The Ballad of the Amateur filmmaker Part 1

The cast for the Victoriana trailer. From left to right, Hannah Brewis, Tim Hart, Arthur Spear and Vicki Stone

I never knew what I was letting myself in for.

First you start writing a comic, seems easy (it isn’t) then proceed to find an artist (surprisingly difficult) and a publisher (God smiles and shows you your Dad’s friends).

Okay, all done?

No, no you’re not. This my dear reader is only the beginning. So one Sunday afternoon in a meeting dressed like a Victorian serial killer you’re in discussions with your editor at one of the biggest comic conventions in the UK. As you talk, the seed of an idea starts to evolve about promotion. And the Victoriana live action trailer was born.

Tim adorns his steampunk costume and prepares to invade a comic convention

Well the start at least, first you need these things (in no particular order).

1) Props and costume: Victorian/Steampunk era. Not massively available, but have a guy who makes this stuff for hobby (or me as he’s better known) and you’re well away. Goggles are essential to the era. Let no one tell you different. Otherwise you’re just eccentric.

2) Crew: Have people who you trust to work with you as part of a team. Friends are good for this as you will all tend to think alike. Especially when Cthulhu crotch is involved. Trust is essential.

3) Gear: Befriend people who have this. It makes life a lot easier. Especially being friends with film students.

4) Admin: You want to film in a town or city? Then you get permission and deal with the paperwork.

5) Script: This is handy, otherwise you’re on improvisation, and that doesn’t always end well. Oh yes, and prepare for it to go through many drafts. As the old adage goes ‘You end up losing the bit you love’. Thankfully is was not the case this time…

So after Gathering costumes, confirming filming dates and gathering cast & crew, you can start. Well nearly, first you have to confirm the locations. You can go far in life with polite communication and an offer of a donation to charity.

Tim, Kristian, Demelza and Emily scout out for potential locations (this one was unfortunately not used)

Sadly I had to work on the day of shooting. But the first section of shooting I wasn’t required as it was two of the ‘Eyewitnesses’ scenes. From the footage, messages and photo evidence it was a massive success. I arrived at 2pm quickly adorned my costume and heading to the second location.

What happened next? That my friends, is still to come…

Click here to visit the Victoriana Group on Facebook!

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2 Comments on “The Ballad of the Amateur filmmaker Part 1”

  1. […] it would have cost more than that due to the equipment used. Even the first shoot for the Victoriana! trailer that Habitual Films undertook recently ended up spending around 80p on the day of the shoot […]


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