• Little Diva Rising

    The Three Faces of Writing

    You wouldn’t think that standing around giving actors instructions (when it’s needed), watching actors act, and watching the footage on the camera, would be so exhausting. But it is. It’s something about the creative process, about trying to produce something from your imagination – and whatever wells that invariably draws on. When I was younger and would have big writing sessions – and I’m talking writing eight or nine hours – I would always end the day feeling two things: uneasy, as if I’d spent so much of the day in my imagination, it was difficult transitioning back into the real world exhausted, like I’d just spent a couple of…

  • Little Diva Rising

    Heavy Days

    It’s interesting as somebody with limited experience in filmmaking to watch experienced people do their stuff. Our director of photography, Stuart, immediately looks at a location for its potential to be visually interesting. That doesn’t mean it needs to be some breathtaking vista, contain beautiful décor, or to be aesthetically mesmerizing, but just that it’s not going to be bland and unappealing and have the audience’s eyes slide right off it. Our sound guy, Bil Chute, does the same with sound. An American ex-pat, Bil would seem so unobtrusive, but has a dry sense of humour and a hearty laugh. He organises the boom mics so that we can hear…