Thank you so much for being patient with us. Here is what has been going on lately:
We handed in the film to our department just before we broke for Easter. At that stage we had been working extremely hard to meet the deadline, and we were really happy to have it finished. But upon further reflection we decided that we could actually make it even better and went ahead on the second round of post production. This included a new cut of the film, new and polished sound and colourgrading.
We are extremely proud and happy to let you know that we will have your DVDs/digital copies of the film ready by the end of April!
Again — thank you very much, this project would have been impossible without your continuous support.
The Painter and The Thief is currently undergoing color grading, and here is a snapshot of Mike Dale as Milo Thomas from a scene midway in the grading progress.
We finished the edit about a week ago, and now Laura McKenzie is grading it, while Luke Beardsley is in a dark room in the attic of our department building making the sound sound great!
We have also done a few recordings of our score, masterfully composed by Jacob Stevensen-Adcock!
The deadline we’ve been given for delivery is Thursday March 14th, and we’re confident we will make it.
After Laura and Luke have put their last little finishing touches on everything, sound and picture will once again be reunited, then our editor Linn Løkketangen will add stabilization to some of the shots, add crop bars so that the finished product will be in a beautiful 2.35 aspect ratio, and last - but not least - insert the credits with all of your wonderful names!
Lots of love,
Big things have happened in this last week! We have finally confirmed our American Diner as Zak’s Waterside Bar & Grill in Norwich. It will be a long drive from York but will be well worth it!
We’ve also been to recce our Art Gallery at Sheffield Hallam University. This was a great evening as we got to meet illustrator Frazer Hudson (he’s done work for publications such as The Guardian and The Observer) and has a fantastic exhibition on. He was very enthusiastic about the film and we can’t thank him enough for his support.
Today we also braved around 10cm of snow to go visit a farm where a night scene will be shot! The roads were pretty clear but we got wedged a couple of times on a narrow road, meaning the boys had to get our and push! As much as we love the snow we do hope it disappears soon!
All that’s left now is scheduling, risk assessments and insurance!
Stay tuned for more updates,
Hope you’ve all had a good one (if you’re celebrating, that is)! :)
The crew is scattered across the UK and Norway and we’ve allowed ourselves a little break from pre-production for the past few days. This is what has happened since our last update:
Only a few more weeks until filming, and the week after new years is our intensive pre-production week where everything needs to be ready, or at least nearly ready.
We are very excited and we hope you are too! Thanks for all your continuous support, we really truly appreciate it!
Until next time! :)
-The Crew of The Painter and The Thief
On November 29th around 22:00 ‘The Painter of the Thief’ reached its funding goal - and it’s all thanks to you! This means production can move ahead on props, set-building and a whole bunch of other things that could never have happened without your generosity.
It is the perfect end to a busy week which has included the casting of our two leads (Mike Dale and Gloria Endres de Oliveira), the securing of a police car for the climactic chase scene and the completion of a detailed shot list for the shoot. With so much goodwill from friends, family and the public we’ve got a lot to live up to, and we hope that the few months of hard work will result in a film that does not disapoint!
Stay tuned for more updates, and thanks again,
YEAH BUDDY! We have reached the 50% mark on our Kickstarter Campaign, HUGE THANKS to all of you who have gotten us here! And here’s to the other half that will get us the rest of the way! *Raises glass*
Our writer and director has just won the Celtx Seeds award for this film!
This has added an extra $1000 towards our budget. Seeds is Celtx’s program to invest in great storytellers, and we are honoured to be part of creating Jack’s next film.
When asked to comment Jack simply replied: I think it would be douchey for me to say anything but: “Awesome”! :)
Congratulations to Jack Lawrence!
Hello, lovely supporters! - Just a short update from your favorite short film crew!
Tomorrow we are once again taking the podium, so to speak, in front of the big guns in the film and television department. We are doing a second pitch, which contains a refined story pitch as well as specified role presentations where we all comment on our creative approach as a team and individuals. This will pitch will count as 10% of our mark for the module, and we have spent the past few days refining it to make it perfect!
Even though principal photography isn’t until February we have already started working on ways to prevent any issues or challenges we may face throughout all stages of production. The guys have been looking at car rigs for the camera, actual cars to go in the film, and car dollies. Our line producer has been going over health and safety issues and secured a top notch catering service so everyone will have access to hot food and drinks during the cold february shoot. The post-production people have been familiarising themselves with workflows and different approaches to editing, mixing and grading. Our goal is to have the post production process streamlined and tested before shooting starts, so we are certain everything runs smoothly when the time comes.
When it comes to funding we have been pledged the fantastic amount of £1522 on kickstarter (as of 5/11 @21:20), which we are ecstatic about. However, we are a few thousand pounds away from our goal so if there’s anything you can do to help us get there we will be so very grateful, whatever amount - big or small. Here is the link: http://kck.st/SdtRiA
If you have any questions for us please use the ask box! If you have any specific or general questions on filmmaking we will be happy to satisfy your curiosity - so ask away to your heart’s content.
Thanks for your attention! :)
That’s all for now!
As some of you might have known, Kickstarter launched their UK page today. If you’re wondering what kickstarter is, here are some facts from their website:
Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others.
Every project creator sets their project’s funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers’ credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.
Our project has a goal of raising £5000 before November 29th. We’ve already saved up some of our own money, and the University are also giving us some funds - but the reason why we need the money from Kickstarter is so that we are able to afford the bits and pieces to make our film what we want it to be. The kickstarter funding would go into things such as van hire, catering, rigs, props and hiring a professional cast.
Please visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/jack0rlando/the-painter-and-the-thief-british-drama?ref=home_location and watch the video to learn more about the film, the story, the crew, and the amazing rewards you can receive if you pledge. Please remember that if you can’t afford more than £1 - this is still fantastic and you will have our eternal gratitude. If you can’t afford to pledge at all, please share it with your friends and family.
As previously stated, Kickstarter opened in the UK today, and we have already been pledged 10% of our goal which is amazing! We truly do need your help to reach our goal, and to be able to create the film that lives so vividly in our minds.
Thanks for your attention.
The day started when Rachel picked us up in her bright blue Vauxhall at 06:30am. The day before, Jack L had told me that Rach had only been driving on the motorway twice before in her entire life, and both times were with her dad. She had also told me she’s a nervous driver. I was slightly anxious, but she turned out to be a reliable and capable driver, that was until she saw something pretty to one of the sides and the car started swerving. From then on it was established that Rachel cannot look at pretty things while driving.
At 8am we arrived at the first location. It was everything we wanted, and more. We don’t want to reveal too much, but here’s a sneak peak.
The waitress kept calling us ‘Love’ and ‘Sweetheart’. And their milkshakes were fantastic.
We kept ascending up the winding roads of the peak district and pulled over on a little pocket by the wayside. The weather was grim, torrents of wind and rain lashed at our faces and I felt nearly out of breath just stepping outside. It was calmingly eerie at the top, though, great vast plains of heather, brown bracken and yellow autumn grass.
We kept driving and getting lost, discovering the breathtakingly stunning countryside of the Peak District
I had never been to the Peak District before this trip, and I must say I instantly fell in love with the narrow winding roads, the awe-inspiring views and the miles upon miles of stone fences.
It’s kinda great to know that, if we get the green light on our locations, we will be creating a film where major releases such as Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice was filmed.