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Entry 1: Into The Final Nine

Writing this journal is a bad idea. I mean, it has to be, right? It’s supposed to be a blow by blow account of what happened when I made my first feature film, from green light all the way to the premiere. But what it’s probably going to end up being is premature; a classic example of tempting fate. To start a journal about making a movie before I know that the movie is going to be made is no better then leaning back after welding the last rivet onto the Titanic and declaring her unsinkable. But, hey. What if the worst doesn’t happen, and instead the best does? What if the start of my

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Entry 2: Brown Paper Baggin’ It

This email from Karel came through today, and it made me want to puke and defecate at the same time: Hi guys, Quick reminder that I need to receive your scripts today. I guess the deadline is 23.59h tonight, but I'm hoping you'll be doing different things in those final moments before the cutoff. So far we have only received scripts from: Sam Tony Marisa Russell We have to be really strict, as obviously we will start reading tonight, 1 Jan at 00.00h, to ensure we have a verdict for you by 15 Jan. Thanks for your understanding. Oh, and Happy New Year! Cheers, Karel Say whaaaat? Yo

Jan 2016 0 Comments

Entry 3: Stress Levels Rising

So a few days ago, I saw a quick post on Facebook from Michael Favelle saying that he was off to another international film market. This is not surprising, in that’s how he plies his trade. I just assumed, in those split second thought processes that you have as you scan info, that he would be reading the scripts en route or something like that. But then we got this email from Andy: Hey everyone, Thank you for your scripts - I can say that personally it has been an absolute joy reading them, and my own excitement level is rising sharply now that I can really see the potential for these fi

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Entry 4: A Long Phone Conversation

Saturday night. Ryan and I had a long phone conversation which appears to be about many things film related, but is actually just our way of dealing with the tension. The mindless prattle turned to something interesting, however, when Ryan remembered that Monica contacted the successfully shortlisted applicants a day before the communicated date back in late September. If they hold to that, it’s quite possible that the candidate (or candidates if it’s us) would be contacted on Friday the 22nd of January. I suggested to Ryan that if it is us, we buy cheap cask wine over the following weeke

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Entry 5: Silent Scream of Angst

Wednesday, and halfway through the ‘extra’ week we have to wait to hear which of the lucky candidates are safely through as the first film to be greenlit. My job represents a 10 to 12 hour day more times than not, so the hectic working week offers plenty to keep me, and my partner The Missus, preoccupied with. In spite of this, today I have noticed for the first time a slowly building, silent scream of angst. It’s always there, just under the surface. It’s a shrill shout of despair, asking me how I will deal with not being picked. “What will you do,” it asks me? “How will you fee

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Entry 6: Preemptive Healing

Friday. The day that we were guessing the ‘winner’ might actually get the call, to free up the ‘losers’ to hear their bad news news on Monday 25th. We haven’t heard dick. At 7:32pm, Ryan starts this text exchange with me: Ryan No call then? Richard Nope. We are out. Ryan Yep. We gave it a good shot. Guess we are shit. Who woulda guessed. Richard Me. Ryan Yep. Me too. Damn. We were right all along! A few things going on here; self pity, self loathing, comedic relief, all of which come together to provide the first step to deal with hearing what feels like the inevitable b

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Entry 7: A Waste Of Breath The Days Behind

Monday. D-Day - unless they delay the announcement again. I know that I did things over the weekend. Things happened. Some of those things were probably of consequence. And yet, I have no memory of them right now. All I know is that today is Monday. To bastardise Yeats, the days to come seemed waste of breath. A waste of breath the days behind, in balance with this fucking Monday. It stretches on, this day, and in turn stretches me like a rubber band pulled beyond its known capacity. I feel ready to snap and fly off into the ether, and there’s another part of me that’s quite prepared for

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Entry 8: Your Half Of The Fees

Ryan drove back from the Murray early so we could get together and talk about what all of this actually means for us, and our families. We met at a restaurant in the town that I live. I pulled up next to him in the carpark, got out and shook his hand, and then we both laughed and hugged. I had imagined how we might react to the news once we finally, after so many years, got a green light, and it was in no way as subdued as this. I fantasised about immediately setting my office desk on fire and dancing around the flames, or just running around like a loon and screaming my head off. Our more re

Feb 2016 0 Comments

Entry 9: Shut Up And Wait

So after on-going discussions with Ryan about what we think are the logistics and challenges of the production, I wrote up and sent through the following email to Andy: Hi Andy, Hope you had a great weekend! I have a few items I'd like to touch base with you on, but I'm keenly aware that this could be annoying. I'm just eager to "get goin'" given the size of the project we're about to undertake and the timeframes involved! I appreciate you would have plenty on your plate right now, so please feel free to tell me to get back under my rock until you're good and ready :) The MOU Is there an

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Entry 10: Great Phone Call

I responded to an email from Andy that came through yesterday. He said that The Film Distillery staff had their first day of discussion about how to make Contained. There was also some points about raising the crew, and special effects teams that are in the running to work on the film. It’s all starting to feel very real. The last point was that we should name the date and time that we intend to come up to Canberra and he’ll make time to meet with us. Looks like we’ll be able to go up there on the weekend of the 13th and 14th, but I told him that we’d confirm closer to those dates.

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