CAPRICIOUS: From Page To Screen

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The seeds of Capricious first came from director Jordan Handford, which led to a conversation between us both where we discussed a rough concept for a short film. The ongoing discussions grew into meetings, copious notes flitting back and forth and then eventually a screenplay. We honed the plot, the characters and sequences, adding, subtracting and developing as we went along. Jordan assembled a cast and crew and prepared to shoot whilst we continued to further refine the script. Characters were altered due to the casting and scenes were modified as varying locations came into play. Then Jordan and his crew did the hard work of bringing the words to the screen and I waited.

Ostensibly, Capricious is a revenge tale, though it does have strong family undertones. Achieving the right balance for a short film isn’t straightforward as you simply don’t have the benefit of letting the story breathe over a couple of hours. Being succinct and delivering this to the audience as swiftly as possible is a must thereby ensuring it remains organic and is not simply shoe-horned in. During the writing stage, we worked hard at giving the film a three act structure, ensuring that a developed narrative was portrayed and when Jordan translated the script to the screen he did a great job in refining this information. In particular, there’s an impressive flashback sequence where the audience learn about the past of the central family. In the script this was largely a page of dialogue but Jordan and cinematographer and editor Andy Gregory condensed the scene to a well-cut montage. There’s much to be impressed with in this film though I think this is possibly my favourite sequence, even though all of our dialogue was cut! It cleverly manages to capture the essence of the words without having to worry about adding dialogue.

Early in the editing stages, I managed to see a rough cut of the film and I was truly impressed how Jordan and his team were beginning to bring the script to life. However viewing a film without the sound mix or score is a different beast to seeing (and hearing) the completed product on the big screen. While the visuals and cast are note perfect, the addition of Kris Tearse’s score added a new layer to Capricious that raised it to another level entirely. The final act of the script was always intended to be dialogue free, however the music injects an emotion and tension that ensures what’s occurring on screen really pops.

Capricious is a film that works on a multitude of levels. Of course, I’ll unashamedly suggest that Jordan and I had a strong script going in and that gave the film a solid backbone. However, the cast and crew have delivered on a level that I could only have dreamed of. It’s a remarkable feat and I look forward with interest to see what Jordan Handford will deliver next.

Capricious will be playing in a selection of film festivals in the future.

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