“A man takes a chance on purchasing a replacement girlfriend via mail order. When she arrives, he considers the best and worst case scenarios to turning her on…”. ‘The Replacement’ is a sci-fi romantic comedy. The plot revolves around the character of Xander, who has hit rock bottom after his girlfriend, Mary, has left him. One drunken night, Xander finds a online advert from a Japanese company selling lifelike android partners, which can be modelled to look like anyone. Our story takes place on the day of delivery, when Xander is left face-to-face with a Replica of Mary. Xander then has to decide whether or not to turn the Replica on, but he realises the decision is not as clear cut as he first thinks, as we witness his fantasies morphing into nightmares.”

“The Replacement” has been an absolute delight to film. As the writer/producer/director, I was fortunate enough to get a fantastic cast and crew behind me, most of whom I did not previously know, but were really interested in the concept.

Although it began life as a student project, I decided that I did not want to limit myself to the confines of the classroom, and as such I invested an awful lot of time and effort into creating something, which I am hopeful can be submitted to upcoming festivals and competitions. This was my first foray into film production in many years, but I don’t care for doing things by halves and now that production has wrapped, I want to work with an editor to make the finished film as good as it can possibly be.

There are a few hours of footage and audio, all of which is organised, and I have now entered into post-production. The film is likely to finish at about 9-10 minutes. We fully storyboarded in pre-production, and that will be a really useful basis for editing, but there is a large scope for creative input and I want to create a real aesthetic contrast between the ‘real world’ and the fantasy/nightmare sequences.

I think this could be a really great opportunity for someone looking to build up a portfolio of editing work. I am a student myself, so I’m more than happy to work with someone else studying film. I’d like to work alongside someone for the bulk of the editing, as this is my first full post-production (I like to learn by doing). This should be a collaborative effort. However, I am happy to do independent work remotely, or via conference.

I am looking to have the editing completed by 24th February, and really no later than the end of the month, so we will be hitting the ground running.

If this sounds like a project you would be interested in, then I’d love to hear from you.

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