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After a lenghty period in post-production, Pendulum Drift is finally taking shape with a view to have a festival version of the film released in 2015.
There are still many issues to be addressed, but many of the scenes are flowing and the dramatic elements are being tuned. This was never going to be a simple film to create, and have found that the film merited a long period of critical analysis and evaluation.
The production process which was followed meant that the material needed to be handled carefully. I think after having viewed practically every single frame captured at the shoot, this has led to a thorough examination of the film.
With every frame dissected, fresh iterative decisions are continually being made in the edit suite which will allow for the narrative to shine considering the many nuances of the project.
It has been an ardous journey crafting this film project, but I think when the film is finally released it will have been well worth all the effort.
I never planned to make an easy film, nor use tried and tested film routes. The aim of the project was to create something completely different using methods I researched and developed at the film Academy. Which in-turn would lead to a different experience for the audience.
There is no doubt that Pendulum Drift pushes the envelope in so many ways, and hesistate to say that it was solely a filmmaking journey, rather a holistic creative experience.
Pendulum Drift - the film project came about after studying for and completing a Master of Arts at Screen Academy Scotland 2009.
I was eager to put some of the knowledge I had gained and put it straight into practice. The dissertation I had researched and written up had me asking more questions - which I wanted to explore further by 'doing' rather than more academic research at the time.
The dissertation had looked at the processes of some of film's most courageous innovators such as Mike Leigh and John Cassavetes for example. I wanted to delve deeper into their methods of developing and producing film projects and more importantly understand how these particular filmmakers kept their integrity as artists.
I therefore developed a film project, 'Pendulum Drift', a feature length drama to try out my own ideas and methods which I had researched and developed at Screen Academy Scotland.
As a creative artist, understanding boundaries is important, but breaking through them is the whole point and the ultimate goal.
Pendulum Drift presents many unique challenges in the months ahead and will be pushing through all the boundaries faced.