When she told me last year that she was embarking on an indie film project, I nearly fell off my chair. Yes, the wonderful Suzy Turner is seeing her books made into a short film. It is so freaking exciting and I feel so privileged to be able to watch her journey.
She has very kindly given us some of her precious time to tell us about the project...
A couple of years ago I had the privilege of working on a British movie that was being shot in the Algarve (where I've lived since I was ten). There I met some amazing friends - both experienced and inexperienced in the world of film making. At the time, a few of us said, 'we should make a trailer for your books'. I nodded and agreed - it would be amazing, I thought.
Then life got in the way and we didn't talk about it again until last year when Pedro, a musician and keen amateur film maker, got in touch and suggested we make a short movie instead. Naturally, I jumped at the possibility and we met up and began to discuss things further.
Gradually our plans developed and soon we had more friends on board, keen to get involved with such a unique project here in southern Portugal. It would be a short movie based on my YA urban fantasy books, The Morgan Sisters. As more and more people came forward offering their time and skills for free, Pedro and I began to realise the enormity of what we were doing, but it didn't matter, we were in it for the long haul!
So we began shooting back in November, on freezing cold dark nights (I stupidly wrote the majority of the script at night in a cemetery!) shivering, drinking lots of hot tea and coffee to keep us warm. But regardless of the conditions, everyone was amazing. We took a long break over Christmas as I was away in England for over three weeks, but we began shooting again last weekend. Unfortunately dire weather conditions have hampered our efforts to film outdoors but we had such a laugh shooting in front of the green screen! I'm keeping quiet about what we were filming though, as that will be a surprise.
We've only filmed about a third of the scenes so far, and we can only shoot on weekends because most of our cast are school-going teenagers so it's going to take a few more months to complete, but it's enormous fun for everyone involved. We're hoping to have a teaser ready in a few weeks, which is very exciting. I can't wait!
More info on www.suzyturner.com
I am so excited about that teaser!
If you'd like to win a copy of the Morgan Sisters books (The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw, The Temporal Stone and Daisy Madigan's Paradise) you can enter the Weekly Winner Giveaway below. And don't forget to check out Suzy Turner's website to see updates on the film.