It has been over two years since I last posted here, but certainly not because nothing has been happening —

Quite the contrary, my dear Watson.

So, instead of me blabbering on about it on this blog, follow my Twitter feed, as well as the Payne & Redemption Facebook page, and get the scoop on all the latest — exclusive — news and media surrounding the production! Plus, as always, if you have any questions regarding the film, I’ll endeavour to answer them for you.

I hope you’re not waiting for an engraved invitation…


Fergle Gibson,
Writer, Director & Executive Producer.

Although a ways until completion, I’m proud to announce that Payne & Redemption is now featured on, under the “Shot on RED” category of RED Digital Cinema’s website.

I feel extremely honoured to be part of the RED revolution and for Payne & Redemption to be included in their filmography, amongst many of Hollywood’s top billing titles as well as successful independent ventures.

Oh, and speaking of RED, we’re actually ditching our RED Scarlet camera and going with the Epic-MX. That’s right, boys and girls — We’re joining the big leagues. Payne & Redemption will be shot on RED’s elite, and nothing less. OK, so it’s not quite the newly announced Epic Dragon, but if it’s good enough for Peter Jackson, it’s good enough for me! I just won’t be shooting it at 48fps, with a shutter speed of 1/96th of a second. Love ya, Pete!

I know a lot of you are thinking that all it sounds like these days is “we need this, we need that; I’ve got this, I’ve got that”, but these are the steps we need to take to go the distance — these are the battles we need to fight to get to where we want this project to go. This isn’t some YouTube video shot with a bunch of friends on an iPhone or a DSLR, and I’m not dissing those films that are. But you have to remember, Payne & Redemption is a professional grade motion picture with professional — as well as amateur — cast and crew, and as a result, needs to be approached in the same way professional films are. We’re just doing it on a much, MUCH lower budget, and because of this, have to endure the many associated pitfalls.

We’ve come a long way since 2006, when we knew relatively nothing about the film industry or film-making, and during this time, we have made many mistakes. But we have always learned from those mistakes, pushed forward, and made sure we’ve come out on top. Any time we’ve been backed into a corner, we have stood tall and fought for what we believe in, and will continue to do this until we no longer need to.

Sure, it’s been quiet on the P&R front over the past 5 months, but plenty of work is afoot behind the scenes; including the writing and re-writing of treatments, test footage planning, location scouting, prop gathering, and much more, all of which costs time and money, and neither of which I have much of to put into a project that isn’t currently generating a return, so things have to be tackled as and when.

Perhaps one of the more important aspects many people neglect to recognize is “LIVING”, as without that single element, there would be no production at all. So, occasionally, Payne & Redemption has to be put on the backburner in order to allow me to concentrate on other aspects of my life, but by no means is it ever overlooked or forgotten. The enthusiasm and inspiration is and always will be there — we just have to find the right time(s) to apply it.

Big things come from humble beginnings.

Fergle Gibson,
Writer, Director & Executive Producer.

Roger Williams, the original Storyboard Artist for Payne & Redemption, who famously dropped out from the project after re-reading the script and deeming it “sick and perverted”, passed away on May 2nd, 2013, at the age of 71.

A true artist with an attention to finite detail and perfection; Roger’s career included working with “Oliver!” set designer Sean Kenny on various theatrical productions, as well as Expo ’67, and for the BBC on numerous television and stage productions, including Dixon of Dock Green, not to mention alongside Ridley Scott on many of Ridley’s earlier endeavours.

Roger Williams will be remembered by many. September 15th, 1941 – May 2nd, 2013.

Fergle Gibson,
Writer, Director & Executive Producer.

Alright, so a lot of you have been asking “Why don’t you start a Kickstarter campaign for Payne & Redemption?”. So instead of responding to everyone’s question individually, I thought I’d copy my response from the P&R Facebook page and paste it here…

Back when I first considered Kickstarter, the company was only accepting projects from individuals who had, or had access to, US based bank accounts. Whilst my Associate Producer, Dewi Morgan — who lives in the US — was willing to help me out, it just never happened. Since October 10th, 2012, Kickstarter have been accepting projects from individuals who have UK based bank accounts, so it is at least now a more viable consideration.

However, at this time of writing, I have orchestrated four fundraising campaigns for Payne & Redemption (one Fundable, two IndieGoGo, and one on the P&R website), and have raised less than £300 in total. We need one helluva lot more than that to get this project rolling.

I am a little dubious about starting a Kickstarter fundraising campaign because of the lack of success with previous fundraisers, but am not against the idea, and as the old saying goes, nothing ventured, nothing gained. I do, however, believe we need more material to show potential investors, as when you keep re-hashing the same stuff from six years ago, people become suspicious, and rightfully so. I certainly wouldn’t want to give someone my money for something I didn’t totally believe in!

While I’m not able to show any more material from the footage we shot back in 2006 — due to it being captured on a format that I can’t access without having a spare £2,000 floating around — I’m now able (well, almost) to shoot test footage, or a sort of Payne & Redemption inspired “demo-reel”, with the original cast. This is what I plan to do before starting another fundraising campaign, to show everyone that Payne & Redemption is still very much alive and kicking, and most importantly, progressing.

Fergle “No Half Measures” Gibson,
Writer, Director & Executive Producer.

On October 14th, this year, “Fire Chief” Jarred Land from RED Digital Cinema — the premiere pioneers in the world of professional filmmaking technology — announced that RED were selling off a limited amount of used (or “Battle Tested”) Scarlet-X cameras for $7100 instead of the regular $11,900. When I saw this news, I thought to myself “Wow, the people who get in on that deal are going to be one bunch of lucky motherfuckers!”. But after further consideration, I thought to myself “Why can’t I be one of those lucky motherfuckers?”.

I mean, the only thing that stops us from moving forward in life is a lack of belief, right? Only problem was, I didn’t have £20 in my bank account, let alone $7100! But being the relentless bastard I am, this wasn’t a challenge I was going to shy away from. “NO HALF MEASURES”, and all that stuff. The first thing I did, was put down a £1,500 deposit — that I already had on credit with RED — on one of the Battle Tested Scarlet-X cameras. This was to buy myself some more time while I figured out how I was going to procure the remaining funds. However, all it bought me was 30 days until they released my camera back into the wild… But at least I now had a deadline, and being under pressure is when I really knuckle down.

After approaching every avenue I could think of at the time to raise the capital, which included many failed attempts at trying to negotiate with begrudging family members, and beating up people for meager amounts of cash who owed debts to local small-time organised crime syndicates, I quickly became stumped. What the hell was I going to do? As far as I was concerned, whether it was true or not, the progression of Payne & Redemption DEPENDED on that camera! Hell, EVERY project I had in the pipeline for the foreseeable future REQUIRED that camera! And at the price RED were offering it for, for the unknown amount of time it would available, I’d never forgive myself if I let it slip through my fingers.

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