There’s never enough time, money or light…


So here I am, Saturday night, in my little office with fellow film maker, Simon Cox, working flat out to complete this corporate film for the big presentation to the board on Monday. And it’s a HUGE project too, with loads of new technology being featured, with a cast and crew jet setting back and forth to the US of A, and a shoot as long as my first feature film!

There have been some stand out moments too – for me the best being when an actor steals a laptop in a scene we were shooting on the street. Of the five takes we filmed, three ended with citizens arrests from by-passers who took a stand for the law and cuffed out poor actor. How amazing is that?!

I have come to realize though, it’s a universal film law – when it comes to completing and mastering a film, there is never enough time. You inevitably pull an overnighter or two – so right now, both Simon and I are looking forward to breakfast tomorrow, probably having not slept at all tonight. And then we will look forward to a hectic day ahead to complete the film for the deadline…

The truth is though, we are having a great time – I really enjoy this kind of focus and deadline. It’s where the skills are really tested and the magical leaps of inspiration happen. All fuelled by pizza and coffee.

Ah… The life of a film maker!

Oh, and I just got word, ‘Gone Fishing’ just won the Edmonton International Film Festival too! Hoorah!

Onwards and Upwards

Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author

2 Responses to There’s never enough time, money or light…

  1. Pete Garrett September 21, 2009 at 10:56 am #

    Hey Chris, this is your laptop thief, Pete… thanks for mentioning that as your ‘stand-out’ moment. Good luck with the presentation. I did see the final cut of the video on Judes laptop yesterday and it looks great. Being a seasoned laptop thief now I’ve promptly stolen it so she may not get much work done. All the best and lovely working with you. Say hi to Lucia for me :o)

  2. Dominic Took October 2, 2009 at 5:49 pm #

    I just did an all night shoot as well! Certainly taxing but never really dull.

    You’re right though, there never is enough time.

    The life of a filmaker as you say!


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