However, instead of working out how to resolve the difficult and challenging issues surrounding Perfect, I spent a lot of time procrastinating and watching the endless Top Gear episodes on Dave. This at first seemed counter-productive (which it probably was), however, in episode 1 of series 6, Richard Hammond talks about the latest cheap cars and whilst introducing the new Toyota Aygo, he states, “some cars are designed, and then built cheaply. The Aygo, was designed to be cheap from the start” (Hammond. 2005). This same problem had affected us, as unlike the Aygo, Perfect was written with a budget in-mind and it would have been impossible to do a reshoot on no budget and end up with a good quality film.
Therefore, after a lot of consideration into how the footage we had recovered could be used (i.e. flashbacks), I decided it was time to cut my losses and write a completely new film. This decision meant I had more creative freedom in deciding the new story, as I was not dictated to use certain recovered shots. However, the team and I would still have to produce, direct, shoot and edit an entirely new film in less than two months with no budget, an ambitious task.
To get inspiration for the new film, I watched numerous short films on Vimeo, Short of the Week and Youtube. The two main films, which caught my attention, were Lesley (Ainsley, 2016) and Real Gone (Worley 2015), as they used one actor, had simple storylines and were ten minutes in length. Real Gone however, became my main source of inspiration, as they had shot the whole film in two days, which given the amount locations used, was impressive. In a behind the scenes video, director Seth Worley stated that the film was “a lot like the other shoots we do, where there’s no crew, no safety, no money, no nothing and it went just as smoothly as any other shoot.” (Worley, 2015). This reassured me that making a film in such a short time was possible, however, they still had some kind of budget to spend on locations, actors and special effects. Therefore, like the Aygo, it was time to go back to the drawing board and go even simpler.