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We are a small creative production company. Our blog covers everything from the art to the tech of producing content. Our current project is the feature film Marriage.
01 Nov 2015 Kat marriage
A year has passed

A year has passed since we last updated and in that year the world has seen the escalating drama of the refugees right on their doorstep. The biggest displacement of human wave since WWII.

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31 Jan 2014 Clare marriage
Adventures in ADing

Welcome to my first retrospective blog about Marriage. This all started for me back in April last year (2012) when a chance encounter via email started between Kat and I. I'm not one to blow my own trumpet but when I found out Kat and Paul were making a film I just had to approach them. They needed accomodation quotes and I wanted to be a part of this amazing opportunity. There are many things in life that you need balls for, so I had to strap a pair on.

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06 Sep 2013 Paul marriage photography
Set Photography

Today we feature a Guest Post from Photographer Matt Linehan.

It was the first time I’d been on a film set and I was bundled into a small room filled with makeup bags and boxes, told to sit on the bed – it was a bedroom – and told seriously to be quiet as it was a closed set.

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01 Sep 2013 Kat marriagetrailer
The Trailer

The trailer took quite a few weeks to make. We wanted a trailer that would be aimed predominantly at industry people and would give away the concept while showing a brief synopsis of the film. If we want people to invest in it, to help us finish the film, they will want to know what it is all about. Consequently it is 2:45, which is slightly longer than most trailers but you can never tell. It's punchy, funny, dramatic and we are very proud of it. It shows the hard work from all the people behind it. Paul worked incredibly hard in realising the VFX needed, some obvious some a lot less obvious.

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11 Aug 2012 Paul marriagereviewtech
Inline Dolly The ladder dolly from InlineDolly The ladder dolly from InlineDolly Inline Dolly

We knew we wanted some kind of decent dolly. We had a slider, which was a bit lightweight but useful for some moves but we needed something longer. We'd considered a floor dolly and in fact at one point we were hoping to get someone on board who also happened to have a Chapman but sadly for all sorts of reasons we were unable to get things to work out, also the floor of the location was only smooth-ish. It was polished concrete but with quite a few bumps and joins. Most importantly a lot of the drama plays out in the main bed and so it would be useful to be able to get over the bed.

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25 Jun 2012 Katerina marriagewritingpreproduction
Rehearsals Start

Over summer we rehearsed on every possible occasion we could find. We fleshed out the characters, the actors giving invaluable input as to who they thought they can be.

We consumed copious amounts of coffee and chatted about life. We analyzed relationships till the cows came home. We argued about the state of Europe and the institution of marriage.

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16 Jun 2012 Katerina marriagepreproduction
Casting almost Finished

I have cast 70% of the film plus my two main leads: Woman and Rich. Played by Miranda Magee and Christopher Slater.

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15 Apr 2012 Katerina marriagewriting
OAP

I’m closely watching the events unfolding in the Eurozone and I feel reinforced that the subject matter and its delivery couldn’t possibly be more current. I hear a lot of encouraging words too from Paul and friends and that’s what a girl needs in times of OAP. (overwhelming activity period). The last two months of auditions brought us some gems. The final list of five will shortly be drawn.

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18 Mar 2012 Katerina marriagewriting
The casting process

I have cast pretty much every production I have made in the past and I thoroughly enjoyed the process. I know exactly what I am looking for and in some way it’s more cost effective for someone in my circumstances to do the casting than hire anyone from the industry and brief them.

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04 Feb 2012 Paul marriagetechpreproduction
Planning Production

The challenge: to produce a feature with a micro (is there a sub micro level?) budget so that no one watching even knows that was ever an issue.

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04 Feb 2012 marriagewriting
Six Months to Prepare

We have less than six months to cast the film, rehearse, find the space, build the set, arrange accommodation, import the right gear, lights, lenses and equipment, do tests, find a crew, coordinate everybody, rewrite scenes, sort out the money and draw up contracts. The jobs we would do between us would have been done in average-budget films by, wait !– - at least 50 people.

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11 Dec 2011 Kat marriage writing
First Drafts

Unlike other stories I have written in the past the first draft stared back at me, with an honesty and a great deal of confusion. It was not entirely written from the victims’ point of view (it was hard for me to choose which type of victim ) but from an angle where even the perpetrators of this crisis are victims in the chess board of (Corporate) Politics.

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10 Dec 2011 marriagewriting
Marriage was Born

On December 2011, after typing FADE OUT on my Final Draft, I pour myself a glass of mulled wine and close my eyes in quiet satisfaction. The play had evolved into a screenplay and all the endless possibilities of plots and answers were alive in to one solid story that had in its core one universal question: what is the price of love?

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07 Sep 2011 Kat marriagewriting
Look Closely

I met more people, from different countries, spent countless hours knocking out scenarios about where the world and especially our continent is going, like you do in those long bonding sessions on cold winter evenings. I heard lots of stories, especially personal and behind every story was a love affair. Love was integral to every single story I’ve heard about people worrying, suffering, committing suicide. Love for times lost and for an unrealised dream. Fear of letting their families down and losing their love.

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03 May 2011 Kat marriagewriting
Director's Personal Journey

It was during a visit to Athens, Greece, to see my mother, when I was caught in the riots, admittedly one of the worst of the last 5 years. I went down as an active participant, joining the friends that I knew are suffering badly, adding to their voices. This is the crux of all demonstrations, is it not? Let the people’s voices be heard. However that opportunity was shattered when a battalion of anarchists rained down on the march from all corners with Molotov cocktails in hand targeting the riot police nearby. In no time the peaceful protesters disbanded and what was left was a battlefield of hoods, tear gas and wounded shields.

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01 May 2011 Paul marriage
Welcome to our Marriage

Welcome to the first post in the production blog for our feature film, Marriage. We will start posting retrospectively as we kept a diary during the preproduction and production, as you can imagine during these phases we had little or no spare time except to make scant notes and grab some stills and footage. Right now principle photography has been completed and we're in the post production phase, this gives us a chance to breath and also begin to post behind-the-scenes and thoughts on both the creative and technical process for pulling a micro budget independant feature together.

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