So, the script’s been written, actors cast, locations secured, props set up, and cameras put in place.

Now begins the daunting task of making a decent movie.

A lot of that burden falls on the shoulders of the film’s director – along with the responsibility of deciding on and / or managing any changes that have to be made.

Shooting Incident Productions’ “Trick” is directed by Jay Spencer and Jamie McEvoy.
We’ll be hearing from Jay, later on in this series.

For now, let’s get the inside scoop on the project from man-on-the spot, Jamie McEvoy, in his own words:

"Trick" movie director, Jamie McEvoy

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.

A: I am a 20-year-old filmmaker at Leeds and Bremen based video
production company Shooting Incident Productions.

Q: How did you get into directing, and what kind of work do you do?

A: I discovered my passion for filmmaking at the age of 15. One day I
was sat at home, bored, and I was suddenly overcome with an
overwhelming urge to make my own movies! I was always passionate about
watching movies and in the back of my mind knew I wanted to be in the
industry in some capacity, but on that day I made the decision that I
was going to make movies and nothing else.

I got a £2,000 camera and started on my journey, from making little
clips with my friends in my back garden and in the local woods, to now
making feature films in Europe with an entire cast and crew.

Q: For “Trick”, what changes – to the script, locations, or cast – did
you have to make, to reflect conditions on the ground?

A: Not much really, we have decided to turn the film into high
contrast, black and white, as it adds a lot of grittiness and a
richness to the visuals.. We changed the cafeteria scene to take place
in a strip bar.

Q: Did the shoot go smoothly? Any noteworthy events, on set?

A: The shoot went very smoothly. Everyone involved on set took
direction superbly and just focused on getting the job done. Jay and I
knew exactly what we wanted from the very start so that made things
much easier.

Q: And, the future? Any upcoming projects we should know about?

A: We are signed on to direct, shoot and edit another feature film
called “Yoga, Booze and the Road to Nirvana”. It is from the same
writer and producer of our first feature film, “Insomnambulists”, that
we made earlier in the year. We expect to begin production early next
year. In the mean time, we have always been interested in making Des
Nnochiri’s screenplay, “Best Friends Forever”. That may well be our
next project.

Q: Thanks, for your time Jamie.

Okay, so. Not too many complications, with this one.

But film-making is a highly fluid process. Changes can and do occur, for any of a number of reasons. For instance:

Script Rewrites
A screenplay may undergo several revisions, between the screenwriter’s original draft and the version that finally makes the screen. The aim each time is to make the script better: tighter action, greater emotional impact, targeting a particular audience,  or whatever.

Casting Changes
That actor / actress the lead role was written for might develop rheumatic fever on the eve of the film shoot. Or be unavailable, for legal reasons. Or opt out, at the last minute.

What do you do?

The Sylvester Stallone / Wesley Snipes action blockbuster Demolition Man was originally written as a vehicle for Bruce Willis.
Early drafts of the screenplay feature a lead character called William Wade, whose laconic, ultra-cool tough guy persona was tailored for Bruce. Who left the project, for contractual reasons.

So a new script was written, with a character named John Spartan, who was modeled on Sylvester Stallone. The rest is history. Sort of.

Legal Wrangles
Copyright issues. Registered trademarks. Ongoing lawsuits.
These have strangled many a budding film project, at birth.

Ever see the TV series, The Young Bruce Wayne Chronicles? No?
That’s because Warner refused to release live-action television rights to the DC Comics Batman character. So the CW were forced into a radical rethink.

Young Bruce Wayne became young Clark Kent, became Smallville. And a legend was (re)born.

Location Issues
It’s not easy, renting a disused nuclear plant. Or finding one, for that matter.
So that laboratory scene might have to take place in a vacant warehouse, instead.

And the epic gun battle, on the beach? At midnight? Probably works better at noon. Indoors, if possible. Because the monsoon season’s just started, in the city outside.

And so on.

Stuff Happens
From day to day. And not just the weather.

You know the movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark?
The scene in the market, where Indiana Jones faces off against a huge, scimitar-wielding killer?

In the original screenplay, this was choreographed as an elaborate duel between sword and bullwhip.
On the day, legend has it that Harrison Ford developed stomach problems.

So the scene was completed in one shot. BAM!! Literally.

BTW, did you know that all the action in Transformers 3 – even the domestic and military stuff – was originally meant to occur on the surface of the moon?
I’m kidding. Still; might have been cool. That way, we wouldn’t have had to hear them speak.

In the next instalment of this series, you’ll be meeting one of the stars of our movie. Till then.

Don’t be a stranger; wear a name tag, or something.