By montaging the training sequence and making some trims which James recommended, I got the film down to 99 minutes. The training sequence is much more interesting now. Funny, it was always written as a montage but for the last six months it’s just been sat in linear form on the timeline. I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to go to the test screening in Cheltenham on Tuesday afternoon to witness firsthand how it goes down.
Everything is sorted for the shooting on Tuesday night. On Thursday I have to shoot some “rain” against black in Colin’s back garden, and I will still need to find a pressure gauge and red alarm light to shoot (I can see that not being shot until a week before the premiere), but I’m still on course for picture lock at the end of the week.
Duane is continuing to develop the umbilical cord effect. Suffice to say that I’m now very glad I didn’t pursue the string-in-a-fishtank approach. James Parkes, an animator based in Cornwall, has taken on the stop motion shots of the Moat of Souls and the creatures which dwell within.