As Wasteland draws to a close in it’s film schedule it’s now time to turn and our attention onto the editing process. This always causes me to pause for thought.
It’s been an incredible experience filming Wasteland. We have had nothing in the way of budget and we've only got a small crew, but we have gone out there and put ourselves on the line in an emotional sense. The crew have been fantastic. They have put up with early morning call times (for instance, 6am most days!), crazy locations in the middle of nowhere and not to mention the cold, wet weather. All this for a feature film.
At times we’ve all lost our minds, we’ve fallen out, made up, but most of all I think we’ve all had fun and now there a real bit of buzz going around about what we have made. I had aims at the start of the project, very modest aims I feel. Incredibly, we’ve already surpassed some of those aims and we haven’t even finished yet!
Back in May my lead actor Shameer and I went to Cannes film festival. It was more of a “let’s have a look and see what it’s all about and then see if it’s worth coming back next year” sort of trip, however we were astounded by how many people were really interested in us and in Wasteland. The more people we spoke to, the more that appeared keen to talk more to us. We left with almost 10 companies needing to see the finished film with the view of buying it from us and distributing it worldwide. Now I have to stress that this level of interest at this point is incredible, but it doesn’t mean anything until the film is finished and we’ve sent it to the distribution companies in question. That said, it doesn’t half give you a buzz!
Ever since I was a young child, I've wanted to make films. As you get older that idea becomes a dream that turns into an impossible dream that only a select few get to do. But the more I push, and the harder I fight, the closer that impossible dream gets; infact it's closer than ever right now as I make films all day every day! You have to accept these small victories, however, and grab them. You've got to believe that it is possible.
I don’t know what will happen to Wasteland in the future, I have great ambitions for it but realistically I don’t know if any of the companies we are talking to will want to distribute it, however what I do know is that this is further along that path than I’ve ever been before and that gives me huge confidence that I can do it again with the next project (of which there are so many to choose from, which is great!), but for now it’s back to the editing of my first feature film...
To see the trailer for Wasteland click here.
To see our playlist of Wasteland on-set video blogs click here.
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