Yvette Horizon just wrapped principal photography. Last Saturday, seven months since our first shoot and one full year since the spectre of an idea first revealed itself, we have our little film in the can. A selection of vfx elements and pick-ups remain to be shot, plus some heavy duty field-recording for the audio – but with an investment budget of zero, we have successfully captured in sound and vision the makings of an impressive intergalactic pirate yarn.
If you will allow for a nostalgic interlude… in my parents garage there lies a box containing a hundred prologues. A collection of dealings in fantasy tropes, manifested in comic book form by a frustrated young would-be film maker, dating back to infancy. Some prologues are followed by middles and endings, most are not, but all of them were forged and fueled by the desire to see my ridiculous imaginations made real. With Yvette Horizon I have not for the first time imagined, then scrawled, a story set on spaceships and in impossible cities – but this time, through charity and misadventure, opportunism and chance seen others join me and make it a reality. Even as a commercial animation director for eleven years, I can suggest to you no more completely satisfying an undertaking than to invent a story and characters, then can watch them become real before your eyes through human performance and the support of a creative and talented technical crew.
While there is much left to do, we have, in effect, a guarantors bond on the completion of this film, in that just about every person I have ever spoken to or met now has some personal or creative investment in seeing the film finished, and most of them know where I live! This threat of violence alone ensures that all the space battles and mutinies and chases shall become tangible soon enough. And until that danger is averted, I hope you continue to travel with us.