The Three Sisters is a (very) low budget film which I've been working on for pretty much the past two years. I shot a few bits and bobs over the summer of 2012, and began working with the main actors, all of whom I've worked with on past projects, in January 2013. I made my previous two feature films in the traditional style, ie a big block of principal photography followed by several months of post-production. I decided to adopt a different approach here, partly for practical reasons (€), and partly because I dislike the stresses that accompany twenty days of hectic filming on a miniscule budget. I also decided to approach the material slightly differently to before, and didn't write a script. Instead, I wrote an eight page treatment, and gradually released this to the actors in a Ken Loachian way as we progressed through the scenes. We rehearsed all the main scenes a week or two before filming them, and I'd write up a rough scene-specific shooting script based on these rehearsals. I also allowed the actors freedom to deviate from the scripts when we were shooting, provided they hit all the relevant plot points.
It's been a fairly stress-free experience thus far (how that affects the end product remains to be seen). Most of the scenes have been shot without a crew, which has led to a fairly fast, flexible shooting style. This means that most of the dialogue has to be looped however, which will probably be head-wrecking for me. The length of the production has also enabled me to edit the footage as we've gone along, which has let me tweak the story here and there.
I'll be posting a trailer here in the next couple of weeks, which will give a taste of the film's look and sound. I say 'sound'; there'll be very little dialogue in it (I've only properly recorded sound for two scenes thus far), but it'll give a flavour of the soundtrack of the film, which will largely be comprised of tunes by the very talented Repeated Viewing. To get a flavour of Alan's Italian genre movie-inspired work, check out his Bandcamp, and his blog. The Three Sisters won't be the only film carrying his music this year either (though it will be the smallest one).
Keep an eye out for the trailer, which'll hopefully be appearing on a few genre websites over the next few weeks. Oh, and if you're wondering what the image above is all about, it's actually a still from the film. There you go.