We received some very truthful constructive criticism from our rehearsed reading which was amazing and exactly what we wanted, but together with feedback from our producer Lucy and director Luke, it gave us a lot more work than we anticipated. Numerous rewrites have happened and our script is still in development. The script has already changed very positively in the past few weeks, but we feel there is still some way to go before it is perfect. Aside from script development, two of our actors were not available on some of the dates we had scheduled for filming. Our filming schedule was already extremely tight, and we were faced with making significant compromises to what could be achieved in that time, writing out major characters or possibly even recasting.
We are so grateful to our generous supporters, and we have a duty to you to produce the very best pilot we possibly can. We are now in the extremely fortunate financial position to be able to film our script, and we need to be 100% confident that we are able to create something that best represents how we want GIRLBAND to look and sound, and crucially, is very, very funny. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we cannot take it lightly.
Our Kickstarter funding has given us an amazing chance and we don’t want to push forward, rush filming and be possibly disappointed with the end result. Our director Luke would ideally like 6 more weeks of preparation, rehearsal and development but unfortunately that takes us too close to Susie’s due date. Therefore, we have taken the difficult decision to reschedule filming to early May 2016, so we have ample time to address our script issues, hold table reads, rehearsals and further rewrites if necessary… oh, and Susie has time to have her baby (how exciting?!).
We will keep you updated all the way with our rewriting process and let you know how the script is developing over the winter months. As soon as production begins next year, we will keep you posted on casting, location scouting, sourcing a crew and finally filming. There is lots to do to keep us busy with all things GIRLBAND… May will be here before we know it!
Thank you so much for all your continued GIRLBAND support. We will continue to work super hard over the following months to ensure the script is at its absolute best when filming starts. GUNT FOREVER!