Behind the Scenes Blog

The Second Cut

The Second Cut

You must be doing the second cut from somewhere boring Aha, you’d think so, wouldn’t you? Working on the first cut is akin to a rockstar’s lifestyle, nights spent drinking and partying, experimenting with scenes and music and sound effects while coked-up supermodels anxiously clamber over your shoulders,…

Rough Cut of our first feature film is finished

Rough Cut of our first feature film is finished

The first rough cut of Chronesthesia is complete! What a feeling! After assembling the footage every week after the weekend’s shooting, every week for four months, and editing here in Europe every day, we have a full rough cut of the film in just under…

Editing Update

Editing Update

I am basically halfway through EDITING the film! Editing is a blast. It’s not all easy going fun times however. A lot of details are making themselves known to me. Problems with sound, issues with continuity, performances that aren’t up to scratch (mostly me), and parts of…

Editing a New Zealand feature film from Europe

Editing a New Zealand feature film from Europe

Post Production Abroad With all the shooting in the can (well, excluding potential pick-ups), it’s time to start what I find the most daunting task of all: editing. As you can see above, I have a Marty McFly figurine from Back to the Future. This…

Chronesthesia/Love and Time Travel Locations Map

Chronesthesia/Love and Time Travel Locations Map

BEHOLD our feature film locations map Our film’s locations in an infographic! Click the image to see the full size render and please feel free to be impressed. Pretty stoked. We covered some decent ground in Wellington during this shoot. It really shows on the…

That’s a WRAP on our first Feature Film!

That’s a WRAP on our first Feature Film!

HOLY SH*T WE DID IT Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand… that’s a wrap? THAT’S A WRAP! We’re finished principal photography on our independent feature film, working title ‘Chronesthesia’. It’s a very lovely feeling, kind of like stepping back from a well cooked meal, knowing you organised all the ingredients,…

Shooting on Location at Castlepoint | Love and Time Travel

Shooting on Location at Castlepoint | Love and Time Travel

Castlepoint! Finally! Something I was looking forward to throughout the whole shoot was us going to Castlepoint. It’s a fun sequence for the characters and I’ve been wanting to film something at Castlepoint for years now. It’s a gorgeous place and there’s something mystical about…

Julian Dennison, the young male romantic hunk in Chronesthesia/Love and Time Travel

Julian Dennison, the young male romantic hunk in Chronesthesia/Love and Time Travel

75% done! Every day we turn up and get straight into it. Pick up cast, arrive at location, discuss the scene, block, discuss coverage, and line up to (usually) shoot sequentially. Last weekend brought the introduction of a wonderful character, as well as the wrap of Nova…

Shooting Obstacles and Serendipity

Shooting Obstacles and Serendipity

Something happens when you’re filming outdoors in a public arena. Every time, and I’m not exaggerating here, every time you’re ready to go, you’re presented with an obstacle. The actors are ready, the camera is up, the sound is clean, there’s a break in traffic,…

Halfway Through Shooting

Halfway Through Shooting

HALFWAY. What a feeling. 61 scenes have been filmed, with 61 scenes remaining. Yes, if you’re paying attention, you’ll notice that 61 plus 61 equals 122 and the original scene count was 137. We have omitted 16 scenes! Cut, combined, altered, so the remaining scenes…

Shane Rangi as Rongo, Michelle and Nova too!

Shane Rangi as Rongo, Michelle and Nova too!

We shot TEN scenes this weekend! Ten! It was a whirlwind ride, with new cast members gracing us and showing us that the film is going to be a lot better than we expected. It’s a fairly diverse cast. Sure, it’s a got a middle class…

Rained Out but Powering On

Rained Out but Powering On

Shoot Day 5 – WE GET RAINED OUT It was our first day with Nova! Our first day with a character that isn’t Dan (me). We were all very excited. Me and Abby picked up Nova from Dean’s house and we met Simeon at the…

Scheduling a Feature Film Part 2

Scheduling a Feature Film Part 2

As you may have seen on Scheduling a Feature Film, there are approximately 140 scenes in our movie. That’s a lot. Now what? Now we print the scene breakdowns out, cut them up into little pieces, highlight the scenes with special cast members, and organise them into…

First Day Shooting!

First Day Shooting!

HOLY CRAP WE’RE SHOOTING ALREADY! It’s the fifth day of the year and why not start now? Me and Simeon met up yesterday for a big talk about scheduling and how we are going to manage the shoot. We thought we’d start with something small,…

Scheduling a Feature Film

Scheduling a Feature Film

Time to breakdown So what happens when the script is in good enough shape to move forward? It’s at draft four and there are still many changes yet to make to improve it, but we’re at a comfortable stage where all the major building blocks…