I just wanted to share an email I got from a fellow film maker. I met up with him last year for a coffee as he seemed ‘blocked’ in his next career steps. We discussed many of the issues I put into practice while making Gone Fishing, specicifally the carrer plan that forms one of the sections in the Gone Fishing Online seminar, and also some of the principles I work with during my film makers seminars… Anyway, here’s what he had to say…
The film is just under ten minutes long with a budget of £6k. We managed to get a fantastic cast on board, an amazing and experienced crew, and even managed to get Tony Wright on board for storyboard advice and guidance. What an amazing bloke, by the way.
I basically just wanted to say thank you for making things clear to me that day. I was in a serious place where I could not see the wood for the trees and when you said that I needed to stop looking at the 'peak' and start focusing on the next 100 yards, it really did change everything. You told me to set a budget and have faith that I would get it and that is exactly what happened. I did not have a clue how I would get £6k or from where, but I knew I would and, just as you predicted, the universe saw to the rest.
It was a massively exciting challenge with a crew of 23, 4 cast members and 25 extras on the second day. I was absolutely exhausted when we wrapped, as I had not had a full nights sleep for 6 months, but I was ecstatic. I loved every single second of it. It has changed my life. I now believe 1000% that I will be a successful film maker and Sinead and I are already working on the next project, a feature film, as we speak. I just love it.
Anyway, if you want to see a still from Numbers Up, please go to here…
Congratulations on your road to the Oscars. It has been an inspirational journey and one that I have followed very closely. I was really disappointed to hear you just missed out on the nomination. All I can say is that I look forward to seeing you on the red carpet in the future.
Brian Franklin, Guildhall Pictures Limited
Onwards and upwards!
Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author