Saturday, August 28, 2004

A long over due update. In which my arm gets a lot better, I attend the blogfather's birthday party, and have some exciting news.

So, first of all, I'd like to say a big thanks for all the good wishes, and offers of cast signing I've received on the comments of my last couple of posts. Fortunately it was a very minor break, and I didn't need a cast. I had to keep it in a sling for a few days, and then use the sling for protection when I was out and about, and it was very very sore, but now I'm basically ok - I've actually just driven to asda and back, although in all honesty, I'm not quite up to driving yet. I reckon by then end of next week I should be ok to drive.

Which would be very helpful as I've got another gig doing a making of documentary - this time it's a film called (for now at least) "the only way out" starring malcolm mcdowell. This should be pretty exciting. It's a four week shoot, and I'm going to be there on the second and fourth weeks, and I'll use the time in between to get started editing the one I did for take 3 girls.

Speaking of which, I saw an early cut of it on thursday, and it's looking pretty good! The central performances are all excellent and it's really, really funny. So fingers crossed for that. The exciting news is as follows, and may, in fact not sound that exciting to anyone else, but for me, it's just about the best news I've had for a long while...

Yesterday I had a really promising meeting with an actor who I want to play the lead in my film. Although nothing's set in because of agents and money and such, he's very keen on the script and it's a part he'd definately like to play. I then spoke to an actress who I really want to play the female lead and she was really excited and I'm going back to london on Monday to meet with her (I got back from a two day stay there yesterday). And earlier yesterday I had a conversation with the guy I want to be the director of photography and he's very up for it. So I basically took a huge leap forward towards getting the movie made in the space of 24 hours. Still a long way to go, but it genuinely seems to be getting there.

And now, as promised to Des a report on A Different Kettle of Fish. On Tuesday last week a night was organised in the Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham to celebrate the birthday of Danger High Postage's own mr Phill "Huxo: The Blogfather" Huxley. Organised mostly by Phill, it was also the djing debut of one of my bestest friends and (in my view) actual musical genius Rich (aka ideosphere). I arrived as things were kicking off, with the mysterious Jersey based dj Phillipe Bergeroo bearing uncanny resemblence to Huxo himself, playing an exciting mix of post-punk and punk funk (including a track by the mighty MC Lars). Not normally my musical cuppa but I really dug it, and it provided an excellent backdrop to the many conversations I had with friends new and old. He was followed by Rich, who pulled off an excellent set despite some incredibly uncooperative equipment. At one point the mixer started switching involuntarily between decks. Not helpful, but despite that the set was ace, and it was the one time during the night when some bonafide customers off the street came in and joined the party, which was otherwise made up of friends, relatives and friends of friends and friends of relatives of the organiser and the dj. Finally a set of punky rocky indie type numbers was played by DJ Jeeva - managed to play an indie pop set without ever playing a record I'd heard before. I am significantly out of touch.

It was also nice to meet people who I've only previously known through the world of blogging - a big hello to Donna, who will shortly find herself in my links!

So I think that's about the size of it. Except to say that Dodgeball, which I only saw because I was killing time as I'd locked myself out of my dad's house (long story) is actually very very funny, and not at all terrible as you might have thought from the marketing material. A stupid comedy yes, but a very knowing one, with some great cameos.

More when it happens! Peace y'all