Monday, 8 October 2012

Cold Convention and all things Merlinian

This blog is dedicated to all the ridiculously generous, and clever, people who have donated to, and gotten involved with supporting my new film Cold. We surpassed the expectations of what we thought we would raise by a staggering amount. The initial figure was purely an amount to shoot the actual film, and then we were going to figure out post production afterwards, which is why we kept going to then try raise funds for that, which is always the most costly aspect of film making, and the one where the most stamina and endurance is needed. Writing, and then shooting a film is easy in context, it's the finishing and finessing that is difficult.

My initial plan had been to submit to the film board and get post completion funding, whereby the Irish Film Board get involved and release funds to finish the film with you, and come on board as part producers etc. Or we would try and get a bigger production company involved, which again dilutes the film to an extent. But after seeing the positive response to the film, another idea was suggested to us which we have decided to embark on, and I hope people like it:

I have been asked to go to quite a few comic conventions, whereby you meet and greet the fans, and it has been circumstances that have never allowed me to do so thus far, but the thought of people paying for my autograph seems alien to me, and unfair for people to be honest, maybe I have a communist streak somewhere, I'm definitely not an ardent capitalist. So the suggestion was that we could hold a convention ourselves, whereby fans could come and meet us, have a Q+A, and in doing support the film 'Cold', become a part of it's growth and completion and thus a part of the film, and then we could thank them in person, which seemed like a very different idea. So that is what we are doing....

We are going to have a private convention in London on the day of Saturday November 3rd, maybe also Sunday the 4th, depending on interest, where myself and Tom, and some VERY SPECIAL GUESTS.....(which we will announce as we go along to build suspense - because that seems like fun - but you all know who they are likely to be let's be honest...), will hold a meet and greet, give every participant a signed photograph from the film 'Cold', and if they want their own photos of Merlin or any other show signed then that too, have a Q+A, where you can ask us anything, as we will be mediating it, and then show an exclusive first look trailer of 'Cold'. It will be rough, as we will have barely finished filming, but will give a taster. And maybe there will be some music too....hopefully....

Anyway, that's the purpose of this blog, to say thanks, and yes, to devilishly announce our convention, which we hope will excite people. I have to be honest, that the main reason I came back to Merlin this year was because of the reaction of so many fans to me on twitter and my blog, and it made me feel like I had to come back this year, because it had been touch and go if I would have, but seeing how happy and excited people get means a lot. So if in a way we can give something back, even just for a few hours, and then also help fund my vision then, well,, cool.....

On a final note, people might not realise, but having some money to make this film is truly inspiring to me, and I think the idea of crowd funding and bringing people into the process is fascinating. I have never had any money, but have always self funded my films, with the intention of searching for funding in a year or so, but this has accelerated the process and made me very giddy with the possibilities. If we can raise the extra funds now through this convention I can conceivably complete the film the way I want to do it with sound and music and colours grade and then have the finished film to send out into the big bad world and that would be, marvellous....

Many thanks for being so supportive, and cool, and just being super nice people, it has meant a lot to myself and Tom because I wrote this film for us to act together and try and create something interesting and beautiful for people, and I think it might well get there now...

Cheers and here is the link to CONVENTION!!! :

http://coldthefilm.eventbrite.co.uk/

Eoin + the big guy, Tom....