One of the editors from the Harry Potter franchise very kindly took a look at the pilot and provided some useful feedback, all of which concerned the first of the two scenes – the one that almost didn’t get shot at all. I’ve just been trying out some of his suggestions, so far as the material we filmed will allow. Having two months away from the edit naturally gives me some fresh ideas as well.
Last week I met up with Aidan and Joe about the work still to be done on the pilot’s digital FX. Although no-one who’s seen the pilot seems to realise that the FX aren’t finished, when you start going through it in detail you realise that there’s a hell of a lot left to do. The aim is to have it all complete by the end of the summer.
Meanwhile Carl Schoenfeld, now helping the project along in an informal capacity, has been seeking out experienced industry mentors to give second opinions on such aspects as the grading and the editing. The idea is to get the pilot in A1 tip-top form before we hawk it around.
Director of photography Oliver Downey chats about shooting on 35mm and the challenges of lighting the set.