One of the questions I have been most frequently asked when discussing this project with interested parties is “Why are you making a web series?”. After all, the script is “feature length” so why don’t we just look for funding to make the project into a film?
Well for me the main reason is pretty simple. On the internet, I can do what I like.
There are of course many reasons why the internet has become such an attractive platform for movie makers worldwide, but the primary one is that I get to have complete control over the finished product. There are no producers or financiers, which as far as the difficulties involved in getting bags of money to make the project isn’t great, but it does mean there is no one telling me when to shoot, how to shoot, what to shoot, and really, there is no better advantage for a Director than that.
Now, the second important reason is this; I live in Britain, just try to get a successful feature film made in this country. I’ve worked for a number of British film companies over the last few years, and I’ve had to sit and watch how difficult it is for a genuinely British film to get made. I’m not saying that in every other country it’s a piece of cake, but the trouble with England is that there seems to be so little available funding, and not enough support to change that fact. We have hundreds of foreign productions traveling to our shores every year, and our technicians are some of the best in the world, but the films made in England/Britain by British crews aren’t really British. And then once a film is made you have the problem with distribution. You are lucky if after all your efforts to get your film completed it all ends in a short run in some of the artier national cinemas. On the web, this is not the case. Obviously getting a bit of money together is the trickiest bit, but once it’s shot and we are ready to have the world see our work, we can quite literally let the world see our work. Once uploaded anyone anywhere with access to the internet can find our project, and viewing figures do really make a difference.
So, for me, the new frontier of the internet wins right now, and I can’t wait to see this new media platform expand throughout my web series experience.
They say you should start the year as you mean to go on, so I’m starting the year in the stunning south of France at some of the locations we’ll be using for the web series.
As our series is being shot entirely on location the importance of finding the perfect “Musketeer” look is paramount. Fortunately the area we have chosen to film in is by no means lacking in suitable landscapes and architecture.
So where is this magical area we have chosen to film? For those of you who know the south of France you may be unsurprised to hear we are shooting in and around the Lot and the Dorgodgne, famous for their beautiful medieval towns and Chateaux.
If you’re interested to see more about the locations take a look at our latest Pinterest Board, where I have gathered a number of photos of the locations we plan on using next summer: Pinterest Lot and Dordogne Locations
As promised here is a little video snippet from our first rehearsals last wednesday.
It covers the scene where Athos and Porthos first meet, their fight, and Athos and Marion’s first meeting.
Yesterday was a particularly exciting chapter in The First Musketeer’s story, because it was the first day of fight training! There is little I enjoy more than a clash of swords first thing in the morning and yesterday morning was right on the mark.
With Choreography by the very talented Charles Barrett aka Porthos, who happens to be a prize wining fencer, the routine he and Edward Mitchell rehearsed was thrilling to say the least. Keep your eyes open for footage from the day to be uploaded soon…
The second half of the day was slightly less energetic, with scenes from next year’s series being worked through.
It was a day of first meetings. We rehearsed when Porthos first meets Athos, and when Athos first meets Marion, both with rather violent consequences. I won’t give too much away but watch the rehearsal video to be uploaded soon for more sneak peeks into the world of The First Musketeer…
And of course, no day is complete without a bit of Dirty Dancing.
Who is Ghislain?
Ghislain is a new character from The First Musketeer. Best friends with Lazare since they served together under Henry IV of France, he enjoys the simple things in life. Good wine, good food, and a good fight.
Slightly less enthusiastic about the new young members of their group, he eventually becomes attached to the “lost boys” and helps as much to teach them the ways of a Musketeer as Lazare does.