What’s happening?

If any of you follow me on social media you might have heard something about the status of the film – here’s a proper update though! The film in terms of the ‘storyline’ and interview footage is now complete. That means that the main bulk of this project is finally finished which is such a massive milestone. It’s taken a long time to edit it and I really appreciate the help and feedback I’ve received from family and friends.

I’m now starting to add the exciting cutaway shots and photos which will illustrate the interview content… and music and graphics. Then the audio and colour will be fixed and hopefully it’ll be ready to share.

I’m anticipating being able to share the film with you early next year – mid-March at the latest. More updates on this as soon as I have them.

Thanks for being patient!

Just a quick update to reassure you that this documentary is still happening!

I’m pleased to say that the editing stage is now well and truly underway. After going through hours and hours of footage and transcripts, what I’m doing is finally starting to resemble an actual film. There’s a storyboard, themes and I think I’ve even found the all powerful last sentence that I want to use. I’m aiming to have the rough cut of the documentary completed by mid-October – so it’s almost there.

Thanks for being so patient… I’m hoping it’ll be worth the wait 🙂

I’ve finished the interviews!

It’s been too long since I last updated – sorry!! But I’m doing it now 🙂

So, what’s happened?

Quite a few exciting things… in February I finished interviewing. I’ve got a total of 31 interviews with such amazing people and I wish they all lived nearer so we could hang out more. It’s going to be difficult to edit the footage as everyone said so much great stuff and I want to include it all!! There were loads of other musicians, bands and individuals from the scene who I would have loved to have included, but time just hasn’t allowed it (this time…).

Last month, with the help of friends and family, I was able to complete the huge task of transcribing all 31 interviews. Thank you so much to everyone who helped – it’s going to make the next stages of the project so much easier. The massive pile of printed transcripts is sat on the coffee table and I’ll be getting my highlighters out to work on those asap.

I’m still getting more general footage of gigs/people doing what they do in the music scene. If you have anything to share with me or know an event it would be worth me filming, please let me know via the Facebook page.

I’m nowhere near ready to screen anything yet, but I’m interested in hearing about opportunities relating to this, so get in touch.

Also, I will need some help with the edit – the visuals and fixing the audio in parts. If you have any relevant skills and are interested in getting involved, please get in touch. I’d rather hear from people who want to help directly, rather than recommendations. Thanks!!

Hopefully the next update will be sooner than November as I really want to get this finished by the end of summer (ambitious!).

What a year!

What a year! Thanks to you, I’ve been able to interview 24 people for the film this year and travel across the UK to meet everyone. It’s been busy but a great experience and I’ve definitely learnt a lot.

Since my last update 4 months ago I’ve interviewed so many people including Laila (Sonic Boom Six), The Tuts, Sarah (Esper Scout), Sarah (Kate’s Party) and Jen (Colour Me Wednesday). I’ve been keeping up with my photos on my disposable camera too for Maryam’s project. I have a lot of behind the scenes pics that I want to share but I’m still struggling to find the time to look properly at my website situation… something for 2016!
The main news is that the edit for the film will start in January 2016 (ie from tomorrow aaaaah). And I’m aiming to release it later in the year.

Please like the Facebook page so you can get further updates. I’m also sharing links on the page that I find interesting.

I know I’m early, but happy new year!

London, Leeds and interesting links

Since my last post I’ve been to London and Leeds to do some more interviews. London was especially productive. I was only in the city for 28 hours but I managed to fit in interviews with Liepa and Ren from Petrol Girls, Perkie (solo musician), and Maryam (Assistant Editor at Punktastic). I also saw Petrol Girls and Perkie supporting War on Women at the Montague Arms – great gig and awesome venue.

Petrol Girls

Then last Friday I caught up with Iona from Great Cynics (and Shit Present) in Leeds. We chatted for ages about so many things. It was great.

Recently several new articles have been posted online about the types of things I’m covering in this doc including this brilliant article by Maryam about the pop punk scene, and this preview of the women who will be performing at Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend. There was also a storify/article in the Guardian which had a similar name to the title of my film.. but it’s not related to this project (even though it sent me into a minor panic!). It’s good that people are talking about the negative experiences and trying to initiate dialogue around the subject.

One of my aims at the outset of this project was to encourage people to get involved in music so it’s important to emphasise the positives in the music scene and get people excited about being part of it. This is something I’m very keen to include. At the same time though, I know it’s not all great, so the film will also look at the negative experiences people have had. It’s vital to include both. We need to look at the bad experiences in order to determine what needs to change to enable more people to have a positive experience of the scene.

I’ve got a few more things planned for the week ahead and then later on in September… I’ll keep you updated! I’m hoping to get a website sorted out asap too which might help inform people a bit more about what’s been going on. Keep supporting this project and please continue to share it with your friends 🙂 If anyone wants to donate extra funds or their time to help with the project, please send me a message on the film’s Facebook page! Also, if you want to interview me… please get in touch.