It’s New Year’s Eve and the team have been hard at work on the edit of ISLAND since wrapping 29 November.
Autumn was spent prepping for ‘Mull – The Return’ which turned out to be a joyous if hectic affair with an almost entirely new crew decamping to the Isle of Mull Hotel. Shooting days were undeniably long (and during the horrendous November storms), and were spent all over the island, from Dervaig and Calgary Bay to Uishkin and Pennyghael. However, it was comforting to know that a swimming pool, steam and sauna were waiting for us upon our return (as well as a well stocked single malt bar).
Despite a collision with a stag at 30 mph (the car came off much much worse don’t worry) and the odd missed ferry, we stuck to the schedule and were thrilled at the performances from Natalie and Colin, who were faced with the challenge of having to reacquaint themselves with the characters of Nikki and Calum a full year later.
Just a week after our return down South, we cast, scouted, prepped and shot the flashback sequences in Gravesend and Tonbridge having secured funding from the Kent Film Office. A little shell shocked from the contrast to isolated Mull, we stared at the sheer numbers of people in Riverside Park whilst 1st AD Simon certainly had his extras work cut out for him.
We were so lucky to find such amazing young actresses in our 7 and 14 year old Nikkis that revealing glimpses of our heroine’s traumatic past will hopefully be as powerful to the audience as to us on set.
And now? Well it’s been rather a case of ‘Holiday? What holiday?’ as we assemble like mad over the festive season and start the paralell processes of VFX, soundtrack and animation work. With a running time of 2 hours 2 minutes, we’re looking forward to shaping this up into a compelling piece of cinema! Watch this space in 2010…