The Addicted to Sheep team have been working hard to capture a flavour of the people, style and tone of our story in our cinema poster and trailer. Thanks to Matt Dennis, our talented and dedicated Editor who worked tirelessly on 62hours of footage to deliver the final 85 minute film! We really hope you enjoy watching the trailer and it makes you want to watch the final feature even more!
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Sneak previews for the community and people who featured in Addicted to Sheep took place on a cold night in the run up to Christmas in the North Pennines, where the film was shot. Both were a great success! The local community hall was full, supper was served and the atmosphere lively in anticipation.
From the laughs we could hear, it sounded like everyone enjoyed it and from reading the feedback, everyone feels we’ve done justice to tenant hill farmers and their way of life in this area. To capture that authenticity feels like a big achievement for our small team!
We’re now busy planning our first cinema sneak preview which takes place on 19 February, to coincide with the Chinese New Year. 2015 is also the Lunar Year of the Sheep! Fingers crossed it’s lucky for us all too.
We’re all feeling very proud to have completed our first feature length film. Although there’s still a lot on our ‘to do’ list to ensure Addicted to Sheep reaches audiences worldwide, the team decided to pause and celebrate!
From 62 hours of footage to the final 85 minute film it’s been a truly collaborative project. The talented team who have made this ambitious film possible have shown an extraordinary level of passion, integrity and commitment. Those who have backed the film have also shown great imagination and trust. We can’t possibly thank everyone enough for what they’ve done. Catch up on our tales from the edit newsletter.
In the last few weeks, we have watched Addicted to Sheep on many screens (TV, desktop computers, laptops…) and each time it feels like a different experience.
For our final test before we said ‘that’s it we are happy with the sound mix and the colour grading‘ we watched it on a Cinema screen.
The technician did all the set-up for us to make sure we got the screening format right and the sound levels spot on.
After 4 years of hard work, it felt like the first time we could really sit back and relax, and enjoy taking in the scenery, appreciate the sounds and music.
We have watched it many times, but this time it felt like we were all enjoying watching the completed film as viewers. Secretly, we all had a little tear in our eye!
We have now entered a few high profile film festivals. Fingers crossed they like it as much as we do! It’s the first step in taking our film out to the world. We will be entering more in the weeks to come as well as arranging a ‘sneak preview’ for all those who have supported us to get to this stage. We are also working on the trailer. Exciting times, so watch this space!
After a week of colour grading our 85 minute final cut, we’ve now checked it all on broadcast monitors to make sure it’s top notch for cinema, TV and online viewing.
Thanks to our friends at Meerkat Films we passed the test.
According to Magnus here’s what real life looks like on a colour grading monitor.
We’ve lost count of how many times we’ve watched the Addicted to Sheep but it’s looking good!
After many weeks of editing and watching Addicted to Sheep on computer screens, we decided it was time to see it on a big screen.
The thoughts going through our minds were: ‘woo, beautiful, powerful, very intense, so sweet, out of focus, too dark, too light….’ and it goes on. Basically, it was amazing to finally watch it in the cinema but impossible not to mark up adjustments to make it even better.
On a small screen it looks powerful but when watching it on a big screen, we realised how important it was to strike the right balance between making the pace of the film engaging but not too fast and not too slow. Sound draws you in and engages too.
So we went back in the edit and adjusted a few things so the story and the pace of the film is as memorable to watch on a TV screen as it is on a Cinema screen. After another round of edits, we decided to watch it again on the big screen and check we didn’t have all these thoughts in our mind again ‘out of focus, too light, too fast, too slow’ but instead only thought ‘woo, beautiful, touching, funny…’ and we did! So the next step is the final colour grading!
Filming for us is a joint venture between subject and crew. Before the start of filming, we discussed why we wanted to make this film and the story we wanted to tell. 4 years on, and with many twists and turns in between we hoped the final film conveyed the original themes and sensibility.
After lots of time in the edit, the team decided it was finally time to show the family a rough cut. We thought the film was at a stage that would give them a good enough idea of how the finished film would be. We wanted to make sure that they felt we portrayed their way of life and that of the community accurately and with integrity.
We were nervous. ’Are they going to like it? What do we do, if they don’t?’
Luckily for us they did! They laughed all the way through.
With their positive feedback in mind, we went back into the edit and knew that whatever we did next could only make a better film. With colour grading, music and the final sound mix to be completed we’re nearly there.