Alexander Gordon Smith

Rambling in Redbridge!

I’m still suffering from an accidental four mile hike yesterday. I was doing a Chainsaw Gang event in Gants Hill as part of the Redbridge Festival, and my edit-addled head (I’m half way through the edit for The Fury and my brain doesn’t seem to be working any more) managed to get off the train at Stratford – instead of Ilford. (Don’t blame me, they both end in -ford!) I thought it was only a short walk from there to the Library, but it took an hour and forty minutes of power-strolling down the Romford Road before I finally arrived (late and very sweaty)!

It was a lovely event, and the audience almost didn’t fit in the room. Okay, it was a small room. Okay, there were eight people there, but they were a fantastic bunch! It was me, Sarwat Chadda and Stephen Deas, and we all chatted a bit (I chatted a LOT because I thought the event finished later than it did) about books and writing and inspiration. Afterwards Sarwat, Stephen and I popped to the local for a drink, then went for a fantastic curry. It was great to see Sarwat, and to finally meet Stephen – his books look amazing, they have dragons – and all in all it was an awesome day!

My legs are still aching from that walk, though…

Today I took a break from the edit to work on the script – we’re shooting in a couple of weeks. I was trying to make up a shot list – a list of every single different camera shot in the film. I never realised how many shots there were in a film before. This one is only about fifteen minutes long and there are nearly 250 of them! Next time you’re watching a movie count how many times the camera cuts to a different shot, it’s incredible! I’ve been ordering in gallons of fake blood and other gruesome props, which is all very exciting!

And this afternoon Lyns and I got stuck in to Gray Matter, the game we’re playing. It kind of reminds me of the mystery rooms you used to see in the Crystal Maze, with loads of puzzles. It’s great fun!

Anyway, I’m off to London tomorrow to do a couple of events for the Kingston Festival, which will be great! I hope you all had a brilliant weekend!!