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Hello All –

Sorry for radio silence – we have had our heads down of late and been extremely busy. Firstly finance is so very very nearly secured for “My Soviet Kitchen”, it’s all a matter of getting the right actor to realize how brilliant the project is, then we are all systems go. The current plan is to shoot in March next year in Georgia, Russia, Oxford and Pinewood. We have been preparing as much as we can, meeting with lovely potential Heads of Department, as well as shooting various camera tests at Take 2 with our cinematographer David Rom.

Brek has recently directed a brilliantly funny new short play, The 3 Turn, at the Olde Red Lion theatre pub in Islington. All this alongside organising her Caribbean wedding….. multi-tasking a go go! Elizabeth meanwhile has been working as co-writer and script editor on an international array of projects, including Richard Goldgewicht’s Brazilian “Futebol” feature and Tatjana Acimovic’s “Anka” – a Croatian children’s story. Mon dieu!

The new Tailormade website that we talked about earlier in the year you might have noticed has been put on hold. We came across some stumbling blocks regarding the build and then everything took off regarding MSK so it was parked whilst we concentrated on the film. We are planning on picking this back up in the Spring, will keep you posted.

OK – one New Year’s resolution is to blog more frequently!

Happy Christmas and A Joyous New Year –

Love the tailormaidens.

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Hello there, things are starting to look up with the arrival of March and the fine weather… pheweeee.

The podcasts are still arriving thick and fast onto Facebook for My Soviet Kitchen, make sure to subscribe to get your fix of Brek and Elizabeth’s capers into Eastern European film-making. It ain’t pretty but it’s certainly quite funny.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Soviet-Kitchen/142298529207239

We met the BFI last week for their comments on the latest draft and Manny Puro Casting is back with us again to find our perfect Ivy Stone.  Brek and Elizabeth are now interviewing Heads of Department, budgeting, scheduling and most fun of all, storyboarding!!  Will post some sample scenes onto Facebook soon to whet your appetites!

Everyone has been busy reading scripts/novels/napkins over the cold wintery months and we have been meeting up with various agents and authors to find out more about optioning new work to add to our slate. Nothing confirmed as yet so can’t say too much but hopefully will be adding to our repertoire shortly.
Our new fancy pantsy website is underway and we have commissioned the lovely and talented Caroline Taylor (no relation) to custom make our very own Tailormaiden, and I must say she is a beauty. See more of her work at www.thedollmaker.co.uk

Having shot the plates with the wonderful Mark at Perception www.perceptionphotography.com we are hoping to launch sometime around Easter once web designers YeahCan have worked their magic.

And last but not least SPRING LOADED, our brand new project with the British Council is now in official development having won funding from their Young Creative Entrepreneur scheme. It’s going to be an exciting year ahead!

Thanks and ta ra.

The tailormaidens.

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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.


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