Lay The Favorite

On-going with Stephen Frears

Lay The Favorite PosterJust having my morning cup of coffee and realised that it's been well over a year since I started with Mick Audsley and Stephen Frears on their latest film 'Lay The Favorite'. How the time has flown and I am really pleased to see the film is being officially released in cinemas this Friday.

Chatting over a beer with Mick at Sprocket Rocket last week. Mick let me know that Stephen is keen for us all to collaborate again and to start thinking about the look and titles for his new film 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight' for HBO. We will be able to announce more about this later.

In the meantime, for all those wanting a punt this weekend. Here's the official worldwide trailer of 'Lay The Favorite' to give you the edge.

The Weinstein Company picks up 'Lay the Favorite'

According to reports, The Weinstein Company has made its only acquisition at this years Sundance Film Festival. By paying more than $2 million (US dollars) for the movie 'Lay the Favorite', with plans to release it both theatrically and on VOD (Video on Demand). The movie by British director Stephen Frears, who monday night presented John Hurt with the Alexander Walker Special Award at the 39th London Evening Standard British Film Awards, stars Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Produced by Anthony Bregman, Randall Emmett, George Furla, Paul Trijbits and D.V. DeVincentis who also wrote the screenplay which has been based on the original memoirs by Beth Raymer. It tells the story of a Florida stripper who moves to Las Vegas to find her fame, where she meets Dink (Bruce Willis), an oddsmaker who introduces her to the world of sports betting.

Below are a few more frames from the main title sequence. We look forward to it's release so we can share the whole sequence with you. Keep watching this space.

Weinstein Company picks up Lay the favorite

Lay the Favorite - Part II

With the budget for the 'bulbs', I set about making up the rig with D.O.P Dan Lumb. The rig is apply named the 'giro - lump' which means when rigged, we can shot 360 degrees moves without seeing the rig. The camera is a 7d with an 18mm lens.

Lay the Favorite