Logline: Over five funny and short episodes, Waiting on Sound provides insight into the mechanics of our crazy industry, and the plight of one poor boom operator (Ben McNamara) on the last day of a film shoot.
Length: 5 x 3-5 minute episodes
Director: Samuel Hunter Galloway
Producer: Jessica Pearce
About the director and producer:
Samuel Hunter Galloway is a New Zealand native. Currently living and working in London on his first feature length film Gastro, which is in development.
Jessica Pearce - A Victorian producer, Jessica is Director of production company, Running Panda Films. Jessica produced The Legend of Ben Hall and is also known for her work on projects such as Waiting on Sound, Past the Second Stage, Nathan Loves Ricky Martin and Superheroes.
Looking for Distributors and Film Festivals
Funders or production company: Running Panda Films
Made in association with: Monster and Bear, FilmInk, Roar Digital, Rode Microphones and CameraQuip
Why did you make Waiting on Sound?
Waiting on Sound came from a one off script that Sam had written from his time as a Boom Operator. When we floated the script around to gauge interest we had an overwhelming response. However, people wanted something longer form so we extended it to be a five part web series.
Why a web series?
We explored the idea of doing something longer form but found that it was suited to the online platform. When we had the opportunity arise to feature on FilmInk online we grabbed it with both hands. Personally, it was also a medium I had not explored at the time and was keen to get my hands dirty.
What led you to this story?
Sam had previous experience as a Boom Operator. We also explored a lot of the stereotypes of all the different film roles. You meet such an eclectic group of people in the film industry, there was plenty to draw from.
Is this a personal or universal story for you?
Not particularly, it was also an opportunity to have a little fun with what we all do everyday.
What type of feedback have you received so far?
The response has been great. People love it.
Has the feedback surprised or challenged your point of view?
We were incredibly grateful people enjoyed it. In the end, we decided to make what we thought was funny and figured someone out there was going to find it funny as well.
What are you looking to achieve by having this web series more visible on this platform?
It would be great to see more people enjoying the series and would also give us more collateral in the possibility of expanding the series further.
Who do you need to come on board (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists) to amplify the work’s message?
We are currently in the middle of festival circuits and distribution. Any one who is interested in the series should get in touch.
What type of impact would you like this work to have?
To make people laugh.
What next for you? What films and other work are you developing or directing?
Sam and I are still working together on multiple projects, as am I independently with Running Panda Films. Can’t say much more right now but watch this space!