Eibon Films Horror, Fantasy and SciFi writer / filmmaker and friend of the weird


A busy week – Pre production diary

Pre-production fun


So it's been a full-on week of pre-production on MR CLEAN (click to read more):


  • Production meetings to discuss the short film production - planned for later this month.
    • Taking the shot lists and scene breakdowns and then deciding in which order to shoot.
    • Arranging a lighting test shoot.
    • Taking the stills from our test shoot to create a photo storyboard, to better complement the drawings and to convey the shots we need both to tell the story and create visual interest etc.
    • We've still got a major role to fill and a key location to secure... no pressure then.
  • Reviewing designs for two key items that we need to have printed for display within the film.
  • Starting making some of the practical FX, such as intestines. And discussing the details with a sculptor / artist who is creating the more ambitious FX pieces.
  • Trying to track down a few more props and wardrobe items. Discussing everything from:
    • Which kind of plastic to purchase for a kill room and where to find it online in Sweden. 
    • Where to find black candles that are big enough and the right shape...
    • What kind of butchery tools to purchase and the legality of buying them and having them shipped, versus realistic prop alternatives.
  • Discussing and then reviewing the first potential draft of the music score.
    • It's amazing. But is it right?
    • Will it work for the key scene?
  • Sorting through casting resumes and coordinating briefs to potential actresses and guiding the casting process.
    • Dealing with the fact that it was accidentally posted Sweden-wide and not just for Stockholm! Yikes! Resumes flood in from all over the country and even elsewhere in Scandinavia.
    • Dealing with dropouts and rejection - questioning, was the timeline for casting and production too short? What's wrong?
    • Providing guidance on request.
  • Briefing a potential cinematographer, with a view to them helping out on the film.
    • Anything that can help make the film even better. I'm not precious about being behind the camera.
    • But then it's an extra head to fill with what's in your brain and will the communication work?
    • But I've also been on other films with DPs and Cinematographers' dropping out at the last minute. So being mindful of not wasting effort...
  • And all the while, there are still many more things that need doing and the shoot is creeping nearer... looming... and all the while there is a day job that still needs doing... 🙂

Just like the song: "You do it to yourself you do... and that's why it really hurts", no one is forcing you to make this film. Suck it up and deal with it. Lot's to do.... We've barely scratched the surface. Will it be chaotic? hell yeah... Bring it on! Drive this f@%ker.

The great thing is realising that you are not alone. I have Darwin Reina driving things and helping out. We both have amazing partners who have also helped in various ways. And of course the rest of the crew and our cast too. We're all in this together!

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