Created on Sunday, 29 July 2012 19:17
Last Updated on Sunday, 29 July 2012 19:27
You may recall, a few months ago we held a casting session for the Boy. And you may also recall that several of our auditionees failed to show up. This was particularly galling to me because one of the young actors we were due to see was my stone-cold favourite for the role - a young man by the name of Billy Mackie.
Well it turned out that Billy was sick that day, and his folks had no way to let us know he wouldn't be making the casting as this was a weekend and his agent was out of the office and impossible to contact. So we didn't get to see Billy, and I was sad.
However after the weekend Billy's parents got in touch to explain and apologise and assure us that Billy, who is a mere 16 years old, was still very keen to audition for the role. So after much to-ing and fro-ing - Billy is still at school, and this was the end of term, with exams and all sorts to be contending with - and a cheery Skype call under our belts, it was agreed that Billy would come down to London's Olympia and we would all get to finally meet at the comic con.
And so it came to pass.
I met Billy plus sizeable entourage (his very own Drama, Turtle, etc) at the exhibitors' entrance and brought him to our stand where he met the team and we all stood about awkwardly for a few minutes. After that, Billy, his friend and minder whose name escapes me but he was VERY TALL, my cousin Dave and our documentary-maker Steve all repaired to the vast balcony which encircles the main hall, we found a quiet spot, all sat down on the floor and with Dave as Morpheus, went through a reading of the casting script with Billy. What a trooper - what a pro!
And OK, it was all a little embarrassing and difficult and last minute and needs-must, but despite that, Billy was perfect. I knew it right away. He had the, erm, light in his eyes. I knew he would. Billy and pal then fled into the depths of Olympia, and who can blame them? Prowse was awaiting.
And we had our Boy for the trailer. (And possibly for the feature film next year too.) Job done.
The comic con then continued and our stand continued to pique interest. Saturday afternoon was crazy busy and it was all hands on deck. At one point a pleasant-looking fellow wandered past (rare - it was mostly Stormtroopers & Klingons), had a good look, a good read of one of our postcards, and introduced himself as Verster Du Plessis. We shook hands.
"I'm an editor," said Verster.
"We need an editor, for our trailer," I replied. Ian, our trailer cinematographer, had informed us he would do the edit if he absolutely had to, but made it clear he absolutely did not, in fact, have any desire to do so the slightest - in fact he would be seriously pissed off if we had the thoughtless temerity to even fucking ask him.
"OK," said Verster, and he handed me his business card. I handed Verster my own business card. We shook hands and smiled at one another. Verster gestured towards our big movie posters.
"Nice," he said, and ambled off.
The comic con then continued. It went on, and on, and on and on. Christopher Sciueref, who is in the new James Bond movie (I may have mentioned this before) and who plays the psychotic Father Dedalus in our film, came along to the comic con especially, stopped by the stand and immediately stripped off his shirt to don one of our special promotional t-shirts. Hell yeah!
LFCC continued the next day, Sunday, too, but I was unable to attend as my family were about to fire me, and so Owen and Dave deputised extremely ably in my absence, and secured another couple of pages'-worth of email addresses for our ever-growing mailing list. The beat went on. Our exhibiting of the Elder movie at London Film & Comic Con was adjudged by all present as a spectacular success, and well worth the time, effort and MONEY that many of YOU contributed towards. We truly cannot thank you enough. We exhibited with utmost professionalism, and our promotional materials were of the very highest standard. We were taken completely seriously. The interest was enormous. The Elder movie at London Film & Comic Con 2012 was a unalloyed goddamn TRIUMPH.
We are in the game. WE ARE IN THE GAME.
Verster and I emailed one another a few days later, and Verster is now going to edit together our trailer, and has offered his services entirely free of charge, just like everybody else involved in this project so far.
Welcome aboard, Verster Du Plessis. Together let's make history!
Don't you want to come and join us??
COMING NEXT: We shoot the trailer. We really genuinely honest-to-God shoot the motherfucking Elder movie trailer. In real life. How fucking cool is that?!?