Men with money
Had a very good meeting on Friday with a hedge fund manager. Considering I have no real idea what a hedge fund is it all seemed to go smoothly. He was a very nice man, asked many good questions and seemed to understand where we were coming form. He also seems fairly sure he can raise 60% of our budget. Should this happen it will be a ownderful thing as it means a) we're nearly there and b) I can resign from full time work and start on pre prod.
Had drinks with Mike Eley on Saturday where he expressed a desire to shoot 35mm. This obvioulsy made Simon the producer very happy indeed as it means we have to re-do the entire budget to see if this is possible. Fincers crossed it is. Film is a shrinking market, but I'm pleased to say it's still a competitive one, so let's see what deal Fuji can do us.
Monday morning and it's another meeting with the Sales Agent. Very positive, they have a few script notes they'd like us to think about, their deal for us is also outlined and it's pretty much what we would expect. The one (pleasant) surprise is that while still aiming to launch a trailer at Cannes they also plan to announce the film at Berlin next month. All in all it's very exciting, and makes it even harder to get back to work and start talking about edits on yet another corporate job.
Still, got an email from Brendan O'Hare, ex-teenage fanclub now promoter at the 13th note. Turns out John Hogarty from National Park (whose music I very much want to use) was in an early incarnation of Telstar Ponies, a band Brendan was also in, so have asked him to put in a good word for us. I knew those nights getting absolutely hammered with Mr O'Hare would come in handy.