If you have a great script then that’s half the battle,” says filmmaker Alistair Stewart, from Inverurie, who runs Reel Moon Productions with friend Andrew Forbes.
The pair are working and saving to make money to buy equipment that will help them improve the production quality of their films.
They’ve bought the Canon EOS 550D, one of the Canon DSLRs that are proving so popular among indie filmmakers around the world. That improves their video footage.
Next on their shopping list is an audio recorder. Anyone who uses a DSLR knows that you have to record sound on a separate device to get the best audio results.
Along with that there are the cables and boom pole to support the mic.
And then there’s the tripod.
“When you are doing a [tripod] pan you can hear a nice..creakkkkkkk!” laughs Alistair, making a mental note to add a tripod to their shopping list.
However most pressing for the two filmmakers is to find someone with skills to operate and work behind the camera while Alistair’s in front.
They need volunteer(s) to help with all sorts of production work. You’ll get a sandwich for your time (they reassured me!).
They’re jumping through hoops to make their productions work as best they can: TOWIG, Dream Girl and Tagged.
Wouldn’t it be great if a big-hearted local business offered a couple of hundred quid to pay for an audio recorder or a tripod to help Alistair and Andrew out.
So, lads, start knocking on doors and see what help is out there.
‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get,’ my ex-wife used to say to me.