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GIN AND IT

The Journey from Book to Screen

How five glorious days filming in the English countryside changed my world

Changing the Landscape 

Writing a book is a major achievement – bringing it to life on screen is the kind of magic dreams are made of. BooksOffice is changing the landscape in content development and making that dream a reality for more writers based on my own journey in making Gin And It – read on for more about what that journey involves – and if you want an in-depth guide to the process, join me on one of my FREE webinars. You’ll be inspired!  

How it was done: Step by Step

The journey of making the trailer and short movie of Gin And It took a lot of time and planning and aside from successfully landing me a production deal for the TV series, it also gave me valuable insights into what it takes. That’s why we can now offer you the opportunity to take that journey too – only we will be there making it happen for you, with you involved in every step along the way. It’s an incredibly exciting experience. Take a look at what could be ahead…

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Script

Took excerpts from my book and then learnt how to prepare a script in Final Draft to write a short movie and trailer

Location

Searched for a location where I could film as many of the scenes as possible within a small geographical area

Financial Plan

Researched production costs and requirements and developed a financial plan and funding proposal 

Key Positions

Pitched my project to an experienced Director and then searched for a great cinematographer

Casting

Wrote character descriptions and a casting brief and posted on casting websites and in groups

Crew

Recruited crew, including the key position of Line Producer for all departments, camera, lighting, sound, make-up, set design etc

Sourcing

With my Line Producer, identified and sourced equipment, accommodation, catering,  props make-up, costumes etc

Planning & Communication

Worked with my crew to develop a communications and time plan for the filming dates, involving a 1 day setup and 4 day shoot

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Filming

Had an amazing time on set as we filmed my short movie and trailer in the blazing sun in the middle of the countryside!

Post Production

Briefed and oversaw all post production work, including picture and sound editing, score music and the colouring process

Pitch Material

Devoloped a Series Bible, marketing plan and marketing materials  including a proposal to develop enough content for 3 series

Pitching

Drew toegther a team to work on the project and researched and pitched to production companies and channels

The Result

Take a peek below at the trailer for Gin And It – a cinematic quality teaser made by a fantastic cast and crew, many of whom will work on YOUR production if you successfully submit your story to one of our projects and are one of those chosen…

That’s a wrap! Part of the team on set after filming the last scene…

It takes a village

Filming is a team effort in every sense of the word – it’s a unique process; and phenomenally impressive to see a group of people who have never met before, converge on a single location and then prepare, film and break down a series of sets before all leaving for other projects where they will all do the same with another group of people previously unknown to them.

It works because they are all professional, disciplined and willing to work with flexibility and commitment to achieve an end result everyone can be proud of.

 

Behind The Scenes

CREATING MAGIC

  • Camera
  • Lights
  • ACTION!

Now BooksOffice gives you the chance to to make movie magic in four easy steps…

1. Add Your Book/s

Add you book (or books) to the BooksOffice website and we’ll start promoting your stories

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2. Create a Deck or Bible

For each of your titles, use our online guide to create either a Movie Deck or a Series Bible to prepare for Submssion

3. Submit to Project

When our Feature Film or TV Series projects launch, submit your book or books

(there is a small charge for this)

4. Shout It Out!

Tell the world you’re in with a chance of getting your story told on screen – and we’ll shout it for you too! Everyone who signs up will receive 5 free votes to support their chosen stories

Our Projects are open to a public vote… if your story wins, we’ll make a pilot, short movie and/or trailer to pitch to major TV channels on your behalf

ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR CLOSE UP?

Make sure you’re ready for your chance on screen

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Join me for top tips on preparing to take your story from book to screen

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