"I had the idea for Everyman many years ago when I started living as Jack and I noticed that I was getting treated differently. I was really aware that I was now experiencing the world from a different viewpoint. Most people are aware that the world is different for men and women but will only ever experience it from one side so I wanted to share what I was seeing. I would bring it up regularly with people as it was often on the forefront of my mind. It was actually a really good way to talk about what it means to be trans and what I was going through in a way that was relatable to people who aren’t trans. That made me realise the story would have the potential to make a great film."
Scripted Documentaire: mise en scène and testimonies
"Due to it being a documentary, the development mainly went through various versions of a treatment. I initially consulted the production company I was working for at the time and then submitted it to the Scottish Documentary Institute’s (SDI) “Bridging the Gap” programme. Over the course of several months they helped me develop and hone the idea along with several other filmmakers and their projects. Through this process we learned a lot about filmmaking/storytelling and the industry as a whole which has been absolutely invaluable. At the end we all had to pitch our film to professional industry commissioners. Once it had been commissioned I wrote the first draft of the script and SDI gave me feedback on it."
"Documentaries aren’t thought of as scripted, but since I was ‘interviewing’ myself combined with my style/background in narrative (and consequent budget pressures) it made more sense to approach it like a scripted drama. The commissioning pitch was at the end of January 2020 and we were meant to start shooting in March so you can imagine I didn’t have a lot of time. But then lockdown happened which not only meant pushing the shooting dates but also rewriting the entire script, particularly for the visuals. But I actually think this extra time benefited the film more than anything. We ended up shooting in October 2020."
"The process of writing it was actually really interesting. I started with the “interview” and wrote down all the anecdotes I wanted to tell. This was a really cathartic process and it felt good to get those emotions out of the way with it being such a personal story. I then started filling in the story with visuals that made sense to me. I wanted to give a glimpse into my head and what I was feeling in a way that language couldn’t convey. The cinematographer and production designers were actually a great help with this because they asked me to write down which emotion I was trying to evoke with every scene and worked from there. It was very collaborative and the visuals really developed with their help into something very powerful."