Funding Win!

Our fundraising campaign has now ended and I’m incredibly pleased to announce that we’ve exceeded our goal by $100!

Thanks to each and every one of our IndieGoGo supporters for their generous contributions! It’s really put a lot of wind in our sails to see the support and enthusiasm this project has generated. Keeping tabs on the campaign while we went into shooting kept morale very high on set. (as you can see from this morale-filled photo)

Our intrepid Producers Victoria and Sabina are hard at work on the perks and of course updates will continue to be posted on our website as post-production proceeds apace.

From all of us here, many heartfelt thanks. You’ve all made this possible and we can’t wait to show you the finished film. Thank you all so so much!

– Josh, Director, and the SCATTERED Team

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Scattered is Wrapped!

After four intense days of filming, Scattered wrapped on Wednesday evening. We closed the shoot with a beautiful tracking shot of the main character, Conal, that was elegantly executed by Matthias (DoP) and Emmett (Key Grip).

All of the equipment was returned intact yesterday and we’ve had a little time to unwind from the intensity of the shoot and reflect. It was an incredible experience. Everyone on the cast and crew really stepped up to meet the challenges we faced.

After the whirlwind first day that Sabina told you about below, we spent the next two days shooting on location at Trinity Buoy Wharf. As the Wharf is next to City Airport we had plenty of sound issues that Nathaniel and Bryn, our sound recordists, kept on top of. In addition to the planes, we had cranes, metal drills, piledrivers and buzzsaws jockeying for a spot on the soundtrack.

It was a warm day and hot on our set, but everyone kept their focus and we got through our schedule step by step. The discipline and professionalism of Elisabeth and Keaton who had to deliver their nuanced scenes piece by piece as sound was cleared was impressive. They were both such a pleasure to watch, that I wanted to write more for them to work on.  Why can’t we just throw a few more scenes in?

Our second day at the Wharf was even longer with more setups, but thanks to the deft Assistant Directing of Victoria Naumova we got through it all and were even able to do a bit of reshooting. This was the day we shot the longest scene of the film, between Simon and Keaton, and they were both exceptional as they soldiered through the same sound issues of the previous day to deliver great performances.

Our third day was rescued at the last minute by Ben Zeferework who kindly permitted us to use his building for our location. We picked up the shots easily before we moved on to our skateboarding sequence. And in case you’re curious, yes Keaton Makki does all his own stunts.

I could go into more detail, as there were many moments of reversal that were turned into successes, and every single person involved really shone. I can’t really describe how exhilarating it is to work with such talented and professional cast and crew. I’ve learned so much from each of them and they all pushed me to be better. I can’t wait to do the next one!

I’m also incredibly excited that writers and thinkers whom I admire and respect have also lent their support to our IndieGoGo campaign and shared and tweeted our site. It was great to see the people like William Gillis, Roderick Long and C4SS get excited as I am about seeing a Ken MacLeod film. I’ve been reading them for years, and it’s a thrill to see their tweets and posts.

We’ve only got a few days left in our campaign, and need just a touch more to get us over the finish line. Of course anything over that will be welcomed too and go into post-production.  Thanks to everyone for all your support so far. And thanks for any reposts, tweets and shares that will help spread the word even further and bring this film to the screen. It’s gonna be great and I can’t wait for you to see it!

– Josh, Director

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And so it begins… First day of shooting done!

As everyone continues to beaver away on set on this, our second day of shooting, here are some reflections on our first…

1) 4 locations are a lot of locations.
We decided to kick off our shoot hardcore-style by filling our first day with as much travel as possible.  The locations included the “prison” (Northfield’s Transport Depot) from which Keith is released after his 15 year imprisonment, a newsagents in deepest West London, a high school in Bloomsbury and a balcony in Paddington. You really feel the value of a super-organised crew when you have to pack up again and set up again this many times.

2) It’s looking good.
We shot some important scenes on Day 1 – the picture you see at the top of this post is one of them (no more detail on that though, spoilers are a no-no…).  We’ll be posting more photos from set (courtesy of our fabulous on-set photographer, Nicci) as we go along – check back for more.  And we’re hopeful that our footage will look as good these stills – from what we’ve seen so far our Arri Alexa camera (in the hands of a darned good DOP) is creating some beautiful images.

3) Shelf-stacking is not an easy task.
And finally, not to be forgotten, is the important lesson we all learned at our second location, the newsagents. In order to transform the pristinely (and extremely fully) stocked newsagents into something rather more bleak and, well, something you might find close to a near-future prison, we had to remove a lot (a LOT) of stock from shelves. Think 1000s of chocolate bars, crisps, cans, bottles, milk cartons – you name it, we moved it.  The end-effect was indeed, pretty bleak.  But of course, filming done, all the stock had to go back up on the shelves. In the same order. Identical to its original state. It took a team of six people over an hour to re-stack the shelves, consulting over 50 carefully captured photos of the products.  Green Aeros, Orange Aeros, Peanut Lion bars, White Chocolate Lion bars.  White polos, green polos, Fisherman’s Friends. These sequences will be engrained on my memory for a long time to come.  Conclusion: shelf-stacking is not an easy job.  But – we hope! – worth it.

Sabina, Line Producer

 

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Big thanks to Four Corners Film!

Getting the right team together is such an important part of making a film, so we want to say a huge thank you to Katy Swarbrick and the team from Four Corners Film who have been amazing in helping us crew up. Thanks guys, you’re the best!  Four Corners is London’s centre for film and photography, and they work to promote artistic participation and to enable people to achieve their potential through their experience, skills and facilities. They’re amazing; you should check them out.

We’re really touched by all the support we’re getting for Scattered  – financial, emotional and every other kind imaginable.  Our IndieGoGo campaign continues over here – come and get involved!

Sabina, Line Producer

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Our latest cast member!

We’re thrilled to welcome on board Simon Norbury who will be playing Keith in Scattered.  Simon has done phenomenal work in productions as diverse as Macbeth and The Snow Queen and we’re delighted to have him. We’re confident the character of Keith is in very safe hands! Find out more about Simon here.  Sabina, Line Producer

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Design of the Future

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The team of SCATTERED is very glad to welcome Petr Svoboda as the Production Designer.

Petr has always been interested in films and for the past few years worked on a variety of short films, TV series and music videos.

We are very pleased that the style of the future world in our short film is going to be created by this talented Production Designer.

You can check Petr’s credits on his IMDB – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4603077/

Victoria, Producer

Photo @ “I Wouldn’t Wish the Eighties on Anyone”

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Scattered Costumes…

We promise you that costumes in our film are not going to be Scattered!

We have great news that Grace Nicholas joined the team of Scattered as a costume designer.

Grace will bring her experience and creativity into making the wardrobe of near future for our sci-fi film.

Grace has graduated with first class honours from Wimbledon College of Art specialising in costume design and is very driven and inventive person.

We are very happy that Grace joined our team and looking forward to this collaboration.

Check out Grace’s website to see her previous works and portfolio.

 

Victoria, Producer

 

Photograph by @Darkling Images

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