The main OffWorld shoot begins today.

Or, more accurately, “Five days of do or die filming begin today”.

The crew are already on location and have already started shooting scenes as I write this. They need to do an incredible amount – the schedule we have means trying to do in one day what most films would plan to do in a week and one one week what most would do in a month.

We need the weather on our side.

We need the general public to stay out of shot, even though we’re shooting in the middle of a public park during a school holiday.

We need our actors to be pitch perfect and nail as many scenes first time as they can.

We need everyone behind the camera to be perfect too – just one forgotten lead, dead battery, or wonky piece of kit will cost us time we simply do not have.

It seems odd to write ” we” when I’m not on site, thigh deep in equipment, running around after actors and crew, but my work was done long ago.

Nevertheless, this is the point where it gets put to the test. This is the time the script has to play out, in the real world, and the story is committed to film forever.

It’s exciting. It’s nerve wracking. It’s surreal.

Mostly, it’s the biggest thing I’ve ever written and I can’t wait to see it for myself.