The Inevitable Post Production Slump

No posts for two months?

It’s a slump. Let’s call it what it is. A slump. A big, great dirty slump of life.

The good news: The film is cut.

Hayden Weal Simeon Duncombe Film

The bad news: Work has temporarily ceased on it. Here’s why:

It happens to a lot of people after travel. Seeing other countries, relaxing in the sun, something new and exciting every day for five months, then back to the place I’ve been for the last decade. Wellington is colder and windier than I remember, and while seeing my friends and family again is a really great feeling, I can’t help feeling like my sails suddenly lack wind.

Also, Simeon Duncombe, the DOP and Visual Effects Supervisor, has gone to Hawaii with his partner for a month! Hard to do anything when the director traipses over Europe for five months the DOP is gone too.

I am unemployed, I have no flat or residence, and there has also been other personal hurdles in the mix. I’m currently staying with my amazing friend Andy Campion, who you’ll recognise from 2 Point 21 fame, director of Hot Rob and Jack and Chops. I’m directing a teaser for a comedy pilot (can’t give any more details) and I have plans to move back home for a couple of months then move to Auckland. To fight this feeling of stagnancy, I got a tattoo.

I've loved Harry Potter for 15 years, that won't change... right?
I’ve loved Harry Potter for 15 years, that won’t change… right?

That’s right. It’s the symbol of the Deathly Hallows and it’s incredible. It’s a daily reminder that I want to be a Gryffindor and to make decisions Harry Potter would be proud of.

Please excuse the pubes, by the way.

All that said, the film has been screened to some important people at a respected production company with hopes they’re interested in helping with the accounting and sales side of the filmmaking process. Because let’s face it, I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to distribution and marketing. That’s a big game. I’m a storyteller and I am great at making films, and I’m open to all the advice and assistant I can get when it comes to the business side.

So while progress has felt slow, it’s still trickling along. There is a lot of visual effects work to be done, and there’s a lot of grading and sound work to be done, then there’s the score. My gosh, I’m excited to post the first BTS post about the score. It’s probably my favourite part of the whole process.

I’ll leave you with this gorgeous still. Get pumped! The film is coming!

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