Very excited to give our first proper production update on our Collabor8te short film "Old Habits...". It's been an intense production process but we're now sitting pretty in post and it's all looking great, very much in thanks to all the hard work by the folk in front of and behind the camera.
Now a little bit more on these fine people. We've been lucky enough to partner up with Producers Mike Morrison and Paul Harry Thomas of XFilm. It has been an extremely productive and rewarding experience from the off and we couldn't speak any more highly of them. They've delivered on every level, whether it be our superb crew or amazing cast and even our perfect location.
As you can see from the poster we were lucky enough to cast our leads, via Gemma Sykes at Hubbard's Casting. David Warner (Titanic, Time Bandits, Tron) and Ronald Pickup (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Prince of Persia) are both legends of the industry with, a few hundred roles between them spanning back to the 60's. We were so lucky to have such experience on board our film to bring our characters to life. They are true gents and it was a genuine pleasure to work with them. Also cast in a supporting role was Christopher Hatherall, a good friend and great actor who we've worked with before on our previous short film, Dual. A special mention has to go to John Matthews, who played our Deceased Father. Not only did John have to lay in a coffin for the entire shoot but he did it on his birthday as well!
Behind the camera we had David Liddell as our cinematographer. His work was brought to our attention through a friend and we are so grateful for that. A real talent and great to work with. Our Production Designer, Jason Synott, did an amazing job transforming the old Youth Offenders Court Room into our dingy funeral parlour. Keeping sound tip top was our Sound Recordist Gabriel Sotiry. Our Costume Supervisor, Sophie O'Neill, decked our old boys out perfectly, letting the characters define the clothing. Sally Miura, our Hair Stylist and Make-Up Artist, did a great job especially with our Deceased Father - you'll see why when you see it! Making guns go bang was our Armourer Matt Strange. And keeping everything moving on and everyone on their toes was Louis Barron, our first AD. Finding the right First for the right Director(s) is a tricky job but the pace and quality of the production is a testament to Louis and the rest of the crew.
As mentioned, we're now deep in post production with our Editor Brenna Rangott. This has been our first opportunity to work with an editor in the same room and it's been a brilliant and rewarding process. We're now closing in on picture lock so we can hand over to our composer, the awesome Carly Paradis who scored our short film Dual, as well as our Sound Supervisor Lee Herrick and our Sound Designer James Hayday. Jellyfish are currently working away on the VFX and then finally the film is set to be graded at Company 3 London in the next few weeks.
So as you can see, there's a hell of a lot of people we have to thank and that's just the Heads of Department mentioned above. There were many more people involved in the shoot and beyond and we can't wait to show them and everyone else the product of all this exceptional work.