Sunday, 22 April 2012

The Naming Dilema

You know when you hear that someone has had a baby, but they don't have a name for it yet? What is that all about? Was the baby a surprise? Was nine months not enough time to come up with a couple of names in preparation? And what about those parents who give their child a name, then after a month or so decide to change it? As you can probably tell, I'm a bit perlexed by this behaviour.
Then I experienced it for myself this week.
I've been working on a movie for some time now (seven months in fact, almost enough time to make a baby!) and the movie is nearing completion (just a bit of post-production and tidying up to do). At the point I wrote the script I didn't have a title for the movie, so it was just called "Football" as that is the theme. It tells the story of Chapelside FC who, in the 1970s, as they struggle to survive off the field (financially), as well as on the field (their ambitions for promotion to the top tier of English football).
Of course, all is not as it seems... so, as the movie was nearing completion I settled on a name for it; The Chapelside Deception.
I even did a poster which will be used for promoting the film online.
Within 24 hours of publishing the poster, I'd decided I wasn't happy with the name. Can't say exactly why, maybe it's not snappy enough - I really don't know. And I doubt anyone else really cares anyway, but it seems to me that after all this effort it really should have a name that I can live with. It's not the first time I've had worries about a name - I nearly abandoned the name for Clockwork because another machinima movie with the same name was published just before mine. By then though it was a bit late to change, especially seeing as the script made passing reference to the title (which in turn was a nod to the original inspiration for the piece).
Anyway, back to Chapelside... as of now, and this could still change... my new movie will be called:


And I might still have The Chapelside Deception as a subtitle. We'll see.

Sorry for the indecision!

Here's the old poster - a new one will be along any day now...

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