I’m unsure how far along I am with this project atm. I could go on collecting information and footage all year round. I have about a 25 min documentary so far. I have a lot left to do, but I am in contact with everyone and have most permissions sorted. This week I met up with another historian to discuss the aspects of medieval liverpool, I filmed paintings in the Maritime museum, and filmed in the town hall.
I’m hoping to get some more interviews done this week and edit what I have together. I’m trying to edit as I go long. The plan is get all footage and have everything edited by the end of this month. Which should be possible but I will have to get a move on. I’m debating on whether I should have a Voice Over or let the story tell itself with historians interviews throughout.
I’m unsure how ‘arty’ to be. Everything I’ve made in the past ends up with my own style to it. Will my own style documentary be going too far? I would like people to enjoy this film and learn from it, I fear if I’m too creative and let loose on this project my own imprinted style will alienate the majority of people. I know this well – for example at a film festival a few years back everyone clapped at the end of each short film, when mine had finished everyone sat in silence. Did they hate my short film? I don’t think so but it bedazzled, confused, and maybe shocked them. My films are not understood by the majority. Can I really go experimental on a historic documentary. I guess I’ll make it and see.
A preview screening to a variety of people will be needed to be done before I start to sell it. Another expense is I will have to purchase a bar code so that I can sell it in shops. Things are coming together and happening, but I really must get a move on, I can’t be writing week 10 – still filming. I’m in no rush but for sake of money I need to make this in the next few months. The footage is looking good though.