You have another guest blogger this time! I am Emily Bray and have been working on The Sea Change on and off since June 2008 as Production Assistant. I have been working closely with Brek, Liz and Clare since their return from Mull, together with our super-efficient new line manager, Geraldine Hawkins.
It has been absolutely fascinating (if not ever so slightly hair-raising) to witness the evolution of The Sea Change from its development days to this last push to get the final chunk of filming completed. Having watched some of the rushes, I was really excited by what I saw; it brought back all the excitement that I felt when I first read the script. Not only was I impressed by the quality of the footage but, having not gone up to Mull in November, I was stunned by the sublime beauty of the landscape. These have been challenging times but now, touch wood, it really looks like things are coming together.
First off, we have an awesome editor on board, Sam Sneade, who cut SEXY BEAST and BIRTH, and recently completed work on WHITE LIGHTNIN’ which premiered at Sundance this year. He is currently putting together an assembly of the stuff that has been shot so far and his assembly will determine exactly what needs to be included in the schedule for the days of additional photography.
We aim to return to Mull in late April for 3 days with a couple of days shooting in London and at Pinewood. I have started to prepare for this second shoot and, learning from the November shoot and all the logistical difficulties that we encountered, I am looking into ways that this shoot can be made as simple and as efficient as possible. This involves everything from researching cast & crew travel options and liaising with rail networks and stations to researching facilities deals & requirements.
At the same time, I have also been wading through various mounds of paperwork in the way of completion funding and British Film Certificate applications that need to be completed and sent off. It is definitely all go in the tailormade office and our sleek and chic new abode in Market Place seems to be giving us the psychological boost we need to push ahead. Although, admittedly, its proximity to Bagelrama has done nothing to quell my serious bagel obsession….