Monday, May 11, 2009

Short Film Shoot, Cast & Crew



For a good while, it was just me, my script and my small office, thinking: 'gee, this would make a really good short.' Then, I decided: 'right, I'm gonna do it, let's make this sucker.' But as I tinkered with rewrites and wondered what to do, it was still me, my script and my small office.

Little by little, people started getting involved. First, it was the casting director, followed by the special FX make-up guy. Director of photography. Art director (actually, I lost two art directors before Miriam came on board at the last minute). Composer. And, most crucially of all, line-producer. I was doing okay (Film London's database being a great resource) but once I had The Amazing Mr Ben on my side, the crew took impressive shape through his wealth of contacts and smooth persuasive charm.

That was it: I had a crew! And boy, did they save my ass. I couldn't have dreamed of a better group of people to help me with the production. Their experience, expertise and goodwill (they all did it for free!) made the impossible possible. I am truly in their debt. Whenever they get thanked, it's usually as a generic collective: 'the crew'. So here, I'd like to bring attention to every crew member who was involved and who made such a huge difference to the film.

Their credits speak for themselves so they don't need a big-up from me but I heartily recommend each and every one if you're crewing up for a film. I've also provided links to their credits and/or website, where I could find them. Any crew members reading: if I've missed a link or a credit, let me know, and don't worry, a copy of the crew photo is on its way in the post!

Working from the sequential order of the unit list, I give you the cast & crew of Origin (for more photos and updates, visit/join the Facebook page):

CAST:
Katy Carmichael
Lee Ross
Jack Blumenau
Alex Avery
Peter Landi

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:
Paul Sarony

LINE PRODUCER:
Benjamin Greenacre

PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR:
Sarah McKee

ASSISTANT PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATORS:
Angelika Schierz
Natasha Phelan

ART DIRECTOR:
Miriam Skelton

1st ASSISTANT DIRECTOR:
Gareth Tandy

2nd ASSISTANT DIRECTOR:
James Manning

3rd ASSISTANT DIRECTOR:
(Thu, Fri, Sun)
Gemma Read
(Sat) Bea Manning

RUNNER:
Kevin Lehane
(Thu) Simon Guerrier, Tom Guerrier
(Sat, Sun) Patrick Barry, Jonty Bates

PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT:
Susan Lee

CASTING DIRECTOR:
Jeremy Zimmermann Casting

CATERING:
(Thu, Fri) Pam Katz

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY:
David Raedeker

FOCUS PULLER:
(Thu, Fri) Jon Howard
(Sat) Julius Ogden
(Sun) Leo Holba

CLAPPER LOADER:
(Thu, Fri) Kriss Dallimore
(Sat) Morgan Spencer
(Sun) James Davis

CAMERA TRAINEE:
(Thu, Fri) Jackson Taylor

COSTUME DESIGNER:
Katie Greenacre

EDITOR:
David Fisher

GAFFER:
(Thur) Bernie Rostoski
(Fri) Carolina Schmidt Holstein
(Fri, Sat) Eva Arnold

ELECTRICIAN:
(Thu) Dave Palmieri
(Sat, Sun) Alex Edyvean
(Sat) Alex Bickley

FACILITIES:
Tommy Traylen


GRIP:
(Thu) Malcolm McGilchrist
(Sat, Sun) Ed Lancaster

ASST GRIP:
Ben Gardner

HEALTH & SAFETY ADVISOR:
David Devine

LOCATION MANAGER:
(Thu, Fri) Sharon McGuinness
(Sat, Sun) James Shelley Jamieson

HAIR &MAKE-UP DESIGNER:
Wakana Yoshihara
(Sat & Sun) Assistant: Mia Botcher

SFX MAKE-UP EFFECTS ARTIST:
Stuart Conran

SCRIPT SUPERVISOR:
Caroline Bowker

SECURITY:
AR Location Services, Anthony Stagles

SOUND RECORDIST:
Ashok Kumar

BOOM OPERATOR:
(Thu, Fri) Dave Sohanpal
(Sat, Sun) Jillian Speed

STAND-BY PROPMAN:
Richard Hawkyard

STILLS PHOTOGRAPHER:
Oliver Lamford



I am also hugely grateful for the invaluable help of:
Dominic Capon
Lisa McDiarmid (MMmmmmackers!)
Helene Lenszner
Paul and his family at Chesham Way, Watford.
Georgina and her family at Chesham Way, Watford.
Bill Wilson at Hemel Hempstead Hospital.
Tim Williams at Black Park Country Park.
Craig Game at Panavision.
Kellie Goddard at Nimbus.
Andrew at Audiolink.

4 comments:

Kevin said...

What a fantastic bunch of people!

Danny Stack said...

True dat!

Lara said...

Aah, what a lovely post. Well done to you all!

Neal Romanek said...

Congratulations to all involved - but the writer especially, of course, obviously.

Taking the action and just doing it - a great inspiration for the rest of us!