The Tourist is about a man who has thus far avoided the inevitable grief that comes from losing a loved one. He travels and he works and no-one can help him to move on with his life.
This will be my third short film this year, in my first year as a writer/director, and I shoot exclusively on my OnePlus 8 smartphone. I am hoping to shoot in October, with a cast of three. I will be director,as
The Tourist will be my third short film of 2022. The two previous, “Pencil” and “Homestead” were shot in February and May earlier this year, both without budgets and both on my smartphone of choice, the OnePlus 8.
The Tourist is about a man who has lost his partner a few weeks previously, but instead of grieving for her, he has continued with work, continued with his life and is subsequently running on autopilot.
Writing and directing has been a godsend for me, it has helped me to work towards something despite the coronavirus pandemic threatening to render our lives meaningless. I moved to Austria with my wife two days before the first lockdown began, and everything I had worked for in the UK very quickly became irrelevant due to starting again in a foreign country. So with just a computer and my imagination and a functional idea of a game plan, I started writing.
I love the guerilla aspect of mobile filmmaking, it is in various parts freeing, problem-solving, logistic, and very rewarding. For me, the creative aspect of writing the script is just one part of it, to go with the shot list, location scouting and networking to try and coax freebies from absolute strangers.
Subsequently, the first short film I ever made, “Pencil”, turned out like this……..
It’s currently doing a select festival run.
The second short film I made, “Homestead”, is here………
This was shot because I wanted to take advantage of the location on offer, a wine farm in South Africa that we stayed at whilst visiting my mother-in-law, and I wrote it so that it was straightforward and would only take a day to do. Which it did.
I’m at the stage where I probably won’t be able to work/perform at all if I don’t create and source it myself, and that is what is driving me. I don’t have an income, I am a stay-at-home dad, certainly for the rest of this year, and any equipment I have, has been bought as a present: my mobile was for my birthday, I got a gimbal for Christmas etc etc.
I want The Tourist to be the next step. It’ll be the last film I shoot this year,and with the lessons learned from the first two films, I believe it will be superior in every way, from time spent writing the script, to extra shot-planning, locations used and talent brought in.
I have liked not having a set budget for the first two films, it has helped to keep pressure to a minimum and engage the problem solving element of filmmaking. This time, I wanted to have a budget to use because I think it is a very important part of making a short film, and it adds a focus and can provide time to the project as well as production value. Undoubtedly, a budget will allow me to consider on-screen talent that I simply wouldn’t allow myself to contact otherwise, but also, a budget will allow me to engage more and reach out more to those who may be interested in backing me. I intend to hire someone to take BTS photos and video, and edit them together into a short documentary, or a selection of interviews or even a commentary, and make all that content available in the form of perks, either individually, or bundled with other goodies. Lastly, this project is flexible, I think would feel let down if the shoot couldn’t go ahead if the goal wasn’t reached. I will just have to adapt as each situation arises.
Shooting is tentatively set for mid-October. The script is currently in the hands of those that need it, but as mentioned before, the main equipment is in place and ready to go, it is now all about planning and fine tuning.