The team has been split this week, with Brek up on the Isle of Mull with the Production Designer Damian Creagh, researching suitable locations and resources as well as seeking out how best to work with the locals on Mull with all the varied and rich skillsets they offer! and with Elizabeth and Clare down in London manning the financial fort and organising all manners of pioneering marketing techniques!
It’s still been pretty stressful, losing our 1st AD, juggling our cinematographer Rain Li’s commitments to other projects, Elizabeth’s mysterious yet spectacular nosebleeds which saw her in A&E until 4am and Brek’s battles with Virgin Trains but overall morale is high. We have yet again decided to push back on the shoot date for one month. This is to get some financial issues in order, and give the heads of departments run by the superb line producer Johann Insanally more time in prep. Due to financial and time restraints this is going to have to be a very tightly run ship so everyone is having to be as organised as they possibly can be.
Given this precious extra time we have managed to do some amazing underwater animation tests with the lovely artist Orly Orbach. We decided to research techniques for animating Nikki Black’s book towards as it floats away in the water towards the end of the film To get prepared we all donned wet weather gear and mucked about in a fish tank with pipettes full of India, watercolour and Higgins ink and different types of paper. Baff was there too so I’m sure you’ll see the footage up in a “making of” episode very soon!
The tailormade productions website has now officially been launched – yipppee http://www.tailormadeproductions.com. Be sure to look out for more about us on the web too as Jon Newey is planning on taking us through all manner of social networking sites.