From my small flat in Highgate Hill I called The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Film Ink Magazine and three actors from the movie Daybreakers.
My story began when I left the Queensland School of Film and Television for financial reason in 1998. At the same time my itch to be creative just would not go away. With the help of my friend Mat Ford, I was able to create a movie length video, Tenacity. I was not happy with the ending though, so I attempted to rewrite the screen play from scratch.
In 1999, I filmed additional scenes to add to Tenacity, but I was unsatisfied. I attempted filming a television length episode of what I had rewritten, but it still did not meet my standards. Despite my frustration, I was still passionate about my story and kept writing the screenplay. As I continued though, I could not find an ending to satisfy my creativity. I started adapting the screenplay into books, because with the story’s continuous growth there would not have been a way to sell it as one movie. I still could not find the right ending for my story, so I decided to take a break. My inspiration to finish was when I saw the movie Be Cool in 2005. It was horrendous; the corniness of it made me want to finish my own story, now called Only in the Movies. Later that year I finally finished it. I began to organise myself and arranged for the books to be self-published with Schuurs Publishing. In 2006, I tried to advertise but to no avail.
I really felt I could create something that would work in a trailer, but due to the scope of the book there was nothing I could reate in live action filmmaking. I discovered in 2007 that my Facebook friend, Brett Hansen, was interested in animation. With this discovery in mind I realised I had a way to achieve the creation of a credible trailer. We met up a few times to discuss but Brett was getting married soon — he just did not have the time to help. The idea encouraged me to look towards my other friends on Facebook for help. It was in 2008 that I met the woman who would finally animate my trailer, Michelle Hawcroft. After meeting at West End’s Three Monkeys Café, our project began. 2012 was the year I called The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Film Ink Magazine because the animated trailer was finally completed. My biggest surprise was when Film Ink Magazine asked me to produce posters because they wanted to display them at their stall at the Sydney and Perth Supanova Conventions. I couldn’t afford to fly to Perth, but I was able to fly to the Sydney Convention for one day to shoot footage of my posters being displayed.
For more details go to www.onlyinthemovies.net
Words and images by Garnet Benzie