Getting started

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I’m really pleased the creation of Boom! is now underway.

This is the first time I’ve made a feature-length documentary, although in a sense the process is quite similar to writing the books I’ve had published.

First, there is the planning stage, known in the filmmaking world as pre-production. And there’s a lot of planning to get through.

We have an overall theme for the film, exploring Financial Planning and the Baby Boomer generation, but need to identify some specific themes and create a broad storyline.

I’m keen for certain elements of Boom! to develop organically once we start filming. It’s quite exciting to think that we might discover a new story or theme during the filming stage, taking the documentary in a completely new direction. I’m quite receptive to that happening.

Pre-production also involves identifying the experts we would like to interview and lining up interviews with each of them. I’ve already started drawing up my ‘wish list’ of interview subjects; the people I think could bring their expertise to the movie and make it compelling viewing for the audience.

As we focus more closely on a handful of specific themes and develop the story, this is likely to identify further experts who are right for Boom!

The pre-production phase also involves thinking about kit, acquiring some new toys and testing everything to determine the right style for the documentary.

As things stand, the production of Boom! is going to be done on a tight budget, using a ‘run and gun’ documentary filming style. This means using existing kit, simple rigs and basic lighting. Advances in technology over the past few years means the kit I’ve already got as an amateur photographer and videographer (‘prosumer’ level kit) is broadcast quality.

Of course, in an ideal world, I would love to identify a sponsor at this stage to step up and fund production of Boom! For £3-5k we could get everything on this list along with a dedicated MacBook Pro and Adobe software for initial editing, plus spend some money on branding for the documentary, which would help with the Kickstarter campaign at a later date.

Once all this is done, we can start filming, or ‘production’.

I’m aiming to get started with this in the New Year. It will mean filming lots of interviews as well as plenty of ‘b-roll’ footage, for editing it all together, and filming a few other ‘projects’ for the movie. More on that later.

And then we can launch the Kickstarter campaign in the early summer to fund the cost of professional post-production, work with the editing company to create the final product and organise screenings.

At this stage, to sheer scale of the to-do list is a little overwhelming. Making a documentary is a bit like eating an elephant; one bite at a time.

It’s going to be an exciting journey over the next twelve months and I can’t wait to deliver this project to the world.