It’s been a few years since I penned the script that would become ‘The Bigger Things’. It began as a simple idea around a man’s monologue about his lost imagination as he looks up at the moon. It’s original working title was to have been ‘A shot at the moon’ which ended up in the short film as a line of dialogue anyhow.
Over several drafts, it became evident that the man would be sharing his thoughts with his child, in hope that they might learn from his experience. Therein lay the first barrier; child actors are difficult to come by, especially at a level to pull of a convincingly thought provoking performance.
Thus the script was shelved until one weekend when I was working on a short film with a young Scarlett and her Mother, Kay. It quickly dawned on me that this could be the daughter that the script needed. Even better, after a short discussion regarding the script, both were keen to get on board.
The next several months were busy both planning the project as well as juggling other parts and the day job too. Finally, on a wet and unpredictable night we all arrived on set and with fingers crossed, began the shoot.
How did it turn out? Young Scarlet put on a fantastic performance as usual. Apart from a few issues with poor weather and timing, everything seemed to go extremely well!
Well… my opinion is clearly biased, and no one else has seen it yet. The first screening will be at the Onewhero Theater where it will have a six evening run, the Saturday of which will be the grand red carpet event. If you have an evening free, come and see it!
Onewhero Film Festival 2013
River Traders (09) 236 8875
OSPA Theatre: 24 Hall Road, Onewhero, A twenty minute drive from Pukekohe