If you haven’t already heard, I have some great news. After 7 years in production and nearly 10 years before that in development, our super ambitious sci-fi thriller, Kaleidoscope Man, is at last completed.
The last 3 months have been a true roller-coaster for me. It started back on the 18th Aug 2018, when we finally locked the picture. This had been after a good 6 months of working on the fine cut.
Next we got to work on the sound track. I did the foley recording (footsteps), Keith Tinman track laid the sound effects, Benjamin Symons fine-tuned the music score and Alan Snelling recorded the ADR, mixed the music and then did the full 5.1 surround sound mix.
On the picture side, the edit went to Narduzzo Too at Pinewood Studios, where it was fully colour graded by Harry Conquest and Vince Narduzzo, then it went to Out-Post Post production where the film was on-lined by Nigel Gorley and converted into various formats ready for delivery for cinema, TV, DVD and online.
We were very VERY lucky in that one of our stars, the lovely Toyah Willcox recorded an amazing song for the end titles.
It’s a powerful and inspiration song called, Step into the New World, and it really captures the heart and soul of what the film is about. It was written by Alan Snelling and myself and we hope to officially release it soon.
Finally, on the 26th January 2019, we had a test screening on the biggest screen in Birmingham. At the Imax at Millennium Point. We did this to see how it played out to a large audience, how it looked and sounded and to get feedback on what people thought of it.
The event was introduced by film director, Lance Steen Nielsen and then hosted by author of the Guerrilla Film Maker's handbook, Chris Jones, who did a Q&A with me before the film began. At one point, Chris asked my wife, Angie, to come up on stage and say a few words, congratulating her for putting up with me for all those years.
Then, as 300 people sat back to watch the film, I sat right at the back and tried to gauge their reactions as the story unfolded before them.
As the last credits rolled up, Benjamin the composer, the cast and myself were invited back up onto the stage for a Q&A.
As I walked back up on stage, the host and my old friend, Chris Jones, looked at me almost open mouthed and muttered the immortal words, “Holy shit-balls Simon, how the hell did you do that??” On laughing, I realised that maybe we had got it right. The cast and myself then answered a myriad of questions from the audience. It quickly became obvious that the audience had loved it.
Finally, we all took to the bar, where myself, the cast, the crew and composer were a little overwhelmed by the quantity of praise we were receiving. People filled in the feedback forms and on reading through them, we saw that there were some minor technical issues that we needed to look at, but overall, the feedback was 100% positive.
For me, it was just an amazing evening, absolutely and completely magic, so much so that I think I may have floated home that night!
Thank you for all your support and encouragement and if you weren't at this screening, I hope to see you at the next one.
Simon Cox - Writer & Director - Kaleidoscope Man
(Massive thanks to John Fox for the fantastic photographs of the screening)