THE TRAMP: A Oneshot Collective Film

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THE TRAMP: A Oneshot Collective Film

Project 2014-10-24 12:29:02 +1300

The Oneshot Collective is a new independent filmmaking initiative bringing together twelve filmmakers to create a collective feature-length film, with a common theme of Chance Encounters. This is scheduled for completion by mid-2015. www.oneshotcollective.co.nz

SYNOPSIS: A lone woman on a tramp encounters a man with questionable intentions.  Should she trust this stranger?

THE TRAMP is a thriller, set in the native bush. Written, Directed and produced by filmmaker Constance Gervasi, this segment is scheduled to be shot 21-23 November, 2014 in Wellington.

The target funding goal is $4,400 to cover essential costs but anything raised above this amount will allow us to pay more of the cast and crew involved as well as contribute to overall costs.

BUT we need your help!

We are wildly enthusiastic and we love what we do. Unfortunately, our enthusiasm won't feed our crew, hire our lights or keep us caffeinated (very important). This is where you come in.

We need your dollars, and we also need buzz.

 

We're hoping that you'll help us in raising:

  • $3000 cast & crew expenses
  • $500 for camera equipment, sound and lighting gear
  • $400 for vehicle hire and transportation
  • $100 for wardrobe & props
  • $400 to feed the cast and crew on an intensive three day shoot (we'll be getting food   donations from family and friends to supplement this)

If you can spare us some money, you will be rewarded for it. If you can't afford to give but still want to help, that's excellent! Share our project, add your friends to the facebook page or give us a tweet. The more people who know about the film, the more potential backers we have. Think of it as good online karma.

We will be using your generous donations to make this film to the highest standard possible, and   your money will make this a reality. Furthermore, when we need that extra piece of equipment at the last minute, your support will mean we can get the job done without stress. Finally, by helping us create this film, you are helping our cast and crew gain valuable experience and exposure on a local and international scale.

We're so excited to be crowdfunding through Pledge Me , and we will be taking each and every one of our backers along on our filmmaking journey, keeping you updated with our progress.

 

CONSTANCE GERVASI - Writer/Director/Producer

Constance has won prizes in two regional art awards plus had a short story  published in the book Totally Devoted. As well, she holds a Directing & Writing Bachelor’s degree in Performing & Screen Arts from UNITEC and a Masters in   Scriptwriting from Victoria University’s esteemed IIML. Buoyed by her success   at the inaugural 48 Hour Film Competition in 2003 where 100% Manmade was voted audience favourite. Constance then undertook an apprenticeship as a Writer/Director, Producer with Onions a film production company based in New Delhi whose corporate productions screened at the WTM in London & Spain, the World Economic Forum in India; and included a print campaign IQ-India Quotient  presented to the UN General Assembly in New York by PM Manmohan Singh.   She has freelanced on a raft of projects including a Creative NZ funded short film   Suburbanaut and Dale Corlett’s The Man on the Side of the Road.

 

CAST BIOS:

Siobhan Marshall

Siobhan Marshall is one of NZ’s most famous faces after starring  in all 6 seasons of the hit TV drama series, Outrageous Fortune.   She has also had lead roles in the TV shows The Almighty Johnsons, Shortland Street and The Blue Rose, which won a bronze medal at the  New York Film Festival in 2014. She has been nominated for 3 Best Supporting Actress awards and 1 Best Actress award.

 


Cohen Holloway

Since graduating from NZ Drama School in 2001 Holloway has been a regular on NZ TV & film. Recently he won best actor at the NZ Film and Televison awards for his role as David in "Until Proven Innocent". His latest film "Good for Nothing" has received great response in the US.

 

 


 

Liam Eldridge-Fright

A seven year old with a wild imagination and a passion for acting, Liam featured in this year's well-received 48 Hour Film Morgan's Match and played the lead role in the short film Abandon Ship directed by Kathy McRae. He has also had appearances in TV Series Behind the Brushes and featured in music video Strong directed by Isaac Cleland.

 

 


Colin Nicholson

Bitten by the acting bug while on a family working stint in the Pacific Islands in the late 70’s, Colin has been involved in amateur theatrics, in a number of regional communities spanning several decades. He has played a lot of Sir’s, Doctor’s and Reverends over the years plus helped out backstage in set construction and properties. His most rewarding experience was a commissioned production for the Marlborough DCC “Beyond 2000” to commemorate the millennia, directed by Duncan Whiting. Colin has also been an extra on John Bach’s Duggan.

 

 CREW BIOS:

Alex Meagher - DOP

After picking up a camera in the final years of high school, Alex has rarely been seen without one since. With the use of photography Alex has been documenting his surroundings and the punk music scene in NZ for nearly a decade. Alex’s interest has expanded from photography into the moving image which saw him recently finish study at the NZ Film & Television School. His script, Unnatural Selection was chosen as one of two end-of-year films for the course. Additionally, he was DOP for the other end-of-year film, Can You Hear Me Now? Since his graduation Alex continues to develop his interest in film and works on projects whenever he can fit them in.


Frida Elmstrom Ekstrand - Gaffer

Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Frida Elmstrom started her film making career as a documentary cameraman but soon developed a passion for lighting. As a 19 years old she was hired at swedish director Roy Andersson's film studio, where she spent a couple of years creating light for feature " A Pigeon Sat on a Branch", first prize winner at Venice Film Festival 2014. Wanting to gain further knowledge about the different roles involved in traditional film making she enrolled at the New Zealand Film and Television School in 2013, and she instantly fell in love with the country.


Max Collett - Sound

Max decided in his final year of high school that he wanted to be a film maker, since then he’s done nothing but pursue his dream. A big part of this was attending the NZ Film School and from this experience he found his passion and has developed an interest for all things sound related. Since graduating Max has been working as a freelancer in the NZ Film Industry, specialising in sound. He has crewed on Short Films, Feature Films, Music Videos, Documentary’s, TVC’s, Sports Events and live Music Shows.

 


Josh Jeffrey - Online Marketing & Social Media Manager

Josh is the managing director at Nine Sixty, a design and marketing agency based in Wellington, New Zealand. Nine Sixty help businesses and organizations develop an online presence through social media, branding, graphic design and online marketing.

 

 

 


Lucy-Belle Willcox

Lucy-Belle Willcox is a fashion and special effects makeup artist with a passion for film and theatre. After studying theatre and english in Hamilton, Lucy studied makeup and sfx in Wellington, and has worked there since. She feels lucky to have been able to work together with a large variety of talented crews and people, on a number of interesting great projects. Some of her recent collaborations include SFX and makeup on a number of short films, a feature length, music videos, photo shoots, WOW, fashion shows, makeup at Armagedon for BodyFX and theatre. Vist her website here: www.lucybelle.co.nz

 

 

 

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Update from the Director, Constance Gervasi

03/07/2015 at 4:53 PM

Hello out there to all my lovely Pledgers

 

I trust that everything is well in your world.

 

It’s been a while since I last communicated but I didn’t realise that I could still post on this page!

 

Anyway, I wanted to thank you all again for your contribution to make The Tramp happen…plus I wanted to give you a wee update and bring you up to speed. 

 

As you may or may not be aware, we have finished editing The Tramp (for now!) and it is patiently awaiting post-production with the other eleven segments.

 

The Oneshot Collective has been fortunate enough to secure a partnership with Park Road Post to finish the film, but...we need to raise a bit of money in order to make things happen…which leads me to a little favour I'd like to ask! 

 

As you may have already seen on social media, we're currently in the middle of a crowdfunding campaign on Boosted, through the Arts Foundation...and I could really use your help with this!  Check it all out on the link below:

 

https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/encounters-anthology-feature-film 

 

Please follow us…and if you haven't already, I'd be super grateful if you could share the link on facebook, twitter and with anyone who you think might like to contribute to this unique and exciting film. 

 

Alternatively if your pockets are feeling deep enough, maybe you might like to contribute to this project, again!  I understand that any donations on Boosted are tax deductible J

 

In the meantime please check out this teaser clip from The Tramp and an interview by my good self, see the links below:


TRAMP PREVIEW CLIP

https://vimeo.com/130534967

 

CONSTANCE INTERVIEW

https://vimeo.com/132422720

 

Anyway keep warm and dry this winter and thanks again, in advance, for your support

Constance x

Update from Frida Elmstrom Ekstrand - Gaffer

20/11/2014 at 9:23 PM

The recce brought us through the bush to our main location, a hut far up the Orongorongo Valley. The seclusion, also being a grand part of the director's vision, and the nonexistence of electricity in the hut brings us to making some practical decisions. Sound Recorder Max Collett pointed out the vast amount of sound that even a small generator produces, and the effect that would have on the sound scape. However for image quality and style, we need to power a certain amount of lights, especially for the script wise fire lit night time scenes. After researching the option of battery powered lights and powering a minimal amount of necessary lamps with car batteries, the longevity of the batteries and the watts a 12 V car battery produces points to the most practical alternative instead being a great amount of extension chords, placing a small generator by the nearby river. 

Update from the Director, Constance Gervasi - 18 Nov 2014

19/11/2014 at 9:47 PM


 

Goodness me, the last week has passed by in such a blur…and with only a few days to go…there is still so much to do and so little time!!!

 

Where do I start…

 

Well, this week has been about finalising all those little pre-production details…such as:

 

·       confirming the locations, vehicle rental and accommodation for the actors

 

 

 

·       getting quotes for  equipment hire

 

 

 

·       finally finding someone to do the make-up and wardrobe and will double up to do the stills photography

 

 

 

·       figuring out the menu and catering arrangements for a crew of 9-12 people that includes 2 x vegetarians, 1 x pescatarian and 1 x who doesn’t eat fish or eggs!

 

 

 

·       scouring stores for wardrobe items then  meeting the cast for fittings

 

 

 

·       gathering all the props together

 

 

 

·       tweaking the script to accommodate our child actor who has broken his arm

 

 

 

·        adjusting the shot list, shoot schedule and call sheets etc with regards to those changes.

 

 And on top of that hold down a day job, keep house, feed the family and all the animals…

 

Like that old saying, the path to true love does not always run smooth…the same could also be said about film-making!

 

There are three things that are hanging over this project that could potentially throw a spanner in the works.

 

The first is the weather.  It is spring and the weather can be a little erratic.  Sunny one minute, rain the next and then there is the wind.  Unfortunately, the weather forecast is not looking that crash hot.  There is a big front looming…

 

I have spoken to the powers that be at the Met Service and they suggested I call back on Wednesday as they should have a better idea of how it is tracking.  If it passes quickly then the weather might be okay for Sat arvo and Sunday, so have been frantically re-jigging the shoot schedule to see how it might work if we switch days around.  It’s not impossible.  However, it is supposed to be quite windy and that can be as bad as the rain.  

 

The second is that one of my actors is crook and laid up in bed.

 

The third is the issue of permits.  The Collective had initially contacted Film Wellington and alerted them to the permits that I would need for this shoot and asked them to let us know if there were any red flags.  I was under the impression that they would do all the negotiating with DOC on our behalf.  All documentation was submitted online etc…and then,  last Friday, I received an urgent email from them advising that they could not in fact issue these permits; that I would have to apply for the permits with DOC myself…. YIKES!!!

 

I then met with a lovely lass from DOC last week, who is doing her very best to fast-track this process like letting the local iwi know etc and then there are the exorbitant fees!!!

 

Way too much red-tape and regulation, if you ask me!  That’s what I loved about India, if you wanted to shoot something, you just did it…if anyone bailed you up about it, you paid them a little money and the problem disappeared!

 

But this is NZ and our Public Liability Insurance is all sorted and we have to do things by the book… but at the end of the day, I want my cast and crew to be safe and for our arses to be covered, God forbid, should anything go wrong!

 

Anyway, I have some big decisions to make at the production meeting tomorrow night with the crew.  We will be weighing up all the options on whether to proceed as planned or whether we will have to postpone and reschedule for a later date, most likely mid-end Jan when the weather is a bit more settled.

 

On the upside, The Dominion Post, as well as the NZ Women’s Weekly have picked up on the Media Release and would like to run a story in the immediate future.

 

Plus I have been quite humbled by the pledges that have been coming through from family, friends and complete strangers.  We are a little shy of our target but I am hopeful that we might get a last minute influx as the deadline in 2 days draws near.

 

Thank you in advance for your support…it truly is muchly appreciated.

 

Update from Max Collett

13/11/2014 at 7:22 AM

On our recent recce visiting all our shooting locations there were initially not too many concerns for sound. Until we hiked out through the bush and up into the cabin we will be shooting in, because there is no electricity here the plan was to use a generator for lighting. But once there I realised the area holds a beautiful atmosphere of natural sound and silence very important to Constance, which the noise of a generator would completely kill. Luckily both Alex & Frida were very understanding and have both opted for alternative lighting solutions, meaning no generator during shooting. This will result in an amazing sound scape and clear, perfect dialogue in the finished product hopefully bringing it to a whole new level. In terms of our Deep, isolated forested location this will be one of my most challenging shoots yet and I’m greatly looking forward to it.

 

Update from the Director, Constance Gervasi

13/11/2014 at 7:21 AM

Well, the countdown is definitely on now, 10 days to go, but who’s counting??!

 

Last weekend saw Frida, Alex, Max & I go on a recce, mainly to ascertain Sound, Camera and Lighting Requirements for all our locations.

 

We started the day with a lesson with my mate Jon Terry, who works for DOC, about how to set a stoat trap.  Frida bravely volunteered to handle the device (no way did I want to risk breaking a finger or two!)  However, I am sure that between the 4 of us, we will be able to show Cohen Holloway how to set one on the day.

 

From there we headed out to the Hutt to look at 3 bathrooms, one of which would be selected as our location on Day 3 of the shoot.  Two  were at my own house…but guess what…I had locked myself out, no one was home and the spare key was nowhere to be found.   Can you believe that?!

 

Instead, we went down the road for a much needed caffeine hit, thanks to the generous donation of a friend, Maree Lovegrove.

 

Next stop, was another friend; Jolie Degaia’s residence to suss out her bathroom and son’s bedroom.   I had also arranged for Kiri and Liam Eldridge, our child actor, to come and join us as I wanted Liam to meet the crew and have a look at the spaces where he will be working.  He also got to choose the puppets that he will play with, courtesy of Javaan Degaia.

 

After this we all headed over the Wainuiomata Hill to “Merv’s” place.  I had hoped that Colin Nicholson would be available to meet Liam and the crew also, but he was away in Auckland.  By this point, the crew were pretty impressed with the various locations, with plenty of fodder to play with.

 

We parted company with Kiri and Liam at this point then paid a visit to the local supermarket to load up with supplies for our overnight stay @ the private hut in the Orongorongos.

 

We arrived at the Rimutaka Forest Park and proceeded to walk the 5 mile track where I already had specific locations in mind.  None of the crew had walked the track before and they were suitably impressed with the beauty of their surrounds.  Poor Max had borrowed his Dad’s boots and they were a tad too small for his feet, but he was a real trooper and kept on without complaint.

 

We made pretty good time across the track and made quick decisions about the equipment that would be required on Day 2 of our shoot.  A lot of this however, will be weather dependent, so our fingers are all crossed.

 

Our arrival at Sunnybank will emulate our proposed times of arrival for shooting on Day 1.  We may have a little bit of downtime between scenes as we wait for the sun to set, but I somehow doubt  this will be the case.

 

Frida, Alex & Max plan to contribute to this update with a small discussion about the logistics of filming in such a remote location with no electricity or reception.  They are definitely up for the challenge and will have to resort to some of that No 8 Wire ingenuity that Kiwis are renowned for.

 

One main topic of consideration was to have a generator or not?  Do we sacrifice sound for lights or is there another way by using car batteries via a convertor?  Think they may have a bit of research to do in this area, but that is all part of the challenge.

 

We rehearsed a couple of interior scenes to get an idea of how it will all pan out visually.  It was great to note that we are all on the same page and I think that we are going to have a fun time on this shoot.

 

Greig Barnett, who will look after unit, had also travelled into the valley earlier in the day and had cranked up the hot tub in readiness for us, so after a feed of gourmet pizzas, we ended the day by soaking our weary bones.

 

We had a leisurely start to the morning.  It is always difficult to wrench oneself away from the peacefulness of the bush…but we hadn’t quite finished our Recce.  We needed to check out a few spots along the river.  Natural elements such as wind and the sound of the water rippling over rapids will be things that will have to be taken into consideration for this part of the shoot.

 

Plus we needed to look at another location, the Banana Bridge, in similar lighting conditions to that of the shoot.  Once we had finished here, it was a matter of walking back out and returning to my house to check the two bathrooms.  Unfortunately, the acoustics in both these spaces were too echoey.  Not a bad thing perhaps, as that now means we have one less location to pack up and move to.

 

I’m not sure where the time went, but it certainly had run away on us, so after a quick feed at Ekim Burgers in the city, I dropped everyone back at their respective houses then shot home as I had a Skype meeting with Sioban Marshall to discuss wardrobe.

 

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    THE TRAMP: A Oneshot Collective Film

    Project 2014-10-24 12:29:02 +1300

    The Oneshot Collective is a new independent filmmaking initiative bringing together twelve filmmakers to create a collective feature-length film, with a common theme of Chance Encounters. This is scheduled for completion by mid-2015. www.oneshotcollective.co.nz

    SYNOPSIS: A lone woman on a tramp encounters a man with questionable intentions.  Should she trust this stranger?

    THE TRAMP is a thriller, set in the native bush. Written, Directed and produced by filmmaker Constance Gervasi, this segment is scheduled to be shot 21-23 November, 2014 in Wellington.

    The target funding goal is $4,400 to cover essential costs but anything raised above this amount will allow us to pay more of the cast and crew involved as well as contribute to overall costs.

    BUT we need your help!

    We are wildly enthusiastic and we love what we do. Unfortunately, our enthusiasm won't feed our crew, hire our lights or keep us caffeinated (very important). This is where you come in.

    We need your dollars, and we also need buzz.

     

    We're hoping that you'll help us in raising:

    • $3000 cast & crew expenses
    • $500 for camera equipment, sound and lighting gear
    • $400 for vehicle hire and transportation
    • $100 for wardrobe & props
    • $400 to feed the cast and crew on an intensive three day shoot (we'll be getting food   donations from family and friends to supplement this)

    If you can spare us some money, you will be rewarded for it. If you can't afford to give but still want to help, that's excellent! Share our project, add your friends to the facebook page or give us a tweet. The more people who know about the film, the more potential backers we have. Think of it as good online karma.

    We will be using your generous donations to make this film to the highest standard possible, and   your money will make this a reality. Furthermore, when we need that extra piece of equipment at the last minute, your support will mean we can get the job done without stress. Finally, by helping us create this film, you are helping our cast and crew gain valuable experience and exposure on a local and international scale.

    We're so excited to be crowdfunding through Pledge Me , and we will be taking each and every one of our backers along on our filmmaking journey, keeping you updated with our progress.

     

    CONSTANCE GERVASI - Writer/Director/Producer

    Constance has won prizes in two regional art awards plus had a short story  published in the book Totally Devoted. As well, she holds a Directing & Writing Bachelor’s degree in Performing & Screen Arts from UNITEC and a Masters in   Scriptwriting from Victoria University’s esteemed IIML. Buoyed by her success   at the inaugural 48 Hour Film Competition in 2003 where 100% Manmade was voted audience favourite. Constance then undertook an apprenticeship as a Writer/Director, Producer with Onions a film production company based in New Delhi whose corporate productions screened at the WTM in London & Spain, the World Economic Forum in India; and included a print campaign IQ-India Quotient  presented to the UN General Assembly in New York by PM Manmohan Singh.   She has freelanced on a raft of projects including a Creative NZ funded short film   Suburbanaut and Dale Corlett’s The Man on the Side of the Road.

     

    CAST BIOS:

    Siobhan Marshall

    Siobhan Marshall is one of NZ’s most famous faces after starring  in all 6 seasons of the hit TV drama series, Outrageous Fortune.   She has also had lead roles in the TV shows The Almighty Johnsons, Shortland Street and The Blue Rose, which won a bronze medal at the  New York Film Festival in 2014. She has been nominated for 3 Best Supporting Actress awards and 1 Best Actress award.

     


    Cohen Holloway

    Since graduating from NZ Drama School in 2001 Holloway has been a regular on NZ TV & film. Recently he won best actor at the NZ Film and Televison awards for his role as David in "Until Proven Innocent". His latest film "Good for Nothing" has received great response in the US.

     

     


     

    Liam Eldridge-Fright

    A seven year old with a wild imagination and a passion for acting, Liam featured in this year's well-received 48 Hour Film Morgan's Match and played the lead role in the short film Abandon Ship directed by Kathy McRae. He has also had appearances in TV Series Behind the Brushes and featured in music video Strong directed by Isaac Cleland.

     

     


    Colin Nicholson

    Bitten by the acting bug while on a family working stint in the Pacific Islands in the late 70’s, Colin has been involved in amateur theatrics, in a number of regional communities spanning several decades. He has played a lot of Sir’s, Doctor’s and Reverends over the years plus helped out backstage in set construction and properties. His most rewarding experience was a commissioned production for the Marlborough DCC “Beyond 2000” to commemorate the millennia, directed by Duncan Whiting. Colin has also been an extra on John Bach’s Duggan.

     

     CREW BIOS:

    Alex Meagher - DOP

    After picking up a camera in the final years of high school, Alex has rarely been seen without one since. With the use of photography Alex has been documenting his surroundings and the punk music scene in NZ for nearly a decade. Alex’s interest has expanded from photography into the moving image which saw him recently finish study at the NZ Film & Television School. His script, Unnatural Selection was chosen as one of two end-of-year films for the course. Additionally, he was DOP for the other end-of-year film, Can You Hear Me Now? Since his graduation Alex continues to develop his interest in film and works on projects whenever he can fit them in.


    Frida Elmstrom Ekstrand - Gaffer

    Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Frida Elmstrom started her film making career as a documentary cameraman but soon developed a passion for lighting. As a 19 years old she was hired at swedish director Roy Andersson's film studio, where she spent a couple of years creating light for feature " A Pigeon Sat on a Branch", first prize winner at Venice Film Festival 2014. Wanting to gain further knowledge about the different roles involved in traditional film making she enrolled at the New Zealand Film and Television School in 2013, and she instantly fell in love with the country.


    Max Collett - Sound

    Max decided in his final year of high school that he wanted to be a film maker, since then he’s done nothing but pursue his dream. A big part of this was attending the NZ Film School and from this experience he found his passion and has developed an interest for all things sound related. Since graduating Max has been working as a freelancer in the NZ Film Industry, specialising in sound. He has crewed on Short Films, Feature Films, Music Videos, Documentary’s, TVC’s, Sports Events and live Music Shows.

     


    Josh Jeffrey - Online Marketing & Social Media Manager

    Josh is the managing director at Nine Sixty, a design and marketing agency based in Wellington, New Zealand. Nine Sixty help businesses and organizations develop an online presence through social media, branding, graphic design and online marketing.

     

     

     


    Lucy-Belle Willcox

    Lucy-Belle Willcox is a fashion and special effects makeup artist with a passion for film and theatre. After studying theatre and english in Hamilton, Lucy studied makeup and sfx in Wellington, and has worked there since. She feels lucky to have been able to work together with a large variety of talented crews and people, on a number of interesting great projects. Some of her recent collaborations include SFX and makeup on a number of short films, a feature length, music videos, photo shoots, WOW, fashion shows, makeup at Armagedon for BodyFX and theatre. Vist her website here: www.lucybelle.co.nz

     

     

     

    Follow this project to receive updates on further cast and crew as they are announced shortly.

     

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    Update from the Director, Constance Gervasi

    03/07/2015 at 4:53 PM

    Hello out there to all my lovely Pledgers

     

    I trust that everything is well in your world.

     

    It’s been a while since I last communicated but I didn’t realise that I could still post on this page!

     

    Anyway, I wanted to thank you all again for your contribution to make The Tramp happen…plus I wanted to give you a wee update and bring you up to speed. 

     

    As you may or may not be aware, we have finished editing The Tramp (for now!) and it is patiently awaiting post-production with the other eleven segments.

     

    The Oneshot Collective has been fortunate enough to secure a partnership with Park Road Post to finish the film, but...we need to raise a bit of money in order to make things happen…which leads me to a little favour I'd like to ask! 

     

    As you may have already seen on social media, we're currently in the middle of a crowdfunding campaign on Boosted, through the Arts Foundation...and I could really use your help with this!  Check it all out on the link below:

     

    https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/encounters-anthology-feature-film 

     

    Please follow us…and if you haven't already, I'd be super grateful if you could share the link on facebook, twitter and with anyone who you think might like to contribute to this unique and exciting film. 

     

    Alternatively if your pockets are feeling deep enough, maybe you might like to contribute to this project, again!  I understand that any donations on Boosted are tax deductible J

     

    In the meantime please check out this teaser clip from The Tramp and an interview by my good self, see the links below:


    TRAMP PREVIEW CLIP

    https://vimeo.com/130534967

     

    CONSTANCE INTERVIEW

    https://vimeo.com/132422720

     

    Anyway keep warm and dry this winter and thanks again, in advance, for your support

    Constance x

    Update from Frida Elmstrom Ekstrand - Gaffer

    20/11/2014 at 9:23 PM

    The recce brought us through the bush to our main location, a hut far up the Orongorongo Valley. The seclusion, also being a grand part of the director's vision, and the nonexistence of electricity in the hut brings us to making some practical decisions. Sound Recorder Max Collett pointed out the vast amount of sound that even a small generator produces, and the effect that would have on the sound scape. However for image quality and style, we need to power a certain amount of lights, especially for the script wise fire lit night time scenes. After researching the option of battery powered lights and powering a minimal amount of necessary lamps with car batteries, the longevity of the batteries and the watts a 12 V car battery produces points to the most practical alternative instead being a great amount of extension chords, placing a small generator by the nearby river. 

    Update from the Director, Constance Gervasi - 18 Nov 2014

    19/11/2014 at 9:47 PM


     

    Goodness me, the last week has passed by in such a blur…and with only a few days to go…there is still so much to do and so little time!!!

     

    Where do I start…

     

    Well, this week has been about finalising all those little pre-production details…such as:

     

    ·       confirming the locations, vehicle rental and accommodation for the actors

     

     

     

    ·       getting quotes for  equipment hire

     

     

     

    ·       finally finding someone to do the make-up and wardrobe and will double up to do the stills photography

     

     

     

    ·       figuring out the menu and catering arrangements for a crew of 9-12 people that includes 2 x vegetarians, 1 x pescatarian and 1 x who doesn’t eat fish or eggs!

     

     

     

    ·       scouring stores for wardrobe items then  meeting the cast for fittings

     

     

     

    ·       gathering all the props together

     

     

     

    ·       tweaking the script to accommodate our child actor who has broken his arm

     

     

     

    ·        adjusting the shot list, shoot schedule and call sheets etc with regards to those changes.

     

     And on top of that hold down a day job, keep house, feed the family and all the animals…

     

    Like that old saying, the path to true love does not always run smooth…the same could also be said about film-making!

     

    There are three things that are hanging over this project that could potentially throw a spanner in the works.

     

    The first is the weather.  It is spring and the weather can be a little erratic.  Sunny one minute, rain the next and then there is the wind.  Unfortunately, the weather forecast is not looking that crash hot.  There is a big front looming…

     

    I have spoken to the powers that be at the Met Service and they suggested I call back on Wednesday as they should have a better idea of how it is tracking.  If it passes quickly then the weather might be okay for Sat arvo and Sunday, so have been frantically re-jigging the shoot schedule to see how it might work if we switch days around.  It’s not impossible.  However, it is supposed to be quite windy and that can be as bad as the rain.  

     

    The second is that one of my actors is crook and laid up in bed.

     

    The third is the issue of permits.  The Collective had initially contacted Film Wellington and alerted them to the permits that I would need for this shoot and asked them to let us know if there were any red flags.  I was under the impression that they would do all the negotiating with DOC on our behalf.  All documentation was submitted online etc…and then,  last Friday, I received an urgent email from them advising that they could not in fact issue these permits; that I would have to apply for the permits with DOC myself…. YIKES!!!

     

    I then met with a lovely lass from DOC last week, who is doing her very best to fast-track this process like letting the local iwi know etc and then there are the exorbitant fees!!!

     

    Way too much red-tape and regulation, if you ask me!  That’s what I loved about India, if you wanted to shoot something, you just did it…if anyone bailed you up about it, you paid them a little money and the problem disappeared!

     

    But this is NZ and our Public Liability Insurance is all sorted and we have to do things by the book… but at the end of the day, I want my cast and crew to be safe and for our arses to be covered, God forbid, should anything go wrong!

     

    Anyway, I have some big decisions to make at the production meeting tomorrow night with the crew.  We will be weighing up all the options on whether to proceed as planned or whether we will have to postpone and reschedule for a later date, most likely mid-end Jan when the weather is a bit more settled.

     

    On the upside, The Dominion Post, as well as the NZ Women’s Weekly have picked up on the Media Release and would like to run a story in the immediate future.

     

    Plus I have been quite humbled by the pledges that have been coming through from family, friends and complete strangers.  We are a little shy of our target but I am hopeful that we might get a last minute influx as the deadline in 2 days draws near.

     

    Thank you in advance for your support…it truly is muchly appreciated.

     

    Update from Max Collett

    13/11/2014 at 7:22 AM

    On our recent recce visiting all our shooting locations there were initially not too many concerns for sound. Until we hiked out through the bush and up into the cabin we will be shooting in, because there is no electricity here the plan was to use a generator for lighting. But once there I realised the area holds a beautiful atmosphere of natural sound and silence very important to Constance, which the noise of a generator would completely kill. Luckily both Alex & Frida were very understanding and have both opted for alternative lighting solutions, meaning no generator during shooting. This will result in an amazing sound scape and clear, perfect dialogue in the finished product hopefully bringing it to a whole new level. In terms of our Deep, isolated forested location this will be one of my most challenging shoots yet and I’m greatly looking forward to it.

     

    Update from the Director, Constance Gervasi

    13/11/2014 at 7:21 AM

    Well, the countdown is definitely on now, 10 days to go, but who’s counting??!

     

    Last weekend saw Frida, Alex, Max & I go on a recce, mainly to ascertain Sound, Camera and Lighting Requirements for all our locations.

     

    We started the day with a lesson with my mate Jon Terry, who works for DOC, about how to set a stoat trap.  Frida bravely volunteered to handle the device (no way did I want to risk breaking a finger or two!)  However, I am sure that between the 4 of us, we will be able to show Cohen Holloway how to set one on the day.

     

    From there we headed out to the Hutt to look at 3 bathrooms, one of which would be selected as our location on Day 3 of the shoot.  Two  were at my own house…but guess what…I had locked myself out, no one was home and the spare key was nowhere to be found.   Can you believe that?!

     

    Instead, we went down the road for a much needed caffeine hit, thanks to the generous donation of a friend, Maree Lovegrove.

     

    Next stop, was another friend; Jolie Degaia’s residence to suss out her bathroom and son’s bedroom.   I had also arranged for Kiri and Liam Eldridge, our child actor, to come and join us as I wanted Liam to meet the crew and have a look at the spaces where he will be working.  He also got to choose the puppets that he will play with, courtesy of Javaan Degaia.

     

    After this we all headed over the Wainuiomata Hill to “Merv’s” place.  I had hoped that Colin Nicholson would be available to meet Liam and the crew also, but he was away in Auckland.  By this point, the crew were pretty impressed with the various locations, with plenty of fodder to play with.

     

    We parted company with Kiri and Liam at this point then paid a visit to the local supermarket to load up with supplies for our overnight stay @ the private hut in the Orongorongos.

     

    We arrived at the Rimutaka Forest Park and proceeded to walk the 5 mile track where I already had specific locations in mind.  None of the crew had walked the track before and they were suitably impressed with the beauty of their surrounds.  Poor Max had borrowed his Dad’s boots and they were a tad too small for his feet, but he was a real trooper and kept on without complaint.

     

    We made pretty good time across the track and made quick decisions about the equipment that would be required on Day 2 of our shoot.  A lot of this however, will be weather dependent, so our fingers are all crossed.

     

    Our arrival at Sunnybank will emulate our proposed times of arrival for shooting on Day 1.  We may have a little bit of downtime between scenes as we wait for the sun to set, but I somehow doubt  this will be the case.

     

    Frida, Alex & Max plan to contribute to this update with a small discussion about the logistics of filming in such a remote location with no electricity or reception.  They are definitely up for the challenge and will have to resort to some of that No 8 Wire ingenuity that Kiwis are renowned for.

     

    One main topic of consideration was to have a generator or not?  Do we sacrifice sound for lights or is there another way by using car batteries via a convertor?  Think they may have a bit of research to do in this area, but that is all part of the challenge.

     

    We rehearsed a couple of interior scenes to get an idea of how it will all pan out visually.  It was great to note that we are all on the same page and I think that we are going to have a fun time on this shoot.

     

    Greig Barnett, who will look after unit, had also travelled into the valley earlier in the day and had cranked up the hot tub in readiness for us, so after a feed of gourmet pizzas, we ended the day by soaking our weary bones.

     

    We had a leisurely start to the morning.  It is always difficult to wrench oneself away from the peacefulness of the bush…but we hadn’t quite finished our Recce.  We needed to check out a few spots along the river.  Natural elements such as wind and the sound of the water rippling over rapids will be things that will have to be taken into consideration for this part of the shoot.

     

    Plus we needed to look at another location, the Banana Bridge, in similar lighting conditions to that of the shoot.  Once we had finished here, it was a matter of walking back out and returning to my house to check the two bathrooms.  Unfortunately, the acoustics in both these spaces were too echoey.  Not a bad thing perhaps, as that now means we have one less location to pack up and move to.

     

    I’m not sure where the time went, but it certainly had run away on us, so after a quick feed at Ekim Burgers in the city, I dropped everyone back at their respective houses then shot home as I had a Skype meeting with Sioban Marshall to discuss wardrobe.

     

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