Tuesday, 17 February 2009
HI-EX! Minty is go!
The Highland Comic Expo (HI-EX!) represented a symbolic 'start' point for our project. Although we have been working behind the scenes for quite a while, on things like the script, costume and CGI, we haven't shown much progress recently.
We set HI-EX! as an internal deadline to get certain key elements finished, namely the first draft of the script and more importantly a 'working' costume. These elements allow us to begin the task of finding the right man to play Minty. Once Minty is in place we can work around the actor's schedule to plan filming. We can refine elements as we progress, but we are keen to start getting some dates in the diary.
Of course HI-EX! also represented a golden opportunity to show our progress and gauge opinion. It was great to chat with people about the project and Judge Dredd in general.
We also hired character model/actor Harry T. Docherty for the day, to perform a walkabout and pose for some costume reference images. Stephen Green has enhanced the 'snapshots' taken on the day. Harry did an excellent job and the images have come out brilliantly. They have already increased interest in the project.
One last thing. I'd just like to welcome Barry Renshaw to the project. Barry has been creating storyboards for the film. As well as bringing the script to life they create a 'bible' for everyone involved with the project to work from. I usually like to storyboard myself, but Barry's work far exceeds my own, he has brought an extra dimension and fresh set of eyes that is improving the story telling.