A sneak peek behind the scenes extravaganza, revealing insight into our recent studio shoot for the epic Discworld short film: Troll Bridge! See the props, set and actors up close as we expose all in this intimate revelation of life on a Snowgum Films set!
A short teaser trailer for the Terry Pratchett Discworld short film Troll Bridge. This trailer is comprised of the footage we shot in studio in Melbourne. No colour grade, no compositing, no mattes, no CG trolls, no set extensions… just pure raw footage to give you a taste of some of the shots we captured.
Beyond Kickstarter and well into New Zealand there are a number of people who have gone well out of their way to make Troll Bridge “happen”. Donating their times and services, and cutting us deals… without these people we wouldn’t even remotely have the film that we do. It’s extremely important that these extremely talented and generous people get recognition.
Don Bridges has stepped into the role of Cohen the Barbarian, and (for me at least) has become the definitive version of this character in my own head. When I read Cohen off the page, I now hear Don’s voice and see his movements and mannerisms. He’s one of those incredibly gifted actor who is able to communicate amazing truths through character performance. When I picture Cohen in the books now, I see Natalie Burley’s nuanced and robust makeup and hair work – not only able to hold scrutiny under the camera – but also in real life. Her work was uncomfortably real.
I’m not sure I could give either a greater compliment than this. They are team Cohen
The horse’s gear and costuming have been brought to us by Nightshade FX with husband / wife team Dale Bamford and Emily McGregor spearheading the Art Direction. Cohen’s exquisite leatherwork was completes by Stefan Waldhoff – with additional prop work from Tristan Lucas and Michael Kearney. At the end of the day, Nightshade FX should almost be credited for creating the world. Because that’s essentially what they’re doing. From scratch. With next to nothing to work with. Geniuses or practitioners of the dark arts, I’m not sure…
Once in New Zealand – everything was overseen by New Zealand Production Manager Garry Strangman. This was our go-to guy whilst in and around Queenstown, and invaluable asset who knew the NZ workings inside and out. Without him we would have floundered and not had locations or resources we didn’t even know we needed. We owe this man a lot.
In the camera department we had Tim Egan (who we had to drag away from directing his ABC TV show The Bazura Project), with Saraj Alkemade assisting him. Our Chief Grip was Sam Strain who was seemingly able to get the camera anywhere. The footage (of course) is stunning, and it’s thanks to these guys. The toys we shot on were supplied by Inspiration Studios. And amazing toys they are too! It’s the first time Snowgum has shot on a Red, and we’re proud it’s with Troll Bridge.
Sound wise we had Gunay Demirci recording and mixing everything, and when it comes time, will be doing all the post and sound design work. Always a pleasure to work with and incredibly efficient.
At some point we all got fed. And this was made possible via Bronwyn Gregory (who also moonlighted as our OH&S Officer (extremely, fundamentally important given the conditions!)) and Alena Marie. Both of these people did stupendously long work-hours for what is essentially a job with very few gratitude’s… and a delicious and filling job it was!
Mickie (our horse) came from Moonlight Stables with Marie and Karen looking after him. Having been traipsed all about the NZ countryside, he was a pleasure to work with once we brought the camera out. He loved it. Very strangely so. In fact the camera was a way we would keep him calm and happy. We have far too many photos of this horse as a result…
All the stills you’ve seen (well 98% of them) were taken by Alena Marie. It is thank to her we have NZ documented at all. And stunning photos they are too with the result clearly speaking for them-selves!
And then there is Max Norton… an amazing PA with a very generous heart. If we could have smuggled him back into Melbourne we would have. Possibly in the hand luggage. :)
And then we had shit flying everywhere! And by that, we mean our tech drew! In a helicopter! Alfie Speight (who previously worked on Lord of the Rings) was our camera pilot, with Thomas Watson rigging the camera mount, and Wayne Allen making sure Don didn’t die (our Mountain Safety Officer). When Snowgum Films chooses to fly over mountainous peaks and down treacherous gorges – we choose to fly Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters.
And those were our key people. Beyond that we have a whole truck more, and we’ve started re-wrangling our credits page to accommodate. We could wax lyrical about these people all day (and they certainly deserve it). The most important people we need to get to on that page though are our Kickstarter pledgers. Every single one of you. Without whom – none of this would be happening at all. This is their film and always has been. We hope you like it thus far…
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The audience – our audience – is the world in everything we do; and it’s our duty to put on a damn good show without shame, prejudice or apology.