Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending a day helping to create an amazing sci-fi film that is now in production. Last year I was involved in an entry for the annual 48 Hour Sci-Fi Challenge and the director, Simon Cox, is now in full flow of realising his ambition to produce a full, feature length sci-fi adventure movie called ‘Kaleidoscope Man’. Below is a snap from the shoot aboard the International Space Station just prior to a full-on apocalyptic alien space invasion. Yes, I am ‘Commander Jeff Phillburn’! With me are Lieutenant Clare Dangerfield (Kate Davies) and Lieutenant Allan Carter (Julian Boote).
How can you help make sure this extraordinary project gets to the screen? Here’s Simon Cox to explain:
I couldn’t be an actor if it weren’t for network marketing.
Like may actors and other folk in creative and freelance industries, I have never had a ‘proper’ job in my life. Nor has my wife, Sharon. To be honest, I’m not quite sure how we’ve made it this far as neither of us have ‘made it’ (whatever ‘it’ is!) and keeping our heads above water has been a hand to mouth experience for the most part. Added to which, my attempts to put some foundation into our income – making films and a brief excursion into running a recording studio – while fulfilling and creatively worthwhile, in reality have resulted in a serious dent in our credit rating. Let us not dwell – moving swiftly long …
The thing is, in a few years time we will both be in our sixties and frankly, I have run out of ideas for ways of trying to ensure a continued income without entering the normal job market. I don’t have any qualifications and even if I had, I get the feeling that now is not a brilliant time to be looking for a ‘proper job’, especially at my age.
I left acting twelve or so years ago. I left the profession for a variety of reasons – a physical injury, frustration that I wasn’t progressing, combined with some opportunities that opened up the other side of the camera, so to speak. Those opportunities led to me forming a video production company which, for a few years, was actually quite lucrative. Sharon and I made over sixty corporate training and communication videos during this time, most of them for just the one client – the gas transporter, Transco. Trouble was, when they suddenly changed the way they tendered for outside contractors, it all became too ‘corporate’ for us and we slowly baled out of the market.
Which makes it all the more surprising (given a natural aversion to ‘corporatey’ stuff) that seven years ago we joined a network marketing company. When I say ‘we’, I mean Sharon joined a network marketing company and just happened to put my name on the form too. I’m glad she did.
Had the very great pleasure of spending a bonkers Saturday involved in the shooting of this short film with director Simon Cox of AlphaStar Productions. If you don’t know, the brief for this annual competition is to produce a short science fiction film within the space of 48 hours. On or after 11.00am Saturday, all entrants are given the title of their film, a line of dialogue and a specific prop that must appear in the finished article. The film must then be submitted by 12.00pm on the Monday. The given title was “A Swift Change”, the line of dialogue was “We’ve fitted one in his skull, records everything and transmits it to here, coded to my card”, and the prop was a photo frame that had to have the photo replaced by one of the characters. Simon had prepped and scripted the story beforehand – luckily, it was easy to incorporate the prescribed instructions. The result is below: