“As a filmmaker, I struggle to find people…”
That’s the reality of it, says Aberdonian filmmaker Richard Currie, who also had a key acting role in this year’s local indie hit, ‘Attack of the Herbals‘. He works with a close group of friends who have known each other for years. And they were there, in his flat when I met him yesterday afternoon: David Keith (director/co-writer, ‘Attack of the Herbals’) and Liam Matheson (actor/co-writer, ‘Attack of the Herbals’).
The issue of a lack of suitable volunteers is at the very heart of the I Am Do Filmmaker project and that’s why Richard’s interview launches the IADF Podcast. It’s in two parts.
You would think that since the colleges and universities in the North East each year churn out people trained in video and filmmaking skills, that there would be a community of people keen to get involved, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
The local filmmaking scene is quite small. Those who have reached the stage of making feature-length films all know one another and there seems to be a handful of regular actors which they use, but beyond that, it seems, people tend to work in their own little groups on their own projects.
Listen to Richard’s interview (it’s split into two halves just to keep it manageable) and you’ll hear about how he got involved in the local filmmaking scene, about the need for new people and the skills you need to be able to fit in to a production crew. here’s a tip: you need people skills.
Don’t turn up on set and make out like you’re the most experienced person there. That’s a sure fire way of turning the team against you. Keep your head down, watch and listen to what’s going on around you and learn from others.
If you’re interested in volunteering in a movie production then get in touch, either on this site (you can leave a comment, or use the Contact form) or else make contact with Richard and his ‘Herbals’ colleagues through their website.
They’re developing stories at the moment, and when production starts they’ll start hooking up with people who’ve expressed an interest to see if there’s a way they can participate.