Small Creatures Flies The Nest

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Martin Wallace and Rutger Hauer in Milan. Small Creatures won the 20th Century Fox H.E. Award for Best film at I’ve Seen Films 2012.

When Small Creatures finally infested iTunes earlier this month I breathed a huge sigh of relief; a weight was lifted and I felt like I’d got a bit of my life back. Making a £50k feature, guiding it around international film festivals and picking up a few awards on the way is no mean feat.

There are 131,041 individual frames in Small Creatures and boy don’t I know it. Though I have not spent every one of the 1613 days between April 2009 and September 2013 working on Small Creatures, hardly a day has passed when I didn’t have to do a least one thing for it. In fact, many of those days were 18 hour slogs trying to inch SC to the point where it was as good as it could possibly be. That averages out at just over 81 frames per day, or 3.3seconds.

For me, getting it onto iTunes was (symbolically, at least) the welcome end of a this long and grueling process and the chance to contemplate the Sisyphean task of beginning a new film.

“All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain”

Rutger Hauer as Ray Baty in Blade Runner

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