Challenging first steps
"In the beginning we were still thinking about involving a writer to write the screenplay. It was hard trying to find someone who was willing to write this story for free. However, we did find two writers who were enthusiastic and generous enough to put their time in without any promise of reward. We had them write a first draft based on the story David and I pieced together. They were a great read and it was nice seeing our story detailed in scenes we had never thought of. However, something was missing. We felt neither draft quite matched the style we wanted to implement in the film. We decided that I'd write the screenplay myself. In the following month or so I'd written the third draft and we were really happy."
"The preproduction had its challenges. It was a first time producing abroad for us, so we had to think about the feasibility during the writing process. Luckily we had gotten a Spanish commercial producer, Eva, on board to help us produce the movie. She helped us by examine all the possibilities for filming in and around Canjayar. After she had come with some suggestions for locations, we organised a location scout in Spain with a mini crew. It was great to finally see everything come together on the locations where the story would take place. Eva made her house available for us to stay during location scouting and shooting, which made everything so much more affordable."