Movies & Mascara

The New Adventures Of a Former London Glamour Girl

  • 23rd June
    2011
  • 23
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. ~ Winston Churchill
And so, that’s that. Butterflies is officially wrapped on filming! 
What started as a little idea that came into my head 8 weeks ago is now in post. 
Butterflies was a story that i needed to write. It’s a story that came to me and that i had to write down the moment it entered my mind. I’m a firm believer that you don’t find stories, they find you. This one found me. 
So, in 8 weeks… what has happened? 
I wrote the script, may have shed a tear or two writing it. If i don’t feel it, if i don’t see it - i don’t write it. I have to believe what I’m writing, and honestly i felt every single thing that ‘Madeleine’ felt when i wrote it. I put myself in her shoes, and let her tell me the story.
The script went through Script Development and got some great feedback and constructive criticism.
The script was offered out to directors, the Lovely Leilani Holmes came on board.
Location Recce’s, mood boards and ideas were thrown about with a fantastic DOP called Pete Wallington.
We crewed up, and i hired the fantastic wardrobe stylist Karena Sedgwick to come on board as out Head of Wardrobe. (She’s mind blowingly good!)
Locations were finalised and booked.
All sounding great so far? that all happened within 3 weeks. Then things started going wrong. Our first day of shooting was booked in for Saturday May 21st. 2 days before i get a call informing me that our fantastic DOP was seriously sick and would not be able to make the shoot. Panic begins, especially knowing how much money our Wardrobe Dept alone was worth! 
A few hours later, i got another call letting me know that we had a replacement DOP. Samuel Pearce to step into some big shoes! 
Panic over, all is well in the world. The first day of shooting went great… if you gloss over the fact that we were left without an experienced DOP for day 2 on 22nd May. 
So what did we do? 
Our 1. DOP was Sick, no chance. Bless him. Our 2. DOP had work commitments that could not be broken. Do you carry on and shoot knowing that all the wardrobe is hired, location is ready, kit, crew, catering etc. without an experience DOP? 
or 
Do you reschedule the whole second days shoot? what would you have done?
Our decision in the end came down to one person. Karena, our fantastic Head of Wardrobe. 
It turned out in the end that ‘Madeleines’ costume, was not on a time constraint so we would not be shooting the two days back to back for costume reasons… so, we rescheduled. 
It was a hard decision to make, but honestly, i’m so glad we made it because that gave us the chance to make it a bigger and better film.
During the time imbetween scheduling the new shooting date i decided as a producer, i wanted to make this film even better than we had planned. I wanted to make Butterflies the best it could be. 
How did i do that? 
I rewrote, Redrafted and changed filming Locations. 
So, instead of filming in a modest pretty bedroom with a lovely four poster bed, i thought this film deserved the best it could be. If that meant paying for a bigger and better location, that was a call i was willing to take. I spent hours and a few weeks searching for something grand, something beautiful and something that would fit ‘Madeleines’ life and eventually i struck gold. 
The Lovely, lovely team at the Bermondsey Square Hotel booked us in to our pick of their spectacular loft suites. Shoot 2 was on track.
Everything was booked, everything was in place, catering, crew, location(s), kit. Done! 
Then, 2 days before the shoot, i get another call… telling me our DOP’s camera had *gulp* died. We were fully crewed, locations paid for, and without a camera. We pulled it together and loaned a replacement camera body of a very good friend (hero!) and all was well in the world again…
I don’t know why but for some reason that second day seemed to be cursed. Call time for the shoot was 3pm. I get a call around 11.30 telling me there was a major problems with wardrobe. We couldn’t get the same skirt.
12.pm, i’m ransacking my own wardrobe to find every piece of blue clothing i can find… eventually i strike gold. I found a floor length blue skirt, brand new (well, worn once) that was the exact colour and very very similar. What do you do in this situation? As a producer, two words came into my head which i instructed Karena to follow “slash it”. I may have lost a full length skirt, but i gained a mini skirt and solved the major continuity problems we would have faced.
You know what? I’d make the same call every time. If the only dress i had in my wardrobe was Roberto Cavalli, yet it was a match… I’d still cut it. I’d rather waste the money on a bit of fabric than waste a days shooting. Every time.
So that was that. 2 days worth of shoots, 1 days worth of voice over and that took 6  weeks from sitting in bed writing the first line to filming the golden scene.
Now i’ve had time to reflect, what are my thoughts?
I’m extremely proud of every single person who got on board with butterflies, from script development, to locations, crewing, costume.
So many people have been involved in making this happen, from the Designers who sent us clothes to feature right down to the rock that is the Director Leilani who has been absolutely fantastic. I’m so glad she came on board with Butterflies. As a writer/Producer she’s fantastic to work with, keeps you connected and is available at all times for you when you need to run something by her or ask any questions. As an Actress, Leilani is a great director who as an Actors director knows how to work you. If you get offered a chance to work with her, don’t ever hesitate.
It’s been a great 8 weeks and honestly, i can’t wait to see what happens in 8 weeks time! Bring on the Post Production.

Meddy

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. ~ Winston Churchill

And so, that’s that. Butterflies is officially wrapped on filming!

What started as a little idea that came into my head 8 weeks ago is now in post.

Butterflies was a story that i needed to write. It’s a story that came to me and that i had to write down the moment it entered my mind. I’m a firm believer that you don’t find stories, they find you. This one found me.

So, in 8 weeks… what has happened?

I wrote the script, may have shed a tear or two writing it. If i don’t feel it, if i don’t see it - i don’t write it. I have to believe what I’m writing, and honestly i felt every single thing that ‘Madeleine’ felt when i wrote it. I put myself in her shoes, and let her tell me the story.

The script went through Script Development and got some great feedback and constructive criticism.

The script was offered out to directors, the Lovely Leilani Holmes came on board.

Location Recce’s, mood boards and ideas were thrown about with a fantastic DOP called Pete Wallington.

We crewed up, and i hired the fantastic wardrobe stylist Karena Sedgwick to come on board as out Head of Wardrobe. (She’s mind blowingly good!)

Locations were finalised and booked.

All sounding great so far? that all happened within 3 weeks. Then things started going wrong. Our first day of shooting was booked in for Saturday May 21st. 2 days before i get a call informing me that our fantastic DOP was seriously sick and would not be able to make the shoot. Panic begins, especially knowing how much money our Wardrobe Dept alone was worth!

A few hours later, i got another call letting me know that we had a replacement DOP. Samuel Pearce to step into some big shoes!

Panic over, all is well in the world. The first day of shooting went great… if you gloss over the fact that we were left without an experienced DOP for day 2 on 22nd May.

So what did we do?

Our 1. DOP was Sick, no chance. Bless him. Our 2. DOP had work commitments that could not be broken. Do you carry on and shoot knowing that all the wardrobe is hired, location is ready, kit, crew, catering etc. without an experience DOP?

or

Do you reschedule the whole second days shoot? what would you have done?

Our decision in the end came down to one person. Karena, our fantastic Head of Wardrobe.

It turned out in the end that ‘Madeleines’ costume, was not on a time constraint so we would not be shooting the two days back to back for costume reasons… so, we rescheduled.

It was a hard decision to make, but honestly, i’m so glad we made it because that gave us the chance to make it a bigger and better film.

During the time imbetween scheduling the new shooting date i decided as a producer, i wanted to make this film even better than we had planned. I wanted to make Butterflies the best it could be.

How did i do that?

I rewrote, Redrafted and changed filming Locations.

So, instead of filming in a modest pretty bedroom with a lovely four poster bed, i thought this film deserved the best it could be. If that meant paying for a bigger and better location, that was a call i was willing to take. I spent hours and a few weeks searching for something grand, something beautiful and something that would fit ‘Madeleines’ life and eventually i struck gold.

The Lovely, lovely team at the Bermondsey Square Hotel booked us in to our pick of their spectacular loft suites. Shoot 2 was on track.

Everything was booked, everything was in place, catering, crew, location(s), kit. Done!

Then, 2 days before the shoot, i get another call… telling me our DOP’s camera had *gulp* died. We were fully crewed, locations paid for, and without a camera. We pulled it together and loaned a replacement camera body of a very good friend (hero!) and all was well in the world again…


I don’t know why but for some reason that second day seemed to be cursed. Call time for the shoot was 3pm. I get a call around 11.30 telling me there was a major problems with wardrobe. We couldn’t get the same skirt.

12.pm, i’m ransacking my own wardrobe to find every piece of blue clothing i can find… eventually i strike gold. I found a floor length blue skirt, brand new (well, worn once) that was the exact colour and very very similar. What do you do in this situation? As a producer, two words came into my head which i instructed Karena to follow “slash it”. I may have lost a full length skirt, but i gained a mini skirt and solved the major continuity problems we would have faced.

You know what? I’d make the same call every time. If the only dress i had in my wardrobe was Roberto Cavalli, yet it was a match… I’d still cut it. I’d rather waste the money on a bit of fabric than waste a days shooting. Every time.

So that was that. 2 days worth of shoots, 1 days worth of voice over and that took 6  weeks from sitting in bed writing the first line to filming the golden scene.

Now i’ve had time to reflect, what are my thoughts?

I’m extremely proud of every single person who got on board with butterflies, from script development, to locations, crewing, costume.

So many people have been involved in making this happen, from the Designers who sent us clothes to feature right down to the rock that is the Director Leilani who has been absolutely fantastic. I’m so glad she came on board with Butterflies. As a writer/Producer she’s fantastic to work with, keeps you connected and is available at all times for you when you need to run something by her or ask any questions. As an Actress, Leilani is a great director who as an Actors director knows how to work you. If you get offered a chance to work with her, don’t ever hesitate.

It’s been a great 8 weeks and honestly, i can’t wait to see what happens in 8 weeks time! Bring on the Post Production.

Meddy



  1. jamotss said: I find a little mad that a girl I saw a few times up ‘the box’ in Caerphilly with all the skater guys has made such a successful life for her self but at the same time I think it’s absolutely amazing! I look forward to seeing this once it’s shown
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