We’ve just had word from our screenwriter, Lizzie Hopley that she is over half way through the new draft of Clovis, with an aim to finish it by the end of May/beginning of June. We’re excited to get going on it again.
We’ve had some tweets and emails asking when the film will be done, and why it is all taking SOOO long. I can’t stress enough that making a film is an extremely lengthy process. If a massive studio is behind it, it takes two years (and that’d be considered quick). There are so many different variables, so many obstacles and so many ups and downs. Granted; if we had decided, at the very beginning, to make a very low budget feature with the donations, then we probably could have done it by now. But we didn’t. We chose Clovis Dardentor which has evolved from a relatively low budget film to a fairly high budget one. It has changed, for the better. The ‘Clovis Dardentor’ we had set out to make with £1 Million (at the very beginning) was not right – it wasn’t Jules Verne – it wasn’t Clovis Dardentor.
We haven’t, and wouldn’t ever be able to sell enough credits to fulfill the new Clovis Dardentor’s budget (or the old one’s, in fact). It’s impossible – we’ve kinda proved that. We realised this a while ago and so started to pursue studios and production companies to take on the film (with us). That was the only way we could ever see THIS film get made.
I must assure our supporters who bought credits and pixel-ads that even though we can’t fund the film wholly with your donations, what you gave will still be used to make the film and your names will still be on the end credits. That hasn’t changed. Not one bit.
The focus, for us, has always been the film. Afterall, we’re filmmakers, not salesmen or internet marketers. For this reason, when Stephen Fry, John Lloyd (Blackadder/QI producer), Jude Law and many others read our script and decided that there was something missing, of course we were going to stop and sort out the problem. It has taken a long time to plan and organize the new draft of the screenplay, and it is a great feeling to know that it is being written right now!
Not long ago, we were just three schoolboys getting on with our A Levels, but now we’re film producers, full time. We get to spend our days being creative, planning future projects, writing scripts – it’s fantastic. Though updates have been sparse, we are still pouring our hearts into Clovis Dardentor and are really working harder than ever. If you bought a credit or a Pixel-Ad, I entirely understand any possible frustration or impatience you may be feeling… we’re impatient too.
This could take years to get made. However, the near future looks bright. With the new draft comes new opportunities, open doors. We have producers, studios and production companies waiting to see it. When it’s done, I’ll be posting more updates, telling you where this crazy thing is going. But please, stick with us. These guys still are…