I have already started work on the story boards for the film and have written out instructions for all the heads of department which are designed to help in the recruitment process and as a starting point for discussions once the work begins. Casting has also begun with an approach having been made to a well known male actor by the casting agent Sophie North.
The most important things for me are that the people I work with are passionate about what they do, that they agree with me on the basic themes of the film (so that we are in effect making the same film not struggling to make two different films), that they respond positively to the material and that for them the film is important in terms of their career development - I don't want people for whom this is 'just another job'. I am going to try and make a film, every frame of which looks like a feature film and to achieve that we are going to have to squeeze this budget very hard. That means that I will be asking people to go the extra mile so that we can really knock people's socks off.
Everyone who supported the project will be receiving a more detailed report on progress in the coming days.