So in February/March 2012 I went to Reykjavik as the producer of a film called OutDated. The film was shot so I think that means I made it as a producer.
We were there for 10days and I barely had anytime to myself. being the Producer my hands were full all the time with questions coming left right and centre and having to answer everyone amongst other things.
I had to have a plan of action for each day that we were there. Being the Producer I had to make sure everyone was doing their job and doing their job well. This was very hard to do. The director caused me huge amounts grief. It was a futile attempt at times to sort him out. The words, ‘My Production,’ uttered from his lips and that was on the second day of being there. I knew from that point it was going to be a huge effort to work with him. If it was the real world I would’ve sacked him but I couldn’t at first due to us being on a student trip. It took until the final day of shooting were I was given the power to remove him simply because he was annoying all of his superiors by becoming to self involved and not listening to what other people had to say. I could rant and rant about the director, but I shan’t. It’s plain to see that I was not happy with him even before by never being on time and not doing story boards after 3 months of badgering and even after he still thinks this is HIS and HIS alone.
Anyway, tried to perform as well as I could. Perhaps I was a little under prepared but I made sure I did the little things right no matter what. Things like arrange the meetings, have a plan and always, always be on time. Something I had to do to lead by example.
I also tried to keep everyone happy. This did not happen all the time, especially when I sacked Chris Hammond from directing, which he apologised for afterwards for his actions. On non-filming dates I had everyone doing something.
Things like going on a test shoot proved a huge bonus as if we didn’t when we were there then we would’ve failed simply because the director had no idea what he wanted apart from a couple of shots which I really don’t like.
Meeting the actors two days before the shoot proved to be a God send. This gave jus the director and myself time to go through the character bios and the script with any alterations they wanted so they were happy. I was very happy to change anything that was needed and tweaks were made but made for the good. Everyone was made for the better. It also gave us a chance to get to know each other better and I found both Alex and Vala (our Actors) to be lovely people and were a pleasure to work with.
So the shoot itself went ok. The interior shots were easy enough to shoot, not as much pressure, you’re inside and don’t have to worry about lighting and the weather as much. Exterior, well that was always going to fail us. Has luck would have it we shot the first day with the interior shot in the morning when it was clear blue skies. By the time it got to the afternoon and we needed ext. shots the weather had turned and a blizzard insued. This lead to us thinking on our feet. Hammond was in his own little world not listening to anyone trying to solve every question the world had given us. Anyway we decided to shoot the montage scene here as the weather didn’t matter too much. The decision was made for a lot of the crew to head back to the hotel and a few of us stayed back and quickly drive round town to various locations. Which in the end worked out alright apart from being stuck in the Concert Hall for over an hour with kids playing in an orchestra.
Post-Production. Well I still havn’t seen an edit. People seem to dissapear of the face of the Earth when I asked people for it. After two months of nothing from our editor Tom Hill, I sacked him. Which had no impact on the edit at all since he had not even started. I then gave it to Hammond to edit. Why? Simply because no one else would. I personally was too busy to edit it. But after another month of badgering he is still AWOL with only one rough cut which I personally think is massively under par.
What comes next?
Me wanting to produce. I thought it was hell at times but yet in Hindsight I did rather enjoy it. To say I produced that is something I like to be proud of no matter what it is. Could’ve OutDated run smoother? Hell, yes, but this was my first decent scaled film and I don’t think I did horribly bad and next time I do have the suspicion I shall be twice as prepared with doubled results.
Heres a spoof of what I did.
Synopsis 1 – The idea is rather simple but yet feel that the story line is too predicable however a small cast needed and could have good shots of reykjavik
Synopsis 2 – With this a lot of night filming would be needed and I can hack the cold but not all night. A large cast would be needed and the story looks as if it has been done before. Sorry
Synopsis 3 – The visuals on this have the potential to be very good but again a large cast will probably be needed and looks set in land which could prove hard. The weather and climate may prove to be very different from hallowe’en but a tweak on that may not be too hard. Story however does feel like its been told before though.
Synopsis 4 – This I feel could be shot anywhere. I think if anybody wants to prove themselves produce, direct an/or edit this in coventry and show your worth for the trip.
Synopsis 5 – Very similar opinion to synopsis 2.
Synopsis 6 – One of my favourites. Could easily be shot and has an endearing story. Maybe a slight tweak on how it ends but thats just my opinion.
Synopsis 7 – One that does require heavily on visuals. Slightly more needs to be added to the story but also feel that this could almost be shot anywhere. Love stories are however rather generic but could still work
Synopsis 8 – Some could be filmed in the UK which cuts down on production time in Iceland but the story becomes obvious before too long. Like no. 7 it could work but needs something to take it away from the standard rom-com.
Synopsis 9 – Personally my favourite. Everything about it I like. It’s simple, rather original and has a slight bit of black humour in it which I do like. Nothing more to say.
Synopsis 10 – Different, searching for the right cave may prove tricky. Needs more of a twist in it and a stronger storyline.
Synopsis 11 – I feel that this could almost be shot anywhere. A nice emotional story which gets to the viewers. I do like this idea but whether its suited to Iceland or not I don’t know. Please prove me wrong.
Synopsis 12 – Again I feel could be filmed anywhere. Endearing story but I feel its missing something to really grab the viewers
Synopsis 13 – Seems like you’ve taken ideas from many different well known shows and films n blended them all together. Sadly nothing original about this and will probably require going inland quite a bit which will prove hard with the accommodation as I don’t really fancy losing a toe on this trip.
Synopsis 14 – I feel that this would take too long to film in order to get right. A slightly different approach to Groundhog Day but without a finish I feel the story can’t be told properly.
After looking through each synopsis for the Iceland Project. I personally have to say that I really like synopsis no. 6 and 9. I feel that these are very easily done and no point trying to be ambitious and rather simple concepts. So on early analysis they would be the two that I would suggest that go forward. If the scripts done turn out that well I feel that the story will be strong enough for re-writes to be done to make them work.
As for the other synopses; there are some that I feel are too ambitious and some which are too obvious. Again I look forward to the scripts within the week as some may change my mind and I hope they do because I think having a problem of too many ideas is one which I like where only picking two as they are the only two that could be done and done well.
Over the next week I will do a more thorough analysis of each synopsis and in fact write a script as I have a synopsis in there.