Thankfully when we got her ‘Madam Black’ had already passed into the afterlife, although there seems to be some truth in the proverb ‘A cat has nine lives’. She’s been immortalised onscreen and has had a festival run which doesn’t seem to want to end, we are 21 months in.
Local illustrator, James Stewart, nailed it and it’s a testament to collaborating with talented people, he took what I gave him and made something much better than I could ever have imagined.
From there we had a lot of fun introducing foreground elements, such as props and wardrobe, to bring his 2d images to live. In the wedding scene, we didn’t have money for a cat tuxedo and there are not to many available at the hire shops. So that’s a piece of MDF with a suit painted on to it, with the
As a child I spent a lot of time in the Highlands, my father lived in Inverness, it’s such a magical place that it seemed the perfect location for a cat wedding. It probably could have been any number of castles in that part of the world, but I found an image of Eilean Donan that felt like a great fit.
What are you planning next and will it still be a comedy?
I’ve got a couple of feature projects at the early stages, I suspect there will be a few laughs in both, but like ‘Madam Black’ they are are a mixture of comedy and pathos, ‘make them laugh, make them cry, make them wait’. I like stories that mirror life, in our saddest moments there is often laughter and vice versa. It’s how we cope.
Also I have an adaptation of Laurence Fearnley’s novel ‘Edwin & Matilda (An Unlikely Love Story)’ in development with the New Zealand Film Commission. Martha Hardy-Ward, who wrote ‘Ellen is Leaving’ which won Jury Awards at SXSW and San Francisco a few years
With film you never know what’s going to stick, what’s going to get made and so you just have to keep plugging away.