and given it’s the very first image we see, we thought we’d have anoter crack at it. Big ups to Daryl Habraken and Peter Simpson who shot it and provided the RED camera respectively. Thanks, too, to Auckland University (whose camera it was, and whose studio and lights we used).

2. Got the drive back to the editor to do the final off-line pass with the new shot.

3. Eddie’s now got a music-free version of the cut so he can start putting some music on it – including some composed by our female lead, Lisa Chappell. Can’t wait to hear how it sounds!

4. Have locked-in our on-line edit facility: Images & Sound where we’ll be doing our grade, credits, etc. I’m really hoping to get in there before Xmas, but failing that, it’ll be first thing in the New Year.

Oh, and who knew credits took so long to finalise! 🙂

Photos from the 2nd weekend


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/

Lisa Chappell from McLeod’s Daughters


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…


… 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.


Casting Coup


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: