March 20, 2015 at 8:37AM

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DON'T. STOP. RUNNING - new blog post - rehearsals

Hi all - hope you're well. Some of you may have read some of our previous 'making of' blogs following the process of making our microbudget feature DON'T. STOP. RUNNING. The latest post is up today, focussing on the rehearsal process. Let me know what you think! http://bit.ly/DSRrehearse

Alex.

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(and if any of you would be interested in writing a guest post for the site, let me know!)

Alex.

March 20, 2015 at 10:19AM

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Alex Richardson
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(equally, if there's anything in particular you'd like to know about our production process, let me know and I'll write up a post - want to end up with something that might be helpful for someone else making a feature on a microbudget).

March 20, 2015 at 10:42AM, Edited March 20, 10:42AM

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Alex Richardson
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The trailer looked pretty slickly made. Whilst the small cast hints at low budget, it's seems put together in a way that shows it is very professional.

So a lot of time was spent on rehearsal even though, as you say, much of the film is action with a few scenes heavy with dialogue. As a lazy person, I had hoped that actors would turn up with the learning of dialogue in the bag and pretty much ready to go. Bit of a bummer for me thinking along the lines of a verbally based film. I had thought of shooting with local Am-Drams at the rate of scene every Saturday. I've had my eye on a group that has run productions of Shakespeare with the assumption that if they can handle that, then nothing I can do will faze them.

Having done the one day directing course at Raindance in London with Mike Tucker, I realised that a good stage actor might not make a good screen actor. Mike described Roger Moore as one of the greatest screen actors (a man whose acting repertoire consists of awake and asleep) and he said this was because he was always able to hit marks exactly every time. He could and George Lazenby couldn't.

Your film is very much a genre piece, there's no mistaking what sort of film it is from the trailer. I do worry that I'm thinking about something so far off the beaten track that there might be a very good reason that it's off the beaten track. I might end up with something my Mum will watch once but no-one else will.

March 20, 2015 at 3:43PM

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Julian Richards
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Hi Julian,

Make the film your mum will watch! Why not? The main thing is that you'll have made a film, and at least one person is guaranteed to enjoy it. Then you can use the footage for your showreel, to help get the next one made.

Glad you liked the trailer! It's definitely very much a genre piece - and hopefully one that can keep an audience thoroughly entertained for 90 minutes.

As far as rehearsals go, I think they're utterly invaluable. Actors might (and should) turn up on set knowing their lines, but you now need to help them get to the heart of the scene (and express it physically through the blocking and action - which becomes a kind of 2-way dance beween camera and actor...). You can do that on set, but in the long-run it's cheaper and more reliable to spend at least a little time rehearsing the key scenes beforehand.

March 20, 2015 at 5:10PM

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Alex Richardson
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DON'T.STOP.RUNNING gives you the url www.dontstoprunning.co.uk but if your tale of two men thinking they had the island to themselves had been called GOT.OPEN.ISLAND, you could have had got www.gotopenisland.co.uk.

Boom boom, as Basil Brush would say.

March 20, 2015 at 5:02PM

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Julian Richards
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I think you might be my one reader Julian - so currently that blog is just for you!

March 21, 2015 at 10:57AM, Edited March 21, 10:57AM

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