My first film

I still remember my first film as if it were yesterday; I was 13 years old and my father had just bought our first video camera for the summer holidays. I had never hold a camera before in my life; big, full of buttons, a black and white monitor and bulky tapes...it sounds ridiculous for today's standards, but I I fell instantly in love! A rainy afternoon and a 3-minute adaptation of Orient Express casting family and friends that made absolutely no sense later, I had discovered my new passion: filmmaking!

It may have been many years since then, yet films are still my true love. So when I was presented with the chance to work on a low-budget yet ambitious production, Looking Over The Dragon (IMDB link and Twitter feed), I jumped straight in! What better for my first feature than a story of "greed, corruption and addiction"?

Joining the last three months of an intensive pre-production meant dealing with tasks like location scouting, crazy estate agents, catering companies; making a huge amount of phone calls and inquiries; managing the crew's availability for an enormous and demanding 8 weeks shoot; sorting out accommodation alone should have put me off films for ever; on the contrary, I don't remember feeling so alive! Even working all night long and sharing a small caravan room in Kent could not stop me!

Ok, filmmaking is very stressful, sometimes you just want to scream and walk away from set, but it is so much fun!

And you get to meet all these cool, like-minded people! Small tip: it pays off to be friends with the make-up department!

I mean who can resist the...blood?

And the guns!

What is there not to like in films?

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