Hello, I’m Mitch. I’m a recent graduate at Staffordshire University, where I studied Film Production Technology. I’ll be working along side Amy in running the social media side of the 72 project, as well as documenting all the highs and lows of the project through this blog. As Amy pointed out yesterday, we will be your eyes and ears throughout the next week. We also want to encourage you guys to contact us and, at the risk of sounding like a Mitchell and Webb sketch (which I’ll treat you to at the bottom of this post if you’re good), we want to know what you think of the project, and what questions you want answered on set by either the cast or crew. We want to create a discussion through social media, rather then us just regurgitating information back at you. Exciting stuff. More on this later in the week.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
Mine and Amy’s relation to the 72 Project is completely objective. We haven’t been involved in the pre-production and we wont be involved with the actual production of the movie. This has been done on purpose to reduce the potential bias in our documenting of the 72. James wanted to hire an outside source to document (as he put it) “the good, the bad and the ugly.” We have access all areas on the project and we intend to exploit that and really question what is working well, what isn’t working well and most importantly; why?
Hopefully everything will work well, and we have complete faith in the talented cast and crew, but James and the rest of the crew thought it was important to reflect and analyse the process as it was happening. So now you guys have me and Amy, you lucky devils.
The Beginning of Rehearsals
So now we have that out the way, we can show you some of the images from yesterdays rehearsals, where there was a lot of development of characters (even a character name change). A good portion of the discussion was on the comedic elements of the film, where pace and timing of a performance can be the difference between a gag getting a laugh, or it falling like a lead balloon. In a 72, time is restricted so honing in on those comedic performances can be stressful. However, the 72 seems to be benefiting from an extremely talented group of actors and actresses, and everyone seemed happy with their performances and the development of the characters.
Thats pretty much it so for yesterday. Spirits are high. Here’s some footage of James talking with his hands and people smiling:
Also, since you’ve been good…