If the heavens opened up and trumpeted every act of artistic courage, then Scott Day’s neighbours would be complaining about the constant cacophony!
Still in his late twenties and nearing completion of his studies at the Victorian College of the Arts, Scott received a Geelong Waterfront Film grant to do post-production of his 90-minute feature film, ‘Wanda and Sully’.
The story, aimed at young adult viewers, was conceived in 2016, inspired by political hacking on social media.
‘The script was 122 pages long…… and I collaborated with a friend on the final draft. I didn’t know if I could execute it very well but my friend convinced me to make it.’
Bold step number one, the script’s written, what next?
“I funded the production during Covid myself by working in a meat factory in Breakwater. And I also got a Grant from Geelong Waterfront Film and a little bit of crowd funding. The main crew and actors were paid … by me… and then friends and
volunteers via Star Now also helped. A considerable number of cast and crew are Geelong locals.’
Wanda and Sully
‘The story of ‘Wanda and Sully’ is a microcosm of the whole world wrapped up in a tiny school. It is commenting on the bigger picture in a small-scale environment.’
Sully, a neurotic nerd and outsider, sees conspiracy theories around every corner.
When the President of the Student Representative Council spends school money frivolously, Sully becomes suspicious. He begins investigating and drags his friend Wanda into it. Production was filmed at the same school as Summer Heights High. Keeping it local, one scene was shot in the Woolworths car park at Lara.
Finding a film distributor
Maybe the boldest step of all.
After post-production was completed in February this year, Scott faced up to the next challenge of finding someone to distribute the film.
“Not easy to find a distributor post-production. I’ve been told they generally want to be involved in shaping the film themselves. Unfortunately, I did not know this at the time. I persisted… emailing…and emailing … and emailing… everyone kept saying no.’
Eventually Scott got a ‘yes’ and Wanda and Sully now has a distributor!
Scott personifies the old adage “you make your own luck” and generously shares his reflections on the seven-year journey of ‘Wanda and Sully’.
‘Get a distributor in pre-production and find a producer with connections. And I would not recommend self-funding but if you do, I highly recommend making a short film and get it into festivals. Find out what sort of films festivals like.’
Where to from here?
I am so passionate about my craft. I don’t expect to make all my money back (from Wanda and Sully) and I don’t think people should go into film to make money out of it. It’s art not a commodity.
Understood, but courage doesn’t fill the belly, we all gotta eat.
‘Oh yeah. I have three possible opportunities in the pipeline but would very much welcome an offer of a paid screen-writing job.’ Scott beams.
Is that the sound of trumpets warming up?