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Low budget fantasy films are often hampered by unrealistic ambitions and a lack of character depth. Their slim resources cannot match their grandiose visions, while the creative focus tends to be on the fantasy elements at the expense of good dialogue and acting. It was important to me that Imperial Blue fell into neither of these traps. Having come up with a narrative device that would be suited to our restrictions – the prophetic drug ‘Bulu’ - the next task was making fully-grounded characters that the audience can believe in. The Ugandan actors were mainly skilled in theatre but they applied themselves incredibly well to the medium of film. With enough rehearsal time, we were able to forge real characters who we could then immerse in our story. From the start, we scripted the majority of scenes outdoors to limit lighting issues, since there is very limited professional lighting equipment in Uganda. We employed a Director of Photography who came with high-end equipment and an ability to make use of the limited resources on offer. Under severe restrictions, he achieved an aesthetic that is not only unique, but visceral and beautiful at the same time. Meanwhile, the film-making Apprentices, whose education was core to our project, tackled their tasks to such great effect that I would not hesitate to hire many of them in a professional capacity on my return. The shoot itself was a grueling affair. We had to contend with a punishing shooting schedule, equatorial heat, tropical storms, biting ants, leeches and insects that laid eggs in our feet. On the other hand, we were blessed with not only active assistance but respect and hospitality from the village where we shot most of the film. The making of Imperial Blue was a full-on adventure in itself, and one that I am proud to have undertaken with such a stellar cast and crew.

The Ugandan actors were mainly skilled in theatre but they applied themselves incredibly well to the medium of film. With enough rehearsal time, we were able to forge real characters who we could then immerse in our story. From the start, we scripted the majority of scenes outdoors to limit lighting issues, since there is very limited professional lighting equipment in Uganda. We employed a Director of Photography who came with high-end equipment and an ability to make use of the limited resources on offer. Under severe restrictions, he achieved an aesthetic that is not only unique, but visceral and beautiful at the same time.

Meanwhile, the film-making Apprentices, whose education was core to our project, tackled their tasks to such great effect that I would not hesitate to hire many of them in a professional capacity on my return. The shoot itself was a grueling affair. We had to contend with a punishing shooting schedule, equatorial heat, tropical storms, biting ants, leeches and insects that laid eggs in our feet. On the other hand, we were blessed with not only active assistance but respect and hospitality from the village where we shot most of the film. The making of Imperial Blue was a full-on adventure in itself, and one that I am proud to have undertaken with such a stellar cast and crew.

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