This weekend the camera rolled on the first shots of The Seven Stages of Geek, the first short film from Waiting for Gibbons Productions. And as you can see we’re totally unfazed and calm about the whole thing.
A mere year and a half ago, we couldn’t have picked each other out of a line-up. Complete strangers. Andy W Clift was (and still is) a storyboard and comic book artist and a director of animated short films. As for me, Abigail Chandler, I was a struggling script writer and slightly-less-struggling film, TV and comic journalist.
Do you see the cross-over there? Comics. We’re both massive comic book geeks.
And what would be the location for our fateful first meeting? A comic convention, of course.
The first ever Kapow!, to be exact. We happened to be side-by-side in a very long queue for a Dave Gibbons signing (you didn’t think our production company name was about monkeys, did you?) and passed the time arguing over who was the best Green Lantern and coming up with queue-jumping contingency plans, most of which involved faking infirmity of some kind. Suffice to say, we got on a bit.
We started hanging out after Kapow and soon realised two things: 1) Andy was itching to move into live-action directing, and 2) I was all-but giving up on my film passion project, Fanboys, a comedy set in a comic book shop. Andy asked to read the script, zipped through it in no time, and promptly texted “LET’S DO THIS!” But feature films require budgets and what-not, so that turned into: “LET’S DO A SHORT FILM OF THIS!”
So I penned a prequel to the feature and a short 12 months afterwards (during which we realised that film-making takes a lot longer than you’d think) we’ve got a location, we’ve got a cast, and, like Limp Bizkit before us, we’re rollin’.
So welcome to our blog as we make The Seven Stages of Geek happen.
Or, as I like to call it, How to Make a Film Without Really Knowing What You’re Doing.