2. Griffins are total abstainers

I mentioned in my first blog about dreams and how they come true in the most unlikely of ways and never quite how you imagined they would, but I neglected to mention that you still have to knuckle down and work at making them happen.

As in all things problems arise ‘gotchas’ for want of a better word and it is how you deal with these gotchas that dictate how much you move forward with chasing the dream – While making ‘Griffin’ I had the unfortunate happening of the lead actor dropping out at the 11th hour. Now most projects would have stalled (especially zero budget projects where you are relying on a certain amount of good will and the trust of others to help keep the momentum going) and it leaves one procrastinating – now do this for too long and the whole thing could grind to a halt. So do you apply the breaks (The fear is once you stop you might not be able to get the ball rolling again) or do you side step and keep going. Knowing that certain things had been put into the diary (Locations and actors booked for set dates) I had to keep the project going, so I ended up taking the lead role myself!!!! Sounds fun (Write the theme tune! Sing the theme tune!) But I was trying to make a feature movie, not create a self indulgent ‘It’s all about me’ show – that only me, myself and my Sunday best would enjoy. I was in the process of creating a credible family feature film and it was on the brink of failing! But (and here’s the trick) with the trust and good will of the team I had put together. (Simon my DOP effectively becoming the second director, Rob becoming a production manager and Stephen my ever fantastic sound guy during production, post and beyond – we pulled it off!

It was a lot of hard work, but worth it and bar the odd change the team has stayed pretty much the same for the last 10 years or so – trust and good will! And making sure that the whole project was a collaborative one and everyone’s input was heard and talents utilised. And if I can do it (Twice now on the feature film front) anyone can.

Having fun with a serious intent – that has been my motto I have stood by since I began film making and now after a second feature (Not the lead role this time, but I had to fill the shoes of the side kick role) I’ve managed to concentrate on just certain sides of a production. Directing, writing and even acting (with another director brought in to run the show) You can do everything (with help) but the end product does suffer – one has to abstain! I adore all sides of a production, but I have to hold myself back from time to time.

This time round I have produced this mini adventure, but because The Doctor is one of my boyhood hero’s I know I’d never forgive myself if I never gave the part a go myself (Little dream – never they way you think it) And since this will be my only chance to play The Doctor I have managed to bring on board David Clarke to direct (He’ll do a cracking job) and with using the sets from Devious, guest star roles by some of the cast. Some stunt work from ‘The Stunt Action Specialists’ (More about them later) Maybe a creature or two I hope that this next project will be a fab fan fiction mini adventure.