For the last week or so the media has been filled with a sense of gloating satisfaction that its fearful warnings of the threat of hoards of refugees was correct. And we - as society - are now cowed back into submission, viewing with suspicion anyone who differs from us. Of course, this narrative is not new. In the 1930s Europe and the US complained bitterly about Jewish refugees fleeing from Nazi Germany. Going back further we have the Narrenschiff of literary composition, drifting from town to two with its cargo of the insane, wanted nowhere but with nowhere to go. The idea of "them" against "us" runs deep in human nature; we are tribal beings after all.
OK, so the blog got overlooked in all the confusion but I’m here to assure you it is still alive and kicking. Since the last entry man has learned to walk upright, just kidding but a lot has happened and now I can fill you in.
THE SWAN MAIDENS is closer now than ever before to finalizing a shooting schedule. Our team has considered the pros and cons of filming in Lebanon and we are seriously considering moving the location to Istanbul for logistical and economic reasons but in either case we have a storyline that fits both locations well. In October we went to Istanbul to meet with Periferi Films and tour studios and outside locations, we were treated very well. As we get closer to the start of filming we will make the final call and you’ll hear it first here.
We have added Fady Farran from Beirut as DOP, he comes from Arab television work, several documentaries and numerous commercials. He has also worked on feature films for the region. Mike Jackson works for Paramount Studios and is senior editor on ABC’s “Secrets and Lies” in it’s second season, he has also committed his talent to us as head of post productions. He was a friend of mine from childhood I knew worked in the industry so I shared the script with him and not long after he joined us in this endeavour.
So we have a director, a producer, a line producer, a director of photography, an experienced post production magician and a production company in Istanbul and Beirut, not bad in a few months. The excitement is starting to build up as we see the goal in sight…...just a few dollars away….well more than a few but still it’s in sight. Stay tuned and watch the swans take to flight.