I started to get kinda depressed about the movie over the last few days, and I realised it was because I was reading The Guerilla Filmmakers’ Blueprint. Two or three times every chapter the author says something like, “Let’s face it – most low budget films are crap and don’t make any money.” Hardly inspirational, Chris. I have now relegated the Blueprint to the shelf.
Commentaries listened to over the last few days: The Rock (two stars), Armageddon (five stars for the actors’ commentary, purely because of Ben Affleck ripping the piss out of the plot), Men In Black (four stars – Tommy Lee Jones saying “Yeah, that’s cool” every five minutes is somehow highly entertaining), Ghostbusters (three stars), Terminator 2 (three stars), Back To The Future (two stars).
I’ve mostly been trying to make some of the FX look better. I’ve also been trying to help Edd with production stuff for the remaining shooting. The guy is so broke because of this movie. I feel really bad. Anyway, we’ve been trying to get more runners so I’ve been talking to the local college and stuff. We seem to have a problem with this one prop which Ian’s decided he doesn’t know how to make, and I wound up calling my dad to see if he could do it last night and got the expected verbal abuse. Another thing I had to do was rewrite this one scene we’re reshooting. Typing scripts and schedules was weird – like travelling back in time.
Excised from Edd’s biog for this website: “The first time I met Neil was at JFK airport. I had been sent to greet him as most of the English crew had already arrived the day before. On being dispatched I didn’t have a clue what I was looking for. After a phone call I was told ‘Just look for a guy with stupidly spiky hair’, fair description I’d say.”