Today I played with Lego. I’d like us to meet with potential miniature FX wizards soon and so I need to film videomatics of the relevant shots. Suffice to say this involved spending two hours in my parents’ attic, scrabbling through big buckets of bricks in floor-bound positions which made me ache much less when I was 10, then setting the (very crude) model up in my flat and shooting it with my trusty Canon XM1. And it’s not over yet, since some of the shots require bluescreen elements and/or a more involved miniature set, possibly including someone’s garden pond. Still, James was telling me that George Lucas used Star Wars action figures to block out the fight sequences in Return of the Jedi.
We sent a few more letters off, and are meeting the development producer again on Wednesday for an update. Meanwhile, down in sunny (I assume) Cannes, Tom Muschamp is engaged in a slew of meetings pursuant to the distribution of Beyond Recognition, the film I DOP-ed on in New York last year. All the best to him.