Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Birthday Party!

My memory is a bit vague, but I think the project is 4 years old today (give or take a day). I can't recall the date, but it all really began one evening on the M5 (southbound, somewhere south of Taunton). Realising how beautifully simple the story is, and how it could be shot easily for little money, and also in a style that I could really call my own (a first!) were the deciding things.

Of course, none of us could have realised at the time that, although it was a relatively smooth shoot, post-production would drag on and on and on. And on. And on. Until you forget why you started working on it in the first place, and decide that you really should be doing something else with your life. But then have second thoughts about that as well, and then confusion sets in. And it generally doesn't plan to move out any time soon.

One of the few things that's kept me going over the past year is knowing that other films are in the same boat. Hearing of films that have been in post for 2 or 3 years has not been uncommon. Peter Strickland's Katalin Varga is a good case in point, and a good example of what can be achieved completely outside of the system, provided you're prepared to stick at it for years, rather than months, if that's what it's going to take to get it finished and out there. (For my money, Katalin Varga is easily the best 'British' film of the year. Another link about how the film got made here.)

So I would like to wish you all a happy new year, especially to those of you who are still in post yourselves. We may, Elder Gods willing, have Folie finished soon. (But how long is soon?)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

J. U. O. F.

That's 'Join Us On Facebook' - as the saying goes, rather than something rude. (Can you rearrange the letters, kids?) Yes, Folie now has its own FB group, where you can see a few clips and stills.

Go here and sign up.

Although, given the nature of the story, perhaps we really should put on a page on Bebo...

(And the nature of the story will become central to our marketing campaign - i.e. how much do we give away? "Oh Michael, I'm telling you the plot." - Kenny Everett (as Cupid Stunt)