Speaking the same Language

fitzroyadmin : January 9, 2013 8:47 pm : Blog

The first week of the New Year is over and we are warming up nicely on the pre-production of The Fitzroy. At the moment we are working up through the gears and just getting back up to speed after the festive holidays.

One of those gears is starting initial conversations about the cinematography and shooting style for the film.

Now apart from the short film – Choke Mate – that we made during the campaign, I haven’t worked with Ciro, our Director of Photography, before. This is exciting but also presents a problem. Over the next few months we will have many conversations and make plans about The Fitzroy, but first we need to get on the same page and ‘speak the same language’.

And this, at least to my mind, means having a common bank of films to reference on.IMG_20130109_155009

Over the Christmas period I compiled a list of films that I felt would be beneficial for us both to watch/re-watch.

Now these films aren’t necessarily direct inspiration for The Fitzroy, you can see those inspirations in these previous blogs.

Inspirations and References Part 1 (Visuals)

Part 2 (Comedy)

Part 3 (Music)

Nor do we want The Fitzroy to copy the cinematography. It is more a case of these films containing elements that we might want to cherry pick, learn from and fold into The Fitzroy’s visual identity.

For example, we might study how colour is used to convey mood and emotion in The Red Shoes. Or how The Grinch uses Dutch (wonky) angles. Or how Terry Gilliam uses a wide-angle lens to help convey the weirdness of his characters. Or the strong compositions of Ashes and Diamonds and how these can add power and strength to characters.

As we want to share as much with you about the production as possible, here is a list of the films we are referencing and watching. Be warned it is quite long!


  • Brazil
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  • The Brothers Grimm
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • The Fisher King
  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  • Time Bandits
  • Jabberwocky
  • A matter of Life and Death
  • Black Narcissus
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  • The Red Shoes
  • Amelié
  • The City of Lost Children
  • Delicatessen
  • Mic-Macs
  • Raising Arizona
  • Barton Fink
  • The Hudsucker Proxy
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • The Bedsitting Room
  • The Knack and How to Get It
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  • Help
  • Black Cat White Cat
  • Underground
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Hot Fuzz
  • The Grinch
  • Billy Elliot
  • Signs
  • Breathless
  • Ashes and Diamonds
  • It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
  • Crimes of Passion
  • The Devils
  • The Frighteners
  • Gremlins
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • The Magical Mystery Tour
  • Noirs … Modern and classics – especially British
  • Submarine films??

Like I say we don’t necessarily want to emulate these films, the reason for watching them is so we have common reference points.

It’s really early days and there is a lot we need to discuss both in terms of ‘artistic vision’ and the practicalities of the shoot, which will have an impact on how we end up filming The Fitzroy.

I’ll be posting more updates as we develop the visual style but thought you’d be interested in some of our references and hopefully we are all speaking the same language now.

If you have any suggestions that you think might be worth a watch, please let me know in the comments. Particularly if it is British Noir!

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Happy New Year

fitzroyadmin : January 2, 2013 5:57 pm : Blog

Happy New Year. I hope you had a great one.

I normally start my new years off by making a drunken resolution that ‘this year I’m going to make a film.’  Well this year I have to make a film… so instead I made the stupid resolution of ‘doing more exercise’.

Kickstarter: We made it!

On the 23rd of December we made our total! And exceeded it by a good amount, which was wonderful. It feels like a lifetime ago when we were sitting around in the pub deciding if crowd-funding was the right way to go. It’s been a lot of hard work, with some major highs and a few lows but thanks to everyone’s kindness, generosity and support we made it.

Which brings us to today, the 2nd of January and the start of the New Year – I never include the 1st, it’s a write-off.

For want of a better cliché, ‘the real work starts here’. If I’m honest it’s a little daunting. A few people have asked if I feel under pressure to make a great film. And the answer is… ‘yes I do’. Well, actually I feel pressure to deliver what I know we are capable of doing.

There are so many hurdles still to come and places to mess up the film. That is my biggest concern – not getting what is in my head (and hopefully in the script) up onto the screen. Some of these hurdles I’m well aware of – overcoming the limitations of the budget, making sure we cast it properly AND some hurdles are invisible, stealth hurdles. These are the ones I am most worried about.

But all we can do is do what we did with the kickstarter campaign – have an end goal and just tackle it each day as it comes. One small step in the right direction at a time. That can’t be that scary right?

And what is the end goal?

Make the best film possible and get the largest audience that we can to see it.

To me both parts of that sentence are equally as important. I have no desire to make a great film that no-one ever sees, yet equally I don’t want to make a turd that everyone sees. That’s not very dignified.

So the hard work starts here and I can’t wait to share the journey with you and finally start blogging about the making of the film rather than the kickstarter campaign.

As always if there is anything you would like to see or questions you want answering in one of these blogs please let me know.


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We are almost there!

fitzroyadmin : December 22, 2012 9:09 am : Blog

Hi folks,

Just a very quick blog as the campaign heads into it’s last few hours.

Looking back on the campaign it has been a heck of a ride with so many up’s and downs. It feels like a lifetime ago yet the past 45days have flown by!

At the time of writing this we have just 34 hours left and are at £59,006!

The goal is within touching distance – but I’m not counting any chickens yet, there is still a chance we might not make it.

The Fitzroy by Jack Candy-Kemp Only available for another 34 hours!

The Fitzroy by Jack Candy-Kemp Only available for another 34 hours!

You’ve all shown so much support and kindness towards the project – it has been really humbling and has touched all of us involved in the campaign.

But could I ask for one more favour? … well two actually.

Kickstarter is all or nothing – if we don’t reach the target we get nothing… and we don’t get to make the film!!! We are close but it is possible we might not make it.


If you could please share the film with anyone you can in anyway you can that would be awesome.

Please facebook it, tweet it, tell people about it.

Here’s the link…

The other favour is…

We are very proud to be up for indiewires project of the week. We’re up against three other projects and to win could give the film a huge boost and really help it become a success.

If you have 30 seconds please vote (ideally for us).

Thank you.

And fingers crossed we can make it.

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Singing for our supper – the results are in!

fitzroyadmin : December 21, 2012 1:47 am : Blog

On Sunday The Fitzroy and Green Rock River Band went busking – partly to raise a little more awareness for The Fitzroy and partly to spread some Christmas cheer… although I did see one mother quickly cover her daughter’s ears when they played ‘Drink here ’til I die’.


We hit up South Bank in London, arriving at 8.30am to set up. It was a glorious day and by 10.30am the guys were playing their first set. Instantly they drew in a big crowd – much bigger than I think any of us were expecting. There was a lot of goodwill and cheer from the crowd and a great atmosphere.


Unfortunately after forty minutes or so we were moved on! But this didn’t deter us – we simply found another spot further down the river and the band set up all over again and got the crowds gathering.

It was a fun day – the guys sold out of their CD’s, we handed out all of our fliers and The Fitzroy word was well and truly spread along South Bank. We couldn’t have asked for any more.

Here’s a little video of the day – hope you enjoy it.


If you don’t know, Green Rock River Band are creating the soundtrack for the film. Not only that, but they will be appearing in the film and playing the soundtrack on screen!

Cooped up in one of the rooms in the hotel is ‘The Band’. They constantly play their ramshackle and makeshift instruments. The music echoes through the sub and has a direct impact on some of the key turning points in the story. It’s going to be very cool.

They really are going to give the film such a unique energy and feel, I can’t wait to work with them.



If you want to hear more, do check out their website!

And don’t forget, you can always get the soundtrack with the film on our kickstarter page.  Or if you are feeling very generous you can have GRRB play at your next party, wedding, Bar Mitzvah or whatever you can think of.

3 days to go folks! It’s exciting times.

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Singing for our supper

fitzroyadmin : December 15, 2012 8:24 pm : Blog

Just a very quick announcement

Continuing with trying to do as much ‘live promotion’ as online promoting, tomorrow we are going to do some busking! Luckily I’m not singing, but Green Rock River Band (who are creating the film’s soundtrack) have very kindly agreed to do a live free set – how cool is that!

So if you are in London town tomorrow morning between 10.30am and 1pm, pop down to Southbank for a bit of free music and Christmas cheer. We should be around the London Eye – but I can’t guarantee that. Apparently getting a prime busking spot can be a bit of a battle. I’m imagining it’s going to be like the Warriors. Just hope we don’t run into the St Joseph’s Children’s Choir – those guys have a reputation! We’ll tweet our location once we have won our turf!

Here’s a taste of what they do!


We also broke through 80% today – which is brilliant – with just seven days to go it’s going to be very exciting. Fingers crossed we can make it – but believe me, we are going to work are hardest to make this happen. And that literally includes singing for our supper.

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