Shooting a Feature Film on a Shoestring – Part V


Gerard Walsh continues his production blog as he sets out to shoot a feature film with €400, 6 days, a few friends and a cast of loyal actors.

Well thats a wrap!

On Sunday the 27th of October the last  shot of A Day Like Today was finished. After a couple of weeks of postponed days and missed scenes we are done! I couldnt be more happy with what we have achieved as such a small team.

There were a few issues with schedules and work but the team I have formed in crew and actors really proved to me that the project was as important to them as it is to me. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the cast and crew personally for making this process a stress free (MOSTLY) and fun environment to work in, especially as this is my first outing in the feature film malarky.

At the time of writing I am around 60 minutes into the rough cut of the film and after watching what I have, I am really surprised with how fluid and flowing the film is coming along. I started editing the film a few weeks back and within a day I had 20 minutes done. I think that because I know exactly what I wanted and I only shot what I knew I would need, the process has been relatively fast and simple.

The only issues I seem to be facing with the edit are some sound problems with dialogue. The sound is an obvious issue when we were running around like mad men and woman getting what we needed on time.

Surprisingly, the scenes where I was expecting there to be really bad sound were great and the parts that I were expecting not to worry about are the ones that are a bit low, but theres nothing a bit of ADR can’t help. I look forward to seeing some of the unlucky cast members that have to re-dub some of their lines, though they will get to see some of their hard work. I can’t say the same for them but hopefully they won’t mind. I’m pretty confident that by Friday the 15th of November I will have the first rough cut ready to pick apart and fix.

All in all I’m pretty proud of what we have achieved and I really think this film could stand up to some of the low-budget films being produced with funding and I hope it can be given the chance to be seen by as many people as possible.

After the film is edited I plan on sending it out to as many of the right people as I can to maybe get some sort of interest in the film. I think it would be a great shame if we didn’t get a chance to show off everyone’s hard work and determination.

Also I am planning a private screening for the cast, crew, family and friends soon, so when that happens I will try to get some of the people that attend to write some kind of review or a critique of the film.

Thank you for following this journey and I really hope you will continue to follow it as I try to reach as high as I can with it before I crash and burn…

Keep an eye on the film’s Facebook page

Read Part I here

Read Part II here

Read Part III here

Read Part IV here

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