It’s been dead on one year since the team decided to produce, “Goodbye, Tiger”, and its been a crazy ride. When it was first conceived, Matt Murphy, Gabrielle Burke and myself originally decided that we were going to shoot a short film to get into the groove behind it all. Little did we know at the time, it would end up being bigger than we all anticipated. Within 4 months, the decision to re-write it to be a feature film was one of the those ambitious calls that could of been an extraordinary failure, or an unanticipated success. For all of you out there thinking about shooting a feature film with virtually no budget and a stupidly short time frame to shoot it in is easy, I would consider you sit back, and think about what you are getting yourself into before you commit.
Now that Goodbye Tiger is pretty much complete as far as filming and pre-production is concerned, I am now admitting it was seriously dumb luck that it didn’t all fall flat on its face. Serious dumb luck. I do feel that the gods were looking down on us, and I can safely say I won’t be doing it like this ever again. Firstly and most importantly, our first smattering of dumb luck was we managed to score a very close knit group of people who hadn’t met before for our production team, and without this group of people, the film would have never happened. Our second lot of dumb luck was someone scoring our producers Millie Ewens and Jarrad Rooke who came on board with the film days before shooting. Neither of them being terribly experienced, they both managed to come on board and drive the team and keep us on schedule, and not just well, very f*&king well. As I said before very lucky that we managed to randomly have these people on side at the start of shooting.
We also had our wonderful full time MUA Biancaa McMurtrie, and long time Trema Entertainment™ Australia companion Brad Weeks and Hannah Smith for sound. I look back now and really wonder how we managed to pull it off, and the reason is these people who spent every moment on set for the love of the project. The day Brak Jones and I rocked up at Brisbane Airport, we knew that we were in trouble from the get go. Our leading lady and good friend Gab had to pull out due to a sick relative, and we had to find a new lead actress a day before shooting. We spent the rest of the day frantically ringing trying to find someone, and that is where we found Genna Hayes. Currently residing in Sydney, she flew up the next day and saved the day, and really brought the character Beth to life more than we imagined. Without her, again, the film would have completely fallen on its face. Dumb luck.
I write this article because today was a milestone, and not just for me, it was for everyone involved. We released the official trailer today, and the crew’s very positive response is reassurance that we all managed to deliver something, after everyone’s hard work, that is something they can proud of being apart of. From Matt Murphy’s tireless work on the screenplay, locations, whilst trying to act as Tom the lead actor, Luke Beller and Carly Ambrose and their endless support and and how they miraculously came to our rescue financially, and to all the actors, people who let us use there location/houses, and the whole team who gave there time and patience whilst we scrambled to fit the whole film into 8 days. What seemed impossible became possible.
‘Goodbye, Tiger” isn’t just Trema Pictures™ Australia’s film, its everyone’s film, and be proud of the job you did. I thank you. I will see you next time.
-Photos by Ruwan De Silva (tSoi)