If you read my last blog or listened to my recent podcast, you’ll know that just before Christmas, we hit a bit of a brick wall. We have 93% of the movie now in the can and just a few scenes left to shoot – mainly our alien planet scenes which we plan to shoot on the panoramic lava fields of Lanzarote.
The brick wall appeared because we needed a lot of money to fly our cast and crew over there for the 2 days filming required, but this was something we simply couldn't afford. Added to that, one of the actors is moving out of the UK to LA at the end of January. I had to find a way to get this financed and fast.
So, I did something I was rather nervous about. I asked the existing backers of our crowdfunding campaigns if they could help.
And they did!
Even though many of them had already backed us two, three, four or even five times. They were still there to help. So, thanks to a core group, we have now raised enough money to fly all 11 of us out to Lanzarote, accommodate us, feed us and fly us home.
We still need a little a little more money to pay the cast and crews wages – but I can’t begin to tell you just how excited I am about this. It means that by the end of this month we will have around 98% of the movie shot. We still have a few small shoots to do (including our Birmingham tank scenes), but these are nothing compared to what we have already been through to get the movie this far.
I find this so moving and inspiring and without trying to sound corny, just incredible that so many people really do believe in me and what I’m trying to achieve. Even the people who couldn't afford to help financially offered me help – from loaning a piece of equipment to a sofa to sleep on. It really has blown my mind!
So I just wanted to say this publicly; I will do anything and EVERYTHING I can to make this movie one of the best British indie sci-fi movies of all time. Of course it won’t be able to compete with Star Wars or similar on its scale or budget, but it will be equal in fun, entertainment and passion. And I will make sure the quality is the very best it can be.
I have worked so hard over the last 15 years to get it this far and in that time, have gone off down many wrong paths - but I have always come back more determined each time. And to be here today, with what we already have is just such a joy.
So thank you to all of you who have helped to get it this far, those who have backed us financially, or re-posted one of our campaigns on Facebook or Twitter.
For all of those who have encouraged me to keep going, to keep on pushing, those of you who have given your time to help on the film, and to those of you who have bailed me out again and again (you know who you are) – thank you! We’re certainly not there yet, but for the first time ever, I can now see a small flicker of light at the end of the tunnel and it sure looks bright!
After the shoot we still have the mountain of CGI FX’s to do and as I write this I have no idea just how the hell we're going to finance it, but in my heart I just KNOW it will happen.
So thank you again for your love, commitment and most importantly, your trust. I won’t let you down.
See you on the other side.
Writer & director - Kaleidoscope Man
P.S. Lanzarote shoot pictures coming soon….