FILM AND TECHNICAL STUFF
Recently I moved Hosting Companies..again. I had found one that I really liked and
suddenly, I found that the actual hosting had become grindingly slow and any time I
wanted to add something to the newchillingtales.com, I could hardly get a sentence up. I
don’t know what happened and as no explanation or help was forthcoming from the
Company, it was time pack up my bags, or in this instance files and move on again.
When I think back to the early days of my career, when there was no internet, no email,
everything was so much simpler. You got a phone call, a contract by post, or snail mail as
we so politely name it and off to work you went. Of course the Internet has opened up so
many new horizons and opportunities, that it is wonderful and stage four of my career
beckons, but the technicalities advance every day, leaving us lesser mortals in its wake.
Even some of the so called experts are getting left behind. I have found the best way
forward if you need serious help is to get someone still at college or newly graduated to
help and in that way you minimize your blood pressure increases and sleepless nights are
kept to zero..
I used to love receiving letters...the handwritten ones of course, but alas they seem to be
no more. They were what kept me upbeat and positive when I was at boarding school...oh
the excitement of receiving a letter from home, when the post was handed out. I still have
many of my letters from Mum and Dad and the letters, when I was first married and living
in the US. It will be interesting to read through some of them again, pieces of history
sneak in. I also treasure a charming letter I had from Katharine Hepburn at the start of
filming THE LION IN WINTER, hand written on her lovely headed paper, announcing
Katharine Houghton Hepburn, her full family name. I have the funny sweet letter written by
my Uncle from a TB sanitorium, where he shortly died, full of his wit and love. Can email
compare to this I wonder? I had a wonderful letter from Peter Sellers after I had been his
short notice ‘date’ for an evening with the royals, as he called his friends Princess
Margaret and Lord Snowdon. He had been expecting to go out for dinner and a movie
with them on his own and then he was told to bring someone. I was leaving for the States,
the next morning and had not packed, so as a favour to the mate that he was, I dropped
everything and went with him, improvising my royal etiquette, which was much more
formal in those days, on the wing. In fact I dropped so far behind Princess Margaret, as I
thought I had to walk several paces behind her, that she could barely keep up a
conversation with me. Funny, happy times.
I wonder how letters at boarding school are handled now? Are all boarding school pupils
on email? It would be interesting to know. Somehow I think it might still be the old way
with letters by post. If all students had email, they would be on the Internet, with all its
temptations and perils for young minds.
And so we have good old email and jolly useful it is. But my closest friend and I still use it
as letter writing.
We will make our next film THE DAMNED THING in September, with an excellent cast,
local and talented, including young George Hemmings son of David. We did not get
sufficient money from our Indiegogo campaign to do the whole thing in one go. So we will
film and then do another crowd funding campaign, this time on Kickstarter, to raise the
post-production funds. As I think I have said before, the budget for post is now generally
higher, than the actual production. Although digital has made it cheaper to make films, it
has somewhat increased the finishing budget.
The plan then is to put all four short films together, with maybe one more and some
creative material to link everything and then send it out as a feature.
There was a film made in the 1950’s called THE TALES OF HOFFMAN by two of the most
talented men in the British film industry Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, which
was an anthology of love stories, based on Offenbach’s opera and as one fan put it:
Screen”. It is an extraordinary and beautiful film and
demonstrates how well you can make a full length film out of more than one story.
Powell and Pressburger made some of the most memorable films ever made in this
industry. If you are a young and aspiring film maker, I urge you to see them, to see what
can be done with a lot of talent and imagination and no digital effects.
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