Turn The Page

Well I’ve just come off one of the more intense weekends I’ve had in a long while, stretching from Friday afternoon to Monday night (quite a contrast to the intense weekend before, an marathon of MetallicA). Where to start? At the beginning. Yes. That seems suitable. Lets back track a couple of days, Wednesday evening….

Wah Wah

Have been away for a few days with my lovely lady and managed to take a load off for the first time in god knows how long.  The great thing about this trip being that I got the opportunity to read the Wah Wah diaries by Richard E. Grant which is basically his diary from…

Balls To The Wall

I had been pretty fucked off after the script read. Not because of the feedback, not because the script was not where I thought it was. Because I felt like we lost our balls. Like I lost my balls a little bit. I got so fucking caught up in the whirlwind of trying to appease…

Marketing

So after what can only be described as a bizarre few weeks since the reading – the boys and I are back in the saddle and working our little asses off as per usual, and on a saturday no less. Anyway today Chris and I met up for what can only be described as a…

New Logo!

As I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, we’ve recently got ourselves a new SHOTGUN! logo – which is VERY exciting! It was designed by the extremely talented René Ellis, who also designed the current LateNite Films logo, and we must say, we cannot recommend René highly enough! She is an absolute pleasure to work with, and really…

Live Read Aftermath!

Deary me! What a week it has been! Things have been non-stop for me personally – and today is the first day for a long while where I’ve actually been able to just sit down for five minutes and ponder things. From all reports the live stream and script read in general was extremely successful, and we received a lot…

The End of the Beginning

This is a saying that I love to use (because it makes me sound smart, is apt & is a throw away to the expected), because in life, nothing ever really ends (aside from life itself & even then, it’s a new beginning), things only ever begin. The end of a day is really the…

And fade out…

Well, despite all odds, we did it! From all reports, for those in the live audience, and those watching at home, the live script read was a big success! Thank you so much to everyone who attended in person, and those that made use of the live stream via the Internet! An even bigger thank…

Not long to go now…

Yesterday was a BIG day! We bumped into the venue and set up all the streaming gear, and Al and Nick also did some rehearsals with the actors for the live event. We tested everything, and everything seemed to work – which was a great relief! Not long to go now… Which is both exciting and scary!…

My eyes are bleeding…

I just read Chris and Al’s last posts and sat for a minute in silence. Let me paint the picture for you.  It’s almost 2am, it was my birthday yesterday, it is the last night of my bar job tomorrow night as my bar is closing, it’s the script read on sunday night, then I…

ALL ABOARD!!

There’s no turning back now! As I sit in the dark of my room, I am suddenly hit with a certain reality – this once small little script read, now turned LateNite Films event, is really about to happen. A rush of excitement, anxiety, relief, nervousness, confidence and gratitude washes through my veins & my…

Cue Camera One!

OK… So I have to admit – my life is way too much fun! Despite the fact that this whole “live stream” event has now blown completely out of proportion, I am so excited about the whole thing. I’ve spent the day driving around picking up gear, and have spent the last few hours testing…

Let the games begin!

Like a lot of things we try and do, what started off a little script read with a few actors, a director and a kitchen table has all of a sudden blown up into a full scale event! I guess we’re just too excitable – we come up with ideas that we think “would be…

Scheduling in Celtx

In the past 12 or so hours a few things have, understandably so, kept me from sleeping.  For starters last night I had to take part in emergency evac training at work where we were put in a “situation” that we may or may not have to deal with on a daily basis.  Unfortunately for…

Inside Insanity

Thank God for new technology, right? Now with the power of a phone in the palm of my hand I can take pictures of my script, upload them to our wonderful blog, and then if you have our iPhone app thingy you can see it straight away on yours! Isn’t this marvelous! Anyway, here’s some…

A Good Place To Start

A question I often get asked about script writing, film making, acting is – Where do I start? How do I start? What’s a good place to start? My answer is always invariably… at the beginning. Now that doesn’t have to be a conventional beginning. Your beginning could be someone else’s end. Your end, someone’s…

Workshopping SHOTGUN!

So we are about to head into Draft 9 territory which is a bit of a scary thought. Scary mainly because we have taken (when I say we I mean mostly Al) a 135 page MONSTER script and managed to get it to a slightly less daunting length of 90-100 pages. Something that I would…

Sir Peter Jackson

I was in Bali over the last week and was reading Peter Jackson’s biography and one thing became evident to me. There is a single reason why that man succeeded, in not only becoming a brilliant film maker, but also making people stand up and take notice of his homeland. And that reason isn’t luck….

Photos from the Short Film

If we step back in time to 2007, Alistair Marks was just your average film student studying towards a Bachelor of Film & Television at Swinburne University. However, unlike a lot of young up-and-coming filmmakers, he decided that instead of just putting together a short film that has a very limited chance of actually going…

Synopsis

Sam Robinson wants to be taken seriously. After years of frustration, indifference and rejection, Sam’s had enough. Today’s the day that all of that changes. Today, he gets the job that makes something out of his pitiful existence. After a crazy night of near death experiences out with his best friend Tony and Tony’s sister…

And so, the adventures begins…

It’s with great pleasure and excitement that I welcome you to the all new SHOTGUN! behind the scenes blog. For those of you that have been following some of the work we’ve done at LateNite Films over the years, you’ll know that we’re all a bit geeky (in a good way!) and enjoy making the…