Dishonoured Director Lewis Pavlovic talks about his experience on the film.
Without sounding patronising, the majority of people when they go to the cinema or watch a DVD at home, fail to take into account the amount of work that goes into a creating said project. We sit in our armchairs and enjoy the visual stimulation for two hours before we get on with the rest of our lives. However for some individuals, those lucky few, the cinematic world is their day job and they would be the first to tell you how much hard graft goes into those fictitious flicks.
After leaving university, having studied film, television and media, I was keen to break into the industry. In my own naivety, I thought I would be making my millions as a writer/director within a few years. However I soon realised that living in the Lincolnshire area, this would be more difficult than I originally thought. It seems that, despite the increasing talent within the area, there was very few opportunities for those who wish to be involved within the film and television world. So when I saw an article in the local paper about a man who was developing a feature film using local talent, I jumped at the opportunity to be involved in any way possible. Actor/Writer Stephan Genovese spent many months creating the screenplay Dishonoured and on the 13th of March 2015 I sent him an email enquiring as to whether my particular brand of expertise would in any way help him with his project. I understood that this was ‘his baby’ and didn’t want to interfere with the actual plot of the script but suggested coming on board as a Script Editor, to perhaps shape the dialogue and pace of the film. After several emails and phone calls we finally met to discuss the film and the script and soon came to realise we were very much on the same page (pardon the pun), with the vision Stephan wanted for the film. This soon led to Stephan asking me, to my very surprise, to come on board as co-director. Stephan after all was already Writer, Executive Producer (EP), Actor and Director. However he knew that, if the film were to be a success, he would need someone else to share the burden of the work and luckily, that someone was yours truly. This gave Stephan more time to concentrate on the hundreds of other jobs he had to sort out with being EP, as well as learning his lines for the lead role he had written for himself.
The work so far on Dishonoured has been time consuming and at times tiresome but, Stephan’s aim for this film is truly something to be marvelled at. His vision for this film, apart from the creative action packed storyline, is to allow those who wish to break into the film industry (like myself), the opportunity to work on something and with others on a large scale. Scouting in talent from across the Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire area, Stephan has gathered the best of the best to create something that we hope, will show everyone just how much talent exists within the community. It is truly something to be admired.
Now if you have come to this blog hoping to catch spoilers of the plot of Dishonoured, unfortunately you have come to the wrong place. I am one of the lucky few who have had the pleasure of working on and therefore seeing the script in its entirety, but the amount of work that has gone into it by those involved, particularly Stephan, it would be a shame if I spoilt the surprise for people. Besides the fact Stephan would probably beat me to death with a prop gun if I gave anything away. This blog then will hopefully give an insight to the day-to-day life while working on Dishonoured, as well as the laughter, talent, hard graft and tears of the people who have the pleasure of working on such an amazing project.
I do hope you enjoy.