Film Courage: What did FOR THE LOVE OF GEORGE teach you about screenwriting?
Nadia Jordan: To be honest because this was my first feature, it really taught me. You know, it’s very different when you write a book or a story. I’m really aware of how pacing is so important and dialogue is so important and how my co-writer has a tendency to make things really wordy and I’m somebody who does not particularly like wordy films.
Woody Allen is great. All his films are extremely wordy and visual is very important, location is very important. You have to think when you’re writing, it needs to translate into film, right? So it just basically taught me the whole process. How to make a movie, it all begins with a good script and it’s so important when you start writing. It can’t just read well, it has to translate on the screen.
Film Courage: What did it teach you in the sense of completing something or the idea of something and then the actual time and energy it takes to implement it? You know, sort of taking away the mystique of “Oh, I’m making a movie!” And how exciting it sounds, but also how stressful I’m sure it can be.
Nadia Jordan: Even now people say “Well, that’s great. You made a movie.” And when you’re in the middle of it, it’s like…I mean obviously none of us would be in this industry doing this if we didn’t enjoy it and it wasn’t something we wanted to do. But for me there were so many struggles and so many problems on the producing side of it and so many curveballs (like the engagement). And even just like financing and trying to get a director and having producers sign on and then drop out. It was just so much. And it really kind of taught me…I mean there were days when just basically I wanted to give up and thought this just isn’t worth it. But you just get up and say “Just keep going.” And it really just kind of made me realize that if you’re passionate about something, there isn’t anything to it and it’s something you can be really proud of.
And to now look back and think I did this feature and it started as just this little idea and I’m proud that it’s my first feature that I’ve written (the first screenplay), the first film I’ve produced, the film that I played (a feature) that I played a lead in like this.
But for me I’m just kind of realizing it now, now it’s out and people are watching it. Because until then you are just so caught up in all of the having to get it finished, having to get it made.
And someone was saying to me at like every level 50 million, 100 million, there are always problems, you know from the producing side. There are always things that come up and you just have to learn to deal with them.
For me now, I’ve learned so much on this film, like hopefully the next one is going to be a little bit easier because I think I’ve faced every problem you can face in making a film. And you can get through it and I think as long as you have the passion and determination and you don’t give up, it’s worth it. It is worth it. I now have a film.
Film Courage: Which has distribution.
Nadia Jordan: Yes, which has distribution and people are watching. And you see the reviews come out and it’s like “Something I made that people are actually enjoying it.”
Because you get so caught up in trying to make it good and the sound and the edit, the distribution and everything that goes with it, you kind of forget what drove you to make it in the first place and the whole vision. And seeing in the end that people are actually enjoying it, it’s a really good feeling.
Film Courage: Have you always been a finisher? You know how some people start many things and then they leave them half, sort of undone (for various reasons). Do you always make sure you finish everything?
Nadia Jordan: I mean…I’m not someone who starts loads of different things. I have to be really passionate about something to actually get so involved in it. But if I am, then I will always finish it.
I always want to get going with things. If I have to sit and read a contract…like for example I hate board games where I have to sit and read the rules. Let’s just make them up as we go along. I don’t want to sit there and read the whole rule book. Let’s just make them up. And that’s the kind of thing I just blag it. But if it’s something I’m really passionate about, I’ll always see through it. I hate not having an ending and having something half-done. I want to do it whole-heartedly, if it’s something I actually want to do.
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About FOR THE LOVE OF GEORGE:
Set in early 2014, Poppy Wakefield works as a freelance journalist from her beautiful home in England. Her seemingly perfect, if predictable, life is shattered when she discovers her husband Stephen is having an affair. In shock from betrayal, she finds comfort in a TV segment featuring George Clooney. George is everything her husband isn’t – sophisticated, funny, charming – someone who cares about making a difference in the world and who Poppy believes is her ideal match! When she receives a well timed invitation to visit her friend Justin in LA, Poppy decides to give fate a helping hand and takes off on a quest to cross paths with George – where she has no doubt they will fall in love at first sight! However a surprise announcement brings Poppy and her romantic fantasy crashing back down to earth. Through a funny series of near misses, unrelated adventures and colorful characters, Poppy navigates her new life in LA, until one day fate throws her a very unexpected curveball.