The Making Of Essay
At the beginning of 2006 I made a resolution to make more shorts this year. I felt I could do more, so the idea was to shoot a short or project a month. It didn't quite work out that way, but it was a most productive year. (I went to make Monologue Triptych and the Jack & Jill adverts) Post-its was the first of these films.
I don't know where the idea for this film came from. It might of been that I had a use of a warehouse, and I came up with a story that I could film there. Or could it be that I looked at post-it notes and thought they could be used in a film. I don't remember. I just remember that it was a story that I wanted to tell. So much so that I wrote the script very quickly.
I met Victoria Johnson at the cast & crew screening of Kareem's Vengeance at De Lane Lea on Wardour Street. I had a few screenings there. I've even seen Woody Allen there. (I actually scared him) Victoria had emailed me, asking about a showreel offer I had on Shooting People, so I invited her to meet at the screening. It was a good meeting. The fact that she didn't run away after seeing Kareem's Vengeance was a good sign. I asked her if she would like to star in my film and she said yes.
On this shoot there was no crew, just me. I had invested in a new microphone and a Fig Rig. A Fig Rig is a camera stablization rig designed by Mike Figgis. It looks like a steering wheel with a camera sitting in the middle of it. I wanted to have a lot of movement in the film. So it was just going to be Victoria and me running around this warehouse.
The shoot was a 1 day shoot at the end of January. It was a fun shoot. We shot the whole film in order. So we started from page 1 went through to page 4. I remember Victoria enjoying the scene with the food, that she got to eat the whole meal.
When it came to the edit of the film, I decided to change a few things. The script was written in a linear fashion, but when it came to the editing, I played around with the timeline, making it non-linear. Showing Victoria at a certain points in the story and then jumping back to see how she got there. I think it works really well for the story.
For the music, I wanted a David Gilmore vibe to the film. Stephen Cartwright, who was doing the sound edit, got Keith Derham to come in and perform the music on his guitar. It worked out really great for the film.
The reaction to the film was great, which was surprising to me. See it was a film that I didn't spend much time setting up. I just came up with the idea, filmed it and put it out there, and people really liked it. It got shown at a lot of festivals and screenings. To this date, it's had the most screenings out of my work. It shows you never know how well a film is going to do.