We lost one of our major locations, Maylord Orchards shopping centre, due to a change of manageress. It’s annoying but it happens. I remember locations being the greatest problem with The Beacon. The police and the council’s respective contacts are proving elusive. Since both these organisations effectively have the power to shut down the whole production, I’ll sleep much easier at night when we’ve heard back from them. For reasons which escape me, many locations seem much more reluctant to help us than they were last year. Frankly I’m not that bothered. Inevitably one or two further locations will have to be changed, but such is the life of the low budget filmmaker. And the big budget filmmaker, indeed.
Speaking to the various members of the art department is much more heartening. Props and costumes are progressing well, as is the casting of minor roles and extras. We’re still lacking a make-up artist for part of the shoot, but that shouldn’t be too difficult to sort out.