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The Fitzroy – A live action, black comedy feature film set in an alternative post-apocalyptic 1950s on a submarine hotel.
The last hotel submarine in a post-apocalyptic 1950's Britain.
The last hotel submarine in a post-apocalyptic 1950's Britain.
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The First rough-cut screening of ‘The Fitzroy’

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Last Tuesday; 10th December, in a screening room in Soho, marked a small but very significant event in the production of 'The Fitzroy'. This was the first time the film would be seen on the big screen – albeit a rough-cut of the film.

Liam, Andrew & James - might need a few more people to make the screening worthwhile!?
Liam, Andrew & James - might need a few more people to make the screening worthwhile!?
Why a rough cut screening?

The rough cut screening gave us a chance to assess how the edit is working and whether the narrative works, that the audience understands the film and elements like the gags are coming across. It is possibly a little early to review the film, as there is still all the visual effects, sound design, music and grade required to finish off. Its going to still take a few months to get those elements finished, so before we went too far down that path and have time to polish the edit we thought it crucial to get the opinion of people outside the very small circle of people associated with the film who have seen it so far. We can then go away and tighten the edit where necessary and rethink any scenes that really aren't working, before the film gets too far along the edit process. 

Who attended? 

A real mix of people. A few heads of department, everyone involved with the post process, other film makers and some people we want to be involved in the final stages of the film. We handed out surveys and asked for honest feedback. All this was essential to get the various opinions to make an objective decision on how the film is working.

It has to be said, this was a very exciting moment for us, the point at which the months of hard work begins to be seen by people - which also means its very nerve wrecking. If the gags fall flat or the narrative is too confusing, there isn't a huge amount we can do bar go and reshoot the film! It goes without saying, we really wanted the film to be well received, though at the same time we wanted to hear everyone's honest criticism, to allow us to address it. 

How did it go? 

In short, it went very well. The screening room was packed out, with just over 30 people there and we got the honest feedback we wanted. There was some criticism over certain elements of the film, part of which we had anticipated, though there was also some surprise feedback to film which we never saw coming. There was a lot of positive feedback too, the film worked on the whole, people seemed to really enjoy the screening and there was a lot of laughter throughout - which was huge relief.  

The end of the Fitzroy title sequence as shot in the screening room.

It was so exciting just to see the film for the first time with a group of people, as it really changes the dynamic and how you enjoy it. We're looking forward to having more screenings and seeing how the film evolves when shown publicly.  

Next Steps...  

We are now taking all the feedback from the screening and applying it to the edit of the film. This will be developed in conjunction with the visual effects, sound and music. In the New Year we'll then be arranging a further rough cut and test screening to make sure all the elements of the film are working.  

At this stage we still can't give an estimate on when the finished film will be ready, though we are all pleased and excited with how its progressing. We can't wait to share the finished film with all of you and we hope you can stay patient in anticipation of the final film.

 

As ever to keep up to date on the all things Fitzroy related follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook, and if you're interested in finding out a little more about the test screening - check out the Director's blog on the process. 

The Fitzroy Team

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Comments

    1. Creator Andrew Harmer on December 18, 2013

      Thanks for the comments. The title sequence is coming along nicely, though its likely the animated title sequence reward will be revealed closer to the release of the film - likely to be a Kickstarter exclusive for you guys!

    2. Creator Alan J Stuart on December 17, 2013

      Oh nice one. Any news when us title sequence pledgers will get a glimpse of ourselves in animated action?

    3. Creator Susan Finch on December 17, 2013

      Thank you for the update. I am very excited to share the progress with our children. This has been exciting for them to be involved in a film.

    4. Creator Kev Foster on December 17, 2013

      Glad to hear how well it's going guys ;)