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The fifteenth update on progress towards completing Mouse!


On August 6th 2012 a crew of 15 people sat down to breakfast before the shoot for Mouse.

There was a palpable sense of anticipation and I would like to describe that to you now.

Filmmaking, despite it being a business, is something very special. We are magicians. Now that might sound like a slightly over the top statement but bear with me.

We conceive something, something that did not exist in precisely that form until we put it down on paper and called it the script. Over a period of months that first idea is given a little more life by being shared, critiqued, added to and fleshed out through pictures and items that will eventually become the set.




The final days of our epic set build!

And then there comes a day when the IDEA of what the film could be ceases to exist and is replaced by something very real indeed. The footage.

At 8.30am on Monday we rolled for the very first take on Mouse and everything we had proposed up until that point turned, as if by the very magic I mentioned a few moments ago, into an asset. A string of images that give the illusion of movement and will eventually be slotted into an edit which makes the film itself. Why magic though?

Because filmmaking and, indeed, any creative process is about making choices. Those choices lead to tangible things being produced that simply did not exist before. Once there was nothing and now there is something. We live to affect culture, to add value and put something 'out there' that was not 'out there' before.



That silence and anticipation around the breakfast table, that hushed breath, was there because of you all. You put us at that table. you gave us the means with which to go out and start shooting and I am VERY proud to say that between Monday morning at 8:30am and Thursday evening at 10:30pm we shot Mouse. We made it exist where it only partially did before.

THANK YOU.

Now, there is no doubt that we are not there yet. Traditionally you could argue that the script is one film, the stuff you shoot becomes another and the edit takes you somewhere else again. That's a nice way to look at it because it gives each moment an opportunity to be reflected in the film rather than only dictated by the script.

Post-production will take a while and we will have triumphs and we will hit problems, but, as we have done the whole way through so far, we will solve them in a way which gives us something even better than we had before.

For your part, our contributors, you made this happen.

 I will continue to update you throughout the Post-Production process and will begin, shortly, to put together the first sets of Crowdfunding rewards (some, of course, will not be available until much later in the process). For now I have taken a few screen grabs of what we have been upto to show off. Remember these stills are out of context at the moment, they have not been coloured/graded, any VFX touch ups are yet to be done and they are really just the raw material. But even so, they look pretty damn good, don't they! I've also included some of our Press Stills taken by Megan Kerr of Mill & Peg Photography http://millandpeg.co.uk/

Finally a further THANK YOU to the crew that helped make this happen. To JOANNE, ADAM, AMANDA, MEG, HÁKON, CHARLETTE, PETE, JAMES, ITAMAR, CHRIS, AMY, CLAIRE, JON-PAUL, SARAH and STEVE (Our Mouse Wranglers!), PIERRE and last but not least JULIAN (Our enigmatic lead actor), Thank You for being so damn good at your jobs!

I'd also like to repeat THANK YOU to our set build crew, our leader Mark Sutherland and also the people that worked their socks off to complete the set itself, Steve, Chris, Angela, Mike, Pierre, Michiel and Ben!








PRESS STILLS (above): Credit to Megan Kerr @ Mill &Peg Photography (http://millandpeg.co.uk/)


SCREEN GRAB: Anderson wakes.


SCREEN GRAB: Julian catching the light of our Chandeliers in his goggles, the blue you can see in the background will be replaced with yet more corridor by our stunning VFX team


 SCREEN GRAB:Julian Nicholson as 'Anderson' in Mouse, taking shelter behind a 1950's record player.


SCREEN GRAB: It wasn't all running around our beautiful set, we also took a trip out to a local rock-climbing club for a very late night of hoisting Julian to the rafters.


 DOCUMENTARY STILL: Taking a long hard look at the storyboards with our Director of Photography Hákon Pállson


DOCUMENTARY STILL: One of our wonderful dinners prepared by Amanda Verity. Remember boys and girls... an army marches on it's stomach!  In the background you can see the wall of storyboards which was very useful for planning but also extremely therapeutic, whenever we completed a shot we could cross it off with a fat black marker!

 

Once again I want to thank you all. Your contributions have made this possible and I cannot wait to show you the film you helped make. As I said, it will take some time now for us to craft the edit and sound design this film deserves but we will keep you up to date on things as they progress and, in the meantime, I would urge you all to join us on our facebook page for more frequent bursts of progress - www.facebook.com/mouseshortfilm

Take care, 

Justin Tagg





Just when we thought we had tied up all of our relationships with great, creative companies we come acrosss Creativity Backgrounds. They're so excited about showing how their papers can be used that they have supplied us with a roll of blue CHROMA KEY paper and BLACKOUT paper. I can only just begin to describe how useful this material was to us. The paper has been used as part of our blue screen setup to digitally extend out corridor whislt the blackout paper meant we could keep daylight out of the set and control the light with our practical lights from the inside without cutting any daylight from the areas we needed it (our briefing table and storyboard wall, for example).

Thank you to all at Creativity Backgrounds! 
And whilst we're at it, how about a shout out to Doughty Cakes who have kept us going through the long mornings of the shoot with some amazing flapjack! We were very lucky to find these guys just three doors down from our set builds and we've been feasting ever since! But it's not just sweet treats they're good for, when in need of an emergency fork lift truck or some pallettes for out set they were more than happy to help us out. THANK YOU!
Another wonderful collaboration we have had is with HSS Hire who have supported us with our tool hire. Basically, these are the people who have helped us to reach the dizzy heights of our set ceiling safely so that we could work, paint and blackout the set quickly and responsibly. 



Thank You HSS! Look forward to working with you again soon!
Our mailing address is:
mouseshortfilm@gmail.com