What is the Microwave Scheme?
Rory: The Microwave Scheme challenges filmmakers to make films for £100,000 and you're limited. You could make it for less, but for no more. It's run by Film London so they oversee the production and you have to go through various stages of applications.
The last one of which they call Micro-school and that's a week where you spend time with mentors and experienced people in the industry who talk you through your film and you try to develop it in various directions - to the script, the budget and who you're going to get to act in it etc. - and then you have to pitch the film to about 10 people on a panel for 15 minutes which is the most terrifying bit of it all and then if.luckily we were in a position that they offered it to us.
They then gave us half the money and we had to raise the other half of the money. Then they helped us make the film with that very, very low budget.