Back to Drac – January 2012

The ever amazing Manish Arora

As usual, after the celebrations of Christmas and new year have died down, I have begun 2012 with new enthusiasm. This year I am making a few realistic resolutions. First off I want to qualify as a barber. I’m already on track for this so it’s not too outlandish. Secondly, I must start writing this blog more often. In my social circle I’m surrounded by writers and journalists and they are constantly telling me to build up my blog. I have no excuses anymore so I’m going to try my best to build more content. Thirdly, (perhaps I’m being a bit more ambitious with this one) I’d like to work on a big film production and work with Manish Arora and lastly, I need some more money.  But who doesn’t?

One good thing about the new year is that it generally brings more work. Things often slow down before Christmas and come back with renewed life in January. This is the case again this year, with Cinema Verite back in town to film some extra scenes for St Dracula.

possibly the coldest day ever

It went to the Santa Monica film festival last November and went down quite well, but there are a few more scenes needed to tie the whole thing together. After filming last August in Fort Perch Rock, we went back again for a few more scenes. This was possibly the coldest, windiest days filming possible, but at least I could wrap up warmly, unlike the cast. It was great to see everyone again, though this time round the crew was a lot smaller. As usual, I didn’t find out about the filming until the day before so had to quickly rearrange a few things in order to find time.

Thankfully filming didn’t start until about 10.30am and so I still had time to lead some workshops I had arranged in Notre Dame high school. I have worked with them before, on old age make up, but this time they were designing characters for a specific performance so I delivered workshops on creating expression through physical traits and character development, particularly in Disney princesses/heroines. I have always enjoyed delivering these workshops so perhaps that something to concentrate on in the future? Maybe.

The last bit of fortune this month is that Ace Films are starting a new production in the next few months (we finished filming their last feature, First Time Loser about 12 months ago). We had a meeting about it the other day in their lovely new premises in Parr St. It’s going to be another music film, this time about a Motown-style girl group in modern day Liverpool. It’s a genre of music I’ve always loved and Ace Films are good fun to work with, so will be looking forward to that. There are no definite dates sorted yet, but watch this space….

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