The videomatic is finished. You can see an extract on the video page.
When I got fed up of eating melon, I grated the rest of it and drank its juice, which I think is the best way to treat your cast.
I had another meeting with Luis Gayol, one of the storyboard artists, at the weekend. We got stuck into the big third act battle, which I found quite difficult to describe in two dimensions.
I also had a rare face-to-face (or face-to-beard) meeting with Ian Tomlinson, in no lesser place than Doodies. (Hurray!) Pretty much everything of any significance in the film has been tackled by Ian, David and/or Chris, but there are still plenty of details to work on.
Whilst I remember, let it be known that this film is now officially called The Dark Side of the Earth. I dropped the Shadowland bit to avoid confusion with other films, and that Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song. (An easy mistake to make.)
The Videomatic Shoot: Part II went fine. Well, come on, how difficult can it be to shoot a melon derailing on an ice cube as it travels along an old curtain rail? Not that difficult. This isn’t Soul Searcher, and there is no curse. Yet.
Other highlights of the day included flying a party balloon into the garden hedge (until it popped, startling poor Jen) and Rob viciously impaling kitchen roll with a bamboo skewer.
“That’s a wrap,” I announced at 4:30pm. “Who fancies some melon?”
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Tomorrow Rob, Jen and I shoot the rest of the crash sequence videomatic. In preparation, I have made a larger scale robot. Out of a melon.
Soul Searcher is being pirated (again) on one of those file-sharing sites. Bunch of bastards. You don’t get any of the extensive extras, though. Remember that, if you’re tempted.